Are you planning a trip to London? Have you never been before? If so, then you’re in store for a really amazing experience. But, with so many things to see and do in the capital of England, unless you’re planning a prolonged holiday, trying to figure out what stops you should include on your visit can seem like an overwhelming task.
If you’re headed to London for the first time and you’re holiday is limited, here’s a suggested travel itinerary that will you can use to ensure your trip is as magical and memorable as possible.
Normally, we’d start out our itinerary with a stop at Big Ben, but since it’s currently under construction and tours aren’t set to reopen until 2021 (though you can certainly take a peek at if through the scaffolding that’s covering it), we’re going to suggest making Westminster Abbey the first stop on your London adventure – or at least one of your stops. See where Prince William and Princess Kate got married and were dozens of king, queens, and other nobility have been crowned. Do note, however, that Westminster Abbey is a really hot spot, so if you plan on taking a tour, buy your tickets ahead of time.
The Tower of London
If you’re in London, you’re definitely going to want to head over to the Tower of London. While you’re there, check out the Crown Jewels and learn about the fabled (yet pretty bloody) history of this historical site. Don’t forget to stop and see the infamous Tower of London Ravens, too. These oversized birds will send chills down your spine!
Cross the Tower Bridge
After you’ve finished your tour of the Tower of London, stroll across the Tower Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in the world. You can walk to the top and learn about the history of this breathtaking bridge and stroll across the glass walkway; be aware, though, that this walkway isn’t for the faint of heart, as you’ll be almost 138 feet up in the air!
Ride the London Eye
If you aren’t afraid of heights, hop aboard the London Eye, the tallest observation wheel in all of Europe. Situated across the river from Big Ben, it stands a staggering 443 feet high and will give you a birds-eye view of the city. Again, we suggest purchasing your tickets in advance, as this is definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions in London.
Stop in at the Houses at the Houses of Parliament
Officially named the Palace of Westminster, the Houses of Parliament is the seat of England’s government. It’s also the home of House of Lords and the House of Commons. You could take a tour; however, if you are really limited on time, you might want to just take in the views of the spectacular architecture of this building and snap some photos.
Stop by Kensington Palace
The Royal Residence is an absolute must see on your first trip to London. Though you can’t visit the Private Royal Residence (sorry, you probably won’t be able to see Prince William or Prince Harry), but you can go through the State Rooms.
See the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
No trip to London would be complete without seeing the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It is, without a doubt, one of the most elaborate events you will ever see! Of course, you’ll also want to check out the beautiful statutes that surround the area, as well as the stunning palace itself.
Picnic in Hyde Park
From Buckingham Palace, head over to Hyde Park, the largest Royal Park in the city. There’s plenty of flora to enjoy, and you’re more than likely to run into some street performers, too. It’s a great spot to enjoy a picnic and take load off for a little while.
Go on a Jack the Ripper Pub Tour
London may be a beautiful city, but its history sure is steeped in bone-chilling events; perhaps the most terrifying of all is the story of Jack the Ripper. If you’re up for an event that’s sure to be thrilling, jump on a Jack the Rubber pub tour! You’ll learn about the gruesome storey of one of the world’s most infamous serial killer’s, which to this day, remains an unsolved mystery. You’ll also be able to wet your whistle on some tasty ales and other adult libations, too!
So, there you have it: our top recommendations on your first trip to London. Check out these spots and you’ll have memories to last a lifetime! If you’d rather not have your luggage in-tow while you’re touring the city, check out Excess Baggage, the most secure luggage storage facility in London. To find out more or to pre-book services, visit www.excess-baggage.com. #KnowYourLugage