I’ve been on a few trips to London recently, both with work and to visit friends so I’ve tried to fit in as much as possible whilst in our fair Capital City. As with any city London is pretty immense and I recommend making an itinerary before you go to make sure you fit in everything you want to see. Here’s my list of the top things to do when visiting London!
Covent Garden is always a draw for tourists and is famous for its shops, street performances, restaurants and theatres as well as being home to the Royal Opera House. The market is always well worth a look round, especially for us girlies, and has lots of little boutiques and craft stalls as well as some brilliant little cafes which are great for people watching. Street performances include a massive variety of things but no matter what day you visit you are bound to see something whether it’s juggling acts, mime artists or musicians.
See a show in the West End
Visiting London’s West End is an absolute must and no matter what your taste there’s bound to be something for you. In the past few months I’ve seen Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre, Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre and War Horse at the New London Theatre; all of which were brilliant and although they are all very different I enjoyed all of them and I’d never miss out on a chance to visit some of the grandest and most beautiful theatres in the UK. I found tickets via the Really Useful Group official site.
The Natural History Museum
Easily one of the best museums that London has to offer, this is one fascinating place even for those who don’t really think of themselves as a ‘museum’ type of person. See everything from creepy crawlies, dinosaurs and vast plant collections and take a look at the natural phenomenon that shape our fair planet as well as various changing exhibitions. Utterly absorbing stuff and it’s free entry too!
The London Eye
A bit of a cliché maybe but for awesome views of the city where you can see as far as Windsor Castle (on a good day) which is 25 miles away, and if you’ve never been to London before this is highly recommended.
When in London one must visit the Queen! Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen and you can even visit the State Rooms in August and September. If you’re visiting at other times of the year then fear not as you can still get to see the fantastic Changing of the Guard which happens on certain scheduled days and can get quite busy so arrive early to beat the crowds and get a good look.
So if you’ve got a weekend free, round up the girls and hop on a train/ coach/ car for a fabulous weekend in England’s gorgeous capital!