Tourist Spots In London You Can’t Ignore

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London is a huge tourist spot from international visitors to visitors from the United Kingdom on holiday or even like me on a day out. I live a 20 minute train ride from Central London so I spend a reasonable amount of time exploring the city and trying to tick off all my bucket list things to do. I find when I go a foreign country or city I do all the touristy things and want to explore as much as I can so why shouldn’t we do that in London?! Here’s 12 touristy things which you really need to do when you visit London.

St Pauls Cathedral

St Pauls is stunning from the outside but head inside and you’ll see marble, carved pillars and the most beautiful artwork on the walls and ceilings. The cathedral plays such an iconic part of London’s history; it survived the London bombings during the World War, Martin Luther King preached here, Winston Churchill had his funeral here, Prince Charles and Diana got married here, the Queen celebrated her many jubilee’s here, and the list could go on. You can explore the crypts with some famous graves or memorials and you can head up to the Whispering Gallery and the outer dome for stunning views of London.

Camden

Camden was a huge part of my teenage years’ from the markets and fashion to the live music venues around and while it does get super busy as a tourist spot (first thing in the morning and weekdays’ are the best times to go) it is worth a visit. Explore the markets and find some really interesting buys, sample some of the amazing food here (The Mac Factory is my personal favourite) and just soak in characters which inhabit this part of London.

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Choccywoccydoodah

This chocolate shop and cafe originated in Brighton but has an awesome location in the heart of Carnaby, you can buy pretty much anything you want in the shop downstairs and then pop upstairs for brownies, cake, sundaes and anything else chocolatey, although the hot chocolates would be my recommendation. This tourist spot does get really busy so get here for opening time to guarantee a seat, plus what set’s the day off better than chocolate right?! Want more info?! Check out my full post.

Natural History Museum

Of course, this had to feature here as one of London’s most iconic museums’. Unlike a lot of countries London actually, has a lot of free museums which is great when you’re on a budget. I actually only headed here for the first time this year but it’s a stunning museum and huge so you can spend hours here. The space areas are very interesting but of course, it’s the dinosaur collection which stands out including the T Rex.

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ArcelorMittal Orbit slide

This relatively new addition to Stratford is part of the Olympic Village and is the largest sculpture in London when you head to the top you can get some stunning views of London, but this isn’t the most impressive part of the installation, there’s a huge slide attached. Sitting at 178m high it’s the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide and is such an exhilarating experience. During the 40-second trip, you circle the sculpture 12 times and weave between loops, curves and a tight corkscrew through light and dark before you reach the ground. This tourist spot sells out regularly so it’s worth booking in advance, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

Museum of Childhood

This museum is probably my favourite within London as it evokes so many memories and is interesting to anyone of any age. It’s part of the V&A collection located out in Bethnal Green where it houses toys and collections of childhood items from throughout the ages including games consoles, remote controlled toys, barbies, dolls, lego, anything you can think of. I’ve been here about three times and there’s always something new to see as the upstairs exhibition changes every few months’, currently it’s the end of the board game exhibition. It was great to take my parents’ here as it automatically transported them into a sense of nostalgia.

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Gods Own Junkyard

Again another place I only visited fairly recently but my love for Gods Own Junkyard is strong and I really want to go back and have some food here as an excuse to spend longer here. The small warehouse in Walthamstow is full of all manner of Neon Lights which when you first walk in can be a bit overwhelming but it’s a complete treat for the eyes. Some of the signs are salvaged, some are movie props, and some are donated to create a wonderland. You can see more images in my post here.

Hummingbird Bakery

I put off visiting Hummingbird for a while due to the hype as a tourist spot but I am so glad I caved last summer and went in to see what the fuss was about. Depending on the location and time of the day lines’ can be a bit lengthy but it’s well worth it. The cupcakes are light and so tasty but it’s the cake slices which are the highlight, the Red Velvet and Rainbow Cakes are definitely my favourites. Love cake?! Check out my rundown of some of the best bakeries.

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Beefeater Gin Distillery

Gin is having a massive craze right about now so some of London’s own gin distilleries are getting a little busier than they normally are, but taking a trip out on the Victoria Line to Vauxhall is well worth it for the Beefeater Gin Distillery. The working distillery makes a lot of the Beefeater gin which we see bottled in the shops and during a tour you can find out more about how it’s made, see the stills and get a lovely G&T or cocktail at the end to sample what’s made there. Perfect for an interesting day out.

