Roughly 30 million tourists from other countries visit London each year.
Are you one of them? Wondering what things you shouldn’t miss?
Whether you’re traveling for work or for leisure, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of the top five things to do in London on your next trip.
1. Feel Like Royalty
If you love the royal family, don’t miss out on London’s biggest royal attractions. Start out by visiting Westminster Abbey. Here, you’ll find monuments honoring the many kings and queens laid to rest here.
Next, head on over to Buckingham Palace — the Queen’s own residence. If you’re feeling ambitious, schedule your visit during the Changing of the Guard. Check the schedule online and plan on arriving at least an hour early to get a good viewing point.
Take a stroll in the nearby Hyde Park, which is London’s largest and happens to be one of the Royal Parks. Finally, splurge on afternoon tea at somewhere fancy like The Dorchester Hotel.
2. Hit the Museums
London is home to some of the greatest museums in the world, so these should be at the top of your list of things to do in London. Visiting the British Museum is a requirement, especially if you’re into ancient history. Make sure to check out the Egyptian mummies, the famous Rosetta Stone, and Parthenon sculptures.
The Tate Modern houses famous modern art by Pollock, Dalí, and Warhol. The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square hosts traditional artists like Michelangelo and Picasso. And don’t forget the adjoining National Portrait Gallery, which hosts the portraits and busts of famous Brits.
An interesting note: most of London’s museums are free, but it’s recommended to leave a donation when you enter or leave.
3. Spend a Day Around Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus is one of the most famous road junctions in the world. It’s where Piccadilly, Regan, Shaftesbury, Haymarket, Coventry, and Glasshouse Streets meet. Here, you’ll find a variety of shopping and entertainment options.
Begin your day shopping on the famous Regent Street. Catch a meal in nearby China Town for a unique experience.
Next, catch a show at one of the nearby theaters — after all, London has one of the best theater scenes in the world. Finally, experience some of London’s first class nightclubs, like Opium London.
4. Visit London’s Best Markets
Borough Market is a must-visit location. You’ll find any type of food you can think of here. It’s been in business for over a thousand years and has food from all over the globe.
Brick Lane is famous for cheap food and delicious curry. You can also try out your luck at Portobello Road and Camden Lock. Finally, while not a traditional market itself, Harrods is a famous London department store with an extensive food hall.
5. Take a Bus Tour
It may seem cheesy, but the Hop-on, Hop-off bus tours are an efficient way to see London’s major attractions. It will save you a lot of money on cab fare if you want to see a lot of sites in a short period of time. A day pass is only £26.
The buses stop at 60 different attractions. Buses arrive at each attraction every 20 minutes, so it’s easy to take your pictures and get going on your way again. However, note that any entrance fees to the sites themselves aren’t included.
The Complete List of Things to Do in London
We hope you’ll consider some of these things to do in London on your next trip. And remember: just because you’re traveling for business doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!
Read our guide on balancing work and play on your next business trip.