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Looking for the best things to do in London? We got you covered with 40+ London bucket list ideas with popular attractions and unique London experiences that you must do once in your lifetime!

London city is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and the world. With so much history and many landmarks to check off, you will easily need a few visits to explore London intimately. And when you do, refer to this post to curate your London bucketlist!

London Bucket List Ideas

This post is created with the help of many seasoned travel bloggers and photographers who have explored London and are eager to share their picks. We have included our bucket list spots as well.

London Bucket list experiences: 40+ Things to do in London 

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Tower of London

The historic castle located on the historic River Thames, the Tower of London is undeniably the most visited landmark in the city, and a must add to your London bucket list.

Tower of London Bucket list experience

At the tower you can take the iconic Yeoman Warder tour, admire the priceless Crown jewels on display, and enjoy live historical enactments.  

If you are a history fan like me, you will get to absorb 1000 years of heritage at the Tower of London. You can also take virtual tours of the London Tower.

During the summer months, which is the peak tourist season in the city, expect long queues, so ensure you book tickets to the tower ahead of time and online to save time and money.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the royal residence and the administrative seat of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. With so many historical nuances and architectural remnants, visiting the Palace is a must. For centuries it has been a site of joyous moments and trysts. 

Buckingham Palace London

You can visit the state rooms (during summer) or book a royal day out.

Ensure you have enough time on your hand as you can spend an entire day exploring the staterooms including Throne room and ballroom, gardens, Crown jewel displays, and the changing of Guards ceremony (which is also our next suggestion on the London bucket list!

Buckingham Palace is the royal residence and the administrative seat of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. With so many historical nuances and architectural remnants, visiting the Palace is a must. For centuries it has been a site of joyous moments and trysts. 

Changing of Guards ceremony

One of the most famous (rituals or) spectacular procedures is to watch the changing of Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Now this ceremony doesn’t take place everyday and hence it’s important to plan ahead. 

The ceremony takes place (weather permitting) at 11.00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and daily in the summer.

Set aside some time to witness this ceremony and live a page of history in London.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace is a royal residence in the UK. It is a living/working palace and has served as a residence for young British royals for over 300 years. 

As a visitor to the palace, you can experience the stunning state rooms where monarchs worked and received ministers and foreign ambassadors. The palace is set in Kensington Gardens, and contains many exhibits from beloved Queen Victoria and Princess Diana. 

The palace grounds make for amazing photo opportunities for couples, and families with kids can enjoy a day out in the sun.

Ride the London Eye at night

London Tower views from above

The London Eye is yet another iconic symbol of the capital city of England. Located on the south bank of the River Thames, the Millennium Wheel is an observation wheel standing at 443 feet high, in the London skyline.

It is the fourth largest wheel in the world, and a ride on the London Eye takes about 30 minutes, and it travels at a speed of about 0.6 miles per hour.

It is best to experience the London Eye at night when the entire city is glittering with lights and sparkling stars!

Go on a sightseeing cruise on river Thames

London and the River Thames has an inseparable relationship, as if they are just made for each other. The river brings in all the iconic landmarks like the Tower Bridge, the London Eye and Shakespeare’s Globe in one place. 

When in London opt for a river cruise all the way to the Thames Barrier or drift back from Hampton Court Palace. There are sightseeing river cruises of an hour’s duration to dinner cruises to make your stay absolutely memorable in London.

Take a photo of the iconic red phone booth

London bucket list red phonebooth

An iconic British cultural symbol, you cannot miss the Red Telephone Booth, and not take a picture!

Although very few of them are left in London, you can find them in many places throughout the UK, and when you do don’t forget to snap a photo.

Admire the Big Ben

Big Ben London

By Lara from Both Feet On The Road

Big Ben is probably the most iconic landmark in London, so a visit to London cannot be complete without also visiting this beautiful clock tower.

Big Ben is part of the Palace of Westminster, which is also known as the Houses of Parliaments. This is where the Houses of Commons and The House of Lords meet.

