If you’re planning a trip to London and wish to visit all of the iconic spots, here’s your ultimate London bucket list guide.
The Ultimate London Bucket List
The London Eye
Tower Of London
St Paul’s Cathedral
Oxford & Regent Street
Visit An English Pub
West End Shows
Visit The Museums
Stroll The Parks
Where To Stay In London
Easily the most recognisable landmark in the city, and top of most peoples London bucket list!
Built between 1886 and 1894, Tower Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting Southwark bank to Tower Hamlets. The bridge crosses the River Thames, close to the Tower of London, and has become an iconic symbol of London. Because of this, Tower Bridge is sometimes confused with London Bridge, which is just half a mile upstream.
You can actually see the Shard whilst crossing over Tower Bridge, and London’s highest and best viewpoint is situated at the top of The Shard.
Access to the 244m high observatories on floors 68, 69 and 72 will cost you around £32 per adult. Although if you want to make an evening of it you can try one of their six restaurants and bars.
Make sure you book in advance though, because as you can imagine they’re rather popular spots.
Standing at roughly 135 metres in height the London Eye receives more visitors per year than the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids of Giza combined.
The famous ferris wheel is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, with over 3.75 million visitors annually – each one adding a big tick to their London bucket list. Tickets on the day are £28 per adult.
Home to Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom.
Tourists flock daily to take photos from the outside of the royal walls, although it is in fact possible to get inside Buckingham Palace for only a couple of months per year. Between July – September each year the State Rooms are opened to the public and you can book tickets in advance for £24 per adult.
The Tower Of London is a historic castle situated on the North side of Tower Bridge.
Best accessible from Tower Hill Underground Station, the Tower of London has played a prominent role in English history. It was besieged several times, and controlling it has been important to controlling the country.
For any history lovers, this has to be added to your London bucket list.
One of the most famous and recognisable sights of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is most commonly known for its intricate dome.
Standing at 111 metres high, it was once the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1967, and the dome is still among the highest in the world.
St Paul’s is the second-largest church building in the United Kingdom, after Liverpool Cathedral, and again a hugely monumental building in the city.
Piccadilly Circus is most commonly known for its iconic Coca Cola sign that began advertising on their billboards in 1954.
The road junction and public space, located in London’s West End, was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly.
Although since the circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End, its status as a major traffic junction has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right.
Oxford Street is Europe’s busiest shopping street, with around half a million daily visitors.
With the majority of tourists in the capital on the hunt for either high end London fashion, or typical UK souvenirs, Oxford Street is high most peoples London bucket list.
Oxford Street is connected directly to Piccadilly Circus via Regent Street, another of the most popular shopping streets in the city.
One of the most popular shopping and dining streets in the West End.
Located in the popular area of Soho, Carnaby Street is located just a stones throw from Oxford and Regent street. Although Carnaby is much more known for its vast amount of independent fashion boutiques.
Most recognisable for its famous bronze lions, Trafalgar Square is on the London bucket list for variety of reasons.
Some visit for the architecture of The National Gallery (art museum) and the surrounding turquoise fountains. Others pay their respects to Nelson’s Column which stands tall as it commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar.
The majority of people use Trafalgar Square as a starting point to the Westminster City area of London.
It’s the bustling government area near Buckingham Palace and where to start? Westminster Abbey, The Houses Of Parliament and Parliament Square are all popular destinations on people’s London bucket list!
The best option is to jump off St. James’s Park underground station and explore. Of course don’t forget to hang around for the chime of Big Ben as it rings in the iconic clock tower every hour, on the hour!
Camden is best described as the ‘alternative’ area of London. Where everyone is accepted and nobody is stared at.
You’ll see all sorts of quirky characters walking around the streets of Camden, as it hosts street markets and music venues daily.
Camden Town is famed for its market, a warren of fashion and curiosities by the Regent’s Canal.
Covent Garden is London’s main theatre and entertainment area. Also one of our favourite spots!
Home to fashion stores, crafts and the Royal Opera House, tourists flock to Covent Garden to watch street entertainers or West End shows.
Once home to the world-famous fruit and vegetable market, Covent Garden’s Apple Market continues to support local market traders.
Fun Fact: Covent Garden is the only district in London to have a license for street performers and entertainers.
Who doesn’t love a market?
With so many to choose from, Camden Market, Borough Market and Brick Lane Market are a few of our favourites. Although we’ll leave you to decide which to add to your London bucket list.
If you’re looking for a detailed guide, Time Out has a great article on the best markets in London.
Famous for its beer drinking and pub grub culture, England wouldn’t be completely without having a pint at a local boozer.
As a result there are old English pubs on nearly every corner in London. Making it hard not to tick off on your London bucket list.
Be sure to grab a packet of pork scratchings while you’re there!
West End theatre is a common term for mainstream professional theatre, staged in the large theatres in and around the West End of London.
Along with New York City’s Broadway theatre, West End theatres are usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.
With plenty of shows and theatres to choose from, as well as billboards plastered all over London’s underground, simply find a show that you fancy and pre-order some tickets!
A few of our favourite are the long running Lion King, Wicked and Disney’s Aladdin!
One of the most interesting things to do in London, if you have time, is to educate yourselves at the museums!
With so many to choose from, British Museum, National History Museum and Science Museum are a few of our favourites. Although we’ll leave you to decide which to add to your London bucket list.
If you’re looking for a detailed guide, Visit London has a great article on the top 23 free museums in London.
Hyde Park is of course the most famous park in London, if not one of the most famous parks in the world. Although it’s not the only beautiful green spot in the capital!
Regent’s Park, Finsbury Park and St. James’s Park are just a few others if you have time to take a break while exploring London. These are the ideal places to take a walk or a picnic and also catch your breath amongst the city bustle.
Luxury – The London EDITION – The ultimate stay in the royal capital! The London EDITION is located in central London’s Fitzrovia district, with Oxford Street, Theatreland and Piccadilly Circus all within a 10-minute walk. Inside, there is a Michelin starred restaurant, 2 cocktail bars, a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi and free use of the on-site fitness centre for all guests.
Mid-Budget – Corus Hotel Hyde Park – Set within a 20-minute walk from and boasting a stylish, lounge , Corus Hotel Hyde Park feaures modern rooms with free WiFi. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Paddington Station, offering a direct train link to Heathrow Airport.
Budget – The Queens Hostel – Featuring free WiFi, The Queens Hostel offers accommodation in London, just a 2-minute walk to Queens Park Rangers football stadium. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom.
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