Things to do in London

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London receives almost 30 Million visitors every year, making it the most visited city in Europe.

Many tourists planning a trip, wonder, “What to do in London?” well, there are lots of fun things to do in London.

We have listed below the top things to do in London, with detailed description and links to buy the entry tickets or book tours.

Discover the top tourist attractions in this elegant city with our list of the things to do in London.

London Eye

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London Eye is a giant Ferris Wheel at the heart of the capital offering amazing views of London skyline.

Tower of London

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Built as a Royal residence, Tower of London has also been a prison, a royal mint, a menagerie and a place of execution.

Madame Tussauds

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Inaugurated in 1884, Madame Tussauds Museum in London displays wax statues of celebrity from all over the World.

St Paul’s Cathedral

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St Paul’s Cathedral is dedicated to Paul the Apostle and its dome has dominated the London skyline for over 300 years.

Kew Gardens

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Declared a UNESCO world heritage site, Kew Gardens is beautiful and houses a diverse collection of plants.

London Zoo

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The London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo and is a must visit if you are travelling with kids.

Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. William, the Conqueror, built it in the 11th century and since then it has been home to 39 Monarchs.

Stonehenge

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Stonehenge is one of the most iconic symbols of English history and culture, captivating tourists because of its mysterious beauty and soothing calm.

The Shard

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The Shard is the highest viewing platform in London and visitors can see mesmerising 360-degree views of London for up to 65 Kms (40 Miles).

Kensington Palace

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Kensington Palace has been one of the British Royal family’s residences since 17th century. Queen Victoria spent her childhood here.

Whipsnade Zoo

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Set in 600 acres of the beautiful Chiltern Hills, Whipsnade Zoo is one of the two zoo managed by Zoological Society of London, the other being London Zoo. It is home to more than 3,600 animals and was earlier known as the Whipsnade Wild Animal Park.

London Zoo or Whipsnade Zoo


Things to do in London with kids

If you are traveling to London with kids, it is natural to look around for kid-friendly tourist attractions, attractions, and Museums which allow free child entry, or for that matter free things to do for kids.

London is the perfect city for a family’s day out, and there are lots of things to do in the Metropolis for kids ranging from toddlers to teenagers.

We list below the best museums, attractions, tours, etc. for children in London.

1. Harry Potter Tours

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Warner Brother’s Harry Potter tours are a fantastic opportunity to experience for Potterheads.

Since Warner Bro’s Studios are outside the city of London, these tours also include transportation both ways.

During the approximately seven hours long tour, you get to walk in the footsteps of Harry, Ron, Hermione etc.

Both kids and adults love these tours, during which you can walk the Diagon Alley, see Platform 9¾, Hogwarts Express, the Great Hall, Gryffindor rooms, Dumbledor’s office, etc.

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2. Madame Tussauds London

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The first wax museum Madame Tussauds started is in London.

It displays wax statues of celebrity from all over the World and is very popular amongst families with teenagers.

The wax figures at Tussauds London include politicians, royals, movie stars, sports stars, famous criminals, etc. and teenagers love clicking a lot of selfies with these stars.

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3. Kidzania London

If you are visiting with a kid aged between 4 to 14 years, Kidzania is one of the best things to do in London.

At Kidzania, kids can dress-up and experience more than sixty different real-life professions.

This role-play activity is fun for children and blends learning with entertainment.

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4. Shrek’s Adventure

If you are looking for things to do in London with kids who are ten years and less, World of Shrek is a fantastic choice.

This tour includes ten live shows, mesmerizing sets from the Shrek movies, a 4D ride, and multiple opportunities to meet your favorite Shrek characters.

It is an indoor attraction.

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5. Sea Life London

Kids of all ages love aquariums, and Sea Life London is one of the best in Europe.

Sea Life is a journey into the fantastic underwater World of strange yet beautiful creatures, including Gentoo Penguins and tropical sharks.

Once you enter, you won’t leave before exploring the 14 themed zones laid out over three floors.

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6. London Zoo

London Zoo is home to 755 species of animals and attracts more than 1.1 million tourists every year.

Since it is in the heart of the city, ZSL London Zoo it is easy to reach and hence convenient for families.

Some of the most popular animal exhibits are Penguin Beach, Gorilla Kingdom, Tiger Territory, Land of the Lions and Butterfly Paradise.

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Free things to do in London

If you are looking for free things to do in London, you are in luck.

London has a lot of free Museums, free art galleries, free to enter parks and other attractions.

You can enjoy the below given London sites without buying an admission ticket –

Free Museums in London

1. Natural History Museum
2. Sir John Soane’s Museum
3. Victoria and Albert Museum
4. Museum of London
5. Bank of England Museum
6. Museum of London Docklands
7. Grant Museum of Zoology
8. Horniman Museum
9. British MuseumImperial War Museum

Free Parks in London

1. Wimbledon Common Park
2. Hyde Park
3. Park Vista
4. Richmond Park
5. Bushy Park
6. Kensington Gardens
7. St James’s Park
8. Barbican Conservatory
9. Holland Park
10. Phoenix Garden

Free kids activities in London

1. Push Harry Potter’s trolley on Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross

2. See farm animals at Mudchute Farm and Vauxhall City Farm

3. Go up the singing elevator in the Royal Festival Hall

4. Watch skateboarders perform death-defying acts at Southbank Centre

5. Visit Covent Garden and enjoy the street performers

6. Get onto Captain Hook’s pirate ship at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

7. See Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket at Science Museum.

8. Go up the singing elevator in the Royal Festival Hall

9. Watch skateboarders perform death-defying acts at Southbank Centre

10. Visit Covent Garden and enjoy the street performers

11. Get onto Captain Hook’s pirate ship at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

12. See Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket at Science Museum.

If all of the above isn’t enough, check out the change of guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace – yes, it is free!

Shobha Mahapatra: She loves traveling in groups - of friends and relatives. The destination doesn't matter much as long she has her fun group around. She loves to try the local cuisine and clothes and also builds friendships wherever she goes. Favorite Cities: Istanbul, Hanoi, Cape Town, Singapore