If you’re bored in London, you’re doing it wrong. Here’s my ultimate bucket list of things to do and see around London – all of which I have done and would happily do again:
THINGS TO DO
- See a musical/play in the West End
- Watch a play for an incredible price at Shakespeare's Globe
- Sky Garden, one of the best FREE views of London
- Go ice skating at Somerset House or the Natural History Museum
- (For Harry Potter fans) Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour / Platform 9 3/4
- Visit Winter Wonderland
- Visit Notting Hill, home to the iconic pastel-colored houses and the famous Portobello Market
- The Shard, a pricey but stunning view of London
- The London Eye
- Try high tea!
HISTORICAL PLACES TO SEE
- Tower of London - Historic castle and fortress that used to serve as a royal residence, barracks and prison. Today it is notable for holding infamous prisoners and the Crown Jewels.
- Tower Bridge - The castle-like bridge that may tourists mistake for London Bridge.
- Westminster Abbey - The royal church in the center of London that serves as the coronation church and the site of many royal weddings.
- Parliament/Parliament Square - Stop by to see all of the Brexit fuss.
- Buckingham Palace (and changing of the guards parade) - The Queen is on holiday for a few months of the year, and that is the only time guests are allowed to tour the State Room and inside of the Palace. I highly recommend a visit in September. The changing of the Queen's Guards takes place a few times a week and is certainly a sight to see!
- St. Paul's Cathedral - One of the most stunning Cathedrals, in my opinion. Climb 528 steps to the top for breathtaking views of London.
- Windsor Castle - Another royal residence worth a visit.
- Trafalgar Square - A public square surrounded by museums.
- Hyde Park / Speaker's Corner - See the birthplace of free speech and how people on Sundays continue to stand on soapboxes to share their passions and beliefs with the public.
- Millennium Bridge - Famously the bridge from Harry Potter, this pedestriation bridge links the Southbank (Shakespeare's Globe, Borough Market, etc) with the City of London (and a direct view of St. Paul's Cathedral).
- Piccadilly Circus - The 'New York City' of London, located in the West End and surrounded by great food and theater.
- Abbey Road - For the Beatles fans out there.
Majority of the museums in London are free!! My favorites of the semester were the following:
- Tate Modern
- The British Museum
- The National Gallery / National Portrait Gallery
- The Natural History Museum
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- Chinatown + SOHO - stop by for some great food before a show in the West End
- The Breakfast Club
- Sketch London
- Peggy Porschen's Cakes
- Oxford, Regent, and Carnaby Streets
- Liberty London
- Portobello Road Market
- Borough Market
- Columbia Road Flower Market
- Greenwich Market
- Camden Market
- Brick Lane Market
- Covent Garden / Market
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<p>Hi I'm Maddy! I am a rising junior at Providence College and I am from a small town in central Massachusetts. I am the middle of five kids in my family, but I am the first to be studying abroad! I love to run and I think that's a great way to explore and learn a new place (not to mention it is some time in peace away from the chaos of a busy house!). I also love reading, writing, and all things makeup. I have been to very few states in the U.S. that do not touch Massachusetts, but I once made my way to Spain for ten days.</p>