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Ultimate London Bucket List

View from St. Paul's Cathedral observation deck

One of the questions I get asked the most is, “What do I need to do while I am in London?” and I am here to give you my best London suggestions! I am sharing my favorite things to see, do, eat, and a few tips I’ve learned during my visits to my favorite city!

This is my ultimate London bucket list and I am so excited to share it with you. To make things a little bit easier for you, I also added all of these locations (over 100 places!) to a Google Maps list for easy reference. Just read to the end to get the link and enjoy your trip to London!

Things to see & Do:

Buckingham Palace

Kew Gardens

House of Mina Lima (for Harry Potter fans!)

Afternoon Tea

Rent a Santander Bicycle

Tower of London

Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter

The British Library

Tower Bridge Exhibit

Drinks at Box Park

Chelsea Stadium Tour

See a play

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Big Ben/Parliament

10 Warren Mews

Eat a traditional Sunday Roast

Shakespeare’s Globe

Westminster Abbey

Picadilly Circus

Kensington Palace

Millennium Bridge

Order a Full English Breakfast

Instagrammable Cafes:

Aubaine Selfridges

EL & N Cafe

Saint Aymes

The Dayrooms Cafe

Farm Girl Cafe

Monmouth Cafe

The Local’s Cafe

Afternoon Tea:

Chelsea Ivy Garden

Sketch

Claridge’s

Mad Hatter Tea

Fortnum & Masons

Museums:

Natural History Museum

British Museum

National Gallery

Victoria & Albert Museum

Tate Modern

Parks:

St James Park

Hyde Park

The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill

Holland Park

Kensington Gardens

Greenwich Park

Richmond Park

Markets:

Borough Market

Portobello Road Market

Camden Market

Columbia Road Flower Market

Covent Garden Apple Market

Old Spitalfields Market

Views:

Take in a breathtaking view of London at one of these fun locations! Whether you choose to watch the sunset at The Shard, stay out till all hours at Duck and Waffle, or climb to the whispering gallery of St. Paul’s Cathedral during the afternoon, you really cannot go wrong with this list!

Sky Garden

The Shard

Top of St. Paul’s Cathedral

The London Eye

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Coppa Club – read all about how to eat here without a reservation.

The Ned

Girl With A Dolphin Fountain

Dalloway Terrace

Duck and Waffle Restaurant in The Gherkin

Shopping:

When visiting London, one thing you will definitely notice is how stylish people look. Visiting London always inspires me to try a new look or elevate my style in some way. Take advantage of the inspiration, and shop as the Londoners do!

Oxford Street

Carnaby Street

Seven Dials / Neal’s Yard

Bond Street

Liberty London

Harrod’s Department Store

Vintage shopping

Coffee:

If you have ever been to Europe, you know that regular coffee is almost impossible to find and an americano is about the closest thing you can get to it. This isn’t always the case though in London. They have an amazing coffee scene with cute local coffee shops all over the place! You can get your Starbucks fix at home so I dare you to try somewhere new!

A Wanted Man London

Grind Coffee

Paper & cup

Kaffeine

Soho Coffee Co.

Carter Lane Coffee House

Neighborhoods to explore:

I’ve never really wandered anywhere in London that I didn’t love. Do your research and see which areas look the most appealing to you and explore! I will list some of our favorites here.

Covent Garden

Notting Hill

Soho

Fitzrovia

Chinatown

Southbank

Camden Town

Shoreditch

Food & Drink:

England didn’t use to be known for having the best food. That is no longer the case! There are too many delicious restaurants and bakeries to name, but here are a few to get you started!

Master’s Superfish – best fish and chips we have had in London!

Duck and Waffle

Dishoom

Biscuiteers

Bread Ahead

Eggbreak

Peggy Porschen

10 Greek Street

Angie’s Little Food

Bens Cookies

The Good Egg

Drury’s

Doughnut Time

The Sun In Splendor Notting Hill

The Original Maids of Honour

Day Trips:

The great thing about Europe is all of the trains! Just hop on a train and you’ll be somewhere new in no time at all. You can plan day trips on your own, or you can book through a company like Viator to take the stress out of planning for you!

Windsor Castle

Oxford

Stonehenge

Brighton

Cambridge

Bath

Paris

The Cotswolds (but I promise you’ll want more than a day here!)

(Read more about our Easter weekend in The Cotswolds: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4!)

Where to stay:

Unfortunately, I can’t really recommend most of the places we have stayed as they weren’t very nice! I loved the CitizenM Hotel in Southwark and would 10/10 recommend any of their hotels! Other locations include Shoreditch and the City of London.

The CitizenM hotels are super modern with such fun decor and art. The beds are super comfy and nice too! They have a great lobby area for working or lounging and a nice bar if you choose to spend some time there in the evening.

To feel more like a Londoner, book an Airbnb in your favorite neighboorhood! Stay right in the middle of all the action, or stay a little bit further outside the city to save a bit more money.

Tips:

Get an Oyster card for public transportation! You can use your Oyster card on the Tube, double-decker bus, river bus, tram, DLR, London over-ground, and more! Just pick up a card at a Tube station, add a few quid and just top up when you are running low on funds.

Make sure you stay on the right side of all escalators if you plan to just ride them up or down. It’s a big city and people are often in a hurry, so they will want to pass on the left side and you don’t want to get in anyone’s way!

While I adore public transportation, and would never drive again if I didn’t have to, you should still walk as much as you can! It’s the best way to see everything and you come across so many more unexpected and spontaneous things to do.

Download the City Mapper app for the best directions to get to all of your destinations. It will tell you all of your transportation options, how long it will take you to get there, and how much it should cost. It will even tell you Uber and Santander bike options! If you don’t have international data you can save or screenshot your routes for the day.

Get a London Pass…maybe. Check out The London Pass website and see how many of their attractions align with your plans. If you add up how much the tickets are for the individual attractions vs how much The London Pass costs. Keep in mind that they have more attractions than you can reasonably fit into the day. Look at when things open and close and make an itinerary before buying to make sure you will get the most out of your money. If you have never been to London before, I would usually suggest at least a 1 or 2 day London Pass because you will probably be wanting to visit a lot of the more “touristy” venues on your first trip!

Free Google Maps List:

To receive a link to the free Google Maps list, all you have to do is enter your name and email address below and the link will be sent to you right away! That way you can reference my Ultimate London Bucket List while planning your trip or easily get directions to anywhere on this list during your London holiday!

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    I hope you love this London Bucket list as much as I do! If you do any of these things be sure to tag me on Instagram and let me know! I would also love to hear all of your favorite spots in London in the comments below so that I can do them next time. 😉

    If you enjoyed reading this post, you may also want to read: “Creating A Travel Hacking Strategy” or “My Favorite Hotel: The Painswick” next!

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  • Taylor

    Wow! What an extensive list of ideas! I’ll definitely be pinning this for later trip planning.

    November 8, 2019 at 12:21 am Reply
    • laurelstravels

      Happy to help! I hope you can visit London soon! 🙂

      November 13, 2019 at 3:46 pm Reply

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