Fun things to do in London

By Jennifer Noble | Jan 13, 2018

When it comes to visiting important global cities with impressive histories, London should definitely be near the top of the list. This European capital is one of the leading financials centers in the world. The city also has a number of great sites for those who are interested in history and culture. Here are a few options for those looking to visit London.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is one of the oldest and most important churches in all of Europe. Kings and queens since William the Conqueror have had their coronations in the Abbey, and the Coronation Chair is on prominent display. Additionally, many famous people in British history are buried right beneath the floor. The personages range from poets to monarchs. The architecture of the Abbey is impressive to say the least. Fans of British history are sure to find much to love about Westminster Abbey.

The London Eye

One of the more towering structures in London is the famous London Eye. This massive attraction is the largest ferris wheel on earth and reaches heights of more than 400 feet. Riders can experience impressive panoramic views of the city during a ride.

The Tower of London

One of the most important castles in England, the Tower of London is probably most famous as a royal jail. However, the site is a classic medieval castle, complete with a moat that's now dry and a bridge that leads to the entrance. Visitors to the Tower of London can immerse themselves in the display of the Crown Jewels of the UK.

The Hard Rock Cafe

Few Americans are probably aware that the original Hard Rock Cafe opened in London. Two American entrepreneurs opened the cafe as a place to get American fare in London. According to the history of the Hard Rock, Eric Clapton gave the owners a guitar to ensure his favorite booth, and the rest is history. The Hard Rock Cafe is located just up the hill from another major London attraction.

Buckingham Palace

After a lunch at the Hard Rock, a short walk down the hill will take visitors through a large park to the residence of the ruling monarch, Buckingham Palace. The Queen's residence is only open to visitors at certain times during the year, so be sure to check ahead. However, other attractions at Buckingham like the Royal Mews are open year-round.

A Jack the Ripper Tour

One of the more infamous residents of London was the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. Visitors to the capital of the UK can book a free Jack the Ripper tour to learn about the Whitechapel murders and the victims who fell prey to the mysterious killer. These tours look into who the Ripper might have been.

Churchill War Rooms

During World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a secret underground bunker. This bunker is now a part of the Imperial War Museums. People who have an interest in World War II or Winston Churchill can find much to inform them during a visit to the Churchill War Rooms.

The British Museum

No visit to London is complete without a stop at the British Museum. This repository has many national and world treasures on display. The actual Rosetta Stone that held the key to Egyptian heiroglyphics is prominently displayed in the Egyptian display. There is also a great deal of African and Islamic art on display. Those interested in Assyrian, Greek and Roman history can also see much to interest them at the British Museum. The best part of a visit to the museum is the fact that while donations are appreciated, entrance is free. Therefore, the price is definitely right for a visit.


London is full of great attractions. Whether a vacation is focused on history or art, there are options to keep your interest. Many of the leading attractions are just a short walk from one of the many stops on the London Underground, the city's subway system. Some of them are free or relatively inexpensive.


Comments (1)
Posted by: ananur forma | Jan 14, 2018 15:13

don't forget London's famous "Hyde Park" every Sunday for the Speaker's Corner, going strong since the 1800's and  is always fascinating to hear people on their soapboxes! We have our very own Speaker's Corner here in Rockland which began in July 2016. It will start back up in the spring....located at Chapman Park on the corner of Park and Main Streets, was created and designed after Hyde Park Speaker's Corner in London.

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