There’s absolutely no shame in being a tourist when you’ve got so many attractions right on your doorstep. Have a read of our top 10 things to see and do in London… and start ticking them off your list!
Take a snap of Buckingham Palace
It’s one of the most famous royal residences in the world… and home to our Queen, Elizabeth. Standing grandly at the end of The Mall in Green Park, the Palace attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. So, go on, peer through the railings and take a pic!
Visit the British Museum
This place is v. cool and we love the ceiling in the entrance way (get that on your insta). There are tonnes of global artefacts for you to explore, in fact there are over eight million objects in the collection. Entrance to the main area is free too. That’s your Sunday afternoon sorted then.
Picnic in a park
Apparently, London has officially shunned its reputation as a smog-filled metropolis and become the world’s first ‘National Park City.’ So why not go for a picnic in one? We really rate Primrose Hill, which has some incredible views across the city, and there's also Hyde Park, London Fields, Victoria Park, Regent’s Park… the list can go on and on!
Eat EVERYTHING at Borough Market
Sure, there will be crowds and you’ll probably lose all your mates, but it’ll be worth it for all the food and drink on offer. This is one of the city’s largest and oldest food markets, which makes it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat. Better still, New Cross Gate to London Bridge is just a 10 to 12-minute journey by train.
Watch a play
If you want to see theatre like Londoners did in Tudor times then head to Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank... you can book a £5 ticket and stand in the open-air pit. There are LOADS of other theatres to try out, too. Top tip – save money by visiting the TKTS booth in Leicester Square which offers half-price and discounted tickets on the day of the show and up to a week in advance.
If art is your thing, you need to make the most of all the free galleries London has to offer. We rate the Tate Modern on Bankside which features modern and contemporary art by the likes of Warhol and Dali, and there’s also the National Gallery or the National Portrait Gallery or the Saatchi Gallery… to name but a few.
Shop in Soho
You’ve got heaving Oxford Street for all your high street names and then there’s Carnaby Street, full of independent brands and quirky flagship stores. All that shopping means you’ll work up an appetite. Handy then, that there’s a whole bunch of restaurants nearby including the likes of Dishoom, Pizza Pilgrims and Breddos. Yum.
Celeb spot in Madame Tussauds
Possibly the most touristy thing you can do in London… but we secretly love it. Get up close and personal with some 300 lifelike waxwork models from Kayne West and Madonna to George Clooney and Prince William. Search online for deals to save money!
Tower of London
Full of architecture, glittering Crown Jewels and some rather gruesome stories, the Tower of London is pretty iconic so go feast your eyes on a thousand years of history. If you’re into ice-skating then you’re in luck as they put up a rink in winter.
Gaze up at Big Ben
When you ask people about Big Ben, most assume it’s the Westminster clock tower, but actually Big Ben refers to the Great Bell inside. While there are no tours until next year, due to essential maintenance, add it to you ‘to visit’ list. You’re also just minutes away from Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, so it’s an easy visit.
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