The Ultimate London Bucket List

The Ultimate London Bucket List

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

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Tower Bridge
The Shard
The London Eye
Buckingham Palace
Tower Of London
St Paul’s Cathedral
Piccadilly Circus
Oxford & Regent Street
Carnaby Street
Trafalgar Square
Westminster
Camden
Covent Garden
London Markets
Visit An English Pub
West End Shows
Visit The Museums
Stroll The Parks
Where To Stay In London

Tower Bridge

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - Tower Bridge London Docks

The Shard

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - The Shard From Tower Bridge

The London Eye

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - London Eye Westminster Bridge

Buckingham Palace

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - Buckingham Palace Gates

Tower Of London

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - Tower Of London Castle

St Paul’s Cathedral

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - St Paul Cathedral Phone Box

Piccadilly Circus

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - Piccadilly Circus Coca Cola Sign

Oxford & Regent Street

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - Oxford Street Decorations Red Bus

Carnaby Street

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - Carnaby Street Sign

Trafalgar Square

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - Trafalgar Square Nelson's Column Fountains

Westminster

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!

Ultimate London Bucket List - Westminster Phone Box

Camden Town

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - Camden Lock Sign Camden Town Camden Street Camden Market

Covent Garden

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - Apple Market Covent Garden Market

Check Out The London Markets

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - Camden Market Camden Town Market

Visit An English Pub

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!

Ultimate London Bucket List - The World's End Pub London

Catch A West End Show

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!

Ultimate London Bucket List - Lyceum Theatre Lion King West End Show

Visit The Museums

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - Natural History Museum Whale Skeleton

Stroll The Parks

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.

Ultimate London Bucket List - Hyde Park Corner London Parks

Where To Stay In London

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 Royal Albert Hall and boasting a stylish, spacious piano 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.

For other places to stay in London you can check the latest prices here.

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