Things to do in London

A London adventure can take on many forms, but for the most part, the city's iconic spots are hard to resist. Don't leave London without exploring the River Thames and its famous neighbouring landmarks such as the Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Equally, a trip to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony is a must-do, while a ride on the London Eye will treat you to the best view in the city from above.

For retail therapy London-style, Oxford Street and neighbouring Regent Street are the obvious choice with a variety of high-street chains, designer labels and prestigious department stores to spend your quids in. Those looking for a taste of the green English countryside can find it in Richmond Park or Hampstead Heath or slightly further afield in the delightful Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew in Surrey, also known as Kew Gardens. Hyde Park and Kensington Park are also worth a look with plenty of monuments, landscaped gardens and some interesting nooks and crannies to explore.

Expect a world of top-notch entertainment in the West End with award-winning musicals taking place every night. Equally famous art can be found in the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, the V&A museum, and history buffs won't want to miss the mummies and ancient artifacts in the British Museum. You'll also find heaps to ogle on the streets of London from historic monuments, towering cathedrals and famous hotels to the English Heritage blue plaques heralding historical markers on buildings throughout the City of London.

For more info, check our list of London must-see sights below. 

Big Ben

Dating back to 1858, Big Ben remains the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is also still the third-tallest free-standing clock tower.

Buckingham Palace

A trip to London is incomplete without seeing where the Royal family reside. Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence since 1837, but the Queen isn't always there and rarely makes public appearances.

London Eye

For one of the best views of London, the top of the London Eye is where you want to be. The famous Ferris wheel was established on the banks of the River Thames in 1999.

Tate Modern

As Britain's national gallery of international modern art, the Tate Modern is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, visited by approximately 4.7 million visitors per year.

Tower of London

Originally a fortress then a royal residence, then a prison and execution venue, the Tower of London has seen the rise and fall of many notable figures.

Hackney

London's East End has shrugged off its cockney and crime reputation to be the new hipster destination in the capital. Head here for the thriving arts scene, multicultural nosh, vintage emporiums and indie music.

West End

For first-run musicals, sell-out shows and world-class theatre, the bright lights of London's West End beckon. See a show then hobnob with the elite for post-show drinks, upmarket boutiques and a range of high-end eateries.

V&A Museum

London's destination for design and decorative art will wow even those with short attention span for museums and galleries. The V&A has a dazzling collection of fashion, jewellery, furniture and sculpture from around the world.

Notting Hill

Famous for its markets, movie settings and a certain annual Notting Hill Cultural Carnival, Notting Hill is a popular and vibrant London district where celebs, locals and visitors all love to hang out and soak up the eclectic vibe.

Camden Town

If you like your music indie and your threads vintage, Camden Town is calling. The popular North London district has seen famous musos perform in its iconic venues and visitors from all over flock to the boho chic markets.