We would need a small volume to describe all the things to see and do in London.
The permanent residence of Queen Elizabeth II is, undeniably, a must, regardless of your age and interests. Having the chance to see up-close the Queen’s personal rooms and the World-famous galleries is a once in a lifetime experience. Bear in mind that State rooms are open to the public only in August and September.
The Tower Bridge is among London’s most iconic sights, especially while opening up its rams for large ships sailing upriver, is more than 120 years old and nowadays has nothing but glass between visitors and the Thames River (more than 40 meters below).
So, if you love heights, taking spectacular snapshots and seeing London at its best, include a visit to the Tower Bridge in your first day’s schedule.
Some find this imposing Gothic building fascinating, others a bit macabre. Housing the tombs of 17 mighty kings and queens as well as other prominent historical figures, including Shakespeare, the abbey is the service grounds of royal weddings, regal funerals and ceremonial coronations. Romantic and awe-inspiring.
London’s Best Views – The London Eye
If you wish for spectacular London views, the London Eye is ideal for you. This giant ferris wheel (the tallest in Europe) on the South Bank of Thames rises a staggering 135 metres above ground and boasts a diameter of 120m.
It has been described as “the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel” and is by far the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, with almost 4 million visitors flooding in each year.
The London Eye gives you the chance to see most of the city’s sights in less than an hour. What’s great is that each of its glass pods contains a touch screen explaining what you are seeing. If weather conditions are good, you will be able to spot Windsor Castle, more than 25 miles away!
Meet the VIPs – Madame Tussaud’s Collection
It is one of the most amazing wax statues collections in the world. The detail, the colours, the expressions, the looks in their eyes – you simply can’t tell the difference from the real person.
Stand alongside the Queen or your favorite Hollywood star, historic figure or sports star and have great fun with your family and friends in London’s Madame Tussaud’s Collection. Simply great.
Check St. Paul’s Cathedral New Roof Terrace
If it is relaxation and inspiration you seek, check St Paul’s Cathedral’s new Roof Terrace for some genuinely breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Equipped with an excellent restaurant and bar, it would be great to combine it with the Wimbledon Tournament, having the chance to enjoy great dishes and your favorite wine while enjoying free screenings of the fascinating games.
Board Hogwarts Express – Platform 9 ¾
Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station is where all the “famuli” board the famous Hogwarts Express, the scarlet steam engine leading to Hogwarts. The only thing you have to do is storm through the apparently solid barrier between platforms 9 and 10… – just kidding, please don’t let your kids try it!
Located in the New Western Departures Concourse (between Platforms 9 and 10 of course), it is a great spot for children of all ages that love H. Potter’s adventures and it will give you the chance for some rather imaginative photos! Bear in mind that you can also join a guided tour to some of the most recognizable set features from the Harry Potter films: Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, the Ministry of Magic, 4 Privet Drive, the Weasley kitchen, Hogwarts Express and Diagon Alley, while discovering the secrets behind the scenes and how the actors are tuned into magical creatures.