Everything you need to know for a fun day out in the big city.
Looking for one of the cornerstones of English culture? Look no further than London, England. This city is home to a vibrant array of museums, monuments, and markets. You could spend years here and still find something new to do every day.
In this blog, we are going to introduce you to the essentials of London tourism. This list will show you the best that London has to offer. Most of these places can be done without breaking the bank, and without taking up the entire day. Keep reading, and take notes!
The National Gallery
This museum is home to some of the most viewed art in London. You could potentially spend an entire day here weaving in and out of art through the ages. But if you have only an hour to spend, don’t miss the Van Gogh and Monet exhibits! In these rooms, you will find famous works by these artists nestled among contemporaries from the same time period. This museum is free to all visitors (though we recommend donating upon entry if you can spare the change). The best part of all? It’s nestled in the heart of London – Trafalgar Square! Once you finish admiring beautiful art, take a step outside to see Nelson’s Column and the lions at the bottom. The central location of this museum makes it the most convenient for tourists in the entire city!
Want something delicious to fill the gap but don’t have time for a sit-down meal? London markets are the place for you! Borough Market in particular is handy for foodies on the fly. In this market, you will find world foods alongside local delicacies. This market dates back to the 12th century. In fact, because of its proximity to the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, it was a famous spot in the Elizabethan era to stop for a meat pie. If you’re interested in delicious, affordable, convenient food in a historical landmark, Borough Market is the place to be!
Want to spend the day outside in the fresh air? Luckily, London has always prioritized green space for its residents. This allows the city to house some of the most beautiful and well-maintained parks in the entire country! While this city has many glorious green spaces like Richmond Park and Hampstead Heath, they are not quite as central. If you want a more central park, look no further than the 4 Royal Parks of London. The largest Royal park of all is Hyde Park. For history buffs out there, this park was built by King Henry the 8th in 1536. It is filled with promenades and pathways, ponds and art galleries, and beautiful swans and waterfowl!
The London Eye
Seeing London from the ground is one thing, but what about seeing all of it at once? The London Eye is the perfect destination for travellers wanting to see London from a different perspective. These glass orbs house large groups of people, and once you’re at the top you are given a splendid, sprawling view of the city. This is a must-see for people who don’t mind heights and want to feel like they’re on top of the world!
The monuments, architecture, and history of London are the main pull for many tourists. But many people forget that London is a cultural hub for many musicians and sports teams! Wembley Stadium is not just for sporting events (though if that’s your cup of tea, you can do no better). Many famous music icons pass through this tour ground every year. While you’re visiting London, don’t forget to check showtimes to see what’s playing! Historically it has seen acts such as Beyonce, Harry Styles, Micheal Jackson, and Muse!
The West End
Are you a theatre-goer? London’s impressive theatre district houses some of the most visited shows on earth! If you don’t know where to start, try the longest-running show in London – Agatha Christie’s MouseTrap. Or, if you like heartwarming tales, try Billy Elliott or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Many shows pass through the West End every year. There is something for everyone ranging from musicals to Shakespeare. Best of all, there are countless restaurants dotted throughout this area, making dinner and a show easy and convenient! Take a break from the tourism of London for a sparkling night out you won’t forget!
A fun outing for the entire family – this museum has something for every fan! It’s famously known for its pop culture icons immortalized into intricate wax figures. Founded by Madame Tussaud herself in 1835, as a result of the Napoleonic wars when she was unable to return to France. This is one of the most famous London museums. It is so famous, in fact, that it has been opened in other cities for people all around the world to enjoy! It is also centrally located near Baker Street, making it a convenient pit stop on your London trip!
Home to some of the most luxurious stores in the entire city, and some world-famous restaurants. Covent Garden is a one-stop shop for a day out in London. If you love shopping, browsing, eating, and exploring, you will find something to do here easily! The Covent Garden market houses stalls full of local art and wares for those on the hunt for souvenirs. There are also streets full of beautiful Georgian architecture, including the beautiful Freemason’s Hall. There are also fabulous hotels in this area, making it easy to have a quick and easy trip into London localized in this area!
For nautical enthusiasts, look no further than Greenwich! Back in the days of cartography, this became known as the centre of the world. This is because most cartographers lived and travelled from the UK, and it was biased toward their homeland. Today you can find multiple maritime museums here, alongside the impressive Cutty Sark boat. Once you’ve finished a day of exploring the museums, you can enjoy a sunny walk in Greenwich Park which boasts one of the best views of the London skyline. On top of the hill, you will also find astrological hotspots such as the Royal Observatory. Greenwich has enough to see that you could spend several days getting lost here.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Designed in the Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren, this 17th-century cathedral is a must-see inside and out. In fact, this cathedral is essential to the layout of the city. London city planners are not allowed to build the city in a way that blocks its Grade 1 listed buildings. This is why this beautiful cathedral can be seen from all angles and distances. This site dates much further back than the 17th century, however, because it was an Anglo-Saxon temple in 604 AD. There was also another version of this Cathedral here named Old St. Paul’s, but it was burned down in the Great Fire of London in 1666.
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