What To Do In London

Planning a vacation to the United Kingdom and thinking about what to do in London? This amazing city is the world’s most popular travel destination, with more landmarks, monuments and attractions than any other city. If this is your first, second or even third visit to the city, you should pre-plan, to assure that you will make the most out of your vacation. After all the money that you’ve spent on flights and hotels, you don’t want to waste your precious time in this city…This special guide about London sightseeing and things to do will help you plan the perfect vacation!

 London – What to do

Let’s start with sightseeing. London is literally packed with attractions, one might need more then a month to see all. And although a vacation is not all about sightseeing, you should dedicate at least a day or two to this. Our tips? Stay by the River Thames, or even better, take a river cruise and hop on and off a bus to see the must-see monuments on both banks of the river. The list is long, including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare Globe Theater, Tate Modern and much more. You might not see all there is to see in London, but this should be enough for one visit. Watch our London videos for more money-saving tips on visiting all the attractions we just mentioned, without raising the cost of your vacation through the roof…

Fancy some shopping in London? As you can imagine, London has everything one might desire, from huge mega-stores on high streets such as Oxford street or Regent street, to small, quirky boutiques in Soho. Two major shopping malls are in Shepherds Bush and Stratford, and let’s not forget the famous London markets. Our tip? If you are on a tight schedule, you should concentrate either on the high street’s stores or visit the malls, as they offer more or less the same brands and retail chains. Visit the markets to combine shopping with sightseeing and to enjoy the atmosphere. We recommend visiting at least 2 or 3 of them – Maybe Camden Market, Portobello Market, Borough Market, or Spitalfield Market? It all depends on your schedule. Check our special videos about all the markets we mentioned.. and remember, some markets are active throughout the week, others are open only during the weekend.

We’ve talked about day time activities, but next you probably want to know what to do in London at night time. Want to explore London’s nightlife? West End musicals are among the most popular night attractions in the city. Almost every tourist in London plans to see at least one show, so you could imagine that good tickets sell out quickly. Our tip is to avoid the half price tickets stands you can see in Piccadilly and Leicester squares. Don’t waste your precious time standing in long lines only to discover that the musical you wish to see is sold out, or that you bought the worst tickets in the house… Unfortunately, this is the reason why those tickets are sold at a discount. So you saved a couple of pounds on the price, but found yourself sitting there seeing only half the stage. Now, that would be annoying!
Planning a night out? Pubs are basically located everywhere, and clubs are scattered around. One important thing to remember is that the underground stops working around midnight. So, if you plan on spending you time here partying, try to find a hotel nearby the clubs of your choice. Taking a taxi from one side of London to the other might cost you as much as one night at your hotel…

Now let’s talk about visiting London with kids. There are numerous things you could do with the entire family, from taking a ride on the London Eye, visiting Madam Tussaud’s Wax museum, the London Dungeon, or a football stadium. Unfortunately, all of these attractions will be very expensive unless you pre-plan your trip in advance, and mix free attractions with paid ones. For example, London’s top museums are based on donations only, and most of them have great exhibitions dedicated for kids. You could also add a visit to one of London’s great parks, which are packed with great things to see and do. Just plan your schedule smartly! Check the rest of our London video guides to find more ideas on planning a perfect family vacation in London.

 

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$