The palace was built back in 1016 to be used as the royal palace and residence of Henry VII. Its current function came into place in 1547 when the Palace was given to the British Parliament.  

The Houses of Parliaments is an impressive architectural building from both the inside and outside. The iconic Big Ben, which is actually called the Elizabeth Tower houses the largest four-faced striking clock in the world, which apparently is also the most accurate.

During a visit to Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster make sure to take a guided tour to learn more about the current practices of the building and the history of it. If you are lucky, you may even be able to be witness of a House of Commons meeting.

A ticket to the Palace of Westminster costs 15 pounds. The building is open for visitors from 9:30 AM to 05:30 PM Mondays to Thursdays, and from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Fridays to Sundays.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum London Bucketlist
Natural History Museum London Bucket list

By Pam & Kathrine from Everywhere Forward

If you love visiting museums, London is the place for you! London is full of amazing, world-class museums, including the Natural History Museum.

The Natural History Museum in London features over 80 million botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, and zoology specimens. They even have specimens that were collected by Charles Darwin!

The museum is often dubbed the “cathedral of nature” for its grand churchlike architecture. The museum’s focal point is if the vaulted central hall featuring a full skeleton of a blue whale and a massive cross-section of a giant sequoia tree!

During a visit to the Natural History Museum in London, make sure to stop by the central hall and explore the museum’s renowned collection of dinosaur skeletons, large mammals, and the Darwin Center where you can see Archie, an 8.62-meter giant squid!

Visiting the Natural History Museum is in London is free. The museum is located in South Kensington and is accessible via the Tube at South Kensington on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines. The Natural History Museum is a great place to visit in London for everyone!

Hang out at the Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus London at night

Not a circus-circus, but the Piccadilly Circus is a road juncture. The word circle refers to the roundabout (or circle) at this junction. 

Being an important public space (west end of Westminster), there are quite a few things you can do and explore here. First of all, admire and see the glittering Piccadilly Lights. Immortalized in movies and songs, the lights are an iconic landmark of the city.

Many ads (ad light) here are over 100 years old. These lights were laid back in  1819 with the building of Piccadilly Circus to connect with Regent Street. 

At this juncture, you can access many of the Harry Potter locations/studios and also pop by the Trafalgar Square. 

With so many things to see here, don’t forget to take a tour of the Piccadilly Circus itself.

Harry Potter Studios

Harry Potter Studios Things to do in London city

By Pauline from Beeloved City

Calling all Potterheads for this one! If you want to discover the world of Harry Potter in London, there are many things you can do including visiting the Warner Bros Studios. 

Located in Watford, in North London, the WB studios are one of the most amazing experiences in London. 

From the city centre, you can jump on a train to Watford Junction where a Harry Potter shuttle will be waiting to take you to the studios. 

Harry Potter Studio tickets have to be booked in advance and you will choose a time of visit. It’s recommended to take it as early as possible. You are allowed to stay in the studios as long as you want, meaning that if you go early you will get more time on-site. 

Once you enter this magical place you will be struck by the beauty of it! You will discover some amazing movie sets such as the Hogwarts dining room, the Gryffondor common room, Diagon Alley, Harry and Ron’s room, the Gringotts bank and so much more! 

But that’s not all! You will also discover how the movies were made! Everything from the costumes to special effects, you’ll discover all the movie-making magic!

If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will love the experience! It’s fantastic and I can’t recommend it enough! 

Restaurants are available on-site and they also serve butter-beer! 

Platform 9 3/4

platform 9 34

By PlanningAway

If you love everything Harry Potter, Platform 9 3/4 is one of the top things to do In London. 

Located at Kings Cross Station on this platform and it has an amazing Harry Potter store.  There most likely will be a line to enter the store, so plan ahead.

The store has a very unique Harry Potter souvenirs.  One of the workers had a real flying stitch.  We loved looking at all the different items and bought some of our favorites.

