London is the most visited city in Europe, attracting about 27 million visitors per year. It is no surprise London is at the top of the list of many travel plans and so is it in our TOP 10. This city was found by Romans and has been built since then to be the best version of itself. It places itself among the oldest cities in the world. It is the capital of the United Kingdom and also the economic, transportation, and cultural center of the country. There is always something new to see in London. You can never be bored in London as the city provides the best art, entertainment, shopping, dining, and history.
Top Tourist Attractions In London
As we already discussed one can never be bored in London, now let’s dive into some places you should definitely visit if you want to explore London completely.
The largest and most famous park in London is Hyde Park. This park has historical significance as it has been a spot for various demonstrations and protests. It also hosted the protest by the Suffragettes. Hyde Park has a special corner that is still occupied by debates, protests, and performance artists every week. This place has two water bodies, you can go paddle-boating, see a number of swans, and take in a breath of fresh air in the center of the city
Also known as the Political hub of London, Westminster consists of the Houses of Parliament and the world-famous Big Ben. Big Ben consists of an iconic clock tower which still chimes every hour. Westminster Abbey is open to the public most days. While visiting these places you must take a visit to Parliament Square which features statues of important political individuals including Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill and rest here for a bit.
A well known cultural neighborhood in north London is Camden. This place is known for its alternative culture, hence it is full of goths, punks, rockabillies, and tourists alike. It has a flourishing body mod community, so you will find a lot of tattoo and piercing shops here. The market here is diverse. It features a lot of street food places as well as international cuisines. You can find many sorts of artwork here and take them home.
Trust me, your trip to London is incomplete without visiting the iconic London eye. It is actually a great Ferris wheel from which you can get a view of the whole city. The Ferris wheel looks even more gorgeous at night as it is lit up with lights of different colors, depending on the season. London Eye is the main spot for London’s annual New Year’s fireworks display. You can sit in the pod with other visitors or book a pod a private pod for you and someone special.
Accompany visiting the London Eye with the adjacent London Aquarium. You can find all sorts of sea creatures there including jellyfish, seahorses, and crocodiles.
The trendiest place in London is Shoreditch. It is the best nightlife experiencing spot and one of the coolest places to stay in London. This place is packed full of bars and eateries, you can easily spend the day or evening here. You should visit Trapeze, it is a circus-themed bar that serves endlessly inventive drinks out of popcorn tub-style cups. Apart from these, it has Far Rockaway, a chilled bar, and a restaurant filled with books. This place is filled with posters and 90’s night.
Among the list of largest parks in London, Hampstead Heath also acquires a position. It covers a massive area of 790 acres. It is located at a great height, therefore provides a beautiful view of the city. The Heath is a combination of grassy fields, wooded areas, and a number of large ponds. If you want to explore some wildlife, get lost in the woods, this is a perfect place for you. Also if you are brave enough you can try swimming in the outdoors, in the British weather.
Now if you are into films, which you of course are, it is recommended to visit the BFI-British film Institute. It is located in the ever-popular Southbank. This part of the city is vibrant and a perfect spot to relax. The BFI shows films every day, be it mainstream blockbuster films or reshowing of cult classics. If you take the cinema quite seriously, you can visit the library for you. Also, it consists of a bar and a riverfront restaurant so that you could chat about films in peace.
The Thames is very important for London as it brought industries to the city for centuries. It the longest river in England which ends at the North Sea by joining it. It has been very important for England in prehistoric times as well as during the world wars. The Thames was of strategic importance to Romans and English kings. There are various companies that offer cruises across the Thames. This cruise lasts about 30 mins. You can see many places as you are enjoying the cruise like Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye. Some cruises are done in the night time as the city is bright and beautiful with the lights, so this can be a lovely way to spend quality time with your significant other.
This street is famous because Arthur Conan Doyle’s infamous detective Sherlock Holmes lived on this street. But today you can find a Sherlock Holmes Museum near the Underground station. This street got popular because of the Sherlock Holmes series by BBC. Madame Tussauds, the internationally famous wax museum is also round the corner and you can visit it, also pose with your favorite celebs. You can later escape the crowd in baker street and climb Primrose Hill for London’s most spectacular view of the city.
The O2 was built in celebration of the millennium, under the name of ‘Millennium Dome’. It was once an exhibition center and dealt with hands-on activities mostly for children. Now, this spot is an elite destination for world-class music shows and concerts. It has a bar and a restaurant serving international cuisines. Apart from this, it is also a perfect stop to hang out with your friends. If you are an adventure hunk you can try climbing O2, and experience the best view of London city.
Platform 9 ¾
With the train station open since 1872, King Cross is among the city’s busiest locations. It has been renovated and now has a modern look, also you can try to find the hidden tunnel whose walls are light up with art. This platform is famous for something else, any guesses? Yes, this is the platform Harry Potter used to travel to Hogwarts. Now you can travel to Platform 9 ¾ in real life, in King’s Cross railway station.
Apart from the places above there are other stunning places to visit in London such as:
- Brick Lane
- Brixton Academy
- Electric Avenue
- Piccadilly Circus
- Oxford Street
- Leicester Square
British Food you must try here
Britain looks kind of boring when it comes to food in comparison to the neighbors, France and Italy. It doesn’t get the praise it deserves. Below listed are the 15 best British foods that will change your mind:
- Fish and Chips
- Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties
- Bangers and Mash
- Steak and Kidney Pie
- Sunday Roast
- Bacon Sandwich
- Full English Breakfast
- Beef Wellington
- Welsh Cawl
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
- Bread and Butter Pudding
- Welsh Cakes
- Fried Mars bar
- Christmas pudding.
Apart from these, you can also find staples of other places such as pizza, burgers, etc., but these are some native British delicacies. You can also find Indian food if you miss your home this much, there are a lot of well-reputed Indian restaurants in London such as:
- OOTY, MARYLEBONE
- TRISHNA, MARYLEBONE
- LUCKNOW 49, MAYFAIR
- GUNPOWDER, SPITALFIELDS, TOWER BRIDGE
- KUTIR, CHELSEA
- TAMARIND MAYFAIR
- SOHO WALA
- KAHANI, CHELSEA
Best time to visit London
London has ideal weather during summers but it is way too crowded during that period of time. It is not easy to get reservations on an average priced hotel easily during summer. However, the story for the spring is different. The spring in London has Mild weather, however, there are plenty of tourists but it is way better than summer. you can get your hotel bookings easily, however, we recommend that you book your hotels 3-6 months in advance. The airfares are also low during the time of spring. If you want to see the Royal places in London, summer is the time you are looking for as all occupants are gone for a vacation so the Royal buildings are open to the public.
The sale for shopping including Harrods’s ultra-popular summer sale happens in late June and early July. The shops are busiest during summer.
Top 10 Hotels in London
- The Savoy, Covent Garden
- The Dorchester, Hyde Park
- Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair
- The Ritz London, Mayfair
- The Langham, Marylebone
- The Connaught, Mayfair
- Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park
- The Lanesborough, Hyde Park
- Claridge’s, Mayfair
- Rosewood London, Holborn
Budget for London
From the experience of past travelers, the daily expense in London would be around 200$. The past travelers have spent around 40$ on food and 30$ on transportation. The average hotel price in London for two people is around 250$. A trip to London for two people will cost 3000$ approximately for one week. Now if you travel with the family the expense will go down per person as the children tickets are cheaper than adults. Also if you travel for a longer period of time, the expense will go down per week.