London is truly one of the finest cities in the world, with ecstatic and fascinating views that are sure to leave you with great memories. London, England’s capital city is popularly known as “the Great Wen” or “the Old Smoke” with a square area of 1,572km2 with virtually an innumerable number of places to visit and tons of things to do. The Old Smoke is an exceptional city, with famous historical landmarks, ancient preserved British culture and well- styled structures.
Like most developed cities, London has something interesting for everyone to do. The Great Wen provides a lot of free places for sight-seeing while others are affordable at discounted rates.
The breathtaking changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, the luxurious shopping malls and hotels, the spectacular tower bridge, the ancient London museums, the popular big ben, and many other picturesque places make London tour enthralling and adventurous, you will never run out of amazing things to do.
With so many places to add to your itinerary, confusion and indecision may set in. Here is an insider’s tip on the top ten things to do in London to have a remarkable experience in one of the most visited cities in the world.
1. Changing of Guard Ceremony
Buckingham Palace has served as the official residence of the Queen of England and other UK’s sovereigns since 1837 when it was officially opened. The changing of the guard at the most famous royal residence in the world is not what you want to miss during your trip to London.
This London walking tour will ensure you are in the best position possible to see the extraordinary Changing the Guard ceremony while avoiding the crowds at the gates of
Buckingham Palace. You will see various stages of the ceremony, including the inspection, Old Guard, New Guard, Palaces, and even march alongside the Guards and Ceremonial Bands!
2. Take a tour around the Tower of London
The ancient historic Tower of London with over 900 years of rich history is the fortress of the Queen of England. You will discover the priceless Crown Jewels and Line of Kings at the White Tower. With a twilight tour by the world-class Beefeaters, you will uncover the rich secrets and remarkable stories about the Tower. Don’t miss a visit to the nearby Tower Green which was the site for the public execution of the prisoner.
3. See the Westminster Abbey Gothic Church
Westminster Abbey is a picturesque Gothic Church completed since 1066, it is the coronation and burial site of all English Monarchs and an outstanding place of worship.
4. Take a perfect picture with Big Ben
The over 150 years old popular Big Ben is a giant bell inside Westminster’s iconic clock in the Elizabeth Tower located at the north end of the Houses of Parliament in Central London. A perfect picture with big ben is a picture with London.
5. Ride the Coca-Cola London Eye
Have a breathtaking moment in the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel which is the most popular paid-for tourist attraction in the UK. This astonishing London Eye at 135m gives you a fascinating view of some of the biggest structures in the city for 30 minutes. This beautiful symbol of modern London is on the South Bank of the River Thames.
6. Sightseeing at the Museum of London
The Museum of London is an exceptional showpiece that houses a chunk of British history. Make your visit to London complete by knowing the story of England from its pre-historic times to this present day. Around the Museum, you will find some other interesting places like the Georgian Pleasure Garden, St. Bartholomew the Great, Barbican – Curve Gallery, Guildhall Yard, Bloomberg Arcade. Sightseeing at the Museum of London is a never-ending activity, it is a must-do for history lovers!
7. Travel around on a Hop on Hop off bus tour
Many bus tours will allow you to hop on and hop off to visit sites of attraction, to go shopping, and have lunch all at your own pace. A bus tour comes with its advantages of allowing you to see and visit more places in London.
8. Meet Nature at the Royal Botanical Garden
A walk around the calm and exotic Nature Trails, Rose Gardens and Treetop walk is worth taking! Other gardens you can visit in London include the Chelsea Physic Garden and Kensington Garden.
9. Visit the markets and eat something nice
There are dozens of markets offering British fruits and vegetables, handmade chocolate truffles, international delicacies, Indian street food and raclette, where you will find varieties of native and foreign foods. Some of the most popular food markets are the Borough Market, Portobello Road Market, Brick Lane Market, and Greenwich Market.
10. Get a Massage
The London tours help you burn some calories and can get very stressful. London will provide you with an abundance of fun, and of course, there is a provision of a cure for the stress that will accompany your trips. London houses some of the best massage centers that will give you relieve right from the first therapy session. After running around all day, the perfect way to end your trip is to get a pleasing full-body massage.