London is one of the best cities in the world! Not many people would argue about that.
It really is a city that has it all.
Visitors from around the world are here and in this truly cosmopolitan city there is a wide variety of things to do which means there really is something for everyone.
For those who enjoy the more “artsy” and “hip” side of life London brings you Camden in the north of the city, Shoreditch in the east and Nottinghill in the west!
For those who are looking for more glitz and glamour then Mayfair or Knightsbridge is the place to be. Drool over some of the most expensive properties in the world, check out all the designer shops you can hope for, and step into world-famous restaurants and hotels.
And of course, London has a huge array of attractions for everyone to enjoy.
To ensure you don’t miss out on anything, our team at easyGuide have put together a checklist of all the things you need to do in London, broken down into a one-day visit, a weekend visit and a week-long visit.
Things to do in London in a day
If you are visiting London just for the day, then there are some attractions which you simply must visit!
Tower of London and Crown Jewels – Duration: 2 hours
With over 1,000 years of history here you will feel as though you are stepping back in time. Visit the stunning Crown Jewels and take a tour led by the incredibly knowledgeable Yeoman Warders, also known as ‘Beefeaters’, who will share fascinating tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution, torture and much more…
London Eye – Duration: 30 minutes
The London Eye is the perfect way to get a unique birds eye view of the city. The attraction is one of the world’s tallest observation wheels and lets you enjoy glorious view for a total of 30-minutes.
It is also located very close to many other attractions so you should be able to conveniently fit this one into your itinerary!
Westminster Abbey – Duration: 1.5 hours
Westminster Abbey is one of London’s most iconic buildings and many will recognise it for where the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton took place in 2011.
Walk down the isle as if you’re royalty and enjoy the beautiful Gothic architecture and stained glass throughout.
St Paul’s Cathedral – Duration: 2 hours
St Paul’s Cathedral sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London so make sure you climb its three galleries and enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of London from the top of the dome.
Set over 5 levels, soak in the awe-inspiring interior and uncover fascinating stories about its history and the rich work and worship that takes place here.
Things to do in London in a weekend
Madame Tussauds – Duration: 1.5 hours
Although many celebrities live in London, the easiest way to get your photo taken with one is by visiting Madame Tussauds! With over 250 lifelike figures you will thoroughly enjoy yourself with numerous immersive experiences.
DreamWorks Shrek’s Adventure Tour – Duration: 1.2 hours
Right next to the London Eye is Shrek’s Adventure! This family-friendly attraction is based on the film “Shrek” with a 4D movie & interactive fairy tale shows to keep you entertained. So, Shrek fans, what are you waiting for. Step into an immersive walkthrough experience and meet your favourite characters today.
SEA LIFE – Duration: 2 hours
Whilst you’re here, SEA Life is also right next to the London Eye, so why not add this to your itinerary if you’re in the area! Enjoy this underwater world, step into the UK’s largest jellyfish experience, and see all the sea creatures you can imagine; magnificent Sharks, colourful Clownfish, inquisitive Sea Turtles and so much more.
London Zoo – Duration: 2 hours
If you want to see more amazing animals, then why not visit the London Zoo by Regents Park. Did you know it was opened in 1828 which makes it the world’s oldest scientific zoo! Now home to over 720 animal species it’s a great day out for visitors of all ages.
Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena – Duration: 1.5 hours
You may have though the O2 was only there for huge music concerts and exhilarating sporting events. But NO! You can now spend an unforgettable 90-minutes climbing over the roof of the iconic dome and enjoy some views over London that not many have seen.
Kensington Palace – Duration: 2 hours
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan) lived on the grounds of Kensington Palace until moving earlier this year (you may have seen this in the news!).
The Palace is a beautiful landmark with some great exhibitions; Victoria: A Royal Childhood and Victoria: Woman and Crown. Located at the west end of Hyde Park do try and soak in the glorious surroundings whilst you’re here.
Banqueting House – Duration: 1.5 hours
The Banqueting House is steeped in history and is the only remaining component of the Palace of Whitehall, the residence of English monarchs from 1530 to 1698.
