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Trip List by JenC-7

Top 20 things to see and do in London

Jan 28, 2008  
4.0 of 5 stars based on 27 votes

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: London
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Theater
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Tower of London
    Tower of London, London, England

    If you only can do one thing in London, make it this! Over a thousand years of history...murders, executions, prisoners, and of course the crown jewels...Try to catch one of the tours given by the Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters).

  • 2. Westminster Abbey
    Westminster Abbey, London, England

    Eighteen of Britain's monarchs are buried here as well as many other statesmen and poets. There is the Poets' Corner that pays tribute to such greats as Shakespeare and Lord Byron (Chaucer and Tennyson are actually buried here). Closed on Sundays due to services. You will be right next to the Houses of Parliament, so after visiting the Abbey you can take the obligitory photos of the tower that houses Big Ben.

  • 3. Victoria and Albert Museum
    V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

    My favorite museum. It's a museum of decorative arts, and since Britain had colonies that spanned the globe, Queen Victoria was able to amass quite a collection. The museum includes ceramics, furniture, jewellery, sculpture, textiles and paintings. My favorite is Tippoo's Tiger!

  • 4. British Museum
    British Museum, London, England

    Excellent and free! One of the best museums in the world. Here you can see the Rosetta Stone, the famous "Elgin Marbles" from the Parthenon in Athens, and lots of artifacts and mummies from ancient Egypt.

  • 5. St. James's Park
    St. James's Park, London, England

    London's most beautiful park in my opinion. A walk through here can take you from Buckingham Palace to the Cabinet War Rooms/Churchill Museum. The park is beautifully landscaped and has a serene lake in the middle filled with ducks and pelicans.

  • 6. Cabinet War Rooms
    Churchill War Rooms, London, England

    Very interesting place to see. This is located at the southeast end of St. James's Park, and is basically the underground bunker that Churchill and his team used for planning during World War II. It is set up much like it was at the time, with a Map Room, the Cabinet Room, and even Churchill's bedroom he used while there.

  • 7. British Airways London Eye
    The London Eye, London, England

    I thought at first that this was a cheesy tourist ploy, but once I gave in and tried it you DO get a spectacular view of all of London! The lines can be quite long though, so allow plenty of time.

  • 8. Imperial War Museum
    Imperial War Museum, London, England

    Excellent museum south of the Thames. It covers the wars in which Britain was involved in the 20th century. It has a sobering permanent exhibit that tells the story of the Nazis' persecution of the Jews.

  • 9. London Walks
    London Walks, London, England

    Walking tours of London given by local guides that last a couple of hours. There are a variety of different themed walks, such as "Shakespeare's London" or "Ghost Walk". I did the "Jack the Ripper" night walk and it was great!

  • 10. St. Paul's Cathedral
    St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England

    The stunning cathedral that dominates London's skyline. This is where Charles and Di were married. The interior is even more ornate and gorgeous than the exterior. There are tours available and you can climb up to the top of the dome for a great view of London. The downside is it's pricey to actually get inside.

  • 11. Portobello Road Market
    Portobello Road Market, London, England

    This is the most famous market in London. Saturday mornings there are lots of antiques, jewellery, second-hand clothes and just plain junk on offer here. Located in the Notting Hill neighborhood, there are lots of funky boutiques and restaurants in the area in addition to the market.

  • 12. Abbey Road
    Abbey Road, London, England

    Take the tube to St. John's Wood, walk southwest on Grove End Road, and in a few seconds you are at Abbey Road in front of the old Beatles studio and by the famous crosswalk. Have someone take your picture quickly while walking across because it's a fairly busy street!

  • 13. Regent's Park
    Regent's Park, London, England

    This park is home to an extensive rose garden and the London Zoo, but the big attraction for me is the open-air theatre. Every summer they have performances of Shakespeare plays. I saw "A Midsummer Night's Dream"... It was the perfect setting!

  • 14. Harvey Nichols
    Harvey Nichols, London, England

    For the big, famous London department store experience, I prefer Harvey Nichols to Harrod's down the street... but you could certainly combine the two if you want since they are so close. Harvey Nick's also has a food hall and I love their 5th Floor Cafe for a delicious, if expensive, brunch.

  • 15. Covent Garden
    Covent Garden, London, England

    Great place to shop, do a pub crawl, or just people-watch. My favorite restaurant in London, Belgo Centraal, is not far away at 50 Earlham Street.

  • 16. Hampstead Heath
    Hampstead Heath, London, England

    Another beautiful London park, this one is more rugged than the others. It's also a great place for a pub crawl. Try the Spaniards Inn and the Holly Bush.

  • 17. Trafalgar Square
    Trafalgar Square, London, England

    I love this square with Nelson's column and the four huge lions statues that surround it, it makes for some great photos. Of course while you are here the National Gallery is right in front of you, and it's free.

  • 18. Greenwich
    Greenwich, London, England

    A great trip out of central London if you get the chance. Visit the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum, and the Royal Observatory. Take the stupid picture with one foot in each hemisphere while straddling the Prime Meridian of the world.

  • 19. West End
    West End, London, England

    Basically it's London's theater district, which rivals Broadway for the best in the world. If you have the time and money it's a great place to see a show.

  • 20. Old Bailey
    Old Bailey, London, England

    This is the British criminal court where you can see the legal system at work. The public is allowed to sit in on the hearings. I don't know if the judges still wear the silly wigs (there was debate last year about stopping that), but if they do, that is also a sight to behold!