Flying into England was like flying into a childhood dream. I still can’t believe we got to go! I’ve wanted to go to England for as long as I can remember, but didn’t really expect it to happen. But…it happened! I kept catching myself smiling really big at strangers because I loved their accents so much haha.
We spent the majority of our time in London. There’s a lot to see! If you’re ever there, I’d suggest scheduling at least a week so you have time to explore everywhere without tiring yourself out too much.
What Are the Best Things to Do in London?
We did have some favorite parts of our trip. Of course, what we love to do and what you’d love to do may differ since you likely have slightly different interests than us, but if you’d like some ideas of what to do, we’d highly suggest everything on the list below.
Our 5 Favorite Activities in London (Plus a Bonus)
- Walk around the royal park by Buckingham Palace. Also visit Buckingham Palace! It’d be a shame to be that close and not see it. I think I enjoyed walking around the garden even more than I enjoyed seeing the palace though. There were all sorts of birds flying around, squirrels scampering through fallen leaves, and flowers blooming along the paths. It was beautiful, and we went during the winter! I can imagine it’s extra gorgeous in the spring. Also, the animals are very friendly! Very. It felt like we had just fallen into one of those fairytales where everyone walks around singing and the animals talk and clean your house for you. The squirrels would come right up to people like little dogs begging for food, and if you wanted you could get some of the birds to land on you! It’s free to walk through the gardens as well as to see the palace from outside the gates.
- Go to Borough Market. I think Borough Market might have been my very favorite place we went in London. They had so much amazing food! If you want something sweet while you’re there, we got donuts from Bread Ahead Bakery. They were so good! That’s all we ate while we were there, but from all the smells I’d say you could spend the whole day there, just eating and walking around to see everything. It’s such a fun area! There are a lot of people so be sure to keep track of each other if you’re traveling in a group. I had a little scary moment while we were there. I stopped to take a picture of some amazing looking fudge, and when I looked up Josh was gone! He hadn’t noticed me stop and didn’t realize I wasn’t following him until a few minutes later. I stayed there staring around me long enough for him to come back and find me though, so it had a happy ending. Lesson learned though…no matter how amazing the fudge looks, it’s best to not lose your husband. It’s free to visit the market…of course, if you want to eat things you’ll need to pay for those.
- Get afternoon tea at Grosvenor House Hotel. This was such a fun experience! They start you off with champagne and offer you a tea menu. They have a huge amount of tea! I chose peach tea, which I’d highly recommend if you like fruity teas. Then they brought out little drinks…if I remember right, they were raspberry sodas. Balanced on top of the cups were little flat disks of white chocolate that were full of popping candies. Then, they brought out our individual pots of tea along with little sandwiches, scones, an assortment of jams as well as clotted cream, and little sweet treats for dessert. It was all delicious. There was a pianist playing an assortment of songs the whole time to add to the mood. If you can, definitely go for the experience! I will say, it was more expensive than we’d usually pay for a meal (I believe it usually costs around $80 per person if I remember right). For us though it was free since we were able to pay for it with points. For more information, click here.
- Visit the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. I really enjoyed these two because of all the history involved. The Tower of London has tour guides called Beefeaters who provide free tours there. Before you ask why they’re called Beefeaters I have to confess, I have no idea. I thought we’d find out once we got there, but our guide told us no one really knows why they’re called Beefeaters. Someone started it a long time ago, and the name stuck! Whatever they’re called though, the guides are excellent storytellers and give a lot of information about the history of the Tower. It is a really sad history since the Tower is where many people came to be killed, but it was also interesting hearing about the different things we were told about England’s history. Tower Bridge is also good to visit for the history you can learn there, and it provides a lovely place to view the city! The Tower of London usually costs around $25 to enter, and Tower Bridge usually costs around $10 to enter. We had the London Pass which lets you enter both for free. You can go here if you want more information about the pass. We enjoyed having it but do feel like if we went back we probably wouldn’t get it again. It is a good deal if you want to go to a lot of different places, so it depends how many places you go to if it’s worth it or not.
- Go on the London Eye. If you like seeing good views of cities you visit, you’d probably love the London Eye! It’s an observation wheel where you can look down on London from a large enclosed capsule. It’s a good way to get out of the cold for a bit if you’re there in the winter. Each rotation takes around 30 minutes so you have plenty of time to walk around and take pictures from all sorts of angles. There is a bench in the center of the capsule, so you can choose if you want to stand by one of the windows or sit and look from there. It cost about $25.00 per person.
Bonus: Go to Stonehenge. This doesn’t really count as an activity to do in London since you have to drive a few hours out of London to go here, but if you have the time we’d definitely suggest you go! We went to Stonehenge with a tour company called Premium Tours. Our guide’s name was Malcolm. We’ve been on a lot of tours around the world, and Malcolm was the best guide I’ve ever had. He was so nice! It was officially an “unguided tour” and he was supposed to just be our coach driver, but he asked the group if we wanted him to tell us some things on the drive and when we all said yes he launched in to one story after another. He was very knowledgeable about Stonehenge and made going there even more special. He was also hilarious and a really good story teller which made the long drive much more fun than it would have been. If we’re ever back in London and have an opportunity to go on a tour with the same group, we definitely will! The tour costs varies, but it’s around $70.00 per person. Again though, for us it was free since we paid for it with points. For more information about the tour, go here.
Have You Ever Been to London?
We’d love to hear about it if you have! What are you favorite things to do there? If you plan to go and want more information, feel free to ask us any questions you have. We’re always happy to help if we can!