10 Things To Do In London

Thursday, 28 July 2016 London, UK

10 things to do in London, London Eye

As some of you may or may not know I went to London with my family last week. I had a really nice time there and I honestly can't wait to go back. Five days is obviously not enough and I am in no way saying that these are the best things to do, they are just my top picks from my short stay. Without further ado, I hope that you enjoy today's post filled with some of my favourite snaps!

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1. Visit all the touristy places

Get ready for long queues, hoards of people and a tad bit over-priced admissions. But I promise that it will be worth it in the end. My favourites are the London eye, Madame Tussauds, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, The Science Museum and The National Gallery (these two are free).

10 things to do in London, The National Gallery
10 things to do in London, Tower Bridge
10 things to do in London, Madame Tussauds, Marilyn Monroe
10 things to do in London, Buckingham Palace
10 things to do in London, Tower Bridge glass walkway, Tower Bridge mirror walkway

2. See a musical

You can't visit London without going to a musical. There are so many to choose from and they will definitely make the time really enjoyable. A tip is to only buy the tickets a few days before the show from a ticket booth since these will be reduced or half-priced.

10 things to do in London, Charlie and the chocolate Factory
10 things to do in London, Mamma Mia

3. Enjoy an evening at a park

If you would like to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city then find a nice park which London is littered with. There are many events happening in different parks everyday so you will definitely find one close to you.

10 things to do in London, Hyde Park

4. Take a river cruise

This is one of the best ways to see a lot of the most popular attractions while a guide explains the sights. Some landmarks that you will see are the House of Parliament, Big Ben, St. Paul's, The Shard and all the bridges.

10 things to do in London, River Thames, London landmarks

5. Eat at a local pub

Nothing is better than tucking in a plate of fish and chips while enjoying the atmosphere and looking out at passers by.

10 things to do in London, fish and chips

6. Get an Oyster Card

The first thing that you should do once you arrive at the airport is to get an oyster card. It becomes your best friend when you are in London since you can use it for nearly every type of transport be it the bus, underground or train.

10 things to do in London, underground, russell square station

7. Shop till you drop

If shopping is your thing (like me) head down to the ever popular Oxford Street. Make sure to look up the shops before hand so you can make a plan on what to visit first. If you don't you will look like a head less chicken running about the street trying to find Primark while already carrying 4 full bags of clothes - true story.

I actually forgot to take a photo of Oxford Street. Yes, I was that excited.

8. Ask the locals

If you find yourself lost or in need of understanding the tube map don't be afraid to ask for help. I found that nearly everyone was more than ready to help us and they were very nice when doing so.

Here I am trying to work out the map. Look at that face of concentration!

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9. Walk along the Thames at night

Head down to the river bank after you have enjoyed a fairly big meal at one of the many restaurants. The London skyline is such a beauty at night when all the buildings are lit up and everything is moving at a much slower pace.

10 things to do in London, River Thames at night

10. Visit a market

London has many markets to choose from such as Borough Market, Brick Lane Market and Greenwich Market which are some of the most popular. We visited Camden Lock Market which has a more laid back vibe. You can enjoy a nice afternoon there while taking in all the smells of the delicious food stalls by the lock. You can also do a spot of shopping like I did (more about that next week!).

10 things to do in London, Camden Lock
10 things to do in London, Camden Lock

Have you ever been to London or do you plan on going anywhere soon?

