Visiting London can mean having to choose between the vast amount of different things to see and do in the city. From the West End to North, South and East London, the UK capital is a city of contrasts, and home to some of the best entertainment and historical attractions in the world. The city can be easily navigated by underground Tube trains, and by buses, meaning that you can see most of the must-see things in London over the course of a few days, if you’re prepared to put the time in.
Some of the most essentials things to see and visit, in no particular order, include:Â
Although not necessarily one of the most famous attractions London has to offer, Camden Market welcomes approximately 100,000 people each weekend making it London’s fourth-most popular visitor attraction. The market consists of a range of temporary stalls and fixed premises and it was widely rumoured profitable high street chains were looking to replace small local businesses that had set up stalls however after numerous social media petitions set up by market traders this is yet to take place.
A trip to the West End of London can include taking in one of the many shows dotted around Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road, Drury Lane, Aldwych, and the Strand. Some of the more famous productions currently running include The Lion King, Les Miserables, and Ghost. It’s best to book in advance, or look for ticket booths in the West End that sell last minute seats.
While London has many great parks to explore, Hyde Park is one of the largest and most diverse. The Park is particularly distinguished by Speakers’ Corner, where anyone is technically allowed to get up and deliver a speech, through to hosting regular concerts and other shows.
The National Library
The National Library receive a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland meaning if you were to view 5 items each day, it would take over 80,000 years to view the entire collection (and that’s if they left their collection as it is!). You can even view the adored Treasures Gallery which includes a range of wonderful artifacts gathered from over the years — Oh and it’s free!
The Changing of the Guard
Taking place outside Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Palace at 11.30am every other day, the Changing of the Guard for the Queen is a tradition that always draws a large crowd. This spectacle is regarded as a must-see in London and offers an insight into the wonderful history of Buckingham Palace.
Houses of Parliament
Visiting the Houses of Parliament represents an opportunity to view a session taking place, from a safe distance, as well as the chance to explore the ancient halls and different parts of the Government buildings.
One of Europe’s largest zoos, London Zoo near Regent’s Park is home to its own living rainforest, as well as a wide range of different species from around the world. A great day out for the whole family, the zoo has over 720 species of animals!
Museum of London
Located a mile or so East of the West End, the Museum of London provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the city. The Museum has recently been renovated to cover the history of London from ancient settlements through to the present day.
Near to London Bridge, Borough Market is primarily distinguished as a food market that draws in large crowds on weekdays for its fresh food stalls and exotic delicacies. This unique market ensure high standards of produce by employing food quality experts who ensure that the quality and taste of the food are up to scratch.
This small road in East London sits between Shoreditch and Bethnal Green, and arguably represents the best place in London to go for a curry, or simply to watch the crowds pass through the Lane as different restaurants try to lure them into their establishments.
About the author
Liam Ohm is a regular blogger for a range of events throughout London. He highly recommends Theatre Tickets Direct to purchase tickets for the best shows the UK has to offer.