10 of the Best Things to Do in London
Good news: you don’t have to spend a fortune or travel far to enjoy a break away. More and more people in the UK are swapping their summer sun get-aways for a chance to soak up the sights of London, as rule Britannia fever has swept across Britain.
After a fantastic year for London, and the UK as a whole, tourism has grown rapidly in London in the last year, and a large portion of the tourists haven’t travelled very far. This is one of the main reasons why a break in London is becoming so appealing; it’s extremely accessible, and you can book coaches to London from all over the UK. If you’ve never considered a coach holiday before, or even a London break, here are 10 of the best things you can do there.
1. Explore Royal London
With one of the oldest monarchies in the world, various royal spots are a sure stop for tourists from all over the world. Visit many of London’s prestigious royal palaces, households and other related attractions with a royal walk, or simply by picking up a map and starting at Buckingham Palace!
2. Visit Parliament
Big Ben by Moyan Brenn
Parliament is open to all UK and overseas visitors to attend debates watch committee hearings or take a tour inside one of the world’s most iconic and recognised buildings. Only permanent UK residents can book a tour of Elizabeth Tower and see Big Ben, which is a special plus for home-grown tourists.
3. Discover your inner-artist
London boasts a whole heap of different art galleries, so whether you’re into the classics (take a tour of the National Gallery, the Tate Britain or the National Portrait Gallery), or like something a bit more contemporary (the Tate Modern) you’ll find it in London.
4. Catch a show
If theatre is your thing, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the capital’s world-famous West End, which includes over 40 incredible theatres. There’s also Shakespeare’s Globe situated in a beautiful spot overlooking the Thames, which is perfect for those wanting to watch one of our greatest playwright’s masterpieces in the best possible location.
5. Shop ‘til you drop
It’s no secret that London is every shopaholics dream. Whether your taste (or budget!) is more suited to high-end or high-street, there are shopping centres, department stores and districts that would make even the Sex in the City girls drool.
6. Witness history
London possesses a rich and unique heritage like no other city in the world. Take a stop at Tower Bridge, West Minster Abbey or The Royal Botanic Gardens (to name a view) to view it for yourself. The Museum of London is also not one to be missed.
7. Entertain the kids
There are plenty of things to do to keep the kids occupied and even more to keep them amazed. From the spooky London Dungeons to the fascinating National History Museum (which is free!) there’s something for your harshest critics. And how about topping it all off with a spin on the London Eye?
8. Tour the Thames
A great way to see London from a different perspective is journeying through the historic sights on a boat tour of the Thames. This can also be a great way to be the crowds and put your feet up after a long day of exploring.
9. Afternoon tea
If you say ‘England’ to most tourists, the first thing they’ll probably mention is our love of a good cuppa’. You can have your daily dose in style at a number of afternoon tea hot spots that London has to offer, such as The Ritz and Claridges.
10. Dine in style
London plays host to a whole range of fabulous restaurants, from the quirky and niche, to celebrity owned world famous eats. Best loved chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants are not to be missed, and neither is a good old pint in a London pub.