We highly recommend booking the – Skip the Line tickets to visit this site. It allows you to skip the queue and have a professional photograph of the famous trolley entering platform 9 3/4.  It is only 15 pounds.  This could save you a lot of time and maybe worth it to you.  If only we knew about this VIP Lanyard.

We loved checking out Kings Cross Station and enjoyed platform 9 3/4.  It is a Harry Potter fan must see! 

Covent Garden Market London

Covent Garden London bucketlist

By Stephanie from ThompsonThrotters

Covent Garden is a large shopping and dining destination in London’s West End. Included in Covent Garden is a cobble-stoned Piazza and Market building, filled with alleys of vendors, restaurants, shops, craft stalls, and the Royal Opera House!

If it’s your first time in London, it’s a must to walk through the Apple Market and Neil’s Yard. The best part is that Covent Garden is completely free to walk through and extremely easy to get to as its right on the Piccadilly line of the Tube.

There is so much to do and see in the market! Watch street performers in the piazza, or check out the London Transport Museum, while eating at some of the best restaurant options London, such as Frenchie, The Oysterman, or The Ivy. There are also some of the best cocktails to grab at Mr. Foggs and Mabel’s.

End off your visit by buying some tea from Whittard’s to take home with you as the perfect souvenir! Covent Garden has something for everyone! 

Watch a show at Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House located in Covent Garden is a major performing arts center in London. The first ever opera house was constructed in 1732. 

It is a must-visit for opera, ballet, and music recitals. You can also watch recitals online here.

Although it’s called the Royal Opera House, there are no dress codes – feel free to dress up or down, just be ready to enjoy the show!

Soak in city views from the Shard of London

View of the Shard in London

The Shard London is a 95 storey skyscraper. The observation deck at the Shard offers amazing city views, particularly on floors 68-69 and 72. The glass-clad tower also has 72 habitable floors.

Visit Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is one of the oldest religious buildings in the world and is an important British cultural and social icon for centuries. A large Gothic-styled abbey, it is also a World Heritage Site. 

Only a few people can get married at the Westminster Abbey – like the members of England’s royal family, members of the Order of the Bath (and their children) or anyone who actually lives in the Abbey’s precincts. 

However, you can visit the church for free for prayers.

Learn at the Churchill War Rooms

Churchill war rooms are one of the branches of the Imperial War Museum in London. The war rooms consist of the underground complex which was home to the British Government during the second world war. 

The underground ‘offices’ were used for the entire duration of the war, and you can see beds/rooms, desks, and notes used during the time. After the end of the war, 1945, the complex was abandoned and later reorganized into a museum.

The complex has a biographical museum dedicated to British statesman Winston Churchill.

Learn & see British Museum Exhibits

British Museum

Another museum worth visiting is the British Museum, located in the Bloomsbury neighborhood. This museum is dedicated to history, art, and culture, and boasts of over eight million archival materials, collected since the British Colonial era. 

Some of the noteworthy exhibits include the Rosetta Stone tablet, Samurai Armour, Mummy of Katebet, etc. Their extensive collections from Egypt are unique to the British Museum, and can also be viewed online. 

If you are really keen on learning about human history and art, opt for a 90-minute illuminating tour at the museum. There are also many free guided tours available on-site.

Enjoy a guided walking tour

Europe has many walkable cities, and London is no different. GetYourGuide has a fantastic guided walking tour that includes sightseeing and exploring 30 London attractions, including a ticket to the Tower of London. 

Another bonus is that on selected days you can also watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony!

Visit Trafalgar Square and the Nelson Column

Trafalgar Square is a huge public square in Central London, that commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (British naval win over France and Spain). The site has been of significance before the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century.

Today it is home to the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, along with the iconic Nelson’s Column. The iconic Nelson Column is dedicated to Admiral Horatio Nelson who died in the battle.

