Things to do in London

Things to Do

Once the capital of the largest empire the world has ever seen, London is an iconic metropolis marked by rich history and a distinctive culture. From visiting famous sites such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace to shopping at Knightsbridge or attending a football match at Emirates Stadium, there are plenty of things to do in England’s capital city. With our London vacation packages, you can discover the sights and sounds of the city while saying within your budget.

The English Icons

The English Icons


No, we’re not talking about Sir Paul McCartney. We’re talking about some of the most acclaimed landmarks in the world. After purchasing a hop-on, hop-off pass for one of London’s famous double-decker buses, explore the city at your leisure. Stop by Westminster to appreciate the gothic revival architecture of the Elizabeth Tower, and its bell inside, Big Ben, then try to snap a photo of the Queen and her family at Buckingham Palace. The residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, the Palace is one of the few working royal palaces in the world.
Sipping and Savoring

Sipping and Savoring


After discovering the 16 different memorials, fountains and statues in beautiful Hyde Park, stop for a little rest and relaxation. For centuries, Londoners have been practicing and perfecting the ultimate afternoon break: high tea. A variation on afternoon tea, high tea provides sustenance as well as an opportunity to socialize. There are plenty of places to enjoy a light meal paired with a cup of the classic beverage, but one of our favorites is Soho’s Secret Tea Room. Serving champagne teas and homemade cakes in a jazzy 1940’s environment, it serves up one of England’s oldest traditions with a unique twist.
Partake in the Premier League

Partake in the Premier League


Though English is the most spoken language of the UK, professional football — aka soccer — is a close second. Home to six Premier League teams, England’s top division, London has plenty of venues where you can catch an exhilarating match. Whether you call it football or soccer, there isn’t a better spot to immerse yourself in British sports culture. Head over to Emirates Stadium to see an Arsenal game, London’s oldest club, or a Chelsea match at Stamford Bridge. And for those fans looking for the full experience, stop by a local pub a few hours before the competition.
Family-Friendly Fun

Family-Friendly Fun


Traveling with children? They’ll love checking out the magical world of Harry Potter. Take a peek behind the screen to see how the films were made when you go on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. See sets, costumes and props before stepping inside some of the film’s locations including Hagrid’s Hut and the Great Hall. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, you can spend an afternoon at the Globe Theatre. Built by William Shakespeare’s acting company, Lord Chamberlain’s Men, Globe Theatre embodies the English Renaissance movement and still puts on shows written by the renowned playwright.
Shopping

Shopping


Guests looking for prestigious brands or the latest trends must stop by the international fashion stores in Knightsbridge. The mecca of designer clothing and accessories, Knightsbridge is best known as the home of Harrods and its 330 departments. Don’t forget – clothing isn’t the only luxury item on sale. With its own brand of chocolates, Harrods offers delectable treats and intricate assortments sure to keep your mouth watering.

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London Quick Facts

The Romans were the first to settle where London is today. They called it Londinium.

Though Big Ben is one of the most famous attractions in London, it is commonly called by the wrong name. The tower is really named Elizabeth Tower, and the bell within, Big Ben.

The world’s first public zoo (London Zoo) opened in London in 1829.

The original Globe Theatre burned down in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII.

The London Underground, or “the Tube”, is the oldest underground railway network in the world.

Climate

London boasts a temperate climate with modest highs in the summer and winter lows that rarely fall below freezing. The best time of year to visit is autumn when the weather is mild, 11˚ to 15˚C (51.8˚ to 59˚F). Though the temperature is similar in spring as it is in autumn, spring rainfall is very common, so travel with an umbrella. Summer is also a great time to visit with temperatures averaging between 18˚ and 30˚C (64.4˚ to 86˚F). While snow is rare in the winter, the average temperature is 6˚ to 8˚C (42.8˚ to 46.4˚F), so be sure to bundle up before hitting the town.