There are so many things to do in London. But you can’t miss this list to make your London trip fun and memorable. Visit these places in London to get the most out of your travel.
A few times a week, you can go to Buckingham Palace and watch the changing the guard. When I got to the palace, I saw loads of people standing around like they were waiting for someone to show up. I searched the Buckingham Palace website to see if an event was taking place and the changing the guard was on the schedule and would be happening in 20 minutes. I didn’t have much going on for the rest of the say and decided to stay and what the guards change positions. It was such a cool experience because this isn’t something that I would get to see every day.
Harry Potter Walking Tour
If you didn’t already know, I am a Harry Potter fan. Recently, I finished book one and book two within in three days. While in Edinburgh I did a self-guided Harry Potter Walking Tour and while in London I paid 15 euros for a guided Harry Potter Walking Tour. Some of the stops included filming locations for Diagon and Knockturn Alley, Ministry of Magic, Leaky Caldron and Platform 9 and three quarters.
If you love to watch plays or musicals, then you could spend loads of money just see all there is to offer in London. It was rainy when I was in London and decided that the best way to spend those rainy days was indoors watching live shows such as Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, The Lion King Musical, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Aladdin The Musical.
Located across the street from Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, sits Westminster Abbey. Westminster Abbey is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country. It has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place for 17 monarchs. Westminster Abbey is open Monday – Saturday and tickets cost 9 to 45 euros (depending on age), it is free to enter the church if you are attending one of the daily services.
Big Ben is located by the House of Parliament, which is also closely located to the London Eye and Westminister Abbey. It is going through an extensive renovation and will not be open to the public for at least three years. There was so much construction going on that I walked right past Big Ben without realizing it, I was told that one side of the tower was left open for tourist to take photos, but there isn’t much to see beside construction. If you want to learn more about Big Ben and the renovation process check out the House of Parliament website.
The London Eye
The iconic London Eye is located near Westminister Palace; you can take a few different trains or buses to get to the London Eye. If you are considering the train, get off at Westminister Station and make your way across the bridge. Tickets for the London Eye can be bought online on in person, the price to ride the London Eye ranges from 22 to 40 euros. I chose to buy the standard ticket, but there is an upgraded option (add champagne or chocolate) or fast past.
The Tower Bridge can be seen by ferry, foot, or vehicle. I took a ferry to the Tower Bridge stop and walked across the bridge. It’s hard to see the entire bridge while you are walking it. But if you head towards City Hall, you will be a fantastic view of the bridge. If you want to get a closer look at the bridge, be sure to book a tour. A tour into the Tower Bridge can include a guided tour with your family, a personal guided tour, a guided tour in British Sign Language, or a behind-the-scenes tour.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London is a historic castle located on the northern bank of the River Thames. If you choose to do a tour of the Tower of London your ticket gives you access to the Tower, admission to exhibitions (including Crown Jewels), the Yeoman Warder tour, live historical re-enactments, and children’s activities. The ticket costs range from free to 70 euros (depending on age).
I love going to farmer’s markets and trying all the different foods. I’ve made it a goal to visit a new farmer’s market each week, and Borough Market is fantastic. The cool thing (and probably my favorite thing) about the market is that it is located next to a few Harry Potter filming locations (Leaky Cauldron and Harry’s room above the Leaky Cauldron). I tried some homemade ice cream and German sausages while at the market.
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London. It is an Anglican cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London, and the mother church of the Diocese of London. The cathedral is open Monday – Saturday. With sightseeing times between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, costing anywhere from 7 to 44 euros. The cathedral consists of many, many stairs and the view at the different levels is breathtaking. From the second level, you can look down into the cathedral. While the third and fourth levels give you access to the outside of the cathedral, with views of the city. The cathedral offers private tours (that provide you with access to closed-off areas) of the cathedral. The geometric staircase called Dean’s Staircase is a former filming location of Harry Potter (Divination Stairwell).