150 Things to Do in London (Something for Everyone)


150 of the best things to do in London

If you’ve ever travlled with anyone else before (no matter how much you love them) you’ll know that there is such thing as an awkward traveller. Someone who can seemingly never find something interesting. That’s who we’ve tried to create this list for, the awkward people in our lives for who everything is a maybe and nothing is a “yes!”.

This is in no particular order, but perhaps the ones at the top are more obvious than the ones at the bottom, so make sure you keep going! So, enjoy our list of the best things to do in London!


1. Big Ben (Currently covered until 2020)

One of the defining features of London and a must see for us every time we go. Being face-to-face with the famous clock, especially when combined with a few across the river and the rest of the houses of parliament, is pretty much as “London” as you’re going to get.

2. The Tower of London

Constructed at the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England, the tower of London is another on the standard “must-see” list. The White Tower (hence tower of London), was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was originally a symbol of opression. It has served a stint as a prison, including as recently at the 1950’s, but it is mainly a royal residence.

3. Natural history museum (trex! and Kryptonite)

The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons as well as the building’s architecture itself. It also has the skeleton of a blue whale hanging from the ceiling – that’s pretty rock’n’roll for a museum. It also has samples collected by Charles Darwin himself.


4. Hyde park
The park was established by Henry VIII by taking the land from Westminster Abbey to turn it into a hunting ground. It opened to the public in 1637. Several duels have taken place in Hyde Park, often involving members of the nobility – as tradition that should be brought back.

5. London eye

This attraction is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3.75 million visitors annually. It was the highest observation deck in London until it was beaten by The Shard – which, to be fair, is much better.

6. Platform 9 and 3/4

Situated in Kings Cross Station, this fantastic photo opportunity and monument to perhaps the most popular piece of pop-culture in the last hundred years awaits those willing to try their luck at getting onto that fabled train. So far none have succeeded, but then again, would I know if they did?

7. Sunset along the Thames

Although not necessarily an attraction it is definitely a nice thing to do! There are plenty of things to do along the southbank and if you do want to go for a drink and a slow walk along the river then i dont think theres a better place.

8. Sky garden

Although not as tall as the shard, in my opinion, it’s better in almost every other way. Not only is it free to enter (although the number of people is limited) you can also enjoy lots of nice food and drink that’s freely available without breaking the bank

9. The shard

The positives of the shard compare to sky garden are that it is taller and has better views – it is perhaps a more refined experience overall as it is a slightly more major landmark. Worth it if you have the money – but its nothing to crazy over.

10. Epping Forest

London is actually full of green space and this is perhaps summed up best by the face that it has an actual forest – even though its way on the outskirts.
In Tudor times, Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I may have hunted in the forest. In 1543, Henry commissioned a building, known as Great Standing, from which to view the chase at Chingford. The building was renovated in 1589 for Queen Elizabeth I and can still be seen today in Chingford. The building is now known as Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, and is open to the public – it’s also a nice place to have some lunch!

11. Soho

This is an area of questionnable reputation. It is politely described as one of London’s main entertainment centres. However, I wouldn’t take your kids with you as it’s been the heart of London’s sex industry for the last 200 years – there are still a fair few active shops, if you’re into that sort of thing.

12. Jack the ripper

For those of you who are slightly more adventurous then you can walk in the shoes of London’s most famous serial killer. You can join a guided tour, at night, through the small London streets that Jack the Ripper once prowled.

13. Royal Opera House

The current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856. The façade, foyer, and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The main auditorium seats 2,256 people, making it the third largest in London

14. The globe

The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s playing company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, on land owned by Thomas Brend and inherited by his son, Nicholas Brend and grandson Sir Matthew Brend, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613.[4] A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed by an Ordinance issued on 6 September 1642. A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named “Shakespeare’s Globe”, opened in 1997 approximately 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the original theatre

15. Harry Potter Studios

By far my favourite thing to do when in London, no matter how many times I’ve been before. Not only do you get to see the majority of the set, including the great hall, but you also get to try butterbeer and see how it was all made. They are constantly adding to it and for those of you with deep pockets, you can have christmas dinner in the great hall

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