Sarah x

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48 comments

  1. Love this post. I've just had my first trip to london at the ripe old age of 22 despite living in the UK my whole life. I completely fell in love & can't wait to return :')

    Katie // Words by Katie

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    1. Thank you! It is such a beautiful city x

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  2. I absolutely adore walking along the river, both at night and during the day! And the free museums and galleries are great in London, could spend a whole trip doing free things!
    Amy xx
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    1. I agree! A day isn't even enough to visit one museum

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  3. These are great tips :) I feel like London can overwhelm some people, so it's nice to have some little tips and ideas to make sure you get the most out of your trip. And I love spending evenings in parks when I'm travelling (or any time of day, really). They're such a different vibe, and they remind you that people actually live in this space. I'd love to visit London, but my next trip is Reykjavik, Iceland which is also exciting :)

    Erin | Explore, Refresh

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    1. I'm glad that you liked my post and I agree that London can be a bit overwhelming! Parks are the best to kind of escape from all the people. I hope that you have a great time in Iceland :)

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  4. We went to see the lion king in London and I can honestly say that I LOVED it! It was amazing! I love the art galleries and science museums too. Looks like you had a great trip! Thanks for sharing x
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    1. If I ever go back to London I will definitely try to see the lion king!

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  5. Great post, I really want to get my hands on the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play but it's seeming impossible at the minute. Wish i knew about Oyster cards when I visited London!

    Jen / Velvet Spring x

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! I'm sure that the tickets will get easier to buy soon :)

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  6. Great tips I'm actually going to London this weekend so will definitely be ticking some of these off my list :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm really happy that you found them helpful :)

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  7. Great post! I love London so much. Gemma x
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  8. long queues everywhere! haha but its worth it :) glad you had fun!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  9. i'm flying out to london in september and i can not wait. i will surely save this post for when i'm there.


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    1. I'm really happy that you found this helpful and I hope that your trip to London will be a great one :)

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  10. My husband and I would love to visit London in the future but it'll have to wait for few more years or at least until our little one is older. What a lovely list, I'm bookmarking.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Glad you liked the post Shireen :)

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  11. London is on my list

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  12. Such great ideas! I love the fact that I live in London and so it's super easy to do these things all the time :)
    Ambar | Her Little Loves

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  13. I love London, its one of my favourite places and I'm so happy you had a good time there too. I adore all the markets - Portobello market is one of my personal favourites! xx
    -Alice
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    1. I had not heard of it so if I ever go back I will definitely visit :)

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  14. Such a great post! I've always wanted to go to London!

    Xx
    Molly
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  15. These ideas are all great! I LOVE Borough Market, it's the best place to eat when you don't want to have a proper restaurant meal but still want to have something nicer that a McDonald's! I love the museums too, the Natural History museum is pretty cool as well, have you ever been there? :)

    Julia x
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    1. I didn't get to visit the natural history museum but I loved the science one :)

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  16. I totally want to visit London someday!! I'd love to ride the London Eye =)

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. It was really nice to ride and be able to see all of the sights!

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  17. This all looks so beautiful and I can't wait to, hopefuly, visited it next year. Glade you had fun! Xx

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    1. I hope that you will have a lovely time there :)

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  18. Such a great post! I've been to london millions of times, but I've never seen a musical! I really need to! xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Definitely recommend watching one :)

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  19. I'm still yet to do a river cruise and i've been in London for a year! I've done a london bucket list post incase you're looking for some ideas for next time round! G x

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    1. I will go over and have a read :)

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  20. I've just visited London I wish I had read this post before!
    Great post!
    L x
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  21. I have been to London before and I loved it! I loved doing all of the super touristy things as well, even though it is super cliche.

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  22. I want to visit London so bad. Probably, if I ever go there I won't be coming back haha! Ps, thank you for all the recommendations and tips, I will be using it when I visit London!

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    1. I'm really happy that you liked the post and I hope that you get the chance to visit :)

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  23. I live in London and completely agree with these - I love walking along the Thames at night. It's my favourite thing to do - looking out to St Pauls is amazing. Tower Bridge is amazing too!

    Kassie www.styledevoured.uk

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    1. I'm happy that a Londoner approves of my list haha!

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  24. londonhas been on my travel bucket list since a looooonnng tim! Since i'm just 16 i know i have a looott of time but i cant wait to see london especially after reading yours this post! I really adore the way you write the blogss!
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