No amount of time will ever be enough to experience everything London has to offer. With lush green parks, magnificent architecture, and surprisingly delightful food, any time spent in London will be time well spent!
We’ve come up with some ideas of what you can get up to on your next trip to London:
Places To Visit
Windsor Castle is located in Windsor, a magical little town and also the home of The Queen. It is the oldest and biggest occupied castle in the world, and its richly decorated State Apartments holds an extensive collection of fine art and paintings.
Centrally located in the heart of London is the Coca Cola London Eye. Considered to be the world’s highest cantilevered observation wheel, it provides spectacular 360-degree views of the city and its popular attractions.
Brimming with 14 thrilling, interactive areas plus the incredible Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, as well as your favourite Star Wars scenes, Madame Tussauds is an experience not to be missed.
St Paul’s Cathedral
Located at the top of Ludgate Hill, is the famous St Paul’s Cathedral. When you step inside, you will marvel at the Cathedral’s impressive interior and uncover fascinating stories about its history and the worship that takes place here, distributed over five levels, the highest that will offer you unmatched views of London.
Tower of London
Discover a wealth of British history when touring the Tower of London. Also the home of the Crown Jewels and an exhibition of over five hundred years of Royal armour.
Cruise on the river Thames
You can observe and discover the River Thames from the laid-back convenience of a modern, all-weather sightseeing boat. The open air decks and panoramic windows permit excellent opportunities to take photographs of some of London’s most historic landmarks.
Westminster Abbey has been the inauguration church of choice since the 11th century and more recently the venue for Kate and Will’s wedding. Westminster Abbey is one of the most significant structures in British history and a must-see for anyone.
The Shard stands tall and offers visitors unparalleled 360-degree views across the capital for up to 40 miles since it is nearly twice as high as any other viewing platform in the city.
Where To Eat
Also known as Foodie Heaven. Located next to London Bridge are London’s most renowned gourmet food and drink market. With more than 100 stalls and stands, producers from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to the market.
Have a picnic in one of the parks
With so many beautiful parks to choose from such as Hyde Park, St James Park, Kensington Gardens, Greenwich Park and Hampstead Heath, you just need to find a good meal deal from Sainsbury’s or any other local supermarket/deli, and you’ve got yourself an afternoon well spent.
Silver Cross Pub (Westminster)
Located walking distance from Buckingham Palace, this pub offers the best pies – buttery little beef filled pillows that melt in your mouth. The fish is some of the best in London. So if you’re in the mood for a traditional English meal, this is where you should go.
Italian food created using fresh, seasonal ingredients and a rustic Jamie-style twist. You might also want to check out his other restaurants Fifteen and Barbecoa.
The Green Cafe (Greenwich)
All day breakfast – need I say more? Whether you’re looking for a hearty breakfast or a healthy green juice, The Green Cafe can provide it.
Even though they have quite a few branches throughout London, they are not a franchise or part of some big soulless restaurant group. They make the best quality, freshest most delicious burritos and tacos in the UK.
The Waterway (Little Venice)
From the terrace menu & Ã la carte to their weekend brunch, there is something available for everyone. Nothing beats tapa’s & wine on the terrace, on a beautiful summer day.
Authentic American cuisine in London. Slow-smoked BBQ in secret rubs and sauces paired with a BBQ obsession is what makes this restaurant one of the top establishments in town. They serve anything from pulled pork, hot dogs, burgers and steaks to chicken, fish, salads and fries.
How to get around
Explore on foot
The great thing about London is it’s walking culture. It’s so easy to explore on foot but beware; you can easily walk 10-20 kilometres per day while sightseeing. The upside is that you will be able to indulge in all the food since you won’t be picking up any weight with that level of activity.
Public Transport (Tube / Bus)
Since it is common knowledge that it rains a lot in London, walking might not always be an option, but public transport is very reliable, fast and available in the form of the tube as well as an extensive bus service. As if that is not enough, it is extremely affordable if you purchase an Oyster card.
Take The Ferry
Travelling by river is an excellent way of getting around London without being stuck in traffic. River buses are fantastic value for money and serve five different routes with destinations between Putney and Royal Woolwich Arsenal.
Rent a car
If you wish to incorporate a trip out to the countryside, you can easily rent a car from Easycar Club. This rental option is similar to the long term car rental concept offered in South Africa, it is an affordable option where you can rent a private car from the car owner with the option to book by the hour, day or week.
Author: – Adele Kruger is the owner of GoEatExplore.com where she writes about Immigration, Travel and Food.