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London is a popular destination for several reasons. As one of the most populated cities in the world, London inspires millions of visitors with its images of royalty, crown jewels, British culture, fashion, famous museums, and pubs. If you are getting ready to visit London for the first time, you might be overwhelmed with the countless things to do. 

We put together this guide on what to see in London, which includes an array of diverse activities suitable for every budget.

Whether backpacking around Europe or taking a luxury getaway to this outstanding capital city, London will impress you. Beautiful landmarks you have undoubtedly seen on TV, world-famous museums, hipster hangout spots – London is all of this and much more. Follow our suggestions and tips to plan a perfect first-time visit to London, UK.

TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELING LONDON

  • Our top 3 attractions – We have a whole list of attractions we recommend below if you are visiting London for the first time, but the ones you ABSOLUTELY MUST visit are Big Ben, Camden Town, and the British Museum.
  • Where to stay – We used Booking.com for all of our stays and is great for finding those charming B&Bs. Alternatively, you can always see if hotel corporate codes might work for you.
  • Renting a car – You won’t need a car in London but if you go from here for a road trip you’ll need a car. Save the most money through car rental coupon codes and always start your search with Discover Cars and RentalCars so you know what the best deals are.
  • Flights – International flights are never cheap, but with the Skyscanner “Everywhere” feature you can find the best deals. Check how much it would be for you to get to London!
  • Insurance – This is highly recommended, especially for an international trip! Check out the best travel insurance.
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Favorite Things To Do In London

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Aside from iconic shopping on Oxford Street and at the famous department stores Harrods and Selfridges, or at the eclectic Borough Market and Portothere are plenty of things to do in London.

Here, we present you with a well-thought-out list of things to do in London that will make your first trip to the city unforgettable.

#1 Big Ben

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This is your first-time visit to London, so there is one sight where you should start your exploration of the city, Big Ben. London’s most iconic landmark, featured in more movies than it is possible to count, the Big Ben is symbolically England.   

You might not know that Big Ben isn’t the name for the famous tower with the ornate clock, as we all thought. On the contrary, it is the name of the largest of the five bells of the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament. It is still being determined why the bell has been called Big Ben; what is sure is that this beloved attraction became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. 

You might now wonder how to tour the Elizabeth Tower to see Big Ben. Unfortunately, you can’t. The tower is currently under restoration, and before, you could only enter it if you were a UK resident.

However, you can glimpse Big Ben from various points throughout the city. Our favorite viewpoints are from the Westminster Bridge and the London Eye. For the best experience, go admiring Big Ben during the day and at night when the building, clock, and tower are illuminated. 

OUR RECOMMENDED TOUR

Chiming each hour on the hour, with the sound reverberating through Central London, the Big Ben is unmissable. Pass by it with this fantastic walking tour with a local guide.

Address: Meet up at Green Park Underground station exit, on the Ritz Hotel side.

Hours: This tour starts at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Price: Starting from $ 59.71.

Other info: 

  • Lunch and drinks are not included in the price.
  • This tour involves taking the London Underground, but the ticket is not included in the price.
  • The tour lasts approximately 5 hours.

#2 Westminster Abbey

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Another London sight that you have surely seen, even if this is the first time you have stepped foot in the city, is Westminster Abbey. This is because the stunning church is where official religious ceremonies of the Royal Family take place, from crownings to marriages to funerals.  

Right across from the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey dates back to 960 CE. Originally a Catholic church, it has belonged to the Church of England since the reign of Elizabeth I.

Westminster Abbey, featuring a richly decorated Gothic style, is particularly worth visiting inside. The central nave is outstanding, and walking it, you will pass by the Quire, where the choir sings during services. Behind the Quire, you can admire the High Altar Screen and Cosmati Pavement, which is made of stonework, colored glass, and marble. 

Something unmissable to see in the church’s interior are the tombs of notable personalities buried here. These include scientists (like Charles Darwin to Sir Isaac Newton), poets (for instance, Charles Dickens and Geoffrey Chaucer), and most of the Kings and Queens of England.  

While strolling around Westminster Abbey, you can see other awesome venues. Don’t miss the Henry VII Lady Chapel, located on the church’s eastern end, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, and the Cloisters.

OUR RECOMMENDED TOUR

Visit this awe-inspiring church and learn about its history and relevance to England’s culture and society with this guided tour of Westminster Abbey.

Address: Meet up at Sir Winston Churchill Statue in Parliament Square, at 1 Horse Guards Rd, London SW1A 2HQ, United Kingdom.

Hours: This tour starts at 9 a.m.

