THE BIGGEST AND BEST LONDON BUCKET-LIST!

“FOR MY PART, I TRAVEL NOT TO GO ANYWHERE, BUT TO GO. I TRAVEL FOR TRAVEL’S SAKE. THE GREAT AFFAIR IS TO MOVE.” – ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

One of the world’s most visited cities, London has something that everyone will fall in love with. Home of Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and some of the world’s best art galleries and museums, you’ll find it very easy to lose yourself exploring this magnificent city.Screenshot_20160711-164716_1

It would take years to fully discover every inch of London, but if you want to make the most of your time whilst seeing, experiencing and eating your way around this incredible city, you’re going to need this ultimate travel bucket-list!

  • CLIMB TO THE TOP OF ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

The panoramic views from the top of St Paul’s are worth the 550 stairs. Adult admission £18.00. Admission includes entry to the Cathedral floor, crypt and the three galleries in the dome as well as multimedia guides and guided tours.

  • SELFIE WITH BIG BEN

No trip to London is a trip to London without a pic with Benny!

  • RIDE THE LONDON EYE

One of London’s most famous attractions, The London Eye is a great experience! The views are incredible and if you really want to go all out, you can pay a little extra and sip Champagne in your capsule.londoneye.jpgIMAGE BY SUNSETS AND SUITCASES

  • SNAP A PIC AT PLATFORM 9 ¾

One for HP fans! Be sure to head into Kings Cross Station to snap a photo with your trolley heading through to Platform 9 ¾.

  • EXPERIENCE THE MAYHEM OF PICCADILLY CIRCUS

London’s own version of New York’s Time Square is Piccadilly Circus. Head in there one afternoon, pay a visit to the M&M factory, a few souvenir and novelty stalls and experience the mayhem!

  • VISIT BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND WATCH THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD

The changing of the guard takes places at 11:30AM daily. Be sure to get there around 11:00AM if you want a good position – it gets swamped with visitors. If you’re a Royal enthusiast, check to see if there are any guided tours available inside Buckingham Palace when you’re visiting.buckinghampalace.jpgIMAGE BY SUNSETS AND SUITCASES

  • ADMIRE THE CITY VIEWS FROM THE SHARD

Head to the observation deck of this spectacular 95-storey skyscraper to witness some incredible views over London. There’s also a great selection of restaurants and bars to choose from if you’re looking to indulge.

  • WESTMINSTER ABBEY

Known as one of the world’s great churches, Westminster Abbey is a large, mainly Gothic church located close to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Will and Kate were also married here! NAAW!

  • EXPERIENCE THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER

For all my fellow Harry Potter enthusiasts, a trip to Warner Brothers Studios for the Making of Harry Potter can’t be missed! Be sure to book tickets beforehand as it’s not possible to purchase on arrival.Day 28 (4).jpg

  • ABBEY ROAD CROSSING

Walk the famous ‘Beetles Crossing’ and tell your friends! There is a live feed online that friends and family can watch pack home as you’re crossing Abbey Road.

  • DINNER IN CONVENT GARDENS

Home to many famous restaurants and eateries, you’ll find something to enjoy in Convent Gardens. It’s quite easy to get lost wandering through the streets and the restaurant options are endless. Everything to suit all budget types!

  • HIRE A BARCLAY’S BIKE AND EXPLORE HYDE PARK

You don’t have to be in London long to notice all the Barclay’s Bikes scattered through the city. Be sure to pick one up and ride around Hyde Park. The park covers 142 hectares (350 acres), so rest assured, there is plenty to see.Screenshot_20160710-190818_1.jpg

  • TOURIST TELEPHONE BOX PHOTO

Another photo opp you can’t miss on your visit to London. The most popular and ‘Instagram worthy’ is the telephone box located down the road from Big Ben. This way you get your telephone box AND Big Ben photo all in one.

  • TRADITIONAL ENGLISH HIGH TEA

Don’t be afraid to go all out! When in London right? Some of the pricier and famous places include the Ritz and Claridge’s. If you’re after something more affordable, but still special, they do a great High Tea at Harrods.

  • PICNIC ON PRIMROSE HILL

Situated in Regents Park, Primrose Hill is the luscious green oasis you’ve been yearning for. With stunning city views, be sure to take advantage on a sunny day and head up here for a picnic lunch.primrose-hill.jpgIMAGE BY SUNSETS AND SUITCASES

  • GET LOST WANDERING CAMDEN MARKET

With over 1000 shops and stalls selling just about everything you can imagine, it’s quite easy to get lost wandering through Camden Market. There’s also a great variety of food here (including great vegan food) to tantalise your tastebuds!

  • RIDE A RED DOUBLE DECKER BUS

Yes, it counts if you jump on and get off at the next stop! It’s actually cheaper to ride buses and London as opposed to the tube, but it does take longer because London traffic is horrendous!