See paintings at the National Gallery

The National Gallery of London is an art museum, located at the Trafalgar Square. It is a must visit for art lovers – get ready to drool at the 2300 paintings from the mid 13th century!

Relax at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

By Jiayi from The Diary of a Nomad

Kew Gardens is a beautiful botanic garden in southwest London that houses some of the largest and most diverse botanical collections in the world.

This magnificent place should definitely be on your list of things to do in London not only because it’s a peaceful off-the-tourist-trail attraction, but also because it’s one of the coolest London photo spots out there!

There are plenty of things to do inside Kew Gardens; from exploring the Arboretum (which has an impressive collection of 14,000 trees) to discovering a bamboo garden with 1,200 different bamboo species; from climbing up an 18th-century pagoda to relaxing in a tranquil Japanese garden; from touring art galleries and museums to strolling on an 18m high treetop walkway; from watching geese swimming in lakes to hearing bees in a mesmerizing beehive installation. 

One of the highlights of Kew Gardens, though, is Palm House. This serene indoor rainforest is a great place to discover some fascinating tropical plants, many of which are endangered in the wild (and some even extinct)!

There’s also a beautiful white staircase amidst the plants here, and you can climb it for a nice view of the rainforest and a cool photo op. If you’re looking for both an educational and relaxing experience in London, then definitely don’t miss out on Kew Gardens! Click to view tickets for the Kew Gardens here.

Experience afternoon tea in London

By Katie from Creative travel guide

A quintessentially British experience has to be afternoon tea in London. There are many options to choose from, whether you want to opt for a luxurious tea set at The Ritz or try an afternoon tea at The Fan Museum in Greenwich or The Orangery at Kensington palace; perfect for those visiting England on a budget.

Some of the best afternoon teas are fully themed to a movie or book. We enjoyed our Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea at the St James Court Hotel, which also offers Nutcracker Christmas sets during the festive season.

For more unusual options, head to The Ampersand Hotel for a Science afternoon tea or be immersed in Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard. 

Short on time in London? Don’t worry, you can jump on the B Afternoon Bus Tour to enjoy scones, jams, cream, and tea whilst seeing the sites of London.  

A few things to remember when you book one of these British experiences; most restaurants will ask for smart casual attire so avoid scruffy shoes or torn jeans. Use websites such as Groupon afternoontea.co.uk to get great deals and reserve your session, places can fill up, especially on the weekends. Plus, it is worth noting that afternoon tea can be expensive, so take advantage of deals you find and browse for the perfect choice for you.

Picnic at Hyde Park

Hyde Park London

By Sophie from TripTripNow

One of the things we love about London are its parks. Our favorite by far is Hyde Park, where we spend a few hours on our last visit to the city. It was spring last year and it couldn’t have been a better day.

Hyde Park is the biggest and oldest park in London. It’s a kind of “big lung” in the city center, close to the most-visited buildings, like Buckingham Palace or Victoria and Albert Museum. 

But Hyde Park itself is a must-visit in London. Whether because you have a botanical interest, would like to do some sports, or simply because you’d like to take a rest, Hyde Park is for you.

We entered the park through Queen Elizabeth Gate (the Buckingham Palace side) and immediately found fountains and The Rose Garden. Roses were not in their most splendorous days (winter had just finished) but it already enlightened our eyes. We sat for a while and just enjoyed the moment. Then we chose the way to the left of Serpentine lake. 

Our goal was to get to the Lido, a charming café where you can observe the varied fauna around the lake while sipping some coffee or tea and giving a bite. It was far from crowded and it gave us one of those calm moments you crave when visiting busy cities.

Take a Shoreditch Street Art Tour

Shoreditch Art

By Rose from WhereGoesRose

The incredible colorful Shoreditch street art is another reason to visit this vibrant and multicultural part of London (other reasons to visit include curry houses on Brick Lane and bustling Brick Lane weekend markets).

Aside from Camden, it’s widely known that Shoreditch has the best street art anywhere in the capital. 

