What to do in London

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The Big Smoke is no stranger to art, culture, or world -class shopping, so it makes sense that London is one of the world’s top travel destinations. The capital of England earns its reputation by offering top -notch theater productions, food from around the globe, and some of the finest museums on the planet. Of course, afternoon tea should also be on any London itinerary. Whether you head to town to watch the changing of the iconic guards at Buckingham Palace or get bird’s eye view of the city via the London Eye, sightseeing in London is sure to deliver memories to last a lifetime.

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What to do in London

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National Portrait Gallery - Wander around and appreciate the interesting displays at this respected museum.

Southbank Centre - If you'd like to discover more of the area's buzzing arts and culture scene, organize a visit.

Vauxhall City Farm - Attention animal lovers — here's your chance to get acquainted with some fascinating new friends.

Hampstead Heath - Make room for play and add some excitement to your escape here.

Parliament Hill Lido - Get set to get wet and have a ball with the whole family.

Goodenough College - Tour this modern landmark and enjoy its design.

Nelson's Column - You'll feel like you've taken a step back in time while ambling around this historic site.

Trafalgar Square - This bustling location is a popular rendezvous point for both visitors and locals.

Serpentine Lake - Get out of life's fast lane and enjoy a bit of time out beside the water.

Charles I Statue - Widely recognized among those who reside here, this site is worth checking out.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Spend some time in meditation or prayer at this religious site.

Berkeley Square - Bring your camera and let the natural surrounds spark a sense of wonder in you.

Victoria Embankment Gardens - Find your green thumb and appreciate the wide range of plants on display.

Areas & Neighborhoods in London

Things to do in London, England vary from the refined to the bohemian. You can grab a nightcap after an evening at the opera just as easily as you can shop the stalls of artsy street markets. Whether your trip to London will be fancy or carefree, you can find a borough or neighborhood here that makes you feel at home.

Kensington — This is one of the trendiest boroughs in the city, officially dubbed the “royal” borough. It’s no surprise, then, that the streets are lined by expensive homes and well-manicured trees. Kensington High Street offers fine shopping and dining, and visitors are welcome to tour Kensington Palace.

Covent Garden — This West End district is best known for its energetic public square, where you will often find street performers. The daily open market is perhaps the best of its kind in the city. Things to do in London’s Covent Garden also include more formal affairs, however. You can take in a show at the Lyseum Theatre or get dinner at London’s oldest restaurant, Rules.

Notting Hill — Notting Hill is more than the setting of a famous romantic comedy. This charming part of London has cobblestone streets, pubs begging for you to enjoy a leisurely lunch, and plenty of antiques vendors.

Leicester Square — Leicester Square is often considered to be the entertainment hub of the city. And with cinemas, theaters, and casinos galore—visitors can certainly keep busy any time of day.

Things to See in London

Landmarks and other things to see in London are dripping in stories from bygone times, so if you aced AP history, you’re bound to fit in immediately. Before you take to London by foot or get adventurous, grab your camera and head to one of the many historical sites. Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and Big Ben are just a sampling of the places you will be happy you explored in person. Of course, you can find a theater production of nearly any sort in the city every day of the week. Catch a matinee musical in Leicester Square or grab dinner and a show in Trafalgar Square.

Sightseeing in London

In addition to the many sights and attractions in England’s capital, there are also opportunities to get active. Go for a jog in Hyde Park, grab your nicest swim suit and take a dip in a lido pool, or rent a pedal boat in Battersea Park. London tours also help you burn some calories while you take in the city whether you embark on a walking tour or kayak excursion, you can spot important sites while you work off those fish and chips. If you’re ready to see what the rest of England has to offer, day trips from London provide a wonderful opportunity to see countryside as well as major U.K. universities.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in London on a sunny day?
What to do in London on a rainy day?
If it’s pelting down during your visit, put down your umbrella and have a go at a few of these popular indoor activities:

What is London famous for?
Prepare to be busy with all of these iconic attractions to check off your itinerary:

  • Buckingham Palace
  • Tower of London
  • Big Ben
  • Trafalgar Square

What should I not miss in London?
If you’d like to experience the best of this place, add these attractions to your itinerary:

  • Hyde Park
  • O2 Arena
  • Tower Bridge
  • London Eye

Are there cheap things to do in London?
What can you do in London for free?
You’ll barely have time to take your wallet out of your backpack with so many wonderful free attractions:

  • Big Ben
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Hyde Park
  • Piccadilly Circus

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