Ultimate Guide to the 50 Best London Attractions

What are the best things to do in London? London has an amazing amount of attractions in a wide range of categories. At London Guide we have created the ultimate guide to the best London attractions including Free attractions, London Museums, Sporting Attractions, Royal Attractions, Family Attractions, Parks and Gardens and amazing places to shop. Each of these attractions has been hand selected by the London Guide team and we would love your feedback below.

The British Museum

The British Museum is located in the London area of Bloomsbury and has a permanent collection of almost 8 million different artifacts. It is one of the largest museums of it kind in the world. A lot of the artifacts on display were collected during the reign of the British Empire making some of the pieces quite controversial with their original owners. Like most of London’s museums The British Museum is free to enter and is a great place for visiting tourists of all nationalities and extremely popular with adults and children. The easiest way to get to the British Museum is using the London Underground, The nearest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Russell Square which are all within an easy walk of the museum.

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Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum London - London Guide
The Natural History Museum is one of the best Museums in London and is home to over 80 million specimens spanning billions of years of Earth evolution. This FREE museum is extremely popular and attract more than 5 million visitors annually.The museum is split into five different types of collections botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. The London Natural History Museum has been in its current location on Cromwell Rd Kensington since 1881 and one of the stand out attractions is the 25.2-metre female whale skeleton which spans 3 levels. This museum will keep the kids happy for hours even if you have already visited the British Museum. We recommend it for anyone interested in museums and it is a great attraction for visiting families. Like a lot of London’s Museums, the Natural History Museum offers free entry, however to get the most out of the museum it might be worth booking a guided tour.

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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace
Every year millions of  tourist flock to Buckingham Palace as one of the first stops in London . Buckingham Palace is the primary residence of Queen Elizabeth II  and the forecourt of the palace is utilized for Changing of the Guard, an important ceremony as well as tourist attraction in its own right. Buckingham Palace is located in Westminster and is a beautiful walk from most parts of London and is also well serviced by the London Tube.

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Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard is a great display of British pomp and pageantry that occurs when the The Queens Old Guard hand over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace to the New Guard. The queens guard are fully operational infantry and cavalry soldiers and even though they are a great spectacle are not purely ceremonial. No tickets are required to watch the Changing of the Guard however joining a tour can help provide you with additional information. Make sure you get to Buckingham Palace early to get a good view of the ceremony.

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Coca Cola London Eye

The London Eye, located on the banks of the Thames, is a massive, 136 meter (442 feet) high observation wheel holding thirty-two glass-walled capsules.  London Eye has become an instant landmark in London and provides wonderful views over central London.

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Tower of London

The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the northern bank of the River Thames on an open space known as tower hill. It was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and used as a prison until 1952 with the famous Kray Twins among the last of its inmates. The tower is officially called Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London and has a dark history over the last 1000 years. See the Royal Crown Jewels.

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Big Ben and House of Parliament

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament
The 150 yr old Big Ben Clock Tower and the nearby houses of parliament (palace of Westminster) are one of the most iconic views of London and among the first places most new London travelers visit. Note: that the Big Ben is currently under renovation and has scaffolding over it.

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Tower Bridge

Tower bridge is the iconic image of London that is instantly familiar to all visitors. There is sometimes some confusion with people who believe this is London bridge which is actually further down the river. Tower Bridge is a suspension bridge that also includes 2 large towers and crosses the River Thames to the Tower of London.

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is actually a huge, mainly Gothic church situated just to the western side of the Palace of Westminster. It’s probably the most notable religious building within the UK and is the traditional site of coronation as well as burial for the English and, later on, the British kings. Every British monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned in Westminster Abbey. Tickets are available to be bought online or why not combine a visit with the Changing of the Guard with this 2.5 hour tour.

Royal London Parks: There are a total of 8 Royal parks in London that offer free entry, these parks cover a large part of the English capital, they are well maintained and offer a glimpse into the history of London. For something different why not try the Royal Parks and Palaces Bike Tour of London.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio
At the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio your family can discover some of the magic of films and enjoy a behind the scenes look at props and costumes used in the movies. Take yourself on a wizardly adventure on the actual sets where the movies were filmed. Get your photos taken in the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office and the Gryffindor common room. You can also take a walk down the cobble stones streets of Diagon Alley. Visitors can now also visit Platform 9 ¾ and even ride the Hogwarts Express with a perfect recreation of the train and platform. The Harry Potter: Warner Brothers Studio Tour is perfect for any Harry Potter fan and highlights the magic used in bringing the characters to life. The studios are created in an old airport hangar in Leavesden which is located near Watford north-west of London. Getting a train to Watford and then catching the transfer bus is probably the easiest way to visit or buy a private transfer from central London.

