Top 10 things to do in London

Planning a trip to London? There are so many things to do in London, which can make it hard to decide where to start when you only have a few days. Our free video guides will help you plan your London sightseeing, and get all the tips for your London holiday. For starters, here are our top 10 things to do in England’s historic capital.

What are the top 10 things to do in London?

Number one: West End. This is tourist land! West End should be in every tourist’s things to do-list. Here you can find everything, from museums to famous sites, and of course London’s famous West End theaters. With so much on offer you’ll find something to entertain everyone. Check our nightlife video for more information on how to best spend a night in the West End.

The next top attraction in London is Buckingham Palace. Built over three hundred years ago, the palace is the official home of the British monarchy. If you have not been lucky enough to receive an invite to the Queen’s garden party this year, then you will be able to take the tour of the palace for a small fee. Check out our special Royal London video for more information. Looking to explore Royal London a bit more? Visit the Tower of London (and Tower Bridge)! One of the city’s most historic sites, and the resting place of the crown jewels; the Tower of London is well worth a visit. See the ‘Traitors Gate’, pose for a photo with the famous Beefeater and of course take a walk across Tower Bridge.

Must-do when you’re in London is a stroll along the South Bank. This two-mile stretch of the Thames is home to a wealth of art and culture, including some of London’s most famous galleries. If the tide is right then you can enjoy a walk along the Thames bed, and if you want to see all of London in thirty minutes then take a ride on Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel: The London Eye!

Looking to explore London museums? Science & Natural History Museums are still free to enter – both the Science Museum and The Natural History museum are among our top attractions in London.From automotive history to animatronic dinosaurs, the Kensington museums will entertain and educate in equal measures. Another place not to miss in London is the Madame Tussaud’s Wax museum. Walk among celebrities, historical figures and notorious criminals alike in London’s original waxworks museum. Word of warning though: if you don’t have the patience for lengthy queues then this one may not be ideal for you!

Next London hot spot that made our to do-list is the Borough Market. Open from Thursday through to Saturday, Borough Market is a great place to source a variety of local and international produce. The market hosts a number of events throughout the year, so it’s worth checking the website for opening hours and more details of what’s on each day.

Make sure to visit one of London’s largest parks: Hyde Park, divided in two by The Serpentine River. Hyde Park is a place for relaxation – the perfect way to unwind during your city trip. Swim in the Lido, take a boat out on the lake, or even subject yourself to the opinions of whoever happens to be on their soapbox at ‘Speakers Corner’.

Here’s our number 9 and top 10 things to do in London. Trafalgar Square, arguably London’s most famous location, has iconic sights in abundance – see the lions, wave to Nelson on his column, just remember: whatever you do, DON’T feed the pigeons! And last but not least… Houses Of Parliament/Big Ben. No trip to London would be complete without stopping by the Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as The Houses Of Parliament. Overflowing with British tradition, this one is a must for any visitor to London. Wave to the Prime Minister on Downing street, and make sure you’re in the area on the hour, to hear Big Ben’s renowned chimes.

For more information about what to do and see in London, check our videos about family activities, nightlife, museums and many more topics!

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London

Discover Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath on this 11-hour coach tour from London. Leave the city behind you and travel by air-conditioned coach to Windsor Castle, home of the British Royal Family for the last 900 years. Visit St George's Chapel and the State Apartments with your professional tour guide before traveling out to Salisbury, where the ancient rock formations of Stonehenge await. Continue on to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, visit the Roman Baths and enjoy a panoramic tour with your guide before returning to London.

USD 120.92$

London Pass

Discover the joy of sightseeing with the London Pass, and enjoy free entry to 60 of its world-class sites like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Save time as you skip the queues with fast-track entry at countless attractions, and take advantage of special offers at quality London restaurants and shops.

Even better, why not upgrade and include transport with your London Pass? Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3- or 6-day sightseeing pass with transport included and see the highlights of England’s cosmopolitan capital with ease.

USD 76.82$

London in One Day Sightseeing Tour

See London in one day on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city, led by an expert local guide! Hear the history of top London attractions like Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral while traveling around the West End and City of London. After the sightseeing tour, watch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace and tour the Tower of London with a Beefeater.

USD 118.52$

The Shard London: The View from The Shard

This ticket is your chance to experience the newest attraction that London has to offer -- The Shard. This incredible architectural wonder will take you on a high-tech and multi-sensory journey with exhilarating 360-degree views of 40 miles (64 km) across England's capital. See top London attractions such as Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the London Eye from a vantage point like no other. In fact, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe!

Simply bring your voucher to the entrance and you will be allocated the next available time slot.

USD 39.12$

Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony

This Royal Tour of London takes in many of the royal highlights of London, including Westminster Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton, where married on April 29, 2011. You will also see Kensington Palace, where Diana, Princess of Wales, lived. Finally, you will experience the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, then spend the afternoon exploring London at your leisure.

USD 51.74$