Arts & Culture

Cultural things to do in London

Whether you’re the world’s greatest culture vulture or just like to absorb a bit of the local flavour, London is the place to be when it comes to art. Unfortunately, if you’re visiting the capital for only a short while, there’s simply no way you’ll experience everything. That’s where we come in!

This week, we’re taking you on a tour of the city’s most fantastic cultural attractions. Check these six classic sites off your list, and you’ll feel like you’ve done London some justice, no matter how short your stay is. Let’s dive right in.

Marvel at world history in the British Museum

From ancient Assyrian reliefs to columns from the Temple of Artemis – a trip around the British Museum is an experience that transcends time and space. The objects here are some of the world’s most prized artefacts, all carefully displayed in one of the most beautiful museum buildings in Europe. Don’t miss out.

Get in some Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre

Nobody captures the human experience quite like William Shakespeare. The almost daily productions of his greatest works are the main attraction at the Globe, but you can also attend guided tours, poetry readings and exhibitions here. If you’re looking to connect with the very best of British culture, the Globe is the place to go.

See the Turners at the National Gallery

The National Gallery is my personal favourite gallery in the world. You’ll find some of Europe’s greatest masterpieces here, from Van Gogh to Monet to Rembrandt. You may be brought to tears by the beauty of Turner’s Margate from the Sea. The depth and expanse of these treasured pieces are breathtaking.

Admire William Blake at the Tate Modern

If modern culture is more your style, we highly recommend visiting the Tate Modern. From William Blake to Andy Warhol, you’ll find some of the most revered pieces of modern art housed in this red-brick temple of Brutalist architecture. The interior is almost as striking as the art it houses, with the mesmerisingly modern turbine room welcoming you to an afternoon of cultural exploration. Don’t miss out on classics like Dali, Picasso and Matisse.

Royal Opera House

This one will require some advance preparation, but it’s definitely worth the extra effort. The Royal Opera House is one of the most beautiful buildings in London. It houses regular shows, from classical ballets and operas to modern orchestral performances, every day of the week. Their performance of Madama Butterfly was one of the most remarkable visual spectacles I’ve ever witnessed.

Party in Shoreditch

Culture isn’t just about the high arts; it’s also about how people enjoy their lives on a day-to-day basis. To get a slice of genuine London culture, you can’t do better than a night out in Shoreditch. It’s where edgy, hipster culture meets the corporate world – the perfect encapsulation of what it means to be young in London.

To see more of London’s world-class culture, look at our great range of London tours. No matter whether art, architecture or history is your thing, we have the tour for you.