London Travel Guide

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.

Chocoholics rejoice at this shop in the Marylebone district, home to some of the most sought-after cocoa creations in London.

A throwback to Prohibition-era speakeasies, Montgomery Place has an unassuming façade that belies a sophisticated interior with dark leather seating, music-themed wallpaper, dim red lamps, and black-and-white prints of bartenders from decades past.

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, but three years later decamped to a roomier 3,600-square-foot space in Fitzrovia.

Camden Town in North West London hosts a group of open-air and indoor markets known as Camden Markets. Camden Stables, Camden Lock Village, Inverness Street, and Main Streets are a few in this collection.

The shop keeps hours more or less according to the whims of its owners, a couple who are specialists, respectively, in vintage watches and Miriam Haskell costume jewelry.

Established in 2000 by lawyers turned chocolatiers Helen and Simon Pattinson, this acclaimed sweet shop sells a wide array of handmade artisan chocolates, including organic and vegan items.

There’s simply no way to re-create an interior that exudes the convivial, gently timeworn atmosphere of this gem, built in 1835, which has remained virtually untouched for almost two centuries.

The Whitechapel Gallery is one of London’s premier venues for displaying contemporary art. After acquiring the Whitechapel Library and completing an extensive expansion project, the gallery has nearly doubled in size.