Start your Shoreditch street art tour on Wentworth Street where you can see this like-like fox street art, as well as a load of bread with feet, the trademark of ARTiSTA.

From here you can make your way to Fashion Street where you’ll see plenty of urban murals showing people and animals.

Heneage Street is also packed with street art. From here, you can turn onto Brick Lane to find more murals. Don’t miss the secret unnamed alley beside Saffron Restaurant. Fournier and Hanbury Streets also top spots when exploring the Shoreditch street art scene. 

Through the Shoreditch street art, you’ll explore themes such as overseas communities living in London, for example, the thriving Jamaican culture in the capital. While the pieces are often changing, the locations mentioned are always full of vibrant pieces of art telling stories.

Don’t miss them while visiting London!

Hangout at the Old Spitalfields Market

old spitalfields market

By Caroline from CKTravels

Old Spitalfields Market is one of London’s oldest markets originally founded over 350 years ago.

Located in the heart of Shoreditch near Liverpool Street station, this covered market has hundreds of stalls and shops run by local creatives, original independent retailers, plus a few well-known boutique brands under its historic roof.

Shoppers can browse an array of wonderful retro and vintage clothing, second-hand books and records, unique art prints and paintings, colourful homewares and hand made accessories. Plus there are several street food stalls and restaurants located around the edge of the market with almost every world cuisine is catered for.

One of our favorite snack stalls is the Dumpling Shack – a Taiwanese noodle and dumpling vendor that is always very popular with both locals and tourists.

The market is open seven days a week with ‘specialist’ markets on different days including an antiques market on selected Thursdays, urban makers market on Wednesdays (crafts) and a vinyl record market on Fridays  – check their website for the most up to date details.

This market is perfect for a fun lazy afternoon of shopping and eating and is also a great place to head to on a rainy day.

Explore London Borough Market

London Borough Market

By Michelle from ThatTexasCouple

When creating your list of things to do in London, you have to include the London Borough Market. 

Located in Southward, London, this sprawling outdoor food market is London’s oldest food market.  You see, the market has been located on this property for over 1,000 years.  You may be wondering how that is even possible.  Well, you see, in 1754, Parliament enacted a rule that stated this area would be used for the benefit of the local community “forever.” 

Today, Borough Market is bustling with life, and filled with incredible vendors that directly source all of the food they sell. 

Borough Market is the perfect place for any food lover.  Whether you are looking to grab a glass of homemade mead, taste delicious decadent desserts, or eat complete lunch, Borough Market has you covered. 

Inside you will find a vast array of food stalls containing some of London’s most amazing and affordable eats.   Of course, you can browse the market on your own, or you can go on a guided food tour. 

A food tour allows you to have a guided tour of the market while making stops along the way to sample the wonderful goods that the vendors are highlighting.  No matter what, be sure and add Borough Market to your London Itinerary.

#10 Downing Street

#10 Downing Street is home to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the administrative headquarters of the government.

Although access to the street is not open to the public (it is also hard to walk by), the moment you see a large number of police officers on duty understand that is the most important address in town!

Shop or window shop at Harrods

Harrods at twilight

By Sarah from DukesAvenue

Located in the upscale Knightsbridge area of London, Harrods has transcended being simply an upscale department store and is now the stuff of legend.

From the magical shop fronts of the grand red-brick building to the doormen in their crispy green uniforms and top hats, the shop is entirely about the luxury of getting whatever your heart desires.

Staff is trained to give their discerning clientele whatever they want – anecdotally, when Ronald Reagan once phoned Harrods and asked for a baby elephant, the reply was simply “African or Indian, Sir?”.

There is more to Harrods than just expensive clothes boutiques – take a stroll through the grand salons and sample food from the food hall, or browse their vast selection of wines and spirits in their ‘cave’. There are restaurants and cafes aplenty, both surrounding Harrods (including the enigmatic Harry’s Dolce Vita) as well as inside.

