Whether you’re visiting London for the first time or want to feel like a tourist for the day, you have countless potential activities to do with your time. The UK’s capital has a lot to offer, and it can be easy to waste the day in search of things to do.
If you’re after a quintessentially British experience, you need a solid bucket list – and we’ve got 10 crucial experiences to squeeze into your itinerary to get the best out of London town. Let’s get started.
1. Visit Buckingham Palace
You can’t come to London without seeing the Queen, right? You can snap a photo of the majestic palace in all its glory.
Plus, it’s not just the Queen you can give a regal wave to – this area is where you can witness the iconic changing of the guard and take a peek at the Buildings of Parliament too.
2. Take a ride on the London Underground
The London Underground is one of the most comprehensive underground transport systems in the world – and a historic one at that. Feel like a real Londoner by hopping on and off the tube on your journey around the city.
3. Go for afternoon tea
A classic British thing to do is an afternoon tea experience in London while you’re here. Whether you choose a dainty garden or sleek skyscraper, there’s something for everyone.
4. Stroll along the Thames
Home to sights like Tower Bridge and the iconic London skyline, a trip to London isn’t complete without a walk along the river.
5. Discover Covent Garden
With small boutique stores and picturesque cobbled streets, Covent Garden is definitely a gem waiting to be discovered. Gaze at a street show in Leicester Square while you’re here too.
6. Catch a theatre show
London’s West End is one of the most iconic theatre districts in the world, and where you can see some of the best musicals and plays of the moment.
Top tip: take advantage of the numerous theatre dinner deals at a restaurant in the area – enjoying a gourmet meal without missing a second of the show.
7. Visit the London Eye
Offering unbeatable 360 degree views of the capital, and being a super fun experience in general, the London Eye needs to be on your bucket list.
8. Go window shopping in Knightsbridge
Elegant and oh-so Instagrammable, the designer shops and beautiful townhouses of Knightsbridge are worth stopping by – even if you can’t afford anything inside.
9. Sip a cocktail atop the Shard
The tallest building in the UK, the Shard offers panoramic views of London and world class dining experiences. Enjoy a cocktail with unbeatable views or a Michelin-starred dinner at one of the building’s restaurants.
10. Wander around London’s markets
From Portobello Road to Camden, London has many markets to mooch around. If you’re after a unique souvenir from your trip or mouth-watering dishes, you’ll find it all at one of the capital’s markets. Here are just a few you can check out:
- Camden market
- Portobello Road market
- Spitalfields market
- Borough market
- Maltby Street market