what to do in london
London is a city that offers a multitude of tours and attractions, most of them reserved for the daytime. Organizing the itinerary by region is a good option, as this way you can save time and make better use of every second in the English capital.
Having a map of the city at hand, distributed free of charge at most hotels, or available at the London Information Center (see more information in the Tips section), is also important. If you have a smartphone and buy a sim card in the city, you will be able to use the technology to your advantage, downloading maps and itineraries.
On the first day, for example, the visitor can focus on central London, where Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the British Parliament are within walking distance. Nearby are also the beautiful St. James Park and the famous Trafalgar square.
Just pay attention to the closing times of some of these attractions so you don’t miss the visit. Guided tours are also available and a good option is the free tour offered by Sandemans New Europe, whose guides work with the tipping system at the end of the route. More information here.
Some areas of the city are worth mentioning, such as the bustling Convent Garden district, full of shops, restaurants, pubs and markets. The Candem Town district also offers a unique atmosphere and you will certainly not regret spending a morning or afternoon in this place that brings together people from all tribes — where interesting markets are located and that sell a little of everything — as well as from many stalls with food from around the world, including Brazil.
The charm of Notting Hill makes the place an obligatory stop, with Saturday being a good day for a stroll through the streets and the local fair. When passing by a churros stand, be sure to try them.
Another must-see and perfect for a good walk is the South bank, on the banks of the River Thames. There is the South bank Center, an art-oriented complex, and, in the area, the Queen’s Walk, one of the coolest routes for those who wish to explore the city on foot.
To get the most out of the tour, start at the beautiful Westminster Bridge and head around the Millennium Bridge.
Leaving the bridge, which is next to Parliament, you’ll pass the London Eye Ferris wheel, followed by a number of other points, such as the South bank Centre. Along the way, you will also find several restaurants and bars that are worth a stop for a meal or a drink with a beautiful view as a backdrop. Remembering that the area attracts a lot of pedestrians, especially in the late afternoon.
Below is a selection of attractions and sights in the beautiful English capital to be enjoyed before sunset.
St. Paul’s Cathedral:
With its beautiful and imposing dome, the Cathedral of St. Paul (Saint Paul) is one of London’s most famous postcards. The church is the work of Cristopher Wren, an architect buried in the site’s crypt in the company of national heroes like the Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo.
Harrods department store is one of the most elegant and famous addresses in the English capital. In this true temple of consumption, world famous brands gather, such as Gucci, Hermés, Yves Saint Laurent, among many others, besides, of course, some restaurants and cafes.
O’Neill’s is an Irish pub present in various parts of the English capital. Lively atmosphere with live music (and TVs for sporting events), quality food and drink and good prices seem to be the formula for the success of the place, which tends to attract a large number of customers.
The London Eye Rating:
Visitors walking towards the south bank of the River Thames will come across the London Eye, a 121 meter high observation wheel that offers one of the best views in the English capital.
The National Gallery Rating:
It stands in one of London’s most interesting squares, Trafalgar, the National Gallery, a fantastic gallery that brings together works by famous artists such as Claude Monet, Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh and Michelangelo. Allow at least two hours to enjoy one of London’s most interesting art venues. To know more about traveling tips click here
Natural History Museum Grade:
An excellent program for children, young people and adults, the Natural History Museum of London impresses from beginning to end of the visit. The collection comprises more than 70 million specimens from the natural world, gathered over 400 years.
Westminster Abbey (Westminster Abbey) Rating: 4.5 out of 10 (1)
Founded in the 10th century, Westminster Gothic Abbey is a church worth visiting not only for its breathtaking beauty but also for its entire history. Stage of various events, such as the coronation of Queen Elisabeth II in 1953