Price: Starting from $77.62.

Other info: 

  • When booking this activity, note that you will need to select the type of tour you want to take.  
  • This activity provides guided tours of various lengths, from 4 to 5 hours and a half.
  • This tour offers private transfer if option is selected.

#3 London Eye

The London Eye is something else you will see strolling around London City. As the fourth tallest structure in London, you can’t miss it! 

This huge Ferris wheel is located right on the shore of the River Thames. It is the perfect spot to enjoy unparalleled views of London’s iconic landmarks. When constructed, the London Eye was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, a record that now goes to the High Roller in Las Vegas.

The London Eye is so big that it isn’t built as a regular Ferris wheel. In fact, you won’t ride it on traditional bench seats, but you will enter pods that can fit up to 25 people. This allows you to hang out with all your travel companions as the wheel turns.  

The entire ride takes about half an hour, and during the slow turn, you get a bird’s eye view of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and St Paul’s Cathedral. To access the London Eye, you can choose from two ticket options, the regular one and the fast track, that will allow you to do the ride without queuing. 

Expansive city views and millions of fantastic photo opportunities make riding the London Eye one of your best London experiences. 

OUR RECOMMENDED TOUR

Looking for something extra memorable? We loved this activity that makes you ride the London Eye while enjoying a chilled glass of champagne.

Address: Meet up at County Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 7GP, UK.

Hours: This tour starts every hour from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Plus, two additional slots at 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

Price: Starting from $73.68.

Other info: 

  • This activity gives fast-track entrance to the attraction.
  • A glass of chilled Pommery Brut Royal Champagne is included in the price.

Get Your London Pass

Before you head out, make sure to grab your Go City London pass.

#4 British Museum

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London is a fabulous city to travel to if you are a museum lover. Even if you are not fond of museums, one is so epic that you should definitely visit when in London: the British Museum.

One of the world’s top museums, the British Museum’s permanent collection is massive, so much so that you can spend an entire day here! The over 50 galleries are divided into periods of human civilization, displaying artifacts that showcase human history, art, and culture.

You will be in awe of cultural and artistic masterpieces from across the world, including the Rosetta Stone, parts of Athens’ Parthenon, Lewis Chessmen, and the Mummy of Katebet. 

First opened to the public in 1759, the museum’s expansion over the following two centuries was largely a result of British colonization – as it is for many other museums across Europe. 

The best part of the British Museum is that it is free, which is great if you are not interested in spending too much time inside. Moreover, if you don’t have time to go through the British Museum, we recommend just stepping inside its splendid neoclassical edifice, Norman Foster’s Great Court. This building is dominated by a glass-roofed foyer, which is absolutely astonishing.  

OUR RECOMMENDED TOUR

If you are ready to spend a couple of hours wandering around the maze-like collections of the British Museum, consider taking this guided tour. It is the best way to discover the museum through and through!

Address: Meet up at the museum’s main entrance after the security check.

Hours: This tour starts at 10 a.m.

Price: Starting from $59.94.

Other info: 

  • This tour is not available for 1 single participant.
  • This tour is tailor-made and led by a professional guide.
  • When the group is of 6 (or more) participants, guests will receive a headset.

#5 Churchill War Rooms

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This next entry on this ‘places to see in London’ list is for you if you are interested in World War 2 history. Tucked underneath a complex of buildings in Whitehall, the Churchill War Rooms are usually overlooked by those visiting London, but it’s a fantastic way to learn more about Britain’s history.

Now part of the Imperial War Museum, the Churchill War Rooms used to be a secret bunker used by the British government between 1939 and 1945. It’s from these very rooms that Prime Minister Churchill led the country and worked on military strategists during the war.

Among the things Churchill did in the bunker was have secret telephone calls with President Roosevelt, film broadcasts to update British citizens on war events, and declare war on Germany. 

Get ready to stroll around maze-like hallways and see the rooms where all the actions took place, like the Map Room and the Transatlantic Telephone Room. Inside the Churchill War Rooms, visitors find lots of informative reading material about Churchill’s life and Britain’s involvement in the war.

#6 Camden Town

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A must-do in London for first-timers is visiting the iconic Camden Town. This is the hipster neighborhood of London, full of street art, colorful houses, bars and pubs, and the unmissable Camden market.

You can spend hours strolling around this vibrant and always-busy neighborhood. It’s a great spot in London for enjoying a different vibe. One of the best things to do in Camden Town is to hunt for artsy and creative graffiti.

