With so much to see and do in London, figuring out your itinerary can prove overwhelming, particularly for first-time visitors. The ever-growing city attracts millions of visitors annually, all looking to experience the hype of this vibrant metropolis. This ultimate guide to London hopes to highlight all the landmarks and attractions you won’t want to miss when visiting London.
St Paul’s Cathedral – Located in Ludgate Hill lies one of London’s most famous churches. This incredible London structure has been one of London’s most visited attractions for its ageless beauty spanning over 300 years. The 111-metre-high building features paintings and photographs of top artists from around the world.
Westminster Abbey – For many years Westminster Abbey has been a fascinating site for royal enthusiasts making their way to London. This gothic church is globally renowned as the coronation site of British monarchs and has served as a burial site for several prominent figures.
Museums and Galleries
Natural History Museum – Located in the affluent suburb of South Kensington lies one of London’s most-visited museums. This exhibition site is home to more than 80 million of the world’s specimens from various times in history. The Natural History Museum includes everything from fossils to mineral and plant specimens. The world-class establishment is famous with families and the perfect experience to enjoy with kids.
Design Museum -Art-lovers looking to explore the world of art can head to the renowned Design Museum in Kensington. The fascinating space prides itself in showcasing contemporary designs from artists across the globe. Design Museum is within walking distance to Holland Park, another attraction worth a visit.
Theatres in the West End
The Royal Opera House – Located in Covent Garden is The Royal Opera. This performing arts venue has a capacity of 2,256 and hosts some of London’s top shows and concerts. After enjoying a date night at the theatre, head to this West End Restaurant to experience the hype of London’s gastronomy.
National Theatre: This world-class located on the South Bank of London is one of the most famous theatres in the city. The National Theatre features three impressive auditoriums that host popular productions from musicals to various classics and plays. In addition, this is where some top British shows are filmed.
Shopping in London
Oxford Street – Oxford Street is one of Europe’s popular shopping streets. It is home to over 300 shops, including some flagships of renowned department stores. The pedestrian-friendly street is perfect for a full day of shopping as several restaurants and eateries are nearby for you to take a break. Expect to find everything from luxury goods to money-saving deals.
Knightsbridge – The fashionista in you will love Knightsbridge, home to some of the world’s top designer stores. Like most parts of the city, finding high-street fashion is inevitable when in London. For the best shopping experience, head to Harrods, boasting eight floors with some of the finest products, including fashion, food, home decor and technology. Knightsbridge is easily accessible by tube when staying at one of the Montcalm Club hotels.
London Parks and Gardens
Regent’s Park – As you make your way towards northwest London, you will come across this impressive 166 ha establishment located in the London borough of Camden. Regent’s Park is beaming with attractions and fun things to do. This green space is home to ZSL London, which houses over 20,000 animal species. As Londoners enjoy warmer weather, expect to see several pop-up events at most parks and gardens throughout the city.
Some things to do include catching a film at the Open Air Theatre, taking walks through the rose garden, or grabbing something to eat at one of the many food stalls.
Top tip: Make your way to the onsite Japanese Garden Island, where you’ll find an impressive display of flowers and ornamental shrubs. The picturesque lakes and winding paths make Regent’s Park perfect for Sunday strolls.
Greenwich Park – Greenwich Park is one of the most underrated parks in London. While places like Hyde Park are a must experience at least once in your life, it tends to be rather touristy, particularly over the hectic summer months. Visitors looking to enjoy peace and tranquillity in the heart of London can head to Greenwich Park. The space is the oldest enclosed Royal Park in London and features over 83-acre of grassland. While here, keep an eye out for the free-roaming deer and the over 70 species of bird. Some activities include boating and a game of tennis at one of the six onsite courts. Park visits in London are perfect for escaping the city’s hustle and bustle, with these Spa Breaks London coming in a close second.
Buckingham Palace – Buckingham Palace is undoubtedly the most famous operating palace in the world. This impressive architectural masterpiece lies at the heart of the City of Westminster and is the official residence of The Queen. On certain days of the year, the palace opens its doors to visitors looking to explore this impressive castle. Tours take you through the State Rooms, where some of the world’s elite have been, while the landscaped palace gardens offer a space to enjoy a relaxing afternoon stroll.
Tower of London – This impressive fortress in London has often been featured in several images and postcards of London. It is one of the official royal palaces of Her Majesty and is home to the Crown Jewels.
Visitors are welcome to explore The Tower with daily tours offered. Visitors looking to enjoy this experience and some of the attractions mentioned above can check out these London Hotels Special Offers.
Other Attractions and Landmarks
- Borough Market
- Old Spitalfields Market
- Little Venice
- London Bridge
- Diana Memorial Fountain at Hyde Park
- Piccadilly Circus
- Trafalgar Square
- The Thames
- Tate Modern Museum
Remember that most of these places attract large crowds, mainly during peak season. Therefore, purchase entry tickets in advance to avoid wasting too much time standing in line.