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Buckingham Palace State Rooms

Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms Entrance Ticket
Take a tour of a lifetime to the royal State Rooms that lie at the heart of Buckingham Palace. Venture into the supreme treasures from the Royal Collection, such as sculptures, paintings, porcelain, and furniture.  “State Rooms” is a term that refers to public rooms of a Palace, where monarchs reward, receive and entertain visiting dignitaries and their subjects. Presently, Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms are used by the members of the Royal Family and her majesty the Queen to receive and entertain guests on official, State, and ceremonial occasions. The State Rooms are fitted out with greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, comprising sculptures by Canova, paintings by Rubens and Rembrandt, and beautiful examples of Sevres porcelain.

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The Royal Mews

The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace
The Royal Mews is a combination of stable and carriage house for the British Royal Family located near Buckingham Palace. The site is open to the public and really worth paying a visit when you are in London. Inside the mews you will get a glimpse of the Gold State Coach, carriage horses and Jubilee State Coach that are used for royal ceremonies. The Royal Mews serves one of the Lord Chamberlain Office branches that make road travel arrangements for the Queen.

The Royal family usually travels by a combination of car and horse-drawn carriages as required. This place is also one of the most beautiful working stables that still exists and trains the Cleveland Bays and Windsor Grey horses. You can explore the historic carriages and the coaches that include the State Coach. Cast your eye on the Australian state coach that features luxurious electric windows and central heating that carried the Royal Family during the royal wedding in 2011. There is also Irish State Coach and The Gold State Coach that is used during the coronation.

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Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

Diana Memorial Fountain London
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain is located in London’s Hyde Park and is dedicated to the memory of Diana Princess of Wales who was tragically killed in a car crash in 1997.  The memorial is located in the southwest corner of Hyde Park near the Serpentine lake and provides a great place to reflect and relax particularly on a hot summers day.

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Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace London
Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, London and has been a major  residence of the British Royal Family including Princess Diana and Queen Victoria since the 17th century. Still used by the Royals it is currently the official residence of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Prince Harry and Megan Markle as well as other members of the Royal Family. Kensington Palace is open to visit and tours include the Queen’s State Apartments, The King’s State Apartments, Palace Gardens as well as Queen Victoria Revealed which provides an insight into the life and history of the monarch. The. The recent years have seen the state rooms of the palace undergo significant renovation to restore the palace to its original 17th century-look. Kensington Palace is located at the Western end of Hyde park and is a 10 minute walk from Queensway tube station or you can wander through the park and see some of the other amazing attractions nearby.

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Kew Palace and Gardens

Kew Gardens is a must-visit London attraction for all nature and history lovers visiting the city. The botanical glasshouses and gardens of this place house more than 30,000 plant species. In addition, it’s also home to the Kew Palace, a royal palace with great historical significance. During your visit to the Kew Gardens, you will get to take part in an exciting tree-top adventure. The Rhizotron & Xstrata Treetop Walkway of Kew will first take you on an underground trail and then 59 ft or 18 m up into the air. The next most exciting part of the Kew Gardens is the Queen’s Garden. It’s a 17th-century garden situated behind the Kew Palace.This garden is known for being home to hundreds of plants boasting different medicinal properties. The other most frequently visited garden is the Bamboo Garden; no other bamboo garden in the United Kingdom has a bigger bamboo collection than this one.

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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace - London Palaces - London Guide
Hampton Court Palace is a magnificent palace and former home of King Henry VIII. The palace is set in 60 acres of gardens including the world famous maze. If you love the Tudor period of British History then Hampton Palace is definitely a great place to visit when you are in London. Hampton Court Palace is southwest of London and the best way to visit is catching the train to the  Hampton Court overground station. Hampton Court admission is about $30 for Adults and $15 for Kids or free using The London Pass.