  • VISIT TOWER OF LONDON AND TOWER BRIDGE

Two of London’s most iconic attractions. Located along the Thames, the Tower Bridge can be enjoyed from any direction. You can walk across it, enjoy the view from atop it or walk further down the Thames and admire it. Same goes for the Tower of London.london_111.jpgIMAGE BY SUNSETS AND SUITCASES

  • EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH BOROUGH MARKETS

One of the largest and oldest food markets in London, Borough Markets is just the place to satisfy your taste buds with a huge range of options to suit everyone.

  • SEE A SHOW IN WEST END

For those who love musicals and theater productions, no visit to London is quite complete without seeing a show in the famous West End. There is always a huge variety to choose from and half the fun is trying to find where the theatre is actually located because they are scattered all through the area.

  • KENSINGTON PALACE AND GARDENS

Whilst you’re enjoying that bike ride through Hyde Park, be sure to head over to Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens.Screenshot_20160710-190137_1.jpg

  • GRAB A PINT AT THE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE

Having been built in 1667, The Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of the oldest pubs in London and a favourite among travellers and locals. With its own gloomy charm, stepping into the Olde Cheshire Cheese will have you feeling as if you have gone back in time.

  • PAY HOMAGE TO THE BRITISH LIBRARY

The famous British Library is the second largest library in the world (by number of items catalogued) and the national library of the UK. There’s always something on in the way of exhibitions and events (at the moment there’s a Harry Potter: History of Magic Exhibition going on. EEEEK!).

  • DAY TRIP TO BRIGHTON

London is in a perfect location to experience an almost endless amount of day trips. Brighton is definitely one of my most highly recommended. Mainly because you’ll get to experience an English coastal haven! There’s not too much to see and do, so you won’t be rushing around trying to see everything. Just head down to the Pier, enjoy some ‘Fish & Chips’ by the seaside and check out one or two other sites.Screenshot_20160708-155455_1.jpg

  • WALK THROUGH TRAFALGAR SQUARE

A world renowned public square in Central London. If heading to the National Gallery you’ll have to walk right through so why not tick off two London bucket-list items at once?

  • MARVEL AT THE PAINTINGS IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY

From Leonardo Da Vinci to Vincent Van Gogh – see priceless works of art for free! There’s online guides, talks and tours available as well as regular concerts, events and exhibitions. It’s a great spot to grab a bite to eat or a drink and escape the hustle and bustle of London.

  • SEE A CONCERT AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Identified as one of the UK’s most treasured and distinctive buildings, Royal Albert Hall is a world famous concert hall in South Kensington, London. Guided tours and exhibitions are available, but experiencing a performance is a once in a lifetime experience. Check out ‘Films in Concert’ for something spectacular!Screenshot_20160710-190633_1.jpg

  • SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE

Take a step back in time and experience world renowned productions of Shakespeare on the bank of the River Thames.

  • SHOP AT HARRODS

It wouldn’t be a holiday to London without stepping into the world’s most famous luxury department store. Pick up an iconic Harrods Bear to take home and snap photos with the life-size versions in store.

  • STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES AT KEW GARDENS

Known as London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site, Kew Gardens is a botanical garden boasting some of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of plant life.DSC01072.jpgIMAGE BY SUNSETS AND SUITCASES

  • FIND THE PETER PAN STATUE

For those who never want to grow up, on display in Kensington Gardens is the bronze sculpture of Peter Pan. It’s easy to find! All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust.

  • VISIT STONEHENGE

Believed to be constructed close to 3000BC, this prehistoric monument is one of the most famous landmarks in the UK. It totally Rocks!

  • BRUNCH AT LONDON’S SKY GARDEN

The famous glass dome is home to three-storey’s of landscaped public gardens, bars and restaurants. There is also an observation deck and open air terrace that is free to the public to enjoy but you will need to book in advance whether you plan to dine or just enjoy the views.sg_02.jpgIMAGE BY SUNSETS AND SUITCASES

  • A PHOTO WITH THE FAMOUS BLUE DOOR IN NOTTING HILL

One of the most famous British film locations is the Blue Door in Notting Hill. Grab a map and tick off 280 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, London W11. WALLAH!

  • MEET THE DINO’S AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

One of the perks of London’s museums and galleries is that most of them are completely free! The Natural History Museum exhibits a huge range of specimens. The British Museum is dedicated to human history. The Museum of London documents the history of London. There’s so much to choose!

  • TAKE A RIDE ON THE THAMES CABLE CAR

Officially named the ‘Emirates Air Line’, you can use your Oyster Card to enjoy the incredible views over the Thames via cable car.emiratesairline-03.jpgIMAGE BY SUNSETS AND SUITCASES

  • WINDOW SHOPPING ON OXFORD & REGENT STREET

Easily two of the world’s most famous shopping streets, Oxford and Regent street are both home to some of the world’s most famous department stores and designer brands. You can easily kill an hour or two wandering from store to store.

  • PLAY UNIVERSITY STUDENT AT OXFORD OR CAMBRIDGE

The University of Oxford is one of the leading universities in the world. The university itself is an example of 12th century architecture and is an incredible site to behold. The University of Cambridge is similarly impressive as Oxford with gorgeous architecture and luscious grounds.

