England: Top 7 Tourist Things to do in London

Like all capital cities, London is a vast space packed full of things to do. A lot of people like exploring off the beaten track, and for good reason. There are many hidden gems that are largely undiscovered, especially in a city as historic and diverse as London. 

That being said, if you’re only in town for a short while and want to cover all the major landmarks, you won’t be disappointed. There’s a reason why certain attractions are so in demand, and that’s because they offer an insight into some of the richest parts of London’s heritage. 

If you’re looking to take full advantage of being a tourist in London, here are the top seven attractions you need to hit up.

1. London Eye 

A trip to London is not complete without going on the London Eye. The 32 capsule, 443ft Ferris wheel offers unparalleled views across the centre of London and its south bank. You’re best to buy a ticket in advance, but do be prepared to queue. It’s one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, so it will undoubtedly be busy, but we promise it’s worth it. 

2. Buckingham Palace 

Queen Elizabeth might only be the queen of the UK, but she is lauded around the world as simply ‘the queen’. Her popularity is unrivalled as a lot of people have a keen interest in the royal family. Even if you’re not a royalist, it’s well worth a trip to Buckingham Palace purely for architectural reasons. It’s a building steeped in history and holds tradition at its core. It’s almost like a step back in time!

3. London Dungeons

Speaking of going back in time, the London Dungeons are a must-visit attraction. The talented cast of actors will divulge London’s history, even the unpleasant parts, through an interactive experience that has to be seen to be believed. 

4. Warner Bros Studio Tour

Visit one of the most famous film studios in London and complete the Warner Bros studio tour. Harry Potter defined a lot of people’s childhoods, and on the tour, you’ll have the chance to walk in the footsteps of the greatest wizards in the world. If you’re a Potterhead, this should be at the top of your list. 

5. Madame Tussauds

Celebrity sightings are common in London, but if you haven’t bumped into your favourite celebrity during your visit, take a trip to Madame Tussauds. The waxwork museum is full of the world’s most famous faces, including the royal family, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Albert Einstein. 

6. The Ritz Afternoon Tea

London has many notable hotels, but perhaps the most famous is the Ritz. Once home to former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, The Ritz is known for its glamorous afternoon tea. The entire hotel is built with luxury in mind, so much so that the Queen has visited the hotel on several occasions for parties, banquets and dining. If it’s good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for you to indulge in afternoon tea! 

7. Emirates Cable Car 

London is known for the tube and its myriad of other transport connections, but less so for the Emirates cable car. Opened back in 2012, it seems to only now be getting traction. The 300ft tall cable car connects Greenwich to Royal Victoria, giving passengers panoramic views of the Greenwich skyline. 

Summary 

These are just seven of the top things for you to do in London, but don’t forget about the many museums, open-top bus tours, the Houses of Parliament, Cutty Sark, Harrods and more. However you choose to spend your time in London, we hope you have a great time! We love being tourists in our own capital.

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