London will always be one of my favourite places to visit. There’s so much to see and do with so many different vibrant neighbourhoods, delicious foodie places and famous landmarks and sights. You are almost spoilt for choice and it’s hard to figure out what’s the top things to do and see. I thought I would share some of my favourite sights and what I think is the 10 unmissable things to do when visiting London for the weekend.
One of the most iconic landmarks in London is of course, the big London Eye which sits on the bank of the River Thames. The London Eye offers panoramic views over London and it’s in prime position to get the perfect snap of Big Ben (one the make-over has completed) and Houses of Parliament. The Southbank is a really lovely area and it’s just right by the London Aquarium and Shrek’s Adventure so you can really make an afternoon of it.
Once you’ve had a perfect view of the River Thames, you could take to the water yourself. City Cruises offer plenty of London sightseeing deals and packages which you can see sights such as Tower Bridge, The Shard, Tower of London and Canary Wharf. The last couple of times I’ve visited London, I’ve ended up on a sightseeing boat trip as it’s just a very enjoyable experience. You can get some great combo deals so you can make a saving if you visit other attractions such as The London Eye, The Tower of London and Madame Tussaud’s.
It would be rather rude to visit the Capital City without paying the Queen a visit. Another very iconic landmark and very much an unmissable sight on any visit to London. I’ve not actually visited the inside of Buckingham Palace but they do offer tours for a limited time each year. I can only imagine how beautiful and opulent the inside of the palace is! If Buckingham Palace isn’t open when you are visiting London, I would recommend checking out The Changing of the Guard. This takes place every day at 11am or on a Sunday at 10am.
Nothing beats London on a warm Summer’s Day. Taking a stroll, or even a picnic in Hyde Park is the perfect way to spend a hot afternoon. It always amazes me to see all the huge green spaces within the hustle and bustle of London. It’s lovely to be able to retreat and just relax by The Serpentine and even take a ride on a pedalo.
Harrods certainly wins the awards for the most amazing department store in the world. There really is nowhere else in the world like Harrods. I absolutely love wandering and exploring the store, even though I know damn well I’m not buying anything. If I’m lucky, I’ll pick up or a cream cake in the food hall or if I’m looking to splash out, I’ll splash out on a Hot Chocolate in the tea room. One of my favourite places to explore in Harrods is Shoe Heaven on the fifth floor. It’s every shoe lovers dream! I believe parts of the store is currently been refurbished so that will be really exciting to see what they have done.
Once you’ve done a little bit of window shopping, take a short wander down to the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the V&A. You could spend all day in these three museums and not get bored, they are pretty amazing. The V&A is very well known for hosting some incredible fashion exhibitions with the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams been the most recent. The Natural History Museum is my favourite though, I think it’s absolutely fascinating! You’ll also find the Science Museum just next door and I have such fond memories of visiting when I was younger. The best thing about these museums? They are all free!
Notting Hill could quite possibly be one of my favourite neighbourhoods in London. In between the colourful houses, you’ll find some ultra-trendy cafés such as Farm Girl and Granger & co and the famous Portobello Road Market. From fresh fruit and veg to antiques, there is so much to see. If you are also a big fan of the movie Notting Hill, this is your chance to find the actual blue door where Hugh Grant’s flat was and the famous Book Shop. I’d also recommend stopping by the Hummingbird Bakery for some delicious cupcakes.
I’ve visited the Sky Garden a couple of times now as it’s free! You don’t get many things in London for free which is why this is very popular and booking in advance is crucial. The Sky Garden is located in the Walkie Talkie building; just a short walk from the Tower of London. You can see the whole of London from up there and you’re surrounded by some gorgeous plants. There are a restaurant and a bar, so it’s a great place to grab a bite or a quick drink. If you can get tickets to visit the Sky Garden (which are released a few weeks in advance), I’d highly recommend going. It’s free after all!
In London’s West End, you are spoilt for choice for all the incredible stage shows which are in production each night. The last show I went to see was Kinky Boots and we managed to get cheap tickets through the app TodayTix. Obviously, you are buying last minute tickets but they are reasonably priced and you can save some serious money. The app also has tickets for Broadway shows if you are on the other side of the pond. At the moment, I’m eager for the arrival of Mary Poppins to the West End and I’d also really love to see Come From Far Away.
Although Covent Garden is a very touristy area, there are plenty of places for food and drinking which I would highly recommend. I did spend 24 hours in Covent Garden last year and basically ate my way around the area. I thought I’d list some places that I usually visit in the area:
I think it’s time I plan my next trip to London which will hopefully be very soon as talking about all that food has made me want it all asap. I’ve only just scratched the surface with some of the best things to do and see in London. For starters, there are so many great neighbourhoods such as Shoreditch, Greenwich and Chelsea which are worth exploring too. I’d love to hear what your favourite things are to do in London!
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