Now, I know I’m biased but London really is an epic city! Literally, you can spend years here and still not have seen or done anything. Not only that, all the best things to do in London are dotted all across its gorgeous neighbourhoods, which is great if you want to stroll across our fair city.
From London’s incredible palaces, Royal Boroughs like Greenwich, cool Shoreditch speakeasies, the tastiest markets, international events like Wimbledon, to world-class shows. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Obviously, as I said, you won’t be able to squeeze everything in one trip. So, to make things easier, I’d recommend prioritising a handful of places and slotting others into your days. This way, you’ll be guaranteed to experience your must-see spots whilst also including a heap of other cool and nifty places.
Take a look, below, at the best things to do in London. Oh, and with all our posts, pop us a message if you need any other tips! Have the best time in our city!
1.) Bermondsey Street
Bermondsey Street is one of my favourite places in Central London to visit. You see, it’s got a totally gorgeous village feel whilst also being a relatively short walk from the riverfront at London Bridge.
It’s a great place to visit on a weekend afternoon when all the independent shops and intimate galleries are open. I totally love White Cube for an afternoon gander; especially as their exhibitions change so much.
Afterwards, pop into the Woolpack for a pint or the Watchhouse for a coffee in the historic Victorian building. Their coffee is so good.
For a bite to eat, head over to José for some of the best tapas this side of the Thames. It’s totally informal but can get really busy, so plan ahead.
2.) Buckingham Palace
Yeah, so everyone’s heard of Buckingham Palace, right? And, let’s be honest, visiting is one of the best things to do in London if you love the Royal family.
Yeah, you can take in the views from outside and The Mall around Trafalgar Square (and closer), these are all great! That being said, if you want to get a little closer, book tickets to head inside Buckingham Palace in the summer months. You’ll get to wander around the State Rooms, see the Throne Room and explore the Gardens.
We’ve visited twice and loved it!
3.) Camden Market
Plus, it’s a great place to go for lunch with all the small market stalls selling every kind of dish imaginable. You can easily spend a whole afternoon in Camden!
Also, for a tasty and traditional fish and chips, head over to Poppies. It’s one of the best (in my view) in London and I’m never disappointed. Grab a bag to go (or eat in).
Also, if you’ve got time, head to see a performance or live show at the Camden Roundhouse. They have events going on throughout the year and it’s one of our favourite live music venues in all of London.
4.) The Painted Hall
Tucked within the Old Royal Navy College, the Painted Hall has been around for centuries and is as impressive in person as it is in pics. Now, although it won’t get rammed with people if you do want to miss the majority of other visitors, head across a first thing in the morning. We headed over at 10 am and we had the whole place to ourselves for a good 10-minutes.
Afterwards, pop over to the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market, the National Maritime Museum and visit Goddard’s for some traditional pie, mash and liquor.
Oh, and for some vintage treasures, head to the Junk Shop that’s a rabbit-warren of nooks filled with all types of antiques. We love it.
5.) Tower Bridge
Probably one of London’s most iconic sights to see, Tower Bridge is kinda hard to miss!
Of course, you can take a stroll across Tower Bridge, but you can also buy tickets and head inside the inner workings of the towers and walk along the suspended walkway high above. A visit will take around 45-minutes and a perfect place to visit for a more unique perspective of London’s most famous bridge.
6.) Tower of London
Just across from Tower Bridge, exploring here is one of the best things to do in London if you love history. You see, the Tower of London has been in London for centuries and has seen quite a heap of tumultuous events throughout the years.
Once inside, check out the Crown Jewels within the massive, vaulted, safe… they’re incredible. Oh, and stroll through the Medieval Palace and learn more about the Bloody Tower, too!
Also, for a totally unique visit, book yourself in for a “Changing of the Keys” ceremony that happens every single night. In fact, it’s the oldest surviving (and still going) military ceremony in the entire world. Tickets are free but fill up very fast. So make sure to book months ahead before you visit.
Afterwards, if you’re heading over Tower Bridge, head to Santa Remidio, a cute little Mexican restaurant on Tooley Street. They do a killer bottomless brunch… just be prepared to be tipsy!
7.) Leaden Hall Market
A stone’s throw away from the Sky Garden, Leaden Hall Market is one of London’s oldest markets, In fact, it dates all the way back to the 1300s