Almost everyone intends to visit London at some point in their lives, and why not? London is perhaps the most visited city on the planet and with how many things there are to do and see here, it’s no surprise that everyone wants to come at some point. While it can be a tad on the expensive side, London is home to a number of things that range in price and are also entirely free! What’s not to like? Here we look at a couple of the best things to see and do in London to help you get the most out of your next trip to this bustling metropolis.
Various London Attractions
Mostly free, the walkabout takes you on a short walking tour around the central areas of London – from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace, and then Westminster Abbey (£12 entry). The changing of the guard can be seen at Buckingham Palace on certain days, so check in advance to make sure you don’t miss it. Westminster Abbey is home to memorials and graves of some of the world’s most prolific people, and boasts a poets and authors corner, eternal resting places to famous literary legends such as Geoffrey Chaucer, William Blake and Charles Dickens.
A short walk from Westminster takes you to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (tours available). The London eye is visible across the way, next door to the new home of the London Dungeon, which tells the horrid and dark history of London and some of it’s infamous residents. The Tower of London (an absolute must see) is a short tube ride away, along with the famous Tower Bridge. Used as both a royal palace and a jail from antiquity, it is easy to spend hours roaming the Tower’s vast walls and learning about the people who both celebrated, and were executed here.
It might come as a surprise to many that every museum in London is free. This is just one of many things to do (albeit there are countless museums on almost every topic in London alone), but it will help go easy on the pocketbook. Popular museums include the London Museum, which tells the story of the City of London from its beginning to present day through a series of exhibits that showcase it’s wide and diverse historical story. The Imperial War Museum is a must for anyone with any interest in World War II and boasts an entire floor dedicated to the Jewish struggle and associated Holocaust which is well worth a visit. The Natural History Museum is an absolutely massive draw for both locals and tourists, showcasing a number of fantastic educational exhibits from dinosaurs to present day.
Where to Stay?
London is an absolutely enormous, vast city and it is likely that you will want to find a hotel that suits not just your budget but also your style and your plans. London hotels are found on almost every street and some boast quieter locations than others, all with fairly reasonable, competitive prices so you will have no trouble finding the perfect spot for you to base yourself in this bustling city.
As you can tell, there are so many London attractions and I haven’t even touched on all the free things to do, either! It honestly can keep people busy for weeks, and never bored. London is honestly the perfect place for the first timer to Europe – or the UK to get a feel for just how vast and intriguing this part of the world is.