Famous artists make many, but there are also cool pieces whose artists are anonymous or known by their nicknames, like the mysterious Bambi. Some of the streets where you can find awesome street art are Castlehaven Road, Hawley Street, and Miller Street.

But the main reason everyone gets to Camden Town is its incredible market. This is a series of markets strung along Camden High Street and Chalk Farm Road. All slightly different, Camden Market is London’s best quirky shopping venue. Here, you will find everything from Punk Rock fashion to vintage furniture to Mexican groceries.

Camden Market also features great eateries where you can taste delicious international cuisine – Chinese, Mexican, Greek, and American; you will indeed find what you like.

When night falls, Camden Town is a fantastic spot in London to explore. Catch a concert at famous venues like The Roundhouse and the Electric Ballroom, or hang out with your travel companions at one of the old-school pubs and bars. Many of these places once were the haunt of London’s musical renegades, like the incredible Amy Winehouse.

OUR RECOMMENDED TOUR

Experience the neighborhood’s ecstatic nightlife in true British fashion with this pub crawl activity in Camden Town.

Address: Meet up at Belushi’s Camden, at 48-50 Camden High St, London NW1 0LT, UK.

Hours: This tour starts at 7:30 p.m.

Price: Starting from $28.58.

Other info: 

  • The tour’s price includes entrance to 5 bars/clubs and 4 welcome shots.
  • The tour also provides discounted drink prices at selected venues.

#7 Hyde Park

It might surprise you to know London is an incredibly green city. London is among Europe’s greenest cities, with 3,000 parks and green spaces, covering a total area of about 35,000 acres. 

When it comes to which park to explore, visitors are spoiled with choice. But if there is one you shouldn’t miss, it is famous Hyde Park. The largest of the four royal parks in central London, Hyde Park was first established by Henry VIII in 1536. However, it was only opened to the public a century later. The Royal Parks were the green spaces where the Kings and Queens enjoyed their leisure time, doing activities like hunting, horse riding, and idle recreation. 

In 1851, Hyde Park hosted the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace, centered around cultural and technological inventions from across the globe. Today, Crystal Palace is occupied by sports pitches, including football and tennis.

Hyde Park features many spots to discover. At its heart is the artificial Serpentine Lake, with panoramic paths, waterfront cafés, and the Lido, the oldest swimming club in Britain, where Londoners enjoy summer swims. 

Wandering around the park, you will pass a meadow, rose gardens, and the Diana, Princess Wales Memorial Fountain. Another spot not to miss in Hyde Park is Speakers’ Corner, which is dedicated to lively public speeches and debates. Historically, this corner had seen radical and revolutionary personalities, including Karl Marx and George Orwell, presenting their ideas to Londoners.

OUR RECOMMENDED TOUR

Enjoy a lovely ride to Hyde Park and other sights of London with this afternoon bicycle tour with a guide.  

Address: Meet up at Hilton Hyde Park Hotel, at 129 Bayswater Rd, London W2 4RJ, UK.

Hours: This tour starts at 1 p.m.

Price: Starting from $38.61.

Other info: 

  • This activity is available to purchase from 2 participants at a time.
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people.
  • Note that you must be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before your tour starts.

#8 Tower of London

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One of our favorite spots in London for its historical importance, the Tower of London is not to be mistaken for London Bridge. This historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames traces back to 1066 CE.

Over time, the original structure of the castle was enlarged with more defensive structures, walls, and buildings. Given its long history, the Tower of London served different roles, and it was a royal residence, a prison, an armory, a treasury, and even a zoo.

Among the places to see in the Tower of London are the Torture Tower, hosting an unsettling exhibition with replicas of torture instruments, and the Jewels House, housing ceremonial treasures and royal jewels.

The Tower of London is a special place also for still being where the beefeaters live with their families. Historically, they were the guards of the Tower of London, but today only have a symbolic role, performing ceremonial functions. If you get a chance, witness the changing of the guard and Ceremony of the Keys, which has existed for over seven hundred years.

OUR RECOMMENDED TOUR

For an extra memorable experience at the Tower of London, choose this tour of the castle with a legendary Beefeater guardsman.

Address: Meet up in front of the ticket office just opposite the main entrance of the Tower of London, at St Katharine’s & Wapping, Londra EC3N 4EE, UK.

Hours: This tour starts at 8:30 a.m.

Price: Starting from $82.32.

Other info: 

  • This tour doesn’t offer hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Unfortunately, this tour isn’t suitable for people with mobility impairments and for wheelchair users.
  • Inside the Tower of London, you can’t enter with luggage or large bags and baby strollers.

