London Travel Guide
Sometimes travelling can be overwhelming - especially when it comes to world-famous or ‘touristy’ places like London, it seems like there are so many sites to see in such a short amount of time, and you don’t even know where to start. From Buckingham Palace to Big Ben, what’s worth seeing and what’s simply a tourist trap? From my experience, the places listed below are both the well-known and hidden must-sees of London.
Changing of the Guards// Yes, this is a very common answer you will receive when asking where to visit in London, but you can’t go to London and not see the changing of the guards. The guards at Buckingham Palace change every day at 11:00 AM; hundreds if not thousands of people try to watch this age-old tradition on a daily basis, so try to arrive approximately half an hour early to get a good view.
West End// West End, which refers to the theatre district in London, is another must-see in London. Rivaling Broadway, West End has productions from Les Mis to Book of Mormon to Hamilton; whether you’re in the mood to cry, laugh, or anything in between, I guarantee you a West End production will make your heart content.
Covent Gardens// This is one of the lesser-known spots in London, but it’s my personal favorite. Located in West End, Covent Gardens is a great place to spend the day shopping and eating before you catch a show. From the dozens of art stands to the small macaron shop to the high-end fashion retailers, you could spend your whole time in London here and never run out of things to do.
Westminster Abbey// From the breathtaking architecture to the rich history, visiting Westminster Abbey will be an experience you won’t forget. Though the line for tickets can be painfully long during busy times, it is easy to avoid this by just purchasing tickets in advance. Once inside, you can borrow a free audio guide that will lead you through the history of the cathedral, the secrets behind the architecture, and who is buried right below your very feet.
British Museum// One of the most infamous museums in the world, the British museum does not disappoint. From the Rosetta Stone to the Mummy of Katebet, the large variety of exhibits will keep you entertained for hours on end.
Hyde Park// Located in the center of the city, this beautiful expanse of greenery gives Central Park a run for its money. Expanding 340 square acres, strolling through the park provides a perfect breather from the hustle and bustle of the big city. One of the best activities to do in the park is grab a blanket and some food from the Harrods food court across the street and have a beautiful picnic in the park. What could be better?
London Eye// Another common answer, but another necessity. Yes, the line is incredibly long, but the view from the top of this gargantuan ferris wheel is far past worth it. You get to see all of London, from Parliament to Big Ben to everything in between.