Hello and welcome back to my blog! It’s been a while since I did a post in my little series, My City Guide so I thought I’d start that back up again. So far, I’ve done my local city, Cardiff and a city I’ve visited twice, Dublin. Today, I’ll be covering one of my favourite cities which is London. I’ve been to London quite a few times, I just love it! So, as I did with the other posts, I’ll be sharing with you the things I recommend doing in London based on the things I’ve done myself. I’ll also add links to any activities I can just in case you fancy doing any of the things I mention so without further ado, let’s get to my list of things to do in London!
Boat Trip Down The Thames
For my 18th birthday, my dad took me to London for a weekend and planned a whole day of activities and one of those activities was a boat trip down the Thames. We passed so many London landmarks like the London Eye, the Houses of Parliment and Tower Bridge as well as the ITV studios (or they were at the time but I think they may have moved now). We were extremely lucky with the weather when we went because it was the end of February/start of March so although it was freezing it was sunny so a really nice day for a boat trip.
The London Eye
The next thing on this list (and the day of activities my dad had planned) is the London Eye. I had been wanting to go on the Eye for so long but my mam would never go on it because she had heard it was boring/took a long time etc and now that I’ve experienced it I have to tell you that is all rubbish! I absolutely loved going on the Eye, the views were spectacular and you could see for miles and miles. It’s also an incredible place to take pictures!
Madam Tussauds is somewhere I haven’t been for years but I’ve been wanting to go back since I left! When I first went there I was so scared to begin with because the waxworks look so real they really creeped me out but I soon settled into it a bit and really enjoyed myself! When I went they had so many people I loved (looking at you Zac Efron!) which was great because it’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to some of the most famous people in the world. Side note, please don’t judge my appearance in these photos, I was about 13/14 and that was in the days where kids didn’t look like fashion models…
The West End
Now, if you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know I LOVE musicals so I couldn’t really leave the West End off this list, could I? I’ve been to see a show on the West End three times, the first was The Lion King (amazing!) then We Will Rock You (also amazing!) then The Lion King again (still amazing!). There are so many shows to see on the West End so there’s something for everyone. I’m constantly dreaming of going to see another show on the West End (Hamilton people, if you’re reading this, hook a girl up!).
London has so many incredible streets to shop, the most famous probably being Oxford Street. I’ve been shopping there a few times (they have an incredible Primark!). A shop I would really recommend going in is Selfridges, even if you can’t afford anything! It’s especially pretty at Christmas time which is when I went. I needed to buy something from there so I spent about £8 on a pink plastic glittery bauble which sadly recently broke and I was gutted!
The O2 Arena
Back in around 2009, I went to my first (and only so far) concert in the O2 Arena and when I walked into the arena I remember looking around the place and thinking how incredible it was. It was by far the biggest arena I had ever seen and I loved it so much! Even if you don’t have tickets to a concert there, you can still go in because they have restaurants/cafes, a cinema and a few other things. One thing I haven’t done that is on my bucket list is to climb the O2 roof!
I hope you enjoyed this post filled with my recommendations of things to do in London. Have you done any of the things I’ve listed above? I’d love to hear your experiences of London down in the comments as well as any other activities you would recommend! If you liked this post, please share it using the buttons below.
Thanks for reading, Em xo