London is the most architecturally pleasing city I’ve ever visited. It’s rich in history, stunning buildings, friendly people and often miserable weather?
It’s one the most visited cities in the world, so to be sure that you don’t miss out on a thing, here are 10 things you must do in London!
1 – Stroll around Hyde Park
This beautiful Royal Park in the heart of London is something you really don’t want to miss.
It’s 350 acres of lush grounds that could submerge you for hours on end. Simply walking around Hyde Park is beautiful in itself, but if you’re on the hunt for some outdoor activities around central London, it also offers horse riding, swimming, cycling, boating and tennis too!
2 – Buy a new umbrella from James Smith & Sons
The most historic store you’ll potentially ever find in London. James Smith & Sons is an 1830 store on New Oxford Street, that still remains with its extreme character and old century style.
It sells every kind of umbrella you can possibly imagine. And let’s be honest… You’ll probably need one when you’re in London ☔️
3 – Take a ride on the Underground
London’s Underground (aka. the Tube) is the world’s first underground railway that opened in 1863. There are 270 stations and 402 kilometres of railway that connect passengers in and around this beautiful city.
Even if you only go one-stop, taking a ride on the Tube is something you must do in London.
4 – Drink Butter Beer at Harry Potter Studios
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, visiting the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios is something you desperately need to visit. Not only does it show the amazing sets that you frequently see in the iconic films, but the tour also goes into depth about the amazing behind the scenes work that you won’t ever see in the movies.
It’s a place that spreads magic and happiness to all who walks through its doors!
5 – Have a picnic at Richmond Park
Richmond Park is a Nature Reserve and Deer Park that has been in place since 1637. A 17th-century hunting ground (thankfully no more) which is currently still home to hundreds of deer, ancient oak trees and historic artefacts with great importance to England’s history.
It’s a park with great significance to national, and also international, wildlife conservation. Its grounds are some of the calmest, most tranquil and breathtakingly beautiful you’ll find around London.
6 – Walk down Museum Lane
Museum Lane is a beautiful lane in South Kensington that homes some of the most beautiful museums in the world; the Natural History Museum, Geological Museum, Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. The lane is also a few block away from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, making it a perfect place to visit on your way to some of the other major sites.
And the best part is, entry is free (to almost all of them anyway)!
7 – Try Mulled Wine at Greenwich Market)
Greenwich Market is London’s only market situated within a UNESCO world heritage site.
This charismatic, colourful market has many things that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Why not grab yourself a bite to eat, some mulled wine and a unique souvenir from your travels, all in the one place!
8 – Have a Pub Dinner
Yorkshire puddings, warm hearty veggies and gravy – yes please! I don’t think anything beats a British pub roast.
9 – Visit Brighton
Brighton is the perfect place for a day trip. A one-hour train journey south of London will take you to this amazing seaside town that is incredibly picture-perfect.
It has the beautiful English architecture that we all know and love, many lanes full of unique stores, a pier with arcade games and amazing views, and a friendly atmosphere that will make you fall in love with the UK.
Visiting Brighton really is something you must do when on your trip to London.
10 – Spot the iconic London Sights
There are some seriously incredible and iconic attractions across London.
Big Ben, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Buckingham Palace and more; It would be such a shame to go all the way to this beautiful city and not have the chance to see them all!
For a more on how to get there, where to eat, the best day trips and other amazing tips, head over to this detailed London guide!