The best London attractions featuring the best things to do in London
From Tower Bridge to the Houses of Parliament, there’s always things to do in London and our guide will make finding the best attractions in London simple. Whether it’s your first time visiting or if you’ve been before and would like to explore further, we have outlined the very best things to do in London from a list of recommendations we give our very own passengers.
London is a key city when it comes to our luxury train journeys for both departures and arrivals. With the British Pullman taking passengers on day trips around the UK as well as through the channel to meet with the Venice Simplon Orient Express, London is a popular destination to depart from. Britain’s capital is also a popular place to head towards as well, with many journeys beginning in popular European cities ending their journeys in London.
We’ve put together our top 10 best London attractions for your to explore, from must-see-sights to perhaps things you may be less familiar with. Our guide is fully comprehensive and offers a wide range of things to do and see in the great city of London.
Top 10 Things To Do In London:
- Buckingham Palace
- Oxford Street
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- River Thames
- Piccadilly Circus
- Platform 9 ¾
About London, England
With history spanning as far back as the Romans, London is a unique capital city sat along a river bank that eventually opens up tot he sea. Covering 1,572 square kilometres and with a population of almost 9 million people, London is a large city with a lot of people and a lot of character. With great rail and road links and many airports nearby, it’s easy to see why London is one of the UK’s biggest tourist attractions.
1. Buckingham Palace
Home to Her Royal Highness, a visit to Buckingham Palace is an absolute must, even if it is from the outside. Truly unmissable and exceptionally mesmerising, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Changing of the Guard. With 775 rooms and the largest private garden in London, Buckingham Palace is every bit as incredible as you may have heard and you can get up close too with some parts being open to the public.
With beautiful grounds and plenty of space around the palace to take in the beautiful architecture, Buckingham Palace is like no other place on Earth. A truly iconic building and one you definitely should visit, Buckingham Palace is a sight to see and one you must make time for during your travels.
Home to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, Westminster itself has a lot to offer. A great place to head to in order to take in many sights at once, Westminster offers a lot of history all in a single location.
Set your watch to the chimes of Big Ben, the world-famous clock that makes up the London skyline. Admire the architecture of the houses of parliament or head towards Westminster Abbey, which is open to the public most days. After a busy day exploring, head to Parliament Square for a rest, a well-earned drink and something to eat.
3. Oxford Street
Welcoming over 500,000 visitors a day, Oxford Street is one of Europe’s busiest streets in London, and for good reason. Hosting over 300 shops, everything you could ever need can be found in Oxford Street. With designer boutiques and departments stores, including Selfridges with its ever-changing window display, Oxford Street is the place to come to splash some cash.
During the festive period, Oxford Street transforms into a winder wonderland with lights illuminating every inch and Christmas displays adorning every shop window. Even if you’re simply window shopping, a visit to Oxford Street is well worth it.
4. Hyde Park
Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, head to Hyde Park to feel as though you have escaped to the countryside. One of the largest parks in London, Hyde Park offers two bodies of water where you can take a ride on a boat or simply sit and admire the swans.
Beautiful scenery to enjoy a picnic or a leisurely stroll, Hyde Park is recommended for when you want to take things slow and recharge after taking in the sights of the city.
London’s cultural neighbourhood is full of eclectic and diverse shops, markets and people. Sitting in north London, Camden has a vibrant community with many street food outlets, stalls, markets all with a wealth of diverse offerings. Taste the samples at vegan bakeries or take a look through vintage clothing shops, everything unique and different can be found in Camden.
After a spot of shopping and eating, take a stroll along Camden Lock to relax close to Regent’s Canal. Or take your walk further as you take a wonder along the canal to Kind’s Cross.
6. London Eye
The best way to see London is from the London Eye, a large ferries wheel that rotates slowly offering glorious views over the city. At night the wheel lights up and offers a different perspective of the city as you see lights as far the eye can see.
The pods are large and normally you share with other passengers, however you always have the option to rend a private pod if you wish. Next door to the London Eye is the London Aquarium which is another must-see exhibition featuring some of the world’s most unique and beautiful marine species.
Best visited at night, Soho comes to live when the sun goes down with an eclectic mis of bars and clubs making it a cultural hotspot. Take a trip to the theatre or relax in one of the jazz many bars or explore one of the many restaurants in the vicinity.
During the day, Soho is a little more relaxed as the clubs and bars close and the cafes and bakeries open. The perfect place for a relaxing stroll and perhaps a sample of the local culinary delights.
8. River Thames
Running through the heart of London, the River Thames gradually increases in width as it heads out of the city and towards the sea. With many famous bridges spanning the river including Tower Bridge and London Bridge, the best way to view all these sights as well as much of the river is by boat cruise.
With many cruises running as often as every 30 minutes, finding a boat to take you along the river is easy and well worth it. Opt for a cruise at night and take in the beautiful lights of this iconic city, including the London Eye with it’s beautiful light display.
9. Piccadilly Circus
Lighting up this area of London with large billboards and a bustling street scene is Piccadilly Circus. A busy part of London since the 17th century, Piccadilly Circus continues to be London’s commercial hub and is still very much the heart of London’s West End.
With some of the biggest theatres in London, Piccadilly Circus is the place to come to be entertained with other notable tourist hotspots including Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum as well as the Trocadero hosting a games arcade as well as some niche shops.
10. Platform 9 ¾
Our list wouldn’t be complete with a feature close to our own hearts. In King’s Cross station you’ll find the authentic Platform 9 ¾ from the Harry Potter movies where you can have your photo taken as if you too were pushing your trolley onto the magical platform.
Although you may not find yourself on a journey to Hogwarts, it’s still a very popular destination to see for yourself to take a bit of movie trivia and to add a little bit of magic to your whole adventure.