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HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast - London Museums - London Guide
The HMS Belfast is a historic warship that was originally built for Britain’s Royal Navy. This iconic vessel who was a survivor of several major battles is now permanently moored as a museum ship on the River Thames in London. The family will love exploring the 9 decks of this mighty vessel including interactive games and an amazing 360 degree view of London from the flag deck. The HMS Belfast museum is run by the Imperial War Museum and family tickets are available for between $40-$50. The HMS Belfast is free to enter if you have a London Pass.

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Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds is a wax museum and major attraction in London that displays lifelike waxworks of famous and historic people. It also has popular film starts and even music celebrities. Madame Tussauds, established over 200 years ago is still one of the most popular family London attractions.  Madame Tussauds is located in Marylebone Rd, London. Reaching the museum is easy. It’s just a minute away from the Baker Street underground station. Buy Tickets online to save money.

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National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum
A visit to the National Maritime Museum is a must for all those who are fans of stories of human endeavor and exploration. Here, you will get to learn about British heroes like Admiral Horatio Nelson. You will get to know about his performance as the flag officer of the Royal Navy and see his final uniform. Nelson wore the uniform during his final triumph at the Battle of Trafalgar; sadly, he was killed during the same battle. The museum has a range of different ticketed and free events all through the year. These include lectures delivered by curators, seasonal celebrations, music nights, etc. You will also get to spend some relaxing time at one of its cafes. The National Maritime Museum is located in Park Row, Greenwich. The two nearest rail stations of the museum are Greenwich and Maze Hill.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral - London Attractions
Constructed in the seventeenth century, St. Paul’s Cathedral is among London’s most well-known and most identifiable sights. This Cathedral was heroically rescued by the firefighters while it was bombed during the 2nd World War. Its remarkable dome, influenced by St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, rises 120 meters (365 feet) to the cross at its peak. It had been the highest building in the city from 1710 to 1964, and its dome is also one of the highest on the planet. Buy Fast Track Entrance tickets

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London Zoo

gorilla at London Zoo The London Zoo is is the world’s oldest zoo and contains over 720 animal species and some exciting exhibits which are great for the whole family. It is located at the northern edge of Regents Park and is easy to get to from Camden Town tube station. Animals include an impressive Lion enclosure as well as gorillas, tigers and penguin beach. Skip the Line tickets are available and offer a great way to avoid the long queues that Londoners seem to love.

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Science Museum

The Science Museum London
The Science Museum, which was established in 1857, is one of the most celebrated London attractions. Located on South Kensington’s Exhibition Road, the museum plays host to as many as 3.3 million tourists every year. Like all the other publicly funded museums of the country, this one also doesn’t charge the tourists for admission. However, if you want to check out any temporary exhibition, you will need to pay an entry fee. South Kensington tube station is about 5 minutes walk.

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ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower and Slide
The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a observation tower and sculpture that is located in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It was built to be a permanent reminder of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics that were held in the park.  The tower is 114.5 metres high and at the summit is a 360 degrees view of London. You can see the venues that made up the Olympic venues as well as seeing London Stadium which is the home of West Ham United premier league team. The ArcelorMittal Orbit also features the world longest tunnel slide which is perfect for the kids and it winds it way 12 times around and down 178 metres in 40 seconds.  Check the latest price for tickets.

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The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon
A visit to The London Dungeon allows you to transport back to a much darker time in British history. This uniquely thrilling attraction allows you to hear, feel, see and smell the amusing characters of the bad old days. This attraction is great way for the ids to learn some fantastic London history including Guy Fawkes, Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd and even the Great Fire of London.  Can you survive the Drop Dead Drop Ride to Doom which is an exhilarating vertical free fall drop ride. The London Dungeon is a great way for the family to spend one of London’s raining days as you are taken back to the London of yesteryear. Check out the latest prices for entrance ticket to The London Dungeon

