London is one of our favorite cities (you can probably tell, because we moved here!). It’s not like most cities that are clustered into one small area. London is very spread out and there are multiple neighborhoods that offer something different and unique. You can see all the major sights along the Thames in a day or two, then spend many more days exploring neighborhoods, like Notting Hill, Angel, Shoreditch, Soho and Camden.
If you’re planning a trip to London and would like to find the best things to do, places to eat and drink in the city, look no further than our shortcut travel guide to London (see infographic below). We’ve got it covered for you.
What to Do in London
If it’s your first time in London, you’ll no doubt be wanting to see the sights. We’ve got a full walking-tour guide to the top sights of London that you can do in one day. London is also full of iconic buildings to admire.
For us, foodie activities always take up at least a portion of our itinerary. Find some of London’s best foodie activities to do right here. One thing you can’t miss is visiting the various food markets, of which there are plenty, including my favorite, Borough Market.
Once you’ve seen Big Ben and Westminster, you might want to head further out of town to see Windsor Castle and the charming little town of Windsor. It doesn’t take long to get there on the train and is a perfect day trip from London. You can also visit Stonehenge on a day trip from London.
If you want to see and do some of the activities we’ve included in the infographic below, we recommend booking tickets on Viator. They make it super simple to book everything you want to see in one place!
- Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour
- Soho Food & Cocktail Tour (through Eating Europe)
- East End Food Tour (through Eating Europe)
- London Eye Fast-Track Ticket
- Tower of London with Crown Jewels & Beefeater Tour
- London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions
- Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour and read our full review of the tour.
Where to Stay in London
There are many different parts of London, and each has a different feel to it. The best location for tourists is near Victoria and Oxford Circus, because they are so convenient to the typical tourist attractions of the city. Soho is also a great location if you want to be in the heart of the action, near tons of great restaurants and bars.
Here are our recommended places to stay in London
If you haven’t tried Airbnb yet, there are some really great options from Superhosts that can offer a more comfortable, feel-at-home, experience than a hotel.
- Stroll to Hyde Park 1bd/1bath (walking distance to all top sights)
- Designer Studio Apartment in Central London
- Marriott County Hall: Great value for the price. Nice affordable luxury hotel in a great location. Read reviews or check prices
- Park Plaza Westminster Bridge: If you’re planning your time seeing the main tourist sights in London, this is the perfect location. Read reviews or check prices
- The Nadler Soho: Soho is one of the most fun neighborhoods in London for visitors. This hotel is prime location, and really nice. Read reviews or check prices
Shortcut Travel Guide to London
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