London is a pretty incredible place. Whether you are visiting with kids, on business or just enjoying a city break with a partner or friends, there is something for everyone.
To get the full London experience you’d need months, maybe even years of being in the city- but even then you’ll never find everything.
So if you’re just visiting then you’ll need to be selective about what you see and do, and that means having a list.
Don’t waste your time in the city fretting over accommodation- book a room in the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate, it’s one of the finest hotels near Lancaster Gate Station London and will place you perfectly in the centre of the city.
Now let’s take a look at the absolute best things on offer in London that you really can’t miss.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the city’s most important and historic buildings.
Constructed in 1066 after the Norman conquest of Great Britain, this castle has withstood natural disasters, wars, sieges, famine, plagues and the test of time.
Today it stands as one of the best attractions in the city- get a tour with a ‘Beefeater’ guard, see the crown jewels and learn of the famous ghosts that haunt the grounds.
Conveniently located immediately next to The Tower, this gorgeous bridge is one of the most iconic in the world.
It’s a stunning feat of engineering, and really is a jewel in the city’s already glistening crown.
You can tour the inner workings of the bridge, and even cross the glass footbridge between the towers 43 metres above the Thames.
Harry Potter Studio Tour
Harry Potter and London are pretty synonymous by this point, and there is nowhere better for Potterheads than the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in north London.
It’s where they shot 80% of the films and you can tour the actual sets left in place since they wrapped.
Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor Common Room, the Great Hall and many more props and sets are all available to explore in one of the best movie set tours on earth.
The Royal Parks
London’s parks are pretty famous by themselves- but the Royal Parks scattered throughout the city are on another level entirely.
You can explore wild woodland, stunning flower meadows, immaculate flower gardens, manicured displays and even trace the footsteps of deer that descend from the personal herd of King Henry VIII himself.
Lucky for you, if you book a room at the Park Grand Lancaster Gate Hotel, the best accommodation Lancaster UK has to offer, you’ll be right across the road from two of the city’s finest Royal Parks- Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens!
Borough Market has actually been a market in some form or another for over 1,000 years. It was once a wholesale goods market with live animals and goods for farming- but now it is one of the best food markets in the world.
It’s easily the best place in the city to grab lunch and do some grocery shopping- you’ll be blown away by the quality goods and artisanal produce on offer.
The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is obviously one of the things you must see whilst in the city- but the changing of the guard is a historic and dramatic ceremony that should not be missed.
It’s free to view and happens outside the palace at 9:45 am, when the King’s Guard finches their shifts.
Big Ben, and of course the Palace of Westminster, is another of the country’s most iconic buildings.
The famous clock tower is actually called the Elizabeth Tower and is home to the gigantic bell named ‘Big Ben’ that you can hear ring on the hour.
The building is stunning, and the tower is particularly resplendent after receiving a refurbishment.
Leaden Hall Market is another extraordinarily historic location. It is thought there has been a market here since the Romans established the city in around 200 ADE.
Now it is a gorgeous example of Victorian iron work and home to many stunning boutiques, shops, cafes and restaurants.
The eagle-eyed among you may also remember it as the location of The Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter!
Covent Garden is one of the most visited places in the city- and for good reason.
It is yet another stunning example of Victorian iron works covering some gorgeous shops and cafes. You’ll also find the Piazza, where some of the world’s best street performers put on mind-boggling displays of skill.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s is another of London’s most iconic buildings, and is an architectural masterpiece. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London, this glistening white cathedral is eye-catching from all angles.
The dome is actually one of the largest in the world, and the tip is an incredible 111 metres high.
The Shard is one of the newest additions to the London skyline and is a very popular addition at that.
Inspired by the sail of a ship and the shards of a broken window, this building soars above the rest in the city and offers stunning views from the 73rd floor. There are also great restaurants and bars housed at the top, with some of the best views in the city.
The West End
The West End is one of the most famous theatre districts in the world- in fact, it could be argued that Broadway and the West End are the absolute epitome of stage performance.
You can catch some of the greatest shows ever produced here, including the Lion King (currently in its 21st year!) Wicked, The Woman in Black and Les Miserables.
So there you have it, 12 of the very best things to do the next time you are in London.
Make the most of your stay in one of the best hotels in Lancaster England the Park Grand Lancaster Gate; one of London’s best locations. You’ll be able to explore with ease and experience as much of the city as possible.