Top 5 Things to do in London

In a city as large as London, it can be hard to pin down exactly what to see and do in your time there. Luckily, we’ve got some expert advice on some of the essential things to check off your list! Read on to learn about our top 5 picks for activities to do and sights to see in England’s capital.

Going to the Market
Taking a daily or weekly trip to the local market has been customary for Londoners for longer than you may think. In 2014, the famous Borough Market actually celebrated its 1000th anniversary! In addition to being a trading ground for some of the city’s top chefs and restaurants, it’s also a place to sample some of the finest and freshest food specialties, including English pastries, cheeses, charcuteries, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables. And if you want the full experience – beyond the exquisite tastes to be had – be sure to also take in the sights and sounds of the market atmosphere!  

The View from the London Eye
In a city made up of historical buildings, the Coca Cola London Eye stands out a modern-day architectural wonder. Built in 2000 at a height of 135 metres, it is the largest Ferris wheel in Europe and has already won over 85 awards for international tourism and engineering achievement. And while it’s impressive to see from afar, it’s even more breathtaking when you’re in it for a ride! Tickets prices start at £21 for one 30-minute spin and each capsule holds up to 25 people – giving you ample room to move around and see the entire city from in a unique 360 degree panorama.

Buckingham Palace
You simply cannot visit London without taking the time to see the home of the Royal Family. From early August to the end of September you can take a tour of the interior and browse the historic furniture and family heirlooms on display in 19 state rooms open to the public. There’s also the infamous Changing of the Guard which happens daily at 11:30 am – be sure to check online to find out exactly where to see the action.

BONUS: This is a special year for the Queen as it’s her 90th birthday. While tickets to her birthday weekend in June have been sold out for some time now, you can attend the dress rehearsal at the palace on Saturday May 28 at 10 am. Officially called the Major General’s Review, this lavish parade is best seen from the neighbouring St. James Park or by standing on The Mall. It’s not every day you can celebrate the birthday of the world’s most famous monarch – you can’t miss it if you’re traveling to London this month!

Posh Shopping
Move aside Paris and Milan! The timeless style of London is re-emerging as one of the centres of the fashion world. The heart of the shopping district is on Oxford Street and has over 300 shops – from the renowned Selfridges department store to every high street fashion chain you could ask for – so you’re bound to find something to suit your style and budget. From there, stroll down to Regent Street for some mid-priced shops and treat yourself to a souvenir from one of the city’s oldest and most famous stores. And if you’re in an extravagant mood (or simply love window shopping) be sure to visit Bond Street or Mayfair, for some of London’s most exclusive luxury designer stores.

Fine Places to Dine
The perfect way to end your day in London is by treating yourself to dinner at one of the city’s fine restaurants. There is, without doubt, a near endless choice when it comes to the tastes and trends of what’s hot in 2016, so we’ll give you a quick primer.

Tapas are becoming more popular; at the Drake & Morgan in King’s Cross, guests not only share dishes such as steak tartare and crab fritters, but also mixed drinks from a communal punchbowl. Rooftop patios are being taken to a whole new level too, and if you shop at Selfridges then you wouldn’t even need to leave the building! Go up to the Forest on the Roof for an autumnal woodland vibe, and a menu that features comfort food to match, such as the hearty duck shepherd’s pie.

These 5 activities should keep you busy, but they’re only just a start. Let us know what else you’re planning to see or do on your trip to London in the comments below!

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