Highgate Cemetry

Now a cemetery might not be on everyone’s top list of places to visit but hear me out. Highgate Cemetry is a huge cemetery with stunning architecture and graves of some people you’ve probably heard of. The graves themselves are ornate and beautiful and the feeling of peace is evident throughout the area, it’s so serene. Douglas Adams (author of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) is buried here and people leave pens instead of flowers and probably the most famous is political philosopher Karl Maxx whose tomb is a sight.

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The Shard

If you want to see London from a height then the Shard should be up there in your thoughts. Some people may say it’s not worth paying the money to go up but I am here to say yes it is! You’d pay to go up the Empire State Building in New York or the CN Tour in Toronto, pretty much any city you’d pay to go up the tallest building and bask in the views, and London is no different. It’s worth booking in advance but of course, British weather can change so much you may want to chance it on the day but seeing the whole of London from that height is a sight to behold. Here’s more about why it’s worth paying to go up.

London Aquarium

My final recommendation is somewhere I love in London and that’s the aquarium. I am a sucker for zoo’s and aquariums and usually, ones in cities aren’t all that great but the London one is incredible with so much to see and do with new exhibitions and events happening all the time. Whether you’re 3 or 63 aquariums are interesting places and I always find myself pressed up staring at the huge sharks and the mesmerizing jellyfish.

What’s your favourite thing to do in London?
April 3, 2017
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  • It is so long since I’ve been to London that last time I was there, they didn’t have the shard! I feel so bloody old!

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    I didn’t know there was a Choccywockydoodah outside of Brighton! I need to go now.

  • lisa prince

    i would love to visit london , thoughts to those who lost their lives last week x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Camden is one of my absolute favourite places to go, so unique and with such character x

  • I love Camden, we were there at christmas such an interesting place, my son is working in Camden at the moment. I love the South Bank just strolling along taking in everything and if time popping into the Tate

  • I am dying to go to Gods Own Junkyard, it is so neon and cute. I do like ST Pauls Cathedral as well, it is amazing!

  • I’ve never been to any of these places, and London isn’t really that far away! I really need to visit!

  • I would love to see God’s Own Junkyard. Choccywoccydoodah and the Hummingbird Bakery would be fab to visit as well x

  • I definitely agree on this post. Indeed a must-visit places that you can’t ignore when you head to london! St. Pauls Cathedral is one of my favorites.

  • Yup I agreed with all of this. Don’t forget Covent garden square (where all the market are) and also south bank as you often will find great festival there.

  • I really want to head to God’s Own Junkyard – it looks like such a fun fab place x

  • some of these places ive never been to! i absolutely love camden and it’s markets. borough market too

  • I really want to go to God’s Own Junkyard, I’ve heard of many bloggers going there! I’ve been to Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton and love it! x

  • I didn’t realize you could visit the Beefeater Gin Distillery! I LOVEE Beefeater! I’m hoping to visit London late this summer and would love to check each of these places out.

  • Laura

    I absolutely LOVE the Natural History Museum. Theres always something new to look at and it holds my interest for hours! xxx

  • Choccywoccydoodah has such a unique name – I must go soon! I have only been in London for 2 hours! I must go and explore soon!

  • Jayne

    Choccywoccydoodah and the Museum of Childhood sound awesome. I agree, there is so much to see and do in London 🙂 x

  • Helen Clark

    I have family in London so visit a lot but haven’t really done any of the “touristy” things there. I really do need to change that! I love the sound of everything on this list, especially the slide and the shard.

  • its been so many years since I have been to London, I think I might go for my birthday this year, I need to see gods own junkyard it looks cool

  • We recently made a trip and the kids favourite part was the boat up and down the Thames looking at all the sites and the history of it all x

  • I have not been to any of these places. Need to be a proper tourist in London for a day.

  • Mummy’s Monkey

    I love the museum of childhood! I’ve not been to any of the others though. I wanted to visit St Pauls but I really object to being charged entrance to a church – although I will aleays happily donate

  • Jenni Grainger

    Love these ideas, I really want to go to Camden x

  • Charlotte

    Great post! I love Camden and I now need to visit the Hummingbird Bakery!

  • Ayesha Farhad

    Love Camden! But four years living near stratford and I never knew that sculpture was a SLIDE! I always thought what a weird sculpture to be put here for the olympics haha!

  • Wow, God’s Own Junkyard looks like such a cool place! The Museum of Childhood sounds like it would be right up my street too 🙂

  • Leah Shafik

    I love London and was born in Camden so my heart is there. I don’t go back often though but I do love it x

  • Hayley

    I love St Paul’s Cathedral and I would love to visit the Aquarium one day!

  • Choccywoccydoodah Sounds like fun!! Definitely need to check that out on my next trip to London!

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