Visiting London for the first time and don’t exactly know what to do, or what to look forward to!?
The first time I visited London I barely had anything planned at all. Sometimes that may be a good thing, but it wasn’t for me at that time. I wasted a lot of time that could have been spent on exploring the marvelous city! However, after my second time visiting London I put together a bucket list that nearly anyone can completely during their stay and feel accomplished. Just remember- keep calm and carry on!
1. Visit the Harry Potter studios
This is a must-do for all Harry Potter fans! Located just about an hour outside of London, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of many Harry Potter original sets, props, and costumes. Plus, you’ll be able to actually fly on a broomstick (my favorite part)!
2. Take a ride on the London Eye
No trip to London is complete without managing to get through the long wait of the line and into a capsule for a half hour ride. You’ll get to see the whole city and end up with amazing panoramic shots!
3. Go watch a play in the West End
There are many, many, many shows to choose from! You can visit the official website here for more information regarding which shows are playing, dates and prices.
4. Have afternoon tea
My absolute favorite thing to do in London! Simply take a break from your busy day and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea filled with snacks. But be sure to make reservations ahead of time in any particular place you’re looking forward to visiting.
5. Watch the Changing of the Guards
Spend your morning watching the Changing of the Guards taking place at the Buckingham Palace! This ceremony typically lasts about 45 minutes and starts around 11:30 in the morning, so I highly suggest arriving way earlier in order to get a good view. Trust me, it gets packed.
6.Walk along River Thames
Holding its fame as being the longest river in the whole of England, you will definitely enjoy a nice day break just walking along it. Or you can also take a cruise or a boat trip on it.
7. Visit Westminster Abbey
Everyone knows just how important and famous Westminster Abbey is… so just go, okay.
8. Climb the dome at St. Paul’s Cathedral
One of my absolute favorites ever! Take a look around inside the cathedral and then start climbing your way up 528 steps to get an amazing view of London. Great views and a great work out, too!
9. Visit the Natural History Museum
Pass by a few hours exploring all the different exhibits that are on display and be amazed at its wonderful architecture as well. Best part- it’s FREE.
10. Walk through the Tower Bridge
A must-see landmark in London! Walk through it and step inside as well (there are glass floors). You won’t regret it, I promise. And if you have the time, which you should, head on over to the Tower of London right next to it, too!
11. Recreate the iconic Beatles cover at Abbey Road
C’mon, I know you want to!
12. Visit the Big Ben at night
Beautiful during the day, but absolutely magnificent throughout the night. The way the Big Ben lights up at night is simply just amazing. Truly worth a visit!
13. Go market hopping
London is the place to be to really experience going market hopping. You’ll be able to find all sorts of treasuries for your personal pleasure! Food, clothes, vintage, handmade crafts, and much more! Visit Camden Lock Market, Borough Market, Covent Garden Market, Brick Lane Market, Greenwich Market, Portobello Market, and much more.
14. Shop along Oxford Street
Known to be one of Europe’s busiest shopping streets, get ready to push yourself through the crowds and into any of the approximate 300 shops being offered. Or go window shopping… at least that’s inexpensive.
And if you have an extra full day in London…
15. Take a day trip to Oxford
Oxford is such a beautiful city worth a day trip (or stay longer if you have the opportunity). You’ll fall in love with its history and architecture and you certainly won’t run out of things to do here.
What else would you add to this list!?