Planning on a trip to the United Kingdom? There are hundreds of places to go and thousands of things to see, and we hope to refine your plan of things to do with this list which consolidates everything which defines London (and beyond).
The culture in the United Kingdom is vast, and the architecture is magnificent. Historical Great Britain is truly something to experience in your lifetime, and London is the perfect place to visit to learn about it.
London is a great place for families and the lone traveler. For the former, there are parks, zoos, boat rides and theme parks. For the latter, there is all of that, and more. There is great nightlife and the Broadway shows can't be missed. From sightseeing tours to dinner cruises, London Eye "flights" to your own car and driver. Virgin Vacations makes your London vacation, yours.
Regardless of where you end up in London, you should be prepared to have a great time! Here are some things you can't miss when you're there.
• Relive the life of The Beatles. Book Virgin Vacations' Liverpool Beatles Escape package!
• Take a river cruise on the Thames. Virgin Vacation offers many dinner cruises that would be a great oppurtunity to do this.
• Visit the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. You can take a river cruise to get there!
• Ride on the London Eye, the largest ferris wheel in the world. (Tickets available to be added to your vacation package)
• Stop by Grosvenor Square.
• Stroll down Whitehall.
• Watch a Broadway show. Tickets included with Virgin Vacations' London Theater Experience
• Buy gifts for friends and family at the over 300 shops located on Oxford Street.
• Stroll down The Mall, a road that leads to the Buckingham Palace.
• Visit the Buckingham Palace.
• Experience the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
• Contrast the city lifestyle to the village life in Canterbury, home of Geoffrey Chaucer's famous tales. Virgin Vacations makes this easy with our
England Fly & Drive package.
• Pub much? Be sure to visit one of the J.D Wetherspoon chain pubs.
• Take the London Underground: Featured as one of the 11 top underground transit systems in the world. These trains have cushioned seats and there's a nice
LED display overhead that gives riders the estimated time for the next train.
• Hike up the geometric staircase at a St. Paul's Cathedral tour.
• Make sure to "mind the gap."
• Go on the Circle Line ... in a circle.
• See where the Mayor of London lives: City Hall.
• Tour the Tower of London, where you can see the very precious Crown Jewels.
• Find out where British Prime Minister Gordon Brown lives: 10 Downing Street. Visit his residence.
• Sherlock Holmes fan? Visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum.
• See hundreds of books, writings, and photographs related to the Holocaust at the Wiener Library.
• Be amazed when you visit Stonehenge, which is outside the city.
• Enjoy the scenic nightlife in Piccadilly Circus, which is likened to the Times Square of England.
• ...and spend some time with the teenager in you at the Funland or Golden Nugget Casino located within Trocadero. The centre is packed with dining and
other entertainmnent venues as well.
• Visit the global headquarters of Reuters at Canary Wharf.
• At the Victoria and Albert Museum, walk through rooms filled with ceramic and glass designs, as well as beautiful paintings.
• Take the family and have a picnic in Battersea Park.
• Experience the diversity of the Golders Green borough, with a mix of Kosher, Japanese, Turkish, and Italian restaurants.
• Get seen on the London cam.
• Check out Belgravia's beautiful streets of townhouses and famous embassies.
• Go shopping at Harrod's in Belgravia.
• ...and sample some ale at the Grenadier pub in Belgravia after you finished shopping (18 Wilton Row).
• Get overwhelmed by the massive monuments at the London Wall.
• Step through the academic city by stopping in Bloomsbury.
• ...then enjoy the lunch you packed for your trip at Bloomsbury's nearby Russell Square.
• Absorb the history of Covent Garden in central London.
• Wake up early and experience the local flavor of Spitalfields and be sure to check out the fruit and vegetable market!
• While in the Spitalfields area, go to Dennis Severs' House.
• Photograph one of the many red phone booths on the city streets.
• Learn about the Bank of England at its museum.
• Set your sights on the beautiful architecture at Westminster Abbey.
• ...and be sure not to leave without viewing the monuments at Poets' Corner.
• See a show at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
• Read a book at one of London's specialized libraries.
• Explore the galleries at the National Army Museum.
• Set aside at least two hours to explore the extravagantly decorated rooms at the St. George's Chapel in the Windsor Castle.
• Witness Evensong at the Windsor Castle. (Be sure to check the schedule!)
• Embrace the vastness of Queen Mary's Dolls' House, which is also located inside the Windsor Castle.
• Buy your children toys from Hamleys Toy Store.
• Go to Hampstead Heath to see the city from afar.
• Take a train to Dover, and witness the famous White Cliffs.
• Witness the protestors at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park, and take a guided tour or attend the London's fair during the winter holidays.
• Prepapre for an