Top things to do on your vacation to London

In the year of the Royal Wedding, London, again, is a HOT destination.

What are some of the best things to see and do while in London?

Buckingham Palace

How about visiting the Queen (or at least see where she might be) at Buckingham Palace.  If the flag with the Windsor Coat of Arms is flying, it means she’s home.  While you can’t go knocking on the door and ask to be invited in for tea, the Changing of the Guards is a must see ceremony. It’s a free event which typically happens four days a week at 11am (check exact timings in advance).

Westminster Abby

One of the most famous churches in the world, and where William and Kate were married, Westminster Abby gets super crowded.  Get there before 10am!

Tate Modern

This museum is a controversial must see.  You’ll be able to see London’s latest MUST SEE collections.  Also, check out The Tanks (for some kooky performance art) and don’t miss the chocolate shop.

Big Ben

The world’s most famous clock was featured in the Mary Poppins movie and is probably on every single postcard (well maybe just most) of London.  Just a hint- if the face of the clock is illuminated, it means that Parliament is in session.

Tower Bridge

This is not just a bridge over the Thames River but offers a fun day for visitors.  You can hang out on the glass floored walkway that’s 140 feet over the water and explore the engine rooms with its original steam engines.

London Eye

This 443 foot tall ferris wheel has 32 air conditioned “passenger capsules” that offer some of the best views of the city.  Our last clients going to London took a luxury package that included champagne and chocolates.  TIP:  try mideweek after 4:30pm for a sunset experience and less crowds.

Some sights to see while using London as a base for exploring— Stonehenge, Bath, and some of the castles, like Warwick and Highclere (but make sure to get tickets in advance since Downtown Abbey made this castle one of the most requested castles to see!)

Check out some museums like the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Shakespeare Globe Exhibition, the National Portrait Museum .

Stop for high tea and check out some of the great shopping and theater performances.

How long should you stay in London?  Hard question.  Many of My Vacation Lady‘s clients only stay for 3-4 nights before heading out to another part of the country, another city within Europe or before they board a cruise but you can easily use your London hotel as a base and explore the city and the surrounding areas for 7 nights or more.  Contact us and we’ll help you figure out what you might want to see and do on your London vacation.

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About the Author:

Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.