#9 Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

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Shakespeare’s fan or not, the Globe Theater is among the unmissable places to see in London. This old-world-looking theater has been the epicenter of London’s entertainment in the past, in business for hundreds of years.  

What you see today is not the original theater of 1599, which stood about 200 meters from where it now stands. The modern Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a rebuilt replica in oak-and-thatch. 

The Globe Theater was erected by Shakespeare’s playing company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, and it is even said that the great poet himself sat inside to watch his plays performed.

Today, the theater is an open-air playhouse where you can watch Shakespeare’s works. You can assist at numerous performances throughout the year, including plays, operas, comedy shows, and candlelit concerts, also from authors other than Shakespeare.

Watching a play at the Globe Theater is a beautiful experience, but the theater also offers a permanent exhibition showcasing Shakespeare’s life, information about the original playhouse, and how the Southwark would have looked during Elizabethan times. In addition, the theater proposes tours to discover its history and hidden gems.

OUR RECOMMENDED TOUR

Join the Globe Theater’s official in-house tour with this 3-hour walking activity at the discovery of Shakespeare’s spots around London.

Address: Meet up at 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, UK.

Hours: This tour starts at 9 a.m.

Price: Starting from $209.61.

Other info: 

  • This activity is available to purchase from 2 participants at a time.
  • A guaranteed small group of a maximum of 6 participants.
  • This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes.

#10 St. Paul’s Cathedral

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Standing tall in the heart of London’s City district, St. Paul’s Cathedral is such an iconic landmark that it needs to be on your bucket list. Away from the ritz and glitz of the city’s West End, St. Paul’s Cathedral and its surroundings feel as if they’ve been trapped in time.

London’s cathedral, the second largest in the world after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, has a colorful history. Looted, burned, and destroyed, St. Paul’s Cathedral had to be rebuilt no less than four times between the 7th and 17th centuries.

Throughout its long history, the cathedral has been the site of important events in British history, such as the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1981 and the funerals of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. 

Besides its historical relevance, St. Paul Cathedral boasts stunning architecture. With decorated chapels, wonderful galleries, and a state-of-the-art dome, this church will surely leave you speechless. 

The best area of the cathedral is the first floor. Vast and luminous, it is a perfect example of the Baroque aesthetic. The Whispering Gallery is particularly impressive. Situated above the nave, it features a majestic acoustic – a whisper from one side of the gallery can be clearly heard on the opposite side, 111 feet away!

OUR RECOMMENDED TOUR

Secure your entry at the St. Paul’s Cathedral and join a guided tour of the building with this tour.

Address: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London, UK.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. On Wednesday, you can visit the church from 10 a.m.

Price: Starting from $31.76.

Other info: 

  • This activity gives access to the cathedral floor, crypt, and galleries.
  • Participants are provided with a multimedia guide in 9 languages.
  • Option to join guided tours is available, and must be booked upon arrival.

Tip: 

  • The guided tours have limited spots, so we suggest booking ahead and being at the church early to secure yours.

Every list of ‘places to see in London’ you will find online includes at least a few museums. It’s impossible not to visit a museum when figuring out the best things to do in London. Among the many museums you can visit, the National Gallery is the ideal venue for admiring fine art masterpieces.

One of the most famous art museums in the world, the National Gallery is located in Trafalgar Square, which means you will pass by it multiple times during your London visit. So why not enter the museum, even considering that it is free?

The National Gallery showcases some of the planet’s biggest and most diverse painting collections. Even if you are not fond of fine art, you should visit this museum at least just to browse its highlights. Among the permanent collection’s greatest paintings are Jan Van Eyck’s ‘The Arnolfini Portrait’ and Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Virgin Of The Rocks’.

If you don’t want to spend too much time visiting the National Gallery, you can follow one of the three recommended “Art Routes” proposed by the museum, which will take you on thematic walks around half an hour long to discover awesome masterpieces. 

OUR RECOMMENDED TOUR

If you love museums and fine arts and want to make the most of your time in the National Gallery, consider taking this museum tour with an art expert.

Address: Meet up inside the museum, in the Annenberg Court near the information desk.

Hours: This tour starts at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Price: Starting from $24.14.

Other info: 

  • The tour’s price includes the entrance ticket, an expert guide, and a headset.
  • Entry to special or paid exhibitions is to be purchased separately.

#12 Natural History Museum

Call to action for dinosaur lovers of all ages! When in London, you cannot avoid stepping inside the Natural History Museum.

