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!

tips for visiting London, London holiday tips. 10 things to do in London

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