18 Essential Things To Do in London That You Can’t Miss On Your First Visit

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Top Things to do in London

Travelling can be considered therapeutic for almost everyone. Other than the fun we experience, travelling allows you to break away from monotony. The fresh air allows you to re-energize and replug. However, the destination plays a huge role in ensuring that you benefit from your vacation. Any self-confessed travel enthusiast can bare witness to this testament. So, if you are currently looking for a perfect place to go on vacation, you are in the right place. According to Planetware, London is considered one the world’s favourite tourist destinations. Britain’s capital city is said to attract over 16 million people annually. Considering its rich culture, historical monuments and love for art, this doesn’t come as a surprise. After all, it is the land of the famous Beatles. That being said, there are a lot of places to visit in London. If you are considering visiting London for the first time, you may be feeling a little lost on what to do. Well, I’ve got you covered. Let us take a look at some of the essential things to do in London.

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Taking Pictures with the Iconic British Red Telephone Booth

Admittedly, telephone booths are rarely used in our current generation. Yet, that is what makes them more valuable and unique. It was first designed and introduced into this world by the famous Giles Gilbert Scott. Now, they serve and act as classic British sight, where dozens of selfies and photos are taken.

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Exploring London with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Hop-On Hop-Off buses can transform your tours and sightseeing experiences. You get to kick back and simply enjoy the sights you visit. No stress, no worry, and all at an affordable price.

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Checking Out London’s Most Famous Landmarks

London is known for its famous landmarks: Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Big Ben, is also known and referred to as Elizabeth Tower in honour of Queen Elizabeth. Inside the tower, there is a huge bell housed by beautiful four clocks. Other than its incredible beauty, it said to be at least 96 meters tall. It can be found near the Houses of Parliament, which are also considered historical monuments. These two attractions often rank as the top must-see sights for every traveller.

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Enjoying the View from the Shard

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The Shard, formerly the London Bridge Tower, is also referred to as the Shard of Glass. And rightly so. Constructed top to bottom by mostly glass by the Italian architect, Renzo Piano. The Shard is considered the tallest building in the UK, and the best place to view London from.

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Taking a Ride on the London Eye

The London Eye can completely transform your vacation. If you love fun and adventure, this is one for you. The London Eye is the largest Ferris wheel in London. Your vacation will not be complete without you riding this miraculous piece of architecture.

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Walking around the Tower Bridge

You’ve probably heard of this iconic piece of architecture. You get to walk on this bridge and view London through a glass floor. An experience that will not only take your breath away, but appreciate history.

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Discovering the History of the Tower of London

London is undoubtedly a city of wonder and historical significance. You can get to experience a part of their history by visiting the Tower of London. Officially, it is Her Majesty’s Royal Palace but is often opened up to the public.

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Checking Out Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar square is a place of historical significance and tremendous beauty. This public space is also well known as the venue for celebrations, events and protests in the city.

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Enjoying the beauty of Westminster Abbey

This museum has been around since the 11th century. In it, it is said to hold great treasures, artefacts and sculptures of the royal family and other historical figures.

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Visiting the Queen’s House, Buckingham Palace

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As unbelievable as this may sound, you can get to tour Buckingham Palace. It is said to contain at least 19 State Rooms and is said to house the Royal Family as well.

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Exploring the Little Venice in London

Take a trip down to Venice and witness neatly arranged boathouses on the canal. This is definitely something you do not get to see every day.

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Exploring Beautiful Parks in London

London is known for its magnificent parks marked with green fields and shimmering lakes and rivers. St James’s Park and Hyde Park are said to be the most famous parks in London. And rightly so. Be sure to visit them.

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Visiting Borough Market

Borough Market is considered to be London’s Oldest Food Market. Moreover, it is known to have the freshest produce any market could afford. If you are visiting London for the first time, you need to know where to get your fruits, vegetables and cheeses.

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Visiting Covent Garden

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Covent garden might as well be referred to as the place of magic. It is truly a place of different kinds of entertainment, fun and thrill. You can go shopping in the many stores inside, or watch the talented performers in the central square.

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Shopping at Oxford Street and Regent Street

Two truly amazing places to go shopping. Whatever it is you need or want, you can find it on either of the two streets. While you are at it, you might as well check out the Primark Store.

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Shopping at Harrods

Exploring The Famous Luxury Department Store will blow your mind away. This place is officially owned by Qatar. It ranks as one of the largest department stores in the world. There’s something for everybody there.

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Walking Tour at Camden Town

This town is known for its thriving culture. It’s a place filled with life and fun regardless of the time of day. You can shop around during the day, and unwind at a café for some foreign cuisine.

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Trying Out British Dishes

Do not forget to treat yourself to Afternoon Tea, which is part of the British culture. Also, give Classic British Foods a try, you won’t regret it. They include Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, Sunday Roast, Shepherd’s Pie and so much more. A vacation is never complete without trying the foreign cuisine.

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My Thoughts

 There are absolutely tons of things to do in London at day and night time but if you are visiting London for the first time, those are the best of London that you can not miss out. If you are planning to take a trip to London, I hope this post is useful for you.

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  1. Reply

    Chloe Jane

    I loved reading this post, so many different things to do! I’ve been to London a couple of times, there is so much to do, I love vistivis Covent garden and Trafalgar square! Also the many shops they have is great for a massive sjoppsho trip!! Fab post, glad you had a lovely time in London 🙂

    Chloe Chats xx

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      Hi Chloe! Thank you for stopping by and reading my post 🙂 Totally agree with you! There are so many fun things and nice places to visit in London. I can’t wait to come back there again 😀 xx

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    I haven’t been to London before but hear so many great things about the city! I love that there is so much to do. The London Eye is such an iconic place. I always see it in the movies. It looks gorgeous at night. Oooh, I know I would appreciate going through the market! You can never go wrong with afternoon tea as well. Thanks for sharing all of these places!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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      Totally agree! London Eye looks fantastic at night! It is such a beautiful city and after you get to visit, I am sure you will love it. Thanks for reading my post

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