Hosted in a beautiful Romanesque building intentionally designed to complement the museum’s exhibitions, the Natural History Museum used to be known for the well-loved Diplodocus plaster skeleton that took the space of an entire room. Affectionately called Dippy, it was replaced in 2017 by a real skeleton of a huge blue whale named Hope, which is indeed as impressive.

Housing over 70 million specimens, the Natural History Museum boasts many exhibits. Among the best are the world’s first discovered T-Rex fossil, a meteorite as old as our solar system, and the Charles Darwin collection. The Darwin Centre Spirit Collection is particularly interesting. It includes star wonders like Archie the Giant Squid and the famous cursed amethyst. 

But that’s not all. The Natural History Museum is also a fully functional laboratory with expert scientists working in biology and geology.

OUR RECOMMENDED TOUR

The museum has many more peculiar exhibits and stories to discover, so join this guided tour of the Natural History Museum to have the best time. 

Address: Meet up at the red telephone booth across the street from Exhibition Road entrance of the Natural History Museum, outside on the east of the building.

Hours: This tour starts at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Price: Starting from $114.36.

Other info: 

  • When booking this activity, make sure to select the option you prefer (private or group tour).
  • This tour doesn’t offer hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • The tour doesn’t include temporary exhibits.

Where To Stay In London

When in London, securing accommodation that is well-located and within your budget will have a huge impact on the outcome of your trip.

CITY OF LONDON

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Motel One London-Tower Hill

This designer hotel welcomes guests in stylishly decorated rooms in the heart of London’s financial center. Fitting a maximum of two people, the rooms have great amenities, and some boast fantastic city views. Free wifi is available throughout Motel One London. The accommodation also has an on-site bar where guests can purchase breakfast. Around the hotel, you will find many eclectic bars and eateries, nightlife opportunities, and the Aldgate Underground Station.

MAYFAIR

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The Chesterfield Mayfair

Oozing luxury but at a more convenient price compared to other 4-star hotels, The Chesterfield Mayfair is ideally located near Hyde Park. This hotel mixes traditional British charm with modern comforts. Furthermore, The Chesterfield Mayfair has an award-winning restaurant, Butler’s Restaurant, serving traditional afternoon tea and an outstanding daily breakfast. For an evening drink, head to the Terrace Bar to sample a large whiskey selection.

WESTMINSTER

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St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel

Housed in a heritage building, this 4-star hotel is located a short walk from some of London’s highlights, including Buckingham Palace. Guests will find spacious, elegant rooms with a well-designed mix of old charm and modern furniture. St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel boasts a full-service spa with treatment inspired by Indian wellness philosophies. This hotel also has six restaurants. Particularly impressive is the Michelin-starred Quilon, where the chef delights the guests’ palates with Indian cuisine.

CAMDEN TOWN

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Mirabilis Apartments – Bayham Street

These fully equipped apartments are perfect for larger travel groups. Modern and with a great location at a 10-minute on foot to Camden Town, Mirabilis Apartments have several different apartments that can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 5 people. The apartments are beautifully furnished and feature a fully-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, a satellite flatscreen TV, ironing facilities, and a seating area. Furthermore, this accommodation offers a fitness center and free wifi throughout the property.

Closing Thoughts

London truly offers a mixed bag of experiences. You will never want to leave London if you love history, art, shopping, entertainment, and eating.

When planning your first trip to London, it can be challenging to decide things to do. We have compiled a comprehensive list of what to see in London, including unmissable attractions and some of our favorites. 

Depending on your budget and length of stay, pick from it and be ready for a wonderful vacation – London is calling you!

Get Your London Pass

Before you head out, make sure to grab your Go City London pass.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does tipping work in London?

The average tip in restaurants is 10-15%. When asking for the bill, look at it closely to make sure that the tip hasn’t automatically been added to the final price. 

Londoners don’t tip at the pub if they only order drinks from the bar. However, they do if they are getting table service.

Should I buy the London City Pass?

London is not a cheap city to visit, so purchasing the London Pass is a smart choice if you want to visit the city’s most iconic landmarks. You will have free, skip-the-line entrance to many unmissable attractions.

Do I need an Oyster Card to use public transport?

You might have heard you need an Oyster Card to use public transport. While this was the way around the city for a long time, today, you just need your credit or debit card to tap in and out of the tube and buses. It can’t get easier than this!

How do I get around London?

London features several different public transport options. The best way to move around the city is by London Underground, colloquially known as “The Tube”. The iconic double-decker city bus is another way to get around London. If you are not into public transport, Uber is a great alternative.

What to see in London for the first time?

If this is your first time traveling to London, there are at least 3 places you need to see: Big Ben, Camden Town, and the British Museum.

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