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.

Housed in a hulking converted power station, this vast modern art showplace opened in 2000, but still breaks new ground with installations. Each year Tate Modern hosts the unique Unilever Series, where different artists are asked to create an installation for Turbine Hall.

Although a relatively new event, Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland is quickly becoming a favorite with Londoners. The annual event runs from early December to early January and features a host of festive activities and attractions.

For quintessentially English products (edible and non), head to this purveyor of high-quality provisions; it’s been in business for more than 300 years.

This cultural juggernaut has three different stages (Olivier, Lyttelton, Cottesloe) and an innovative artistic director, Nicholas Hytner (who also directs).

Located just off the southern coast of England, this Brighton gallery is the showroom and workshop of ceramic artist Jo Davda, who specializes in handcrafted tableware.

Opposite the Crofton Park overground rail station, the Rivoli Ballroom is one of the city’s few remaining ballrooms. The grade two-listed building is known for its original 1957 interior, making it a popular place for photo shoots.

The high-end stationer and leather-goods company from London’s Bond Street has two Heathrow outlets with journals, travel wallets, passport covers, handbags, and more.

This prestigious clothing store is located on London’s famous Savile Row and is renowned for selling the finest quality menswear.