Discover the dramatic story of this revolutionary building and enjoy the jaw-dropping ceiling paintings by Rubens.
London by Night: Open Top Bus Tour – Duration: 1.5 hours
What better way to end a day exploring London than jumping on an open top bus tour. London really does take on a different personality at night and this is a perfect way to see that.
See the London Eye lit up at night, Harrods twinkling with all its lights, and Big Ben lighting up Westminster.
Things to do in London is a week
Tower Bridge Exhibition – Duration: 1 hour
One of the most iconic bridges in the world. Now you can step inside Tower Bridge, take in the stunning views and experience watching London fly by beneath you under the Glass Floor!
Soak up the atmosphere of the working Bridge and the mesmerising Victorian Engine Rooms.
London Dungeon – Duration: 1.5 hours
Want to get a real flavour for what London used to be like? A visit to the London Dungeon is the perfect way to jump back 1,000 years and experience the dangerous streets, unsavoury characters, and listen to some amusing storytelling!
ArcelorMittal Orbit: Skyline Views And The Slide – Duration: 30 minutes
Who’s not interested in giving the world’s longest tunnel slide a go? I know we are! ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture so you will also get to take in the stunning views of London’s skyline. Located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park make sure soak in the surrounding as this is where the London 2012 Games were held.
River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise – Duration: 1 hour
Feel like taking a seat whilst seeing London’s main sights? A River Thames cruise may be the answer! Sit back and soak in London’s main attractions, such as Westminster, London Eye, Tower of London, and Greenwich. We recommend getting a hop-on-hop-off ticket so you can jump off and explore at any of the piers.
Changing of the Guard Walking Tour – Duration: 2 hours
All things Buckingham Palace are a must see in London and the Changing of the Guard is one of many highlights. But be sure you check the schedule as it doesn’t take place every day. The current schedule is Aug-May 2020, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, Jun-Jul 2020, daily.
Combined with a walking tour you will learn all about the history of guards, royals and their palaces.
Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms – Duration: 3 hours
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting London at the right time you can actually go into Buckingham Palace and explore the stunning State Rooms. Open to visitors for just 10-weeks each summer and on selected dates during winter and spring, this is a must! Tickets often sell out very quickly though so be make sure you book as early as possible.
This year the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in 2020 will take place at the slightly later date from 25 July – 4 October.
Buckingham Palace: The Royal Mews – Duration: 45 minutes
A royal carriage often conjures up images of fairy tales and Disney princesses, but they actually exist in real life! The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace is one of the finest working stables in the world and is home to the stunning Diamond Jubilee State Coach, Gold State Coach, and much more.
Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour – Duration: 8 hours
For anyone who is a fan of Harry Potter, this is an absolute must! Visit the actual studios where the films were created and go behind the scenes of the Harry Potter film sets. With magical props and costumes, you will feel as though you are walking in the steps on Harry Potter himself through the Wizarding World.
Tickets can sell out for selected dates, so much sure you book well in advance!
Kew Gardens – Duration: 3 hours
Stroll along a walkway high up in the treetops, and explore acres of gardens under glass. Step inside a royal palace, discover galleries of botanical art, and experience 250 years of royal history at Kew Gardens, London’s largest World Heritage Site.
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, London’s largest World Heritage Site, are absolutely stunning. With 50,000 living plants to be found here it makes it the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world.
Easily accessible by London underground, take the time to step into a royal palace, discover galleries of botanical art, and learn about 250 years of royal history.
Stonehenge Half-Day Tour – Duration: 6 hours
Although it’s not exactly in London, a visit to Stonehenge is well worth the trip. As one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe, it is hard not to be amazed by the sight of these 13 feet high standing stones, each weighing around 25 tonnes!
It takes around 90 minutes to get there, so be prepared to set aside around 6 hours for this.
Bicester Village Shopping Trip – Duration: 6 hours
If the price tags in London were a little high for your liking, why not take a trip to the highly popular Bicester Village where you will find bargains from all your favourite designer brands. There is also a wide variety of great restaurants to enjoy whilst you’re here too.
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