Everybody who has been to London has their own Top 10 and no one can cover every inch of this amazing city, not even Londoners! However, this is my attempt to list my favourite things based on my trips there. I’ve been lucky enough to visit London on 5 separate trips to Europe and when I lived in France, I visited London 4 times in the six months. So I’d like to think that I’ve seen a few things off the tourist route. One of my best friends is heading off to visit London in two months time, so I decided to put together this list for her and for anyone else interested. Also means I get to run down memory lane and look at my old photos from London town.
The 10-6 are in this post and the Top 5 will be up next week!
10. Double Decker Bus
Take a double decker public transport bus and sit at the very front with the big windows. This costs very little but is the best way to see London. While the Tube is iconic and I am obsessed with the signs inside the stations of each station name, nothing beats sitting at the front of one of the buses.
Look how big that window is! Perfect for sightseeing, and keeps you dry on a rainy day, which lets face it, you will have at least of these in London. Oh well, makes the sunny days all the more memorable!
9. National Portrait Gallery
This is a veritable Who’s Who of British history. If you have any interest in British history, particularly in its personalities, then this is a must see. It is unique in that a work is included in this museum because of the profile of the subject, rather than the artist. The collection ranges from the Tudor Portraits to Princess Kate, but also includes notable non-royals such as the Brontë sisters. It is just behind Trafalgar Square, as a result, I have sat in front of this notable building for many hours. Why might you ask? It was the place where one queued for 5 hours to get a wristband to see the Harry Potter premiere the next day! Totally worth it though (:
But yes, the Portrait Gallery is definitely worth a stop past.
(Don’t have any photos of inside of course because of rules, but hopefully these exterior shots will tempt you)
8. Natural History Museum
The best place to see Dinosaurs and the Blue Whale! It is also a stunning building, which has a carousel outside it in winter, along with a skating rink – makes for a winter wonderland! You could spend all day in this free museum, learning all new things about our natural world – animals or humans. Every year, the Natural History Museum is home to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. If you have even a mild interest in photography, this is one of the best photography exhibitions. Don’t miss this museum because where else can you see dinosaurs, blue whales, carousels and other creatures side-by-side?
7. London Eye
Although you may think this is touristy or gimmicky, as long as the queue isn’t too long, it is a nice way to take a break from a gruelling tourist day and check out the view. I went on the London Eye my very first time in London, so that was back in 2001, so while I rode it over 1o years ago, I’ve enjoyed looking at the Eye from different vantage points around London, especially on Westminster Bridge.
6. V & A
The ‘cool’ museum of London. I love wandering around a museum, discovering unique treasures and learning new stories. The Victoria and Albert Museum is the place for that. Nowhere else can you find a room full of the most stunning rings, dress up in costumes, be a ballet dancer, admire stain glass windows, AND eat in a gorgeous cafe. In Melbourne, the V & A’s Hollywood Costume exhibition is here at the moment and it is a stunning exhibit – an example of how well put together the V & A exhibitions are. Not only are the exhibitions and the café great, the museum gift shop is filled with the most beautiful things.
Those are my 10-6 best things to do in London. Anything you think I’m missing and hope that I will cover in 1-5?