London is my all time favourite city. Even before I first got there I knew that I would love it. And once I stepped foot in this incredible city, I knew it was destined to be – I am in love. Never ever had I felt so at ease and at home when I travelled to a foreign country. It was love at first sight and the funny thing is, my love for London has even grown stronger with every time I went there. Anyway, enough of my endless love for the British capital, let’s talk about 20 things to do in London:
1. Afternoon tea
Going out for afternoon tea definitely is a must when you’re in London. Many hotels and restaurants offer them for a reasonable price and I think this is such a unique experience. Oh and it includes food so why would you say no to that? You can find the best ones currently being offered if you simply do a quick Google search but I’ve heard the one at Sketch should be amazing.
2. Visiting the big tourist attractions: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, London Eye
One can not go to London and not see these iconic sights. You can either do this quickly by taking a hop on- hop off bus. Or you walk along the themse and try to check off every sight on your list. It’s fun either way and will have you fall in love with the city in a matter of seconds.
3. Take it easy and enjoy one of the many amazing bakeries and cafès
To me, London equals food heaven. I have, on countless instances, fallen in love with a coffee shop or two. They offer the most amazing british scones, great cappuccino and the vegan/vegetarian options in the city are to die for. Seriously! I have written a post about my favourite restaurants and cafès in the city. So if you fancy, you can check that out HERE.
4.(Window-)Shopping at Harrods or Selfridges
I love Harrods from the outside (especially in the evening/night when the lights are on) but think that Selfridges is much better for shopping! Either way, Harrods is a must-visit whenever I find myself in the city. I just adore the atmosphere in there and it’s a great bad-weather alternative to walking around outside.
5. Visit the Natural History Museum
When I first went there I felt like I died and went to natural history heaven. Call me a nerd but I just loved seeing all the dinosaur skeletons standing in these old and historical building. Some exhibitions might be charged for, but in general, admittance is free to all of Londons museums. Other great choices: British Museum, National Portrait Gallery.
6. Wander through Notting Hill, Kensington and Chelsea
This might be a chliché as well, but these areas simply have me swooning. The cute houses, the colourful doors and the beautiful cars. If you don’t absolutely fall in love with either Notting Hill, (South) Kensington or Chelsea, who are you even?
7. Brick Lane Market
The entire area around Shoreditch and Brick Lane
8. Stroll through Chinatown
One of my favourite areas as well. Chinatown is always fun to wander around and absolutely perfect to get to either the West End, Leister Square or Seven Dials.
9. Visit the Harry Potter Studios
I wrote a separate post about my trip there last year, click HERE to read it!
10. Feed the squirrels at St. James Park
Hah, I absolutely love this. Never before have I seen so many adorable squirrels actually eating from the tourists’ hands. So cute!
11. Covent Garden
Convent garden is such a beautiful place. There are always opera singers or street artists around. Also you can eat yummy burgers at Shake Shack or buy Macaroons at Ladurée. Convent Garden is a must!!
12. Kings Cross/St. Pancras
The first few times we stayed in London our hotel was pretty near to Kings Cross station so we had to be there every day. And it’s fabulous. You can spot platform 9 ¾ and marble at the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance hotel!
13. Wander across Tower Bridge
And take about a million pictures, just like anyone else. Or, if you don’t want to walk across the bridge you can also stroll along the pier and marvel at the bridge and the Thames flowing by.
14. Travel back in time & have a look at the Globe theatre
Ok I’m a literature student so seeing the Globe was mandatory for me. However, I feel like everyone should visit this Shakespearean theatre once. It’s impressive and really interesting!
15. Enjoy evening drinks at the Sky Gardens
I have to admit that we found this place while wandering around. It’s absolutely fabulous! The view, the drinks and the awesome garden! Make sure to book your seat in advance, though. Admittance is free but you have to reserve a ticket online a few days before you want to go up there. The view is absolutely worth it, though.
16. Go on a day trip from London
I know London is fabulous but you actually can see so much more only by boarding a train from London. Doesn’t matter if you go to Brighton, Oxford or somewhere else – it’s such a great thing to do when you’re in London and want to explore another city too!
17. Camden Town
Cheap clothes, awesome food from all over the world and amazing houses? Coun’t me in! Camden Town and the market is amazing, so hipster and an absolute must when you’re in London.
18. Take pictures with the iconic red phone booths
Come on, you’re in London! You really cannot skip that part. It’s fun, it lets you be creative and it’s a unique keepsake of your trip to London.
19. Watch a play/musical at the West Endn
During one of my last visits I have invited my mom to watch Aladdin at the West End with me and it was absolutely incredible. The
20. Enjoy your time
There’s just so much to see and do in London, you’ll never get bored. I personally find that the best way to spend your time in London is simply wandering around and seeing where the city takes you. There’ll always be something new to see – be it a new area, a new restaurant or simply a new story to tell. It’s always fun to come back to and navigate the city again.