To paraphrase the 18th century writer Samuel Johnson: the person who is tired of London is tired of life. The history and culture of London has been woven into the fabric of our lives through stories, board games, movies, and television shows. Visiting London almost feels like coming home. From the magnificent spectacle of the river Thames, spread out before you as you stand on Westminster Bridge, to the glass and steel towers, five-star hotels and upmarket apartment complexes of the Docklands, everywhere you go in London will seem somehow familiar. Discretion and service have always been the bywords of London hospitality. From the luxury hotels along Park Lane and the lavish Georgian apartments of Pimlico, to the illustrious city-centre hotels such as Claridges, the Savoy and The Ritz, London presents such an amazing variety of accommodation, dining, history and culture that this most wonderful of cities is almost like visiting a country in itself. Take a black cab, ride the underground, see the Queen, grab a pint. Samuel Johnson wasn’t quite right: it is impossible to get tired of London.
Once you’ve found your perfect luxury hotel, it’s time to plan your London trip. London has so much to offer that it can feel overwhelming. Therefore, to help you have an unforgettable experience, we’re sharing eight of the most iconic and unique things to do in London town.
Borough Market is one of the oldest food markets in London and is renowned for its vast selection of artisan food, British meat, and organic produce. You’ll find the enormous market under the railway lines of London Bridge. Here you can taste various cheeses, bread, and wine and fill your belly with traditional English and international street food. Along with high-quality food and drink, the atmosphere is always incredible here.
Camden town is one of London’s most loved areas. Although it’s often packed with tourists, no London trip is complete without a visit to Camden. This quirky neighbourhood is a live music hub and a cultural mecca. The vibrant, diverse town is full of punk clothing shops, old-school pubs, a large food market, and an iconic canal. Whatever time you visit, you are bound to see some wild and wacky sights here!
One of the best ways to experience British culture is to visit a traditional pub. You’ll have no trouble finding one in London as there is pretty much a pub on every street. Even so, look for a pub that is frequented by locals rather than tourists. For example, check out The George Inn on Borough High Street or The Lamb & Flag in Covent Garden. If you’re in town on a Sunday, be sure to order a traditional Sunday roast with your pint, too.
London’s West End musicals are world-famous, and with almost 40 theatres in the city, there is a show for everyone. Theatre shows range from international favourites like Mamma Mia and The Lion King to independent comedy shows showcasing the best of British humour.
Harrods in Knightsbridge is the UK’s most luxurious department store and a must-see for first-timers in London. The giant store has seven floors with a staggering 330 departments, selling everything from fashion to food to fine jewellery. You can easily spend a whole afternoon here and find some impressive gifts for friends and family. Plus, if you’re visiting around Christmas, Harrods becomes a magical wonderland during this time!
If you’re a fan of Britain’s most famous movie series, don’t miss the chance to see where the magic happened at Warner Bros. Studio. As well as stepping foot onto the iconic sets, you’ll discover some of the special effects used in the movies and touch the character’s costumes.
As you know, brits love their tea and biscuits, and an ideal way to honour this English tradition is with afternoon tea. This ceremonial meal takes place in the late afternoon. It consists of dainty sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of cakes; all washed down with bottomless tea. Many of the city’s luxurious restaurants, cafes, and hotels offer afternoon tea, including one of my favourites, Fortnum and Mason.
Trying to see all of London’s sights on foot can quickly become tiring. However, as many of the top attractions are along the waterfront, a time-saving and relaxing way to see the city is by taking a river cruise. You’ll spot the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Tate Modern, Big Ben, the London Eye, and much more. There are many different tours to choose from, including sunset dinner cruises.