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Things to do in London

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, it’s no surprise that the list of things to do in London is an extensive mix of old and new attractions.

The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral — many of London’s most historic spots are concentrated in the city’s center. In the course of an afternoon, visitors can wander and catch the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace, soak in the energy of Trafalgar Square and see government in action at the Houses of Parliament. The list of things to do in London wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along the Thames River. Its South Bank offers a first-class vantage of a sunset against its most iconic buildings, primed for romantic sunset rendezvous. Travelers can also reserve a ride on the London Eye for a view from above.

For shopaholics, ideas of what to do in London include exploring SoHo boutiques or taking in the lavish displays of grand department stores like Harrod’s, Selfridges and Liberty of London. Camden Market, Covent Garden and more also display some of the city’s best artisan wares. And Portobello Road hosts an especially colorful flea market. Visitors in search of what to do in London should be sure to stop in at the city’s many municipally owned museums, including The British Museum and the Tate Modern, where admission is offered free of charge.

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  • Abbey Road Studios

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  • Abercrombie & Kent

    The Abercrombie & Kent travel agency began as an African safari company, founded by Geoffrey Kent and his parents in 1962. Today, the company organ... More
  • Adams Antiques Fair

    Prior to launching Adams Antiques Fair at the Royal Horticultural Hall, Matthew Adams studied costume and theatre design at Central School of Art. ... More
  • Addison Lee

    This transport company has 3,000 mini-cabs to cover London and its surrounding areas. Six-seaters, four-seaters, and VIP-service Mercedes E-Class a... More
  • Aesop

    Upon entering this simple shop, designed in green hues with reclaimed wood, patrons are awed by row after row of dark glass apothecary jars filled ... More
  • Alec Tiranti

    The premier London vendor for art supplies, Alec Tiranti was founded by Giovanni Tiranti in 1895. This Fitzrovia store sells supplies to profession... More
  • Alexandra Palace Antique Fair

    Alexandra Palace, or the Ally Pally, as it’s familiarly called, is a spectacular Victorian pile. The location is reachable by taxi but we recommend... More
  • Alfies Antique Market

    Specializing in treasures dating from the 1920s onward, this Church Street market is home to more than 100 experienced and enthusiastic dealers, ma... More
  • Alison Jacques Gallery

    Gallerist Alison Jacques worked as a curator for the British School at Rome before opening her first London space in a Mayfair town house in 2004, ... More
  • Anderson & Sheppard

    Since 1906, Anderson & Sheppard has been an icon in bespoke tailoring. Located on London’s Savile Row, the well-known shop is reminiscent of a gent... More
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    Behind the unprepossessing facade lies a bizarre array of opulently campy bric-a-brac (Meccano model sets, twinkly mini-carousels, and 3-D painting... More
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    British Airways commissioned site-specific, technologically enhanced pieces from Oona Culley, Troika, and other contemporary British artists for it... More
  • Artesian at the Langham

    Just off Regent Street, Artesian specializes in rum-based cocktails crafted by expert mixologist Alex Kratena. Along the walls of the bar, paneling... More

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