Top things to do in London
London is by far one of the most visited cities in the world, the capital city of the United Kingdom and its former empire. The city has an abundance of history that stretches back several centuries.
From its rich and varied architecture, its world class museums to the royal family, London offers it’s visitors a wealth of things to do.
Tourism to London shows no sign of slowing down, in fact in 2015 an estimated 31 million people visited the city, of which 17.5 million were international visits. The rapid rise of the Chinese middle class, who all seem to have a fascination with the British capital, and the 2012 Olympic Games has ensured that London remains one of the world’s most visited cities.
So if you are planning on joining the herd and heading to London, then with a wealth of attractions, how do you decide what you should visit? We have previously lived in London, some of our friends still do, and we have with their help produced our list of the top things to do in London 2016.
1 – Coca Cola London Eye
Ever since it opened for the Millennium, the London eye (Now sponsored by coca cola) has been one of London’s most popular attractions, and if you ever walk down the south bank, you can easily spot the crowds of people patiently waiting in line.
The reason this is high on the list, is its location, right on the picturesque south bank of the river Thames. And from this position you will get the best view of London you could imagine when you reach the top.
Tickets cost £20 to enter one of the pods, and if you really want a luxury trip, then you can hire the entire pod to yourselves. Once the pod is yours you are free to do as you choice (within reason), and many a couple have got engaged, a few even married inside. But the favourite choice is bring along a catering company and have a full on meal inside.
2 – Tower of London
One of the world’s most famous attractions, The Tower of London is an absolute must when here. The tower is over 900 years and is stepped in a rich history. Over the centuries the Tower has been a Royal Palace, a fortress, a prison and an execution house.
Tours are conducted by a Beefeater, an when visiting you will be able to view the crown jewels. The luxurious set of jewellery to be found anywhere. Along the tour you will be told tales of the towers gruesome past.
Tickets should be bought in advance from £22.50 per adult and £10.50 per child
3 – The British Museum
The British Museum is home to one of the world’s best collections of artefacts which span over 2 million years of the worlds history. Everything from prehistoric to the futuristic can viewed here.
Over 6.5 million visitors a year come to the museum, which makes it one of the world’s most visited sites. It is however no wonder as the museum is home to some of the world’s greatest treasures, including the Rosetta stone, Egyptian mummies and Parthenon sculptures. As well as its permanent exhibits the museum also has regular special exhibits. One of its most successful was the Terracotta warriors, who were there for a whole year and tickets, were sold out in less than a day.
Entrance is free and is a great day for the whole family, especially as the London weather is so unpredictable, if your are here more than a few days you can almost guarantee one of them will be raining, and this is the place to head when it does.
4 – Natural History museum
Another great free and educational museum for the whole family, is London’s Natural history museum. Home to the largest and most fascinating dinosaur exhibition in the world, It is surely somewhere your family will enjoy.
As well as the Dinosaur’s the Natural History Museum is home to a collection of some the planets, strangest animals, including a full size blue whale, and a 40 million year old spider.
Again entrance is free (although some exhibits require a small contribution) and this is a great way to stir some enthusiasm among the whole family.
5 – Tate Modern art gallery
Located near the London eye on the south bank, The Tate modern is the UK’s national home of modern and contemporary art. And is home to works by some famous artists.
Entrance is also free , but some temporary exhibits do require tickets.
6 – Borough Market
An absolute must for any food lover is a morning at London’s most famous food market. Located on the south of the Thames and open every day except Sundays, Borough market is home to over 100 stalls.
Here you will find the best produce and foods from around the country and beyond.
Entrance to the market is free, but anything you buy will cost you, food here is a little more than at a standard market, but the quality and experience is far better. After all you get what you pay for.
London is full of things to do, packed with history at every turn, it will surely keep your entire family entertained for however long you visit.
It’s not the cheapest city in the world to visit by a long way, but there are tons of great things to do that don’t cost a dime.