The 11 Best Things to Do in London

An abundance of museums, chic neighborhoods, and historic sites await you on your hop across the pond. Whether you’re looking to create your own rendition of The Crown or eat your way through the famous markets, London has something for you. Here are the best things to do in London. 

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Visit Museums 

No visit to London is complete without a visit to one of the many museums in the city. From the art exhibitions at the Tate Modern to incredible historical artifacts in the Natural History Museum, you simply can’t go wrong. Other museums you shouldn’t miss include the Victoria and Albert Museum, Jewish Museum London, and the Fashion and Textile Museum. Plus, a whole slew of them are free. 

Afternoon Tea at Fortnums 

With a tea salon minted by Queen Elizabeth, afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason is complete with an expansive tea menu, unlimited scones, bite-sized treats, and finger sandwiches.  The shop, which was established in 1707, has one of the best afternoon tea experiences in the city. 

Head to the Shard

The Shard offers the best vantage point over the entire city. With 360-degree panoramic views, you can see all of London’s famous landmarks from above. Check out the open-air-sky deck or sit inside and enjoy the views with a glass of champagne. 

Explore Camden 

As one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in London, Camden is the perfect place to spend an afternoon or two. Beloved for its Camden Market, it’s easy to spend time perusing the eclectic finds, vintage clothing, or beautiful ceramics. However, there are also beautiful parks (like the hilltop one in Primrose Hill), delicious restaurants, and tons of live music venues. 

Visit Portobello Market 

As one of the most historical street markets in the world, it’s no surprise that a visit to Portobello Market is a necessary stop. With each visit, you can explore the stalls, grab a bite to eat, or sit and enjoy the fantastic people-watching. 

Stroll through Hyde Park 

One of the most famous parks in the city, Hyde Park is the largest of the four royal parks and stretches from Kensington to Buckingham Palace. While it’s a lovely place to take a stroll, it also has lovely jogging trails, sports facilities, cycle paths, and horse trails. Plus, on a warm day, it’s a great spot to have a picnic. 

Visit the Tower of London 

For a peep at the Crown Jewels, you’ll want to stop by the Tower of London. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, it has seen a plethora of history. Nowadays, it’s best to enjoy the expansive grounds and take a tour from one of the Beefeaters, which is offered every half hour and showcases some of the royal family’s most famous jewelry pieces. 

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Shop in Shoreditch

A hotspot for finding one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories, Shoreditch is the place to go for independent boutiques and vintage shops. Weekend bargain hunters will love Brick Lane’s Sunday market, whereas vintage shoppers will adore ATIKA, one of the biggest vintage shops in Europe. 

Take A Ride On The London Eye 

As one of the most popular attractions in London, the London Eye is an observation wheel that offers beautiful views of the city from above. You’ll spot everything from Big Ben to the Tower Bridge. 

Visit Kensington Palace 

Live like a royal for a day (or afternoon) while you stroll through Kensington Palace. The famous royal residence was known as Queen Victoria’s birthplace and offers an inside look into how part of the royal family lived. After a visit to the rooms inside the palace, make sure you stroll through the beautiful surrounding gardens. 

Catch a Performance At The Royal Opera House 

Whether you’re looking to see a ballet or opera show, the Royal Opera House has it all. Originally built in 1858, the Covent Garden spot is an architectural marvel and is one of the largest opera houses in London.

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