Metropolitan and cosmopolitan in all aspects, London is undoubtedly one of the most important cities in the world. With a plethora of things to enjoy, from historic attractions to museum exhibitions and vibrant festivals, you might find that the toughest part of your trip is deciding what to see.
No need to worry! We came up with a list of the top 5 best things to do in London.
- Buckingham Palace
Famous around the world as the home of The Queen and the heart of the national and royal celebration, the Buckingham Palace is a must-see when you are in London. Explore the staterooms in the palace, including the Throne Room, which is used by the Queen for court ceremonies. Check out the White Drawing Room as well, where the Queen and the members of the Royal Family would gather before official occasions.
Towards the end of your visit, take a stroll along the palace grounds to admire its rose gardens, summer house, and the palace tennis court. Don’t miss the distinguished Changing of the Guards ceremony which often takes place at 11 am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
2. Natural History Museum
One of the most imposing and notable buildings in London, the Natural History Museum, welcomes over 5 million guests every year, making it the most visited natural history museum in Europe. The museum houses more than 80 million specimens, comprising of five main collections in botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology, and zoology. Its treasures include an impressive 25-meter skeleton of a blue whale dipping down from the ceiling and a piece of a meteorite that is believed to be as old as the solar system. The museum also hosts a series of educational and public engagement activities, as well as a hands-on workshop for students.
3. London Zoo
The London Zoo is home to almost 17,000 animals that live in areas replicating the animals’ natural habitat. At the Land of the Lions, you will see not only lions but also langurs and a band of dwarf mongoose. The Tiger Territory displays tigers frolicking in an enclosure that features authentic Indonesian plant life.
At ‘Meet the Monkeys’, you can interact with black-capped squirrel monkeys, while ‘Into Africa’, you can observe zebras, warthogs, giraffes, and hippos. You can also enjoy a walk through an artificial rainforest, a reptile house, a penguin beach, and a butterfly paradise, among others.
4. See a Play in the West End
West End is home to some of the best theatres in the world, featuring a wide variety of plays and musicals that range from melodramatic to comedic to profoundly thought-provoking. Located in the heart of London, if you’re coming from afar, you can get a taxi straight from the airport, easily, with most shows happening twice a day you have every chance of catching the show you want to see. Although tickets are usually on sale in the morning, it’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Even if you are not into plays, London’s West End is still worth visiting for its elegant buildings and restaurants that offer an extensive choice of cuisines.
5.Chill in Hyde Park
Covering 142 hectares of green space, Hyde Park is the oldest and arguably most beloved park in London. A stroll in the grounds can take you to quaint cabins, hidden tunnels, and gloriously colourful flowerbeds.
In Hyde Park, you can skate, cycle, row a boat on the lake, or feed the birds at the duck pond. Art lovers can admire the exhibits at the gallery or hunt for the iconic Peter Pan statue. Food lovers can treat themselves with ice cream from one of the park’s ice cream stands or have a proper brunch at the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen. For ultimate relaxation, sunbathe on the grass, or lie on deck chairs available for rent at the park.