Activities to do for First Time Travelers to London
If you’re planning a trip to London for the first time one of the first questions you might ask yourself is what attractions and activities to do while visiting. When taking a vacation to London, one thing you don’t need to worry about is a lack of things to do as you will be spoiled with options to chose from. If you are unsure of what activities in London for your first trip here, these are some of our favorite things to do.
1. The Tower of London
If you’re a self proclaimed history buff you simply can’t visit London without visiting the infamous Tower of London. While visiting you will be able to get up close and personal with the Crown Jewels and take a guided tour by a Yeomen Warder, who’ll be sure to share a few of the Tower’s spine chilling stories with you.
2. The London Eye
For an unbeatable view of the Thames, head to London’s South Bank where you’ll be able to take a scenic ride on the London Eye, which is a large Ferris wheel that was completed in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium. If you are person who is afraid of heights, this might not be an attraction for you as it does go quite high in the air. If you can handle the heights, it truly is a must do activity as it allows you to see London from a different perspective.
3. Madame Tussauds London
If you’re interested in the possibility of getting your photo taken with the Queen, Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt, Nelson Mandela and Yoda all in the same day, be sure to head to Madam Tussauds London, one of the world’s most prestigious wax museums. Madame Tussauds’ wax figures are so life like that you may have to take a double take, just to make sure that you’re not standing next to your favorite celebrity in the flesh.
4. Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is one of London’s most recognized sites and is also must do activity for first time travelers to London. After getting a photo with a Beefeater outside the palace’s world famous gates and witnessing the changing of the guards, make sure to take a book a guided tour of the 19th century palace, which serves as the Queen’s official residence.
5. Thames Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise
River cruises depart from Westminster Abbey every forty minutes and cruise past a variety of London’s iconic landmarks including Big Ben, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament. If you’re interested some cruises even allow you to hop off your boat to explore a site, before hopping on a subsequent boat and resuming your river cruise. If you have the time, I highly recommend booking one of these cruises as it will allow you to see a lot of the main attractions.
6. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
If you’re a Harry Potter fan don’t leave London without visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, where you’ll get the opportunity to explore your favorite sets from the Harry Potter franchise. Examples of which include the Great Hall, Diagon Alley and Ollivanders wand shop.
When taking a vacation to London, one thing you don’t need to worry about is a lack of things to do. If you’re interested in taking a trip here and exploring everything that London has to offer, contact one of our destination travel specialists who can help plan a London vacation you’ll always remember.