How To Plan a Fun-Filled London Vacation

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Traveling to London for the first time might be quite overwhelming. This is due to the many places and services London has to offer. As a first-timer in the big city of London, your questions will be where to visit, where to stay, how long your visit would take, and how much you would need to get the best out of the visit. The key is to personalize your vacation itinerary based on your interests.

For a fun filled-vacation in London, you might not want to miss visiting some of these awesome places depending on your interests:

FOR THE ROYAL ENTHUSIAST

Watch The Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace

This is a ceremony where the Queen’s Guard surrenders the responsibility of securing and guarding the Buckingham Palace and the St. James Palace over to the new guard. The Changing of the Guard is free to watch and requires no tickets.

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The Royal Horse Guard Parade (Photo by Roberto Catarinicchia)

Catch The Royal Horse Guard Parade at Westminster Abbey

This is an annual ceremony that is held to celebrate the official birthday of the Queen. It normally happens in June at the Horse Guards Parade.

FOR THE CITY EXPLORER

Visit The Tower of London

The fortress offers spectacular displays of illuminated animal-themed areas, ranging from the majestic elephants to polar bears. This visit gives you an iconic trip to all ages, giving you the enjoyment in a royal style.

Go On a Food Tour at Borough Market

The Borough Market dates back to at least the 12th century, and is one of the largest and oldest markets in London, offering wholesale and retail services. It has shops, restaurants, as well as an open food market.

Hop On a Double-Decker Bus or Take the Tube to Get a Feel of the City

London is known for its double-decker bus services. They offer many services for two or even a family, for instance, baked treats, afternoon tea, and cruising as well.

The tube is an underground train service to, from, and around Central London.

Ride The London Eye

The London Eye, or the Millenium Wheel, is one of the world’s greatest observation sights of all time. It’s actually the most paid tourist attraction in the U.K. 

You won’t want to miss having a ride on The London Eye since London has one of the most impressive skylines across the globe.

people in The London Eye (Photo by Pablo Martinez)
The London Eye (Photo by Pablo Martinez)

Take a Stroll Through Leicester Square

Strolling through this square would definitely give you all the fun you might desire during your London vacation. This is due to the theaters, cinemas, as well as the park. 

Cap Off the Night at One of the Pubs in Belgravia

Belgravia, an affluent district in Central London, is one of the places you might want to visit. Originally known for The Five Fields, a series of fields that were used for grazing, intersected by footpaths, this ancient district has grown high on value.

Having a festive night out in Belgravia can be a fun experience to remember. If you visit during Christmas, for example, fabulous lights illuminate across some of the area’s most known streets. This warms up the charm of the season. You might even decide on spicing up your night by having an experience in one of the pubs in Belgravia like The Library Bar and having a taste of the best-celebrated cocktails of the capital.

FOR THE HISTORY BUFF

Go to the South Bank to Catch a Glimpse of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Big Ben is a massive tower clock that is known for its accuracy and hour bell, located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster.

london vacation Big Ben (Photo by Jurica Koletić)
Big Ben (Photo by Jurica Koletić)

Go Museum-Hopping: British Museum, Natural History Museum, Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museums, Tate Britain, etc.

London has numerous museums with different aspects to offer. Museum-hopping can be fun for you as you explore through the different histories recorded.

FOR THE POP CULTURE JUNKIE

Visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

It’s one among the many tourist attractions of London, and it offers the platform of displaying the waxworks of famous figures, historical icons, as well as popular characters played by known actors.

What more could you ask for if you met Queen Elizabeth I in person? Visiting this museum would give you that feeling, through viewing this and many more waxworks.

Enjoy a Night of Theater in London’s West End

The West End is a district of Central London where most of the city’s major tourist attractions, entertainment venues, shops, and governmental offices are concentrated.

West End Theatre District (Photo by Thomas Charters)
West End Theatre District (Photo by Thomas Charters)

Here you will find the West End Theatre, often considered as being the representative of the highest levels of commercial theater among the English-speaking community.

Watching a magnificent play in the West End Theatre would leave you with absolutely no regrets.

FOR THE DESIGN LOVER

Shopping for Antiques or Decor

London has a variety of antique shops that offer vintage items that can serve as exquisite decors. Get inspired when you visit the antique section in Portobello Road’s weekly market or go through Grays Antiques Centre, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of antiques!

You could also visit the London Design District during your vacation for endless design inspiration!


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FOR THE FASHION LOVER

Visit Luxury Malls

London has very many malls, having the biggest one in Europe (Westfield Stratford City) that comprises 250 shops and about 70 places you can dine in.

Go To Fashion-Related Museums

The Fashion and Textile Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of London, and National Portrait Museum, among others, are some of the museums that give you a glimpse of London’s fashion.

london vacation fashion lovers Christian Dior Exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum July ‘19 (Photo by John Cameron)
Christian Dior Exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum July ‘19 (Photo by John Cameron)

Wrapping Up

London is a city full of amazing tourist sceneries making it a great vacation destination. Regardless of your interests, you won’t run out of things to do. London has something for every history buff, fashion lover, pop culture junkie, or art enthusiast.


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