“I think London’s sexy because it’s so full of eccentrics.” – Rachel Weisz
London remains one of my favorite cities in the world since I first visited in 2007. I’m obsessed with it’s eccentricities, history, culture, theater, and architecture. London is full of excitement and adventure and it’s impossible to find yourself bored when visiting.
If you’re currently planning a trip there or just interested in going someday, check out our list of favorite things to do while visiting the city:
1 – Walk the Southbank of the Thames
Take a 2.5 mile walk from Tower Bridge all the way to the Houses of Parliament on the Southbank. Take your time and stop when you see something interesting. It’s a beautiful and fascinating walk. You’ll find street artists and performers, beautiful bridges, a skateboarding park, book markets, food trucks, etc.
2 – Explore the free museums
Most major museums are free. Some of my favorites include: The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Wallace Collection, The National Gallery, The Imperial War Museum, and The National Portrait Gallery. If you’re searching for something different and quirky, check out The Tate Modern or The Wellcome Collection.
3 – Visit Covent Garden
There are so many things to do at Covent Garden. The best thing to do is just wander around and explore the unique shops in the area. If you enjoy opera or ballet, the Royal Opera House is located right next to the market. Make a stop at Ben’s Cookies for a delicious cookie and scoop of gelato. Shake Shack recently opened within the market, but maybe a meal at the White Lion Pub will be a little more British 🙂
4 – Get breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea at the Kensington Palace Orangery
The yogurt with fresh berries, granola and London bee honey is to die for! Also, they have delicious croissants and hot chocolate. A perfect stop for a rainy morning or afternoon in London.
5 – Portobello Road Market
Touristy, sure, but totally worth seeing. The busiest day for the market is Saturday, but it’s also the day when all the markets are open. If you go other days in the week, you’ll run into fewer crowds, but won’t see as many shops.
6 – Visit Camden
As soon as you exit the Tube in Camden Town, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a time machine back to the 90s. But it’s not a bad thing! The area is super quirky and it’s becoming a favorite place for hipsters. If you’re looking for a unique bite to eat, you’ll enjoy the selection of foot carts and booths in Camden. There are so many delicious things to choose from.
If you’re into vintage shopping, you’ll find a large selection of vintage and second-hand stores. Plenty of record shops and second-hand book stores also line the streets.
7 – Wander through the city’s parks
- Go for a morning jog through Regent’s Park (be sure to also visit Primrose Hill nearby).
- Have a picnic in Hyde Park and then wander over to the Italian Gardens or go paddle boating on the Serpentine.
- Visit the peacocks in Holland Park as well as the beautiful gardens.
8 – See a play (or two…or three)
Excellent theater productions happen throughout the year in London. Some of the best theaters to see plays include (but aren’t limited to): The Old Vic, The Donmar Warehouse, and The National Theatre.
9 – Take a day trip to Bath
(Trains and buses are available for travel)
Some things to do in Bath:
- The Roman Baths – a bit pricey, but fascinating. You could spend hours exploring this museum.
- The Jane Austen Centre – Fans of Austen should definitely visit.
- Give yourself an audio walking tour.
- Visit the Royal Crescent and Circus.
- Go shopping!
10 – Take the Tube out to Hampstead Heath
Escape from the craziness of the city for a morning or early afternoon and visit Hampstead Heath. The beautiful Kenwood House is about a mile away from the Tube and it’s free to go inside and see the galleries. There are also some pretty parks worth exploring as well. If you get hungry there are so many delicious cafes, bakeries, and restaurants to choose from.
BONUS: Try something delicious (and healthy!) at the newly opened Mae Deli
Have you been to London or are you from London? What are your favorite places in the city? What are your favorite day trips outside of the city? Share in the comments! 🙂
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