London is one of the world’s great cultural hubs, and whether it’s your first visit or you’ve been travelling to this iconic destination for years, you’ll quickly realise that the sites, sounds, and tastes of this European capital never get old. For those heading to London and looking to enjoy some of the best this city has to offer, here are 5 great things to see and do.
Stroll Along the Thames
One of the best ways to see London’s most iconic sites is simply by strolling along the banks of the famed River Thames. Starting from Parliament and Big Ben then heading east, you’ll enjoy sites like the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London.
If you happen to catch a sunny day then you’re in for a real treat. The Southbank area has lots to do, see, eat and drink!
Explore London’s Beautiful Parks
The Royal Parks make-up some of London’s best and most scenic real-estate, and feature everything from the wide woods and meadows of the deer filled Richmond Park, to the manicured lawns and flowerbeds of Kensington Gardens. Other great spots include Primrose Hill, which stands on the northern side of Regent’s Park, and offers spectacular views of the London skyline, as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens, such as Kew. Kew Gardens is an internationally important botanic research and education institution, which is home to a range of native and exotic plants.
Catch a West End Show
London’s West End is one of the world’s premier places to enjoy stage shows, including everything from traditional Shakespearean theatre, to funky new musicals like Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments. No matter your stylistic or thematic preferences, you’ll find a show to love on a trip to the always-bustling West End.
Visit London’s Museums
One of the great parts about London is that virtually all of its museums are free, and they include many of the world’s most important historical and cultural artefacts, from native English masterpieces such as J.M.W. Turner’s painting, “The Fighting Temeraire”, in the National Gallery, to ancient Egyptian mummies and sarcophagi in the British Museum.
Try the Cuisine
Though the Brits aren’t known for their delectable cuisine, London is one of the best cities in the world to eat. Head to trendy Shoreditch for delicious hipster eateries like Meat Mission, upmarket Chelsea for the fancy Chutney Mary, or Battersea for a satisfying morning meal at the Breakfast Club. Or go full British and eat fish and chips with a pint!
Or forego all of that, and pick up a bottle of white wine, some cheese, cured meats, fruit and head to one of the beautiful parks for a picnic!
Shop ‘til You Drop
With some of the world’s best shopping districts filled with all of the major brands as well as local designers and top bespoke offerings, London is a fashion fiend’s dream destination, from high-end shopping on Regent Street to popular brands on the famed Oxford Street. If you’re a fan of high fashion, then consider making your way to town during fashion week in late September. Or if budget’s more your thing head to Camden Market for some quirky, bargain pieces, too!
Whatever your reason for travelling to London, this city is bound to become one of your favourites!