The ULTIMATE London Bucket List

Madison Palmer
December 28, 2019

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:


  • 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!


  • 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 
  • Harrods 
  • Portobello Road Market 
  • Borough Market 
  • Columbia Road Flower Market 
  • Greenwich Market 
  • Camden  Market 
  • Brick Lane Market 
  • Covent Garden / Market 

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Madison Palmer

<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>

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