Everyone Should Visit London At Least Once
If you need to ask about reasons to visit London, chances are, this is going to be your first visit. Whether you plan to be in town for several days, or maybe just hoping to see London in a Day, you’ll never run out of things to see and do in this crazy, fun city.
London is a capital city overflowing with historical landmarks, tourist attractions, and fun stuff to do. This is the area of the city where you can see Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and across the river, the London Eye. All of these stops, and many more, are within walking distance of one another. So if you’re on a short trip, you can see all these major landmarks in one visit.
Londoners may work hard, but they also play hard too. There’s everything any night owl could possibly want in the capital, from classic pubs, to chic clubs, quirky dive bars, theatres packed with Hollywood stars taking their turn on the boards. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you book tickets for some kind of show one evening, whether it be a West End musical, a stand-up comedy show, or a great live concert. The biggest stars and the best shows always make a stop in our nation’s capital, so you’re sure to find something that will blow you away.
Visitors to London can enjoy music in the city’s major concert venues, punk clubs, large arenas, bars and pubs. From the O2 Arena and Wembley Stadium, to smaller venues like the Roundhouse or Electric Ballroom, there’s always plenty happening on any given night.
London is home to some of the most famous museums in Europe, and the world. Travelers to London are encouraged to visit The British Museum, The National Gallery, Tate Modern, and the Natural History Museum, if time permits. If not, try to squeeze in a visit to at least one of them. Pick any one, you can’t go wrong.
If you are looking for mid-range brands and department stores, head to Oxford Street in SoHo. Here you’ll find stores like Top Shop and Urban Outfitters.
If you’d like to find a ton of great food stands in one place, pay a visit to Camden Market in Camden Town. There are hundreds of great food options there, plus you can stroll through all the cool shops selling everything from clothing to records.
While I definitely encourage first time visitors to try the classics, like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and Yorkshire pudding, I also recommend trying modern dishes at some of the city’s trendier restarants and food stands.
And if you’re looking for more unique clothing and local boutiques, head to artsy neighborhoods like Shoreditch. Then just walk around and see what you find.
London is a city of great pubs, which is one of the best reasons to visit London. Well, at least it’s one of the most FUN reasons to visit London.
You’ll have no trouble finding a pub in this city, they are everywhere. Even if you’re not a big beer drinker, or drinker in general, make at least one visit to the pub during your time in London.
While pubs are traditionally known for serving beer, most have a full bar, so you can order just about anything you want. Most will also serve food, so you can get dinner there too.
All over London there are thousands of restaurants that serve afternoon tea, each with its own character and atmosphere. Many of the most popular spots for afternoon tea require reservations in advance. It should be noted, smart casual attire is suggested for the higher end afternoon tea experiences.
If you like street art, you’ll definitely want to make time for a visit to Shoreditch. The nieghborhood is dotted with colorful murals and paintings. Consider taking a London street art tour to learn more about the neighborhood, the art, and local artists.
Shoreditch is also where you’ll also find the super trendy Hoxton hotel, which makes an affordable and fun homebase as you’re exploring the city. By affordable, I mean about 200 Euros per night. Don’t forget, London is expensive.
If Shoreditch isn’t your scene, you can explore some of the city’s many other neighborhoods as well. Some to conisder are Notting Hill, SoHo, Peckham. Farringdon, or Covent Garden, just to name a few.
The iconic Tower Bridge is one of the most visited landmarks in London. It’s unique and photogenic design draws tourists at all hours of the day.
You’ll get the best views and best pictures of Tower Bridge from Potters Fields Park on the south side of the River Thames. The view is especially gorgeous around sunrise and sunset.
What’s cool though, is that you get access to the top section of the bridge. Once you’re up there, you can look down at the boats and the river through the glass floor. It’s totally worth the cost of admission.