Top 5 Things to Do in London
London called... so we went! Being as it was my first time in London, I made sure to gain some insider information on where to go, what to do and what to see. Before we arrived in the UK, Logan and I narrowed down our "top things to do in London" list to accommodate our limited time we had in the city. We only had four days and made sure to pack as much as we could in a day. Take a look at our TOP 5!
1. Take in a View
Most people hit the iconic London Eye. After careful examination of long lineups, Logan and I decided to skip the tourist attraction for something a little more historic. We ventured to the top of St. Paul's Cathedral. Not only is this cathedral a piece of London's key history, but it also houses the best view in town! I do recommend mentally preparing yourself for a long set of stairs upwards, but in all hindsight, the view was worth it!
Logan and I later discovered that the London Eye is usually cramped with tourists in a shared standing pod enclosed by glass. Of course, seeing as we want the best photographs, the glass would have caused a reflection that would obstruct beautiful photographs of London's cityscape. Also, you may break your wallet for a single ride on the Ferris wheel. There you have it, another reason to hit the cathedral!
2. Pub Hop
What is London without a couple of Guinness's? If you are not a beer drinker, don't worry, grab a British gin and tonic. Not a drinker? Grab any drink at a local neighbourhood pub. Another must do in London! You will find pubs on every street corner. Some of our favourites include, Shakespeare's Head (in Soho) and Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (145 Fleet Street).
Check out Telegraph's article on some of the best historic pubs in London!
3. Wander the Neighborhoods
When we think of London living, we think of colourful streets and upscale white town-homes... or at least I do! Take the tube to Notting Hill and get lost in the colourful neighbourhood. Stop at cute coffee shops, or hit Portobello Road Market, one of the largest antique markets in the world.
4. Soho and Piccadilly Circus
Think Soho in New York, only smaller roads and cozier shops! Get lost in the walking streets and enjoy some of London's pub's, coffee shops, restaurants and some of the best shopping. Also, hit Piccadilly Circus, London's version of Times Square, near Soho, for a late night show or just a late night jaunt!
5. Westminster Abbey & Big Ben
You can't venture to London without visiting Westminster Abbey, the Palace and taking in the sights of Big Ben. Grab a coffee, and walk around this area to take in the phenomenal historic architecture. (Please note, you cannot bring your coffee into the churches or cathedrals.) This is definitely a must see when in the City.
Some other things to do in London:
- Camden Market
- Buckingham Palace
- Covent Garden
- Stop on over to Leicester Square near Covent Garden
- Watch a 'football match'. In other words, get tickets to a soccer game.
- Remember the Beatles? Visit Abbeyroad and Abbeyroad studios near Notting Hill
- Visit the British Museum
- National Portrait Gallery
- Churchill War Rooms, an amazing piece of London's history
- Tate Modern, if you're into modern art
- London Tower + Tower Bridge, another must see!
- London has the cutest coffee shops spread accross the City. Find them everywhere with the help of this amazing Instagram account: @londoncoffeeshops . Also check out Peggy Porschen Cakes for some delicious London treats!