There is a famous quote by Samuel Johnson that says “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” I couldn’t agree more. There is so much to do in London that the thought of writing any type of travel guide seemed overwhelming. London is one of the largest cities in the world and every where you turn there is something new to be seen, learned or eaten. Although I was lucky enough to spend four months studying abroad in London, there are still so many things that I didn’t get to experience while in London. Because London is such an enormous city, I thought I would put together a brief guide for anyone traveling to London.
I decided to do this post in the form of a bucket list because there are too many things to see in London to narrow it down. This list is ideal for students who are studying abroad in London, or travelers who are spending a long period of time in London. The items in bold are activities or attractions that should be a priority if you are only visiting for a week.
London Bucket List //
- Portobello Market: Great for vintage finds.
- Covent Garden Market: Known for amazing street performers.
- Borough Market (High quality meats and cheeses)
- Camden Lock Market (Endless food stalls and quirky finds)
- Brixton Village (Hipster/foodie hangout)
- Brick Lane Market (Known for Indian food/bagels)
- Seven Dials (Small but quaint market)
- China Town (One of the biggest China Town’s in the world!)
- The British Museum (There’s so much to learn!)
- The Natural History Museum (Dinosaurs galore)
- National Gallery (Art, art, art)
- The Royal Observatory in Greenwich (The Prime Meridian)
- Victoria and Albert Museum (more art)
- Churchill War Rooms (I never got to visit, but I wish I had)
- Trafalgar Square (Great for people watching)
- Westminster Abbey
- Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
- Climb the stairs of the Monument (it’s quite a hike, but the view is worth it)
- St. Paul’s Cathedral & Millennium Bridge
- Buckingham Palace (make sure to catch the changing of the guard)
- Tower Bridge & Tower of London
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- Kensington Palace
- Hyde Park (Grab lunch at the Serpentine cafe)
- St. James’ Park
- Regent’s Park
- Harrod’s (Where we touched a coat worth $50k)
- Oxford Street (Most beautiful Christmas decorations)
- Bond Street (Couldn’t afford anything on Bond Street, but still fun for window shopping)
I hope to visit London again sometime soon to get the chance to cross a few more of these items off my bucket list. Comment your favorite thing about London in the comments below!