Let’s face it, you’re never going to be stuck for things to do in London. There are so many sites, so much to see and do, that you’re far more likely to end up exhausted than bored. The challenge you’ll face is deciding what to leave out; which attractions are missable and which you just can’t live without seeing.
Worry not! Our top ten list of unmissable things to do will guide you to all the essential experiences in the big city. If you do nothing else, make sure you check these off your list. You’ll be glad you did!
Walk from Westminster to the Tate Modern
This is the number one thing you simply must experience on a trip to London. See 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament before turning across Westminster Bridge, towards Southbank and the Tate Modern art gallery. You won’t lose sight of Big Ben for the entire walk, and you’ll get to experience the lively street bustle of one of the greatest cities in the world.
A visit to the National Gallery
The National Gallery contains some of the most beautiful works of art in the world. It’s also perched slap-bang on the edge of Trafalgar Square, so you’ll be treated to one of the most iconic views in the city on your way in.
Afternoon Tea in Thomas’ Cafe, Regent Street
This one is actually a little secret of mine. When you visit London, you have to stop for a real afternoon tea. Many of the big hotels, though, are packed out and far too expensive. Thomas’ is one of the swankiest little-known places in town. If you nab a seat by the window you’ll get the perfect view of Regent Street too.
The Greenwich Observatory
Greenwich is the place where history was made in the most literal possible sense. Scientists and astronomers at the Greenwich Observatory invented Greenwich Mean Time here and set the standard for timekeeping around the world. It’s an unmissable stop.
The Tower Bridge Walk
The walk from the Tower of London across the bridge to Southbank is one you’ll never forget. It’s one thing to see Tower Bridge from afar, it’s another to be on it, or even in it. Step inside the Tower Bridge exhibition to explore its fascinating inner workings.
A pint at the Hawley Arms, Camden
A walk through Camden Town centre is an extraordinary experience. You’ll see a street brimming with life and noise. You have to visit at least once. Whilst you’re there, stop for a pint in the Hawley Arms and see one of Amy Winehouse’s famous gig spots.
Kew Gardens, Richmond
The city can be a noisy place. If you need some quiet time, hop over to Key gardens and take in some of the breathtaking gardens and arboreta. Don’t miss the Japanese house, the treetop walkway and the famous glass houses.
Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace
This one almost speaks for itself. A world-famous spectacle; the changing of the guards is a sight to behold. Make sure you check the times, though. You don’t want to miss out.
This little-known attraction is actually one of the most memorable in the city. Originally built to commemorate the sacrifices made by the people of London during the Great Fire, this 200-meter tower is easy to miss amongst the monolithic office blocks that surround it. Get to the top, though, and you’ll have one of the best views in the city.
Hustle and bustle, chatter, and the smell of gourmet food wafting across it all – this is the magical scene you’ll encounter at Borough Market. You’ll find some of the most special street food and farm-grown produce here. If you’re a foodie, or if you require food in order to live, Borough Market is for you.
Miss out on any of these experiences and you’ll regret it when you get home. If you want to make sure you get the most out of your stay in the capital, check out our London tours.