Now owned by a Qatari real estate fund, Harrods was owned for many years by the Egyptian Al-Fayed family – evidence of this, and their links to the British royal family can still be seen in the shrine to late Dodi Al-Fayed and Diana, Princess of Wales.

In short, this place is as part of London’s history as is Hyde Park. You can get to Harrods by taking the Piccadilly line and stopping at Knightsbridge (use the Harrods exit!).

Soak in London views from Sky Garden

Sky Garden London

By Elina from Empnefsys & Travel

Sky Garden is the observatory of the “Walkie Talkie” building at 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London (aka the financial district).

The observatory is most known for two things: its indoor garden and its free entry. The garden spans on the top three floors of the skyscraper (36th-38th floors) and includes a range of plants and herbs.

From there, you can enjoy magnificent views of London, including excellent views of Tower Bridge, the Shard and the River Thames. There is also an outdoor observation platform, as well as bars and restaurants (separate booking is required).

To get a free ticket you need to purchase it in advance, but it can be challenging to get one during peak seasons as they sell out very quickly.

Tickets are released on their website every Monday morning for the following three weeks and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis. There is a 1-hour long time slot every 15 minutes.

A very limited number of walk-in tickets are available daily. The easiest way to reach Sky Garden from anywhere in London is to use the underground. The closest underground station is Monument which is served by the Circle and District lines.

Visit St Paul Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

One of the most recognizable symbols of London is St Paul Cathedral. It is an Anglican cathedral and serves as the mother church of the Diocese of London. 

The cathedral’s location at the highest point of the city, at the Ludgate Hill, makes it a must visit. The dome is also the tallest in the world.

Being a touristy place, ensure you book tickets in advance. Visitors can attend a service for free, but to explore the galleries, tombs, crypts and domes an entry ticket is essential. 

You can also book a guided tour of the cathedral and learn about its history.

Columbia Road Flower Market

One of the memorable things to do in London on a Sunday is to head to the Columbia Road Flower Market. This is a street market located in the Bethnal Green neighborhood. The Road is filled with pretty Victorian shops, and of course tons of flowers to photograph and smell!

The Columbia Road Flower Market dates back to 1869 when it was first opened, in an area known as Nova Scotia Gardens. This market is only open on Sundays, between 8 am to 2 pm. Other than flowers, the market also sells baked items like bread, cheeses, antiques, garden accessories, and other edibles.

Wander Notting Hill

If you watched or loved the movie, Notting Hill, ensure you pay a visit to this West London neighborhood. Houses and cafes in Notting Hill make for lovely Instagrammable photos. There are busy markets and luxury dining areas to hang out and eat. 

In August every year, crowds gather to celebrate the Notting Hill Carnival with parades and calypso music.

The Tate Modern Art Gallery

One of the amazing London bucket list ideas is to visit Britain’s National Gallery of International Modern Art – Tate Modern. Entry to the gallery is completely free, and you can visit it in the Bankside area of the London Borough of Southwark. 

Tate Modern showcases the quirkier side of London museums and galleries. If you prefer somewhat traditional art, you can visit the Tate Britain. Tate Modern has more of a global vibe, and it displays various collectibles that are thought-provoking.

Sherlock Holmes Museum

Calling all Sherlock Holmes fans! There is a privately run Sherlock Holmes museum in London. The museum can be explored in 30-45 minutes, and is small, but they have a cool souvenir store where you can buy Sherlock Holmes memorabilia and take back home. 

Madame Tussauds London

London has its own Madame Tussauds Museum. Pay a visit to see life-size wax replicas of the members of the Royalty and other celebrities.

London Zoo

London Zoo was opened in 1828, making it the world’s oldest scientific zoo. In those days, animals of the Tower of London were transferred to the zoo’s collection and opened to the public in 1847. It has been welcoming guests since then.

London Zoo is considered to be one of the most ethical zoos in the UK. It offers the best conservation experiences and keeps animals close to the natural habitat. Bigger animals are kept at the Whipsnade, from where you have amazing views of the Chiltern Hills. 

