Whether you’re from the UK or elsewhere, a visit to London is imperative for any keen sightseer. There’s so much to see and do, and the area is steeped in both historical and pop culture. With this being said, the number of things to see and do is so large that it can be tricky to narrow down the list of where to go. As a result, we’ve narrowed down the best things to do in London so that you don’t have to! Although it’s important to bear in mind that this list is in no way exhaustive, and there’s endless opportunities for days out in London.
See the Changing of the Guard
Firstly, why not head to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing on the guard? This takes place at 11 am every single day and lasts for around 45 minutes. This is one of the most iconic sights that London has to behold and, quite literally, can’t be seen anywhere else in the globe. The royal family is one of the most famous features of London, meaning you have to experience the changing of the guard at least once. From the towering bearskin hats to the luxurious red coats, the changing of the guard is quintessentially British and is a sight to behold.
Go on the London Eye
London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and what better way to see it than 135 metres in the air? There are very few opportunities where you’ll be able to see London from a bird’s eye view, and it’s not until you do that you realise quite how spectacular the city is. Many people refrain from embarking on the London Eye due to a fear of heights; however, the design makes it accessible for even the biggest height-phobes. You’ll be in an enclosed glass dome, and the Eye moves very slowly, meaning you don’t have to worry about the speed.
Visit Madame Tussauds
From traditional culture to pop culture, Madame Tussauds is home to some of the most famous wax figures in the world. You may not be able to meet the royal family during your visit to London, but you’ll certainly be able to meet their wax doubles! Not only the royal family, but also an array of other celebrities from the Beckhams to George Clooney. You’re sure to feel like a star for the day in one of the most globally famous wax museums. Don’t forget your camera, as pictures with your favourite celebs are absolute musts!
Visit the London Dungeons
Now, onto the darker side of London – the London Dungeons. From talented actors to eerie effects, the London Dungeons is a theatrical experience that can’t be missed. The place is filled with stages, scenes, and rides, meaning you’re in for a day of entertainment upon entering the London Dungeons. The day will be filled with storytelling, interactive shows, and even 1000 years of history. A simultaneously thrilling and educational opportunity is the ideal experience for anyone visiting London. In spite of the eeriness, the team is extremely dedicated to health and safety so you can be confident that you’re secure in the space.
Climb the O2
One for the more daring individuals is climbing the O2! There are daytime, sunset, and twilight slots available, meaning you can cater your view to suit you. From the top of the O2, you’ll overlook the entirety of Greenwich, including the Olympic Park and Canary Wharf. You’re sure to see a completely different side of London than the aforementioned view from the London Eye.