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Sea Life London Aquarium

SEA LIFE London Aquarium
The Sea Life London Aquarium opened in March 1997 and has become a popular London Tourist attraction with over 1 million visitors per year. London Aquarium is located on the South Bank of the River Thames not far from London Eye and features a great collection of marine life including sharks, penguins and green turtles. Walk through a tropical ocean and see colourful fish, Say hello to octopus, green turtles, seahorses, and zebra sharks, See Gentoo Penguins and laugh as they play in the ice and admire the toxic Poison Arrow Frogs and the West African Dwarf Crocodiles.
The best way to visit the aquarium is to get skip-the-line entry which takes you through a spectacular glass tunnel path that leads you to underneath tropical ocean. Along the way, there is plenty of interaction, from watching diving displays and feeding stingrays to discovery zones and touch pools. Next, get personal with more than 3,000 of the rainforest’s residents, from a family of extremely toxic Poisson Arrow Frogs to a pair of 6-foot West African Dwarf Crocodiles, and over thirty lethal piranhas! Apart from helping millions of people learn and discover the marine world, the sea Life network plays a significant role in safeguarding our seas and their future inhabitants. Buy Skip The Line Tickets

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Somerset House

Somerset House London

Somerset House is a large building located to the east of the famous Waterloo Bridge overlooking the River Thames and was originally used as a Tudor Palace. It is now considered a major center of London’s art and culture.  The first thing that would strike you about the Somerset House is the design of the building (it was built way back in 1547 as a palace for the Royal Family). However, there’s more to this place than its beauty. It keeps housing various kinds of activities all through the year.

During the summer months, people gather here for witnessing the actions of 55 fountains in the building’s courtyard. During winter, on the other hand, the place converts itself into the city’s most loved skating rink. In addition, the Somerset House also hosts live gigs, movie screenings, and last, but not the least the London Fashion Week. For fans of art and culture, there’s the Courtauld Gallery, which remains open all through the year showcasing some amazing paintings. The exhibits of the gallery include paintings from all eras from that of early renaissance to the 20th century.

Somerset house is located between The Strand and the River Themes in the centre of London and is easy to access using the Temple Underground Station or walking down from Covent Gardens.

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National Portrait Gallery London
The National Gallery London is an Art Gallery museum located in Trafalgar Square and home to more than 2,300 paintings. The biggest highlight of the collection of this gallery is that it includes works of artists from every era between the mid 13th century and the early 1900s. Here, you will get to see works of almost every top Western European painter born during the period mentioned above. The most prominent names among them include Van Gogh, Raphael, Van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir, Van Dyck, Degas and Turner.

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Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is actually a huge city square commemorating the victory of Lord Nelson against Napoleon’s navy in 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar. The main monument inside the square is a solitary tall column on which Nelson’s figure stands looking over London. His monument is encircled by 4 huge lions and a number of large fountains.

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London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum is located in the heart of Covent Garden and showcases the history of the English Capital and the endless link between city and transport that continues in the 21st century. Some of the main highlights of the museum include the world first underground steam train as well as a wooden Railway coach that was converted to electricity in 1901. Learn about the iconic underground map by Frank Pick which has been copied by most subway systems around the world, he also created the bar and circle logo that you will still see everywhere during your stay in London. There is also an iconic red London bus as well as a great interactive area for younger kids. The best way to get to the London Transport Museum is using modern day public transport and getting off at Covent Garden underground station. Buy Tickets for the London Transport Museum

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Churchill War Rooms

The Churchill War rooms are an amazing look into British life during World War II with the original underground war rooms and bunker remaining intact under the London streets of Whitehall. In this underground nerve centre, Winston Churchill and his cabinet help to direct British actions during the Second World War. This museum is packed full of some amazing artifacts of war and is also packed full of information about the legacy of Churchill from his childhood through to his rousing wartime speeches that were inspirational to British morale during the war. Try one of the amazing Tours.

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10 Downing Street

Number 10 Downing Street is the headquarters and London residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. This is usually visited by tourists when looking at similar Westminster attractions nearby. Not much to do here as you cannot get close to the door due to security gates.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a stage play based on JK Rowling’s short story of the same name is actually set 19 years after the end of the Harry Potter series. The play at the Palace Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue has become extremely popular and tells the story of Harry and his youngest child Albus. The show is set over 2 parts which are usually watched on consecutive nights.

