8 things to see when visiting London for the first time

The whale at the Natural History Museum

So, youโ€™ve booked your trip and packed your bags โ€“ youโ€™re ready to come to London. With a whole City of sights to see and things to do, how do you choose where to go first?

Let us help you decide with our top 8 things to see.

1. Buckingham Palace

Ok, so you wonโ€™t be having tea with the Queen ๐Ÿ‘‘ย but you will be living like a royal for the day.

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If you visit Buckingham Palace, youโ€™ll see golden staircases, thrones, works of art, grand State Rooms where the Royals entertain guests, and a 39-acre garden where you can relax and drink tea until your heartโ€™s content in the Garden Cafรฉ.

Itโ€™s open for visitors from July to September and if you get there before 11am, you might even see the Changing the Guard ceremony (and those fluffy hats ๐Ÿ’‚)!

The nearest Tube is Victoria, or Green Park.

2. London cable car

Is it a plane? No! Itโ€™s a cable car. On the London cable car,ย youโ€™ll be suspended 295 feet in the air (yikes!), admiring the miles of London skyline and famous sights all around you. ๐Ÿ‘€

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Follow the twists and curves of the River Thames, see the O2, Shard and Gherkin and get some amazing photos of your ride ๐Ÿ“ท.

You can even go on a champagne flight and watch the sun go down over London with some bubbly, all from the comfort of your very own cable car.

The nearest Tube is North Greenwich or Royal Victoria.

3. Hyde Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of the Cityโ€™s busy streets for some peace and quiet in Hyde Park, one of Londonโ€™s eight Royal Parks.

Get lost in 350 acres of beautiful parkland, thousands of trees ๐ŸŒณ and flowers, and see if you can spot the wildlife.

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If you fancy some activities, you can also go boating, play tennis ๐ŸŽพย or ride horses, and thereโ€™s a great playground for kids! Or, on Sundayโ€™s you can listen to lively open air debates in the Speakersโ€™ Corner.

The nearest Tube is Hyde Park Corner.

4. Columbia Road flower market

โ€œCome and get your lovely roses!โ€ ๐ŸŒน Pick up a beautiful bunch of flowers, a plant or maybe even a banana tree ๐ŸŒย for a great price at the famous Columbia Road flower market. With lots of flowers from all over the world, youโ€™ll be amazed at what you can find.

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Experience the buzz of this busy market every Sunday, with music, food stalls and 60 unique shops selling everything from art, to cushions and clothes in beautiful old houses along the side of the road.

The nearest London Overground is Hoxton.

5. Natural History Museum

Meet Hope, the 25.2-metre-long blue whale, and one of the largest creatures to have ever lived. Sheโ€™s on display when you walk into the Natural History Museum where youโ€™ll step back in time.

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If you love a bit of history, this is the place to be. As you walk around, youโ€™ll not only admire the beautiful architecture of the museum, youโ€™ll see dinosaurs ๐Ÿฆ–, diamonds, fossils, creepy crawlies, meteorites and mammals, and experience what itโ€™s like to be in an earthquake, plus much, much more. And, you can do all of this for free! ๐Ÿ‘

The nearest Tube is South Kensington.

6. Shakespeareโ€™s Globe

โ€œTo be or not to be, that is the question?โ€ You can witness the works of Shakespeare in front of your eyes at Shakepeareโ€™s Globe. ๐ŸŽญ

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From renowned productions like Hamlet, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Nightโ€™s Dream, to brand new ones, you can take part in workshops, lectures and readings at the Globe Theatre which dates back to 1599.

The nearest tube is Southwark or London Bridge.

7. Madame Tussauds

Do you want to meet Harry and Meghan? Rub shoulders with Adele, Rhianna or Elton John? Or see Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker? ๐Ÿคฉย Well, at Madame Tussauds you can, or at least, meet them in wax.

So, have your camera at the ready for plenty of selfies!๐Ÿคณ

The nearest Tube is Baker Street.

8. Harrods

Indulge in some retail therapy ๐Ÿ›ย in luxury department store, Harrods. Now 184 years old, Harrods is known for designer clothes and luxury gifts and with so much to see, youโ€™ll get lost in its endless departments.

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You can also get treatments at The Wellness Clinic, have your hair cut, hire a personal stylist, or choose from 23 restaurants to dine in, serving a range of food ๐Ÿ˜‹.

The nearest Tube is Knightsbridge.

Now youโ€™re all set, get ready to do something extraordinary in London.

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