If you’ve acted quick and snapped up one of our West End hotels special offers, it’s now time to start planning your itinerary. To help you along, we’ve put together the ultimate list of the seven must-do things to fit in during your stay to get you started.
- View the city from the iconic Eye
If you want to take in breathtaking views of the capital there’s no better place to head than the London Eye. Opening on New Year’s Eve in 1999 just in time to welcome the new millennium, it’s become a firm favourite among tourists and is a top photo spot too.
The giant Ferris wheel sits right on the bank of the River Thames and at 135 meters tall gives an unparalleled, panoramic view of London. On a clear day you can see as far as Windsor castle, and some of London’s top sights, including Saint Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and Big Ben all lay below. Over three million people step into the capsules every year and as long as you have a head for heights, it should be on your London bucket list too!
- Ride the famous Tube
Londoners might love to complain about the iconic Tube but if you’re visiting the city for a short stay, there’s no easier way to get around. For many, it’s also an experience in itself. The map and stations might seem confusing and hectic at first but you’ll be hopping on and off through the various zones to your next destination in no time.
It was the world’s first underground railway, dating all the way back to 1863, and it’s carries millions every single day, testament to how useful this public transport network really is. Pick up a visitor Oyster card on your first day to save the hassle of having to buy tickets.
- Explore all Camden has to offer
Camden has become a well-known cultural destination in North London and is equally well loved by locals and tourists alike. It’s a vibrant, diverse part of the city that has something to offer every visitor.
Exploring the famous Camden Market is a must, where you’ll be able to find vintage treasures, unique trinkets, and much more. When shopping and wandering the labyrinth of stalls gets too much, there’s a whole range of street food vendors serving up delicious cuisine from around the world
- Do a history tour
London is a city that has history around every corner. Whether you want to glimpse what the Roman’s left behind – there’s an amphitheatre next to Guildhall – or discover the mystery of Jack the Ripper, it’s simple to create your own history tour across the capital.
Historical sites are among the top attractions in London but there’s many more that are hidden gems. From the world-renowned Tower of London to lesser known Lesnes Abbey, there’s plenty to discover.
- Find your next favourite musician
London is well known for its diverse and electric music scene and no matter your preferred genre, you can find a performance happening around the city every week. Home to stars and up and coming talent alike, you’re almost guaranteed to find your next favourite band or soloist in the capital.
Top and recognisable music venues in London include Roundhouse, Hammersmith Apollo, Wembley Arena, and the O2 Academy. But if you step of the beaten track you’ll find plenty of small, intimate venues and pubs offering live music and musicians eager to get their big break.
- Find some peace at one of the Royal Parks
The urban environment of London can seem chaotic but that doesn’t mean there aren’t places to relax and find some tranquillity. In fact, there are eight Royal Parks covering almost 2,000 hectares of London. Some are situated right in the centre of the capital, including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Saint James’s Park for easy exploration on even the shortest of city breaks.
They offer the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle as you walk from one destination to another. They all host a range of events, particularly during the summer months, to get involved with.
- Take in a West End show
A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without heading to the West End to witness one of the incredible stage productions that take place every day. The area’s become synonymous with top performances and has a huge variety to consider when it comes to booking tickets. Among the top shows hitting the stage this year are the classic musical, Phantom of the Opera, family friendly Disney’s Aladdin, critically acclaimed The Kite Runner, and laugh out loud The Play That Goes Wrong.
The West End is perfectly placed for grabbing a pre-theatre meal or heading for after-show drinks, with the famous Covent Garden just a stone’s throw away too.
The Piccadilly Hotel London, gives you the ideal place to see the sights, experiences, and attractions that should be on every London tourist’s bucket list.