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The Shard

Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London
The Shard has instantly become an iconic London building where modern architecture meets old London style. The Shard located in Southwalk is a 95 story skyscraper that is 309.7 metres (1,016 ft) high making it the tallest skyscraper in the United Kingdom. The Shard is home to to a wide range of restaurants and bars and is home to the  ShangriLa hotel. The View from The Shard is a viewing platform also has one of the best panoramic views in London including 360 degree views of the city. This is London highest observation deck and features and open-air sky deck and views for 40 miles. Tickets available from about $40 with savings possible by booking early and free using The London Pass.

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Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory London

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London is home to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the Prime Meridian and London’s Planetarium. It is situated to the east of London on a hill in Greenwich Park overlooking the River Thames. Established in the 17th Century the Observatory was used by some of the most important scientists of our time including Sir Isaac Newton. You can stand on the prime meridian line where East meets West with one foot in either hemisphere while learning about the history of Greenwich Mean Time on which all the worlds time is based. The Peter Harrison Planetarium is the perfect place for the whole family to learn how scientists unraveled the mysteries of the cosmos. The best way to visit the London Royal Observatory is to catch the Docklands Light Rail which stops at the Cutty Sark station or use one of the many boat services available from most of London’s Piers. It is then a nice walk through the park to the observatory.

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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle - London Guide
Windsor Castle is located on the banks of the River Thames about 20 miles west of London. The castle is one of three official residences of Queen Elizabeth II and has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 years. Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and you can easily see the castle as you approach the town of Windsor. The Queen spends most of her weekends at Windsor Castle, and it is also used for state and ceremonial events. St Georges Chapel which is part of the castle is one of the most magnificent buildings in England and the ultimate resting place for monarchs, including Charles I and Henry VIII. The easiest way to get to Windsor Castle is train to nearby Windsor and Eton Riverside Station. The famous Eton college which is one of the most prestigious schools in the world is on the opposite banks of the River Thames.

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Oxford Street Shopping

Oxford Street London - Shopping Street

Oxford Street is probably the most famous shopping street’s in the heart of London and up there with some of the world’s best. Oxford Street has over 300 shops where you will find virtually all kinds of high-street fashion items as well as most of the big designer outlets and department stores like Selfridges, Debenhams and John Lewis. Oxford Street is loved by both locals and tourists alike. It is therefore no surprising to learn that the street is usually very crowded, especially on weekends. If you don’t particularly like shoving and pushing through crowds, you would certainly be better of shopping elsewhere. Alternatively, you can opt to shop on weekdays when the crowds are not that big. Our suggestion is to start at Marble Arch tube station near speakers corner and then make your way east towards Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road.

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Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street London Shopping

Carnaby Street, Soho is one of my favorite shopping streets in London and a great place to wander for hours. Carnaby street is best known for its bold fashion stores and the street still embodies the rebellious attitude of the teenagers in the Beatles era of the swinging 60’s. You can find intriguing vintage outfits here as well as expensive designer wear. In particular, be sure to visit Kingly Court for an interesting shopping and dining experience. There is also some amazing restaurants and take away food available and in summer the street comes alive with street food. The actual street runs parallel to Regent street between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Tube stations, however the surrounding area is also a great place to grab some amazing fashion. This area is also a perfect place to stay in London and is central to most attractions, some amazing Airbnb apartments are available.

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Bond Street

Bond Street London Shopping

Bond Street is the ultimate definition of sophistication. The shopping street is dotted with myriad fashion stores including some of the worlds biggest designer names, such as Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton. Bond Street also boasts of designer jewelers such as Tiffany & Co. as well as Cartier. You can also find rare antiques and unique artwork in the street. One of the oldest auctioneer centers, Sotheby’s, is also found in the area and you might also find some rare collectibles here. Bond Street is actually known as New Bond Street and Old Bond Street however most people would refer to the entire street. Bond Street links Piccadilly in the south to Oxford Street in the north.  You can use the Bond Street, Oxford Circus or Green Park tube stations and walk up the whole street which is about 1km in length.

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Jermyn Street

Jermyn Street London

Jermyn Street, located in Mayfair, has long been one of the most fashionable menswear shopping areas in London. It is well known for selling quality menswear, ranging from shirts to trousers and even tailored suits. This street retains an air of elegance for which is has been well know for over 300 years. The tailored suits and shirts are rather expensive but the quality means they are worth every cent. Jermyn Street is a quiet street that is one street back from Piccadilly running between St James and Haymarket. You can use the Green Park or Piccadilly Circus tube stations.