  • SEE THE QUEEN’S DOLL HOUSE AT WINDSOR CASTLE

Windsor Castle is oldest and largest lived in castle in the world. The queen herself frequents here often! Be sure to check what areas of the castle are open for visiting as they can often be closed if a royal is in residence.OI000035.jpg

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34 Comments Add yours

  1. len3travel says:

    Start saving and go do a High Tea at The Ritz!!!

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    1. That’s what I was thinking! May as well go all out? 🙂

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  2. len3travel says:

    We have been to London and it was amazing! I can highly recommend the following:
    * British Museum (need at least half a day)
    * Regents Park – just gorgeous
    *Notting Hill – I went in search of all the film locations, beautiful little gardens.
    *Just walk into Harrods and buy the cheapest thing you can find – for me it was a keyring 😉
    * Kensington Palace was beautiful
    *Oh and spend some time in Covent Garden watching street performers and looking at shops and have a bite to eat…..it’s just lovely!

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    1. I have been to Regents Park and Harrods – I bought a cheap Harrods Teddy Bear 🙂 Definitely going to do Notting Hill, Kensington Palace and the British Museum! Thanks for the advice – I’m even more excited to go back now!!

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  3. tahoemarmot says:

    G’day Cass! Thank you for liking my Barker Peak Sunrise. I’m looking forward to following you in your adventures also. You really get around to some very cool places! And an ultra trail runner too…WOW! Read my Sierra Crest Ultra…I finished, and still vertical, but pretty close to last…pain and all, I still enjoyed every minute of my trail runs. Hope we can do an adventure together someday Cass! Later…Lorenzo…Tahoe Marmot

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    1. Thanks Lorenzo! You have spectacular photos from your trail running adventures – would love to get out and see some of them myself one day! All the best 🙂

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  4. Nicci says:

    Outstanding photos. You did so much! The poppy exhibit at The Tower of London is amazing. Beyond amazing. I feel like I just had a whirlwind tour of London!

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    1. Thanks Nicci! It’s an incredible city! Will hopefully be back there again next year

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      1. Nicci says:

        If and when I go, I have to do all these things. 🙂 Enjoy your second visit!

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  5. amyplaks says:

    Beautiful pictures! We’re going there this Fall and I can’t wait to see all of these sights. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you. Have a wonderful time in London! 🙂

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  6. The Happy Healthy Kiwi says:

    Butterbeer! Huge Harry Potter fan here and I’ve always wanted to try the wonderful sounding Butterbeer. You have some amazing pictures here, I’d love to go see London one day ☺

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    1. I found it tastes like Creaming Soda! It was delish 🙂

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      1. I’ve had it Stateside and it is just as delicious as it looks and sounds. So tempting to go back for more. The frothy version is best. You’re going to love it.

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  7. Beautiful pictures of London. Being a Harry Potter fan, your post was actually a treat for me. Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! 😊😊

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  8. alisonwroby says:

    High tea at Harrod’s is an awesome experience. A little more low-key than The Ritz, but if you’re looking for a string quartet and tuxedo waiters, The Ritz it is. I would suggest coming back to the Borough Market if you’re a foodie. Food trucks and a full farmer’s market right at London Bridge. One of my favorite places.

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    1. I’ve heard High Tea at Harrod’s is really good as well! Guess i’ll have to decide closer to the trip. I’ll definitely head back to Borough Market – the food was awesome! Thanks 🙂

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      1. Emily says:

        I’ve done high tea at Harrods as well, expensive but it was really good. 🙂

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      2. So many different options!!

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  9. aliada2 says:

    Hello Lovely… london is one of my fav cities considering that I lived there for a while. Reading your post brought back a lot of memories. Def looking forward to reading more about you travels….

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    1. Thank you! It is a wonderful city. One of my favourites as well. Glad it bought back fond memories 🙂

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  10. The butterbeer looks amazing!

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    1. It was delicious! Tastes kind of like creaming soda, but better! lol 🙂

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  11. The image of the poppies streaming down the wall and surrounding the building was a magical way to start my morning.

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    1. It was so spectacular! So glad I got to see it whilst I was there 🙂

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  12. I love London! Good to be reminded of all the interesting places there 🙂

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  13. You have certainly covered most of the key attractions.. very useful for a first / second time visitor in particular.

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    1. Definitely a list people can revert back to if they don’t get time to do all of it in one visit 🙂

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  14. Rosie says:

    These sorts of posts always remind me of just how much there is to see and do in my country’s capital! I’d add Regents Park and Greenwich to the list too for summer visitors, the former has a nice mixture of flowery gardens and open green spaces and the latter has a good view of the skyline from the south 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations Rosie! There is so much to see and enjoy in London 🙂

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  15. Monique says:

    I did hardly ANY of these things when I was in London. I’ll have to go back! Great post!

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    1. Any excuse Monique 😉

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