Zoo entry is free for children under the age of 3 years, and discounted tickets available for students and seniors.

Explore Mayfield Lavender Farms

Mayfield Lavender Farms

By Alysa from VoyagingHerbivore

Mayfield Lavender Farm, located a train ride outside of London on the Surrey Downs, is a stunning spot for a day away from hectic city life.

Getting around London by public transport is easy and at about an hour and a half outside central London, a trip to the lavender farm is easily one of the best ways to see a less touristy side of London.

As soon as you step off at the bus stop next to Mayfield Lavender Farm you’re hit with the incredible smell of lavender. Walk to the entrance and immediately forget that you’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the made hustle and bustle of London.

You’ll want to arrive right when they open so that you have at least a few minutes to yourself. Entrance is 4 pounds per person and professional photographers (basically you are not allowed to shoot clients or use a tripod) need to pay a separate fee. Additionally, no drones are allowed.

Opening hours are 9 am to 6 pm and they are only open during the summer as this is when the lavender is in full bloom. If you want to spend sunset and golden hour on the farm you’ll need to pay a lofty 100 pounds, but surely outside the countryside of France and Italy, this is one of the best lavender farms around.

Mayfield Lavender Farms is well worth the trip and is easily one of the best Instagram spots in London!

Walk the Meridian Line at Greenwich Observatory

Greenwich Observatory London

By Cassie from Cassie The Hag

Greenwich is my favourite part of London. Early morning strolls in Greenwich Park are one of the most peaceful ways to enjoy the city, with the sun peeking through the treetops as one looks across over a hazy London skyline.

In fact, it is within this park, at Greenwich Observatory, you can one4 of the finest views London. Not to mention that just outside the observatory is Time itself. Well, sort of.

Tourists enjoy walking along the marked ‘the Meridian Line’. This separates the Eastern and Western sides of the Globe and has a Longitude of 0 percent. In 1884, this line was chosen to be the center of world time.

There is a lot to do in Greenwich beside the park too. In my opinion, some of London’s best historical architecture is in Greenwich. Attractions such as the Old Royal Naval College are often used as the scenic backdrop in movies. Both here and at the famous Cutty Sark Ship which you can go inside, you can learn about explorers in times gone by.

The Maritime Museum also covers 500 years of naval history with interactive exhibits. The Greenwich Market and various traditional English pubs around the suburb nicely, making it one of the best days out in London.

Hangout at O2 Arena

Imagine an entertainment district, with a cinema, an exhibition space, piazzas, bars, and restaurants! That’s O2 Arena, which is located on the Greenwich peninsula in South East London. 

Structurally, O2 is a large dome-shaped canopy, which was originally built to house exhibitions, and now is an entertainment district. 

Take a day trip to Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

By Ella from ManyMoreMaps

Taking a day trip to Hampton Court Palace from London is a must for any visitor to the city!

The palace has stood for over 500 years and has been the home of countless members of the British Royal Family for over 250 years. This even includes England’s most notorious King, Henry VIII, who is famous for introducing divorce to England, having six wives, and beheading two of them! These scandalous stories make the palace simply overflow with history.

Audio guides, which are free to hire, bring each room to life as you tour the numerous royal apartments. If you’re looking for something a little different, join one of the Palace’s frequent ghost tours.

Once you’ve checked out the interior of the palace, it’s time to discover a true highlight – the Royal Gardens.

Kept pristine and lush year-round, the gardens are an attraction in their own right. Always tranquil and gorgeously landscaped, the gardens offer some amazing viewpoints to marvel at the palace’s exterior. In summer, there is even a maze, which is huge and lots of fun!

If you’re visiting London at Christmas, a beautiful outdoor ice rink opens on the grounds, which is hugely popular.

And that’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed our list of things to do in London, which should be a part of your bucket list to this historic city.

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