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Knightsbridge Shopping

Tourists flock to Knightsbridge shopping area by the thousands every day. It is immensely popular because of the variety of goods sold here, ranging from clothing to household goods to even artistic collections. One of the most popular stores for tourists in this area is the Harrods department store. The store sits on a solid 4.5 acres of land and has seven floors. In here, you can literally shop till you drop. Knightsbridge is famous not only for the fashion items, many of which are designer items, but also for furniture, jewellery and even food. After hours of shopping, what would be better than propping yourself up on a seat at the restaurant enjoying your favorite meal? Even though those who are new to the city generally flock to Harrods, locals prefer the quieter, classier Harvey Nichol’s store. Here, you will still find exquisitely designed clothes by world- famous designers without all the fuss that goes on at Harrods.

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Kings Road

Kings Road Chelsea

King’s Road is a celebrity-ridden shopping area in London. This is because it is home to countless designer stores. You would be hard pressed to find a designer who doesn’t display their goods on this street. Besides fashion items, you can also find superior quality interior décor items in this area. Vintage clothes can also be found here which is no surprise given that the shopping area came to life in the 60’s. Even though the items found in the area are exquisite, they also come at a hefty price. Shopping here can be quite costly, which perhaps explains why celebrities favor the area. If you have a taste for the finer things in life, there is no better place to shop than King’s Road. And who knows, you might just stumble into your favorite celebrity and even get an autograph or a priceless photo. Kings Road runs from the posh Sloane Square through Chelsea and Fulham and has the strip contains some of London’s best boutiques. To get to Kings Road it is best to use the tube and get off at Sloane Square station.

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Brick Lane Market

Brick Lane Market is a market that is located in the East End of London on the northern end of Brick Lane. This area has long been home to immigrants including the Jewish and more recently the Bangladeshi’s.  This cultural mixture means it is as easy to get a bagel on Brick Lane as it is to get a delicious curry. The market is held on a Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and is a traditional flea-market with everything from clothes, music, furniture on sale in the various stores. The market is quite popular and this part of London has become quite trendy in recent years. You can get almost everything at the market and we recommend combining it with near by Spitalfields.  Brick Lane market is located north east of London and is easily reached using the London Underground, nearby tube stations include Liverpool  Street and Westminster.

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Camden Market

London Camben Markets

Camden Market is located in Camden Town not far from London Zoo. This crazy market has over 1000 shops and stalls that sell everything from the latest in fashion, music to some great art and beautiful food. This is the place to pick up cheap souvenirs though that it can get extremely busy on market days. The Camden Market itself is made up of a series of different markets including the famous Camden Lock market. The quality of goods in the area varies, but you can still find good quality items among the tacky souvenirs. Visiting the markets is easy using the nearby Camden Town or Chalk Farm Road underground tube stations.

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Borough Market

Best London Markets to Explore

Borough Market is ones of London’s most icon markets offering a range of British and International produce. Located next to London Bridge this market has over 100 stalls offering delicious foods, cheeses and patisseries. Borough Market has existed for around 1000 years and is defined by its position at one end of London Bridge. This area is a fantastic place to explore the sights, smells and sounds while sampling some of the amazing street food. The market is open from Monday to Saturday however some of the stalls only open between Wednesday to Saturday.

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Covent Garden Market

Covent Garden - London Shopping District - London Guide Australia

Located in the West End of London, the Covent Garden area is full of shopping, restaurants, bars and markets perfect for the whole family. Home to high end fashion stores like Apple and Tom Ford as well as a wide range of smaller boutique shops it is a great place for Aussies to get lost and shop till you drop. Covent Garden is still home to an fruit and vegetable market as well as wide range of arts and crafts.  You can also get some handmade clothing and jewellery. You may also consider visiting Jubilee Market, where different items are sold on different days of the week. On certain days, you may find art, and on others, household goods or even clothing. The East Colonnade Market is well known for selling hand- knitted items. Or why not wander the little lane-ways like Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials that are home to a wide range of shops selling food, crafts, cakes and clothing. There is a Covent Garden underground tube station that is on the Piccadilly line between Leicester Square and Holborn. It is also easy to walk from Trafalgar square and other nearby areas of London.

