London is a dream destination for many and with tickets from just 15 Euros return, it is easy and cheap to get here. Upon arrival, you’ll have hundreds of attractions, beautiful buildings, nightclubs, pubs, and much more waiting to be explored!
That is also a part of the “problem” if it’s your first time in London. There are so many things to do in London, so it can be difficult to choose and know what one should do and shouldn’t miss, especially if you’re visiting just for the weekend.
But don’t worry, I love London, and I have made a big list of my favorite attractions and things to do in London as a tourist.
Iconic Big Ben is one of London’s most famous attractions and a must see when you go to London. The clock tower has ticked since 1859, and it measures almost 100 meters in height.
A classic tourist attraction in London!
Perhaps the most famous palaces in the world. Buckingham Palace is the official residence of Britain’s royal family, and of course, a landmark that you should visit while in London. It’s here that all receptions and official state visits take place. Besides that, the changing of the guards is another favorite among tourists.
In August and September, the Palace opens its doors and allow the public to go in and have a look.
Most popular is perhaps the London Eye, which is a classical tourist attraction. From the top of the Ferris wheel, you get a breathtaking view stretching 360 degrees across the city.
One of the must things to do in London for sure!
Shopping is a big part for many who go to the capital of United Kingdom, and rightly so. London’s shopping is undoubtedly one of the world’s best, and there are shops in several places, both local designer boutiques and well-known international brand stores and chains.
Do not forget to make a visit to Harrods – a luxury department store with a wide selection of everything.
Fish & Chips
One can not claim to have experienced the UK without tasting a mandatory portion of Fish & Chips. A fast food dish that has spread worldwide. Baileys Fish and Chips, you will find the world’s best, but far from the most expensive.
Bailey is a real local place, thus located a bit outside at 115 Dawes Road, L SW6 7DU.
Tower Bridge is a beautiful bridge that crosses the Thames River. From here you can enjoy an incredible view of the city.
A green oasis in London’s central part, which offers a delightful break from the city life. Right next to Hyde Park is also the famous Kensington Gardens.
In addition to picnic and walk on you can try rowing and skate in the park.
London is the hometown for some of the best football teams in the world. The biggest teams are Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham, QPR and Crystal Palace. If you like football, it’s quite obvious that you should go to a Premier League match.
You can’t compare it to other leagues, football is a tradition that goes way back in time in England, and the atmosphere at the stadiums is truly magical!
A fun place where you made wax dolls of the most famous celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, and David Beckham.
Even the Queen has her own wax figure at Madame Tussauds in London.
Like musicals and theater? Then, you shouldn’t miss out on a classical Broadway experience. But be aware that tickets sell out quickly, so it may be a good idea to book in advance from home.
An outstanding church in Gothic style which is also listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Westminster Abbey is one of London’s most famous landmarks and well worth a visit.
Day trip to Windsor Castle
It is worth taking a trip from London to Windsor Castle to visit the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. The castle offers 900 years of history and is also the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II – and the castle that she prefers to go to on the weekend.
Other London attractions and things to do in London
Here you get the chance to experience London’s dark history where one gets “to meet” King Henry VIII, Sweeney Todd and the infamous Jack the Ripper.
However, be aware, this is nothing for those who are easily scared!
Hampton Court Palace
One of London’s finest palaces that was once home to Henry VIII. This impressive attraction is perhaps best known for its stunning gardens, a vast and imposing building, its world famous hedge maze and a royal chocolate kitchen dating back to the 1700s.
Museum of Natural History
A great museum that has almost everything one can imagine, and even dinosaurs. In total, there are over 40 million items on display at the museum.
A traditional food market that has existed for over 1000 years and offers almost an unreal amount of pastries and dishes mixed with fruit and vegetables.
A great place if you are looking for a culinary experience.
St Paul’s Cathedral
One of London’s most famous buildings and home to the Anglican bishop. St Paul’s Cathedral was built after the former medieval cathedral burned down and re-opened in 1708.
If you like churches, it’s almost a must to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Last but not least we have the traditional Afternoon Tea, which undoubtedly belongs to the list of things to do in London. A true classic that goes far back in time.
The very best afternoon tea is served at The Ritz, The Goring, The Langham and The Berkeley’s Caramel Room.