There are so many places to visit in the capital that even if you were to stay for a month, you would never find the time to fit them all in. With this in mind, we decided to put together a shortlist of must visit destinations that travellers can refer to when they are in the city.
Where to Go in London
Without further ado, let’s get into the list. All of the following destinations can easily be reached by tube or bus so you can visit them in any order you fancy.
- Kew Gardens – Spread over nearly 300 acres, the botanical gardens in Kew is a beautiful spot to visit when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours.
- HMS Belfast – Moored on the River Thames, adjacent to Southwark Crown Court, this WWII battleship is a great place to visit for both adults and children alike.
- London Bridge Experience – While you are in the area, you can also visit this attraction in Tooley Street, Southwark, which shows visitors the darker side of London’s rich history. The ticket prices include admission to its sister attraction, the London Tombs, built on the site of a former plague pit.
- Houses of Parliament – Even if you don’t go in, you must include the Palace of Westminster (as it is otherwise known) on your list of places to visit in London, for no other reason than the fact that the famous clock tower housing Big Ben (the bell inside the tower) is there.
- Buckingham Palace – Official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, this historic building needs no further introduction.
- Trafalgar Square – This is where you will find Nelson’s Column, the National Gallery, and every other tourist in the city at one point in time! Absolutely everybody goes to Trafalgar Square when they are in London.
- Tate Modern – On the south bank of the Thames you will find this world famous art gallery, home to modern works of art from all over the world.
- Hyde Park – Go boating on the Serpentine, check out the Albert Memorial or just lie on the grass and watch the world go by. Hyde Park, right at the end of Oxford Street, past Marble Arch, is another place that every visitor to London goes.
- Covent Garden – Loads of great pubs, bars, cafés, and restaurants make Covent Garden a fun destination whenever you are feeling peckish or in need of a caffeine boost.
- Natural History Museum – Dozens of dinosaur skeletons, thousands of insects, mammals, and other specimens can be found in London’s Natural History Museum, in Exhibition Road SW7.
If you still have time to spare after seeing all of the above destinations, have a search online and you will find hundreds of other suggestions for places to go while you are holidaying in London, many of which are completely free of charge for both locals and travellers from overseas to visit.