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The Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark Museum - London Guide
The Cutty Sark is a British tea clipper ship that was built in Scotland in 1869 and her maiden voyage was in 1870 from London to Shanghai. Tea Clippers were designed to offer fast transport of tea and other goods from China to England and the Cutty Sark was one of the fastest. This impressive sailing ship now stands as a museum near the banks of the River Thames outside the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. A great attraction for families who can board, meet the crew and learn about the ships history and dangers of life at sea. It is recommended that you visit by using the Docklands Light Rail station located nearby. You can also catch one of the many river ferries and cruises that make the regular trip to Greenwich.

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Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road Market London

If you are a shopaholic, make sure to plan a visit to the Portobello Road Market during your trip to London. Out of the entire area occupied by the market, the region between the Elgin Crescent and Chepstow Villas enjoys maximum popularity. The said region is filled with stalls selling books, antique items, vintage household goods, and collectibles of several other kinds. Here, it must be noted that what you will get at the market’s open-air shops depends mainly on the day of the week you are visiting the market.

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Leadenhall Market

leadenhall-market Diagon Alley - Harry Potter

Leadenhall Market is a covered market in the center of the City of London, located on Gracechurch Street. The market is one of the oldest in London and dates back to the 14th Century. Fans of Harry Potter will instantly recognise the elegant Victorian roof which was used to represent Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Bull’s Head Passage which is a little lane-way near the market was also used as the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The market has a number of stalls selling cheese, meat, flowers as well as fresh food. The market also has other shops selling clothing as well as pubs, bars and restaurants. Leadenhall Market is a great place to explore while visiting London. The underground is the best way to get to the market and it is an easy walk from Aldgate, Bank or Monument stations.

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Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market

Greenwich has been home to a bustling market since the 1300s. However, the one we have today began its journey in 1700. The modern-day Greenwich Market began its journey when Lord Romney assigned a 1000-year contract to the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital for running two markets every week, once on Wednesday and once on Saturday. However, nowadays, the market remains open on all days of the week, from 10 am to 5.30 pm. What makes the market even more special is that it stays open even on Bank Holidays.
When it comes to versatility, this market would offer stiff competition to any other top market of the world. It has several permanent shops (more than 120 of them) and some temporary stalls selling quirky goods. If you visit the market on Tuesday or Thursday, you will get to shop from some additional antique shops offering truly exciting collections. The recent years have also seen people setting up food stalls selling mouthwatering delicacies of various kinds (there are more than 40 food stalls in the market right now). The place is particularly tempting for bargain hunters; they would find some great deals on vintage clothes, antique jewelry, contemporary artwork, fine embroideries, and classic books during their visit to Greenwich Market. Why not check out one of the awesome food tours of Greenwich including the market.

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Shoreditch and Spitalfields

Shoreditch and Spitalfields shopping area

Shoreditch and Spitalfields are a series of markets stalls, lane-way’s and shops  that is a great shopping area is to be found in the East End neighbourhood and full of upcoming designers showcasing their amazing talents.  It is a great place to find unique and authentic designs in this area. The Victorian Spitalfields Market sells fashion and arts and crafts with some amazing restaurants, don’t miss Brick Lane Market with all the Bangladeshi curry houses. The surrounding area is full of street art, trendy bars and quirky shops. It is a great place to browse and shop for hours. Shoreditch is also home to a Boxpark which is a shopping mall made from shipping containers where you can find plenty of unique items.

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Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus London

Piccadilly Circus is a bustling tourist meccas that is London’s equivalent to Times Square in New York. The actual word circus is a Latin word meaning circle and describes a round open space. Piccadilly circus was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly and has since become one of London’s top tourist attractions. The area is full of advertising screens and packed with tourists and locals all year round. There is a famous statue of Eros (actually his brother Anteros) that has become a popular meeting spot for friends.

Piccadilly Circus is a public space and road junction (it connects the Haymarket, Glasshouse Street, Covent Street, Shaftsbury Avenue, and Regent Street) located in the West End of London. The place is home to some of the most exciting London attractions. These include several notable theaters and tourist destinations like the London Pavilion, the Piccadilly Lights (a great spot for clicking pictures), and the Shaftsbury Memorial Fountain. Piccadilly Circus is very easy to get to with a major underground station directly beneath the street. It is also an easy walk from Leicester Square.

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