13 things every tourist must do in London
If you’re travelling to London from overseas and you’re looking for the full British experience, then look no further than us. From eating a traditional British meal to where to get the best views of the entire city, get your London plans off to the best start and book your tickets to some of the capital’s best and biggest attractions. Whether they’re newer ways to dig deep into the history of the city or attractions with a legacy stretching back centuries, you’ll want to visit every attraction on this list.
The best of Britain in London
Experience British fine dining
As you make your way around the capital, you’ll want to try British cuisine. Whether it’s the Scottish delicacies at Boisdale of Belgravia, looking out of the stained glass windows at Quo Vadis or eating dinner in the centre of Covent Garden at Tuttons Brasserie and bar, take in everything that British cuisines and London delicacies have to offer; you may find your new favourite food?
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Travel back in time
Ever since the Romans established the town of Londinium from as early as 47 AD, London has developed a rich history over millennia. As you walk around the capital, you’ll be treading in the footsteps of rulers and monarchs that have led the country. With a history dating back to 1066, the Tower of London is a historical attraction and standing artefact of the Middle Ages with parts of the tower standing for just under 1,000 years. Walk around the Tower of London and you’ll see exhibitions including the medieval palace of Edward I, the crown jewels belonging to the British monarchy as well as the grounds where battles took place. Immerse yourself in London culture and learn all about British history at the Tower of London.
With over 1,400 years of hallowed history on the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral, it is an iconic location for tourists to visit. Rebuilt five times, the current cathedral that stands today has welcomed visitors from 1697, as well as those who are looking to pray. With breath-taking panoramic views of the London skyline, you’ll be able to walk through the Whispering Gallery, as well as visit the crypt where famous Britons are buried including Florence Nightingale and Admiral Nelson.
Relax in style
After spending many hours on your feet, you’ll want a chance to enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation. Make sure that you don’t miss out on seeing all of the city with a river cruise. Whisk yourself away on a City Cruise Lunch Cruise and enjoy a sumptuous meal while iconic landmarks close by to the River Thames come into view, including the London Eye and Shakespeare’s Globe. If you’re looking for a shorter city cruise, climb on board a City Cruise Afternoon Tea Cruise for 90 minutes of travelling while tucking into sandwiches, scones, tea and coffee.
Staying in London for a few day but want to make the most of travelling on the River? See more for less with a Red River Rover 72 hour pass, allowing you to make as many journeys on the cruising boats as you want. With a three day pass, you’ll definitely be able to soak up the capital’s atmosphere in comfort.
Indulge in an afternoon tea
The British tradition of afternoon tea began in the late 19th century, after Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford wished to have a light snack between lunch and dinner. Ever since, gathering with friends to enjoy an afternoon tea in the capital has become a must-do activity, with plenty of afternoon teas available to indulge in.
From champagne afternoon teas at Grosvenor House offering sandwiches and scones with products made in Britain, to an afternoon tea on board a double-decker bus, make time for the finer things in life with an afternoon tea. If you’re looking for a London afternoon tea to go the extra mile, why not book a themed tea based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With a Globe exhibition and tour of Shakespeare’s Globe included, you’ll be able to experience the best of theatre, history and British cuisine all in one.
See London in as many different ways as possible
Escape the hustle and bustle of central London for a few hours and immerse yourself in a new adventure by going on an alternative guided tour. See parts of historic London and learn all about the Beatlemania phenomenon of the 1960s on a classic Beatles rock tour, where you’ll be able to pose on the famed Abbey Road crossing as well as locations where rock stars have lived and worked.
If you’re wanting the full rock experience in the capital, then book your tickets now for the Monsters of Rock tour, encompassing over 50 years of records into a musical extravaganza. From the history of Led Zeppelin to all the facts you could want about Jimmy Page, travel down your very own musical memory lane.
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Get underneath the city
With the London Underground transporting hundreds and thousands of commuters and tourists alike around the city, you’ll want to travel on a tube to get the full London experience. If you’ve never journeyed on the London Underground before, check out our guide that’s full of handy information to have you zipping around the city in no time.
Visit a brand new attraction and learn all about the Beasts of London. Learn all about the history of the city from its beginnings to the present day with animated creatures, animals and exotic beasts who once called London home.