London Travel Tips
Below are a few must-see London attractions and fun things to do, along with tips and interesting facts.
For example, I would buy my tickets online for the tourist attractions to save time and sometimes money. Additionally, I would hire a tour guide who can take you to the front of some of the lines, plus you will learn unique facts.
Borough Market has stood at the same location for over 1,000 years, making it one of the oldest markets in the world.
While I walked the aisles listening to the buzz of chatter, I spotted tables displayed with brightly colored fresh fruit and vegetables. As I continued, I caught whiffs of coffee brewing, then a hint of curry, then sausage and burgers sizzling on the grill. I love food, so this was the place for me.
Vendors sell almost everything you need for meal preparation, or you can buy freshly- made food to eat there or take home. Moreover, you can find selections from appetizers to desserts including seafood, game, meat, artisan food, pastries, confectionery, beer, wine, liquor, and more.
In addition to filling your pantry, you can deck out your home and tabletop with ceramics, textiles, art, and flowers.
Give yourself time to shop and sample their traditional and international selections. Furthermore, you should arrive hungry to get the most out of the Borough Market experience.
The George Inn
Established in Southwark in 1542, The George was a resting stop for travelers and their horses. Famous patrons like Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare frequented the inn, and Dickens mentioned The George in his book “Little Dorrit.” Today, it’s still a fun place to stop in for a pint and some pub food. Furthermore, if the weather cooperates, you can sit outside.
The Rose Playhouse
Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, The Jew of Malta, and Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part I. were among The Rose Theatre’s regular performances. Though built in 1587, the local competition put The Rose out of business by 1603.
In 1989, archeologists uncovered the fourteen-sided theatre and the inner and outer foundations. The theatre’s floor sloped down to a drain that removed standing water, and its pitch improved the audience’s view. During the dig, they discovered jewelry, coins, tokens, and money box pieces.
The red lights seen today indicate The Rose’s size, its pit, and the locations of its two stages.
Chewing Gum Art
When you cross the Millennium Bridge, look down at the colorful chewing gum art wedged in the grooves. “The Chewing-Gum-Man,” Ben Wilson, stooped or reclined on the bridge and created scenes and abstracts from discarded gum. As you traverse the bridge, know that you are treading on art.
London Eye or Coca-Cola London Eye
From the London Eye Ferris Wheel, you have 360-degree views of London. Most people share a capsule, and depending on the promotion, prices start at 19.50 euros. Also, you can hire a module that can hold three to 25 people for 550 euros and host a private party.
Experience an Arsenal football match at Emirates Stadium. The crowd hangs on every kick and ball that the players head. You can learn and sing the group chants. Moreover, fans have cheered some of these songs for almost a hundred years.
Arriving and departing the stadium using the tube with thousands of Arsenal fans is part of the experience.
Of course, Westminster Abbey is one of the top London points of interest. For centuries, the abbey has hosted coronations, royal weddings, and funerals, or ceremonies that commemorate the famous.
The first Coronation at Westminster Abbey took place in 1066. Most noteworthy, the Coronation Chair that dates back to 1296 is still used in the monarch crowning ceremony.
In 1382, Westminster Abbey’s first royal wedding took place, and the last royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton was celebrated in 2011.
Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, and Queen Elizabeth I are among the 3,300 buried or commemorated at the Abbey.
Her Majesty The Queen lives at Buckingham Palace that has 775 rooms. Notably, when the Royal Standard Flag flies, The Queen is home. The palace is open to the public between April and September, and it’s one of the top London attractions.
Churchill War Rooms
While Hitler encased himself in concrete, Churchill learned that his underground bunker or the Churchill War Rooms that was ten feet below the ground offered little protection from a bombing raid. Nevertheless, Churchill and his team lived and plotted their war strategy in this shelter.
The Churchill War rooms provide a look into bunker life where Churchill had a private room with a direct line to President Roosevelt, and where gas masks were part of the office decor. If you like Churchill, don’t miss this London attraction. Plus, check out the photo of Churchill that hangs in the museum. A photographer shot it right after he abruptly removed Churchill’s cigar. Today, the photograph is renowned.
The Tower of London
You could spend a day learning how royalty lived and died in the Tower of London. Before visiting, download the interactive smartphone apps to enhance the experience, or take a tour with one of the Yeomen Warders.
To sum up, these are some of my favorite London travel tips including my top London attractions. In brief, I hope that this list helps you plan your itinerary.
What are your favorite boroughs or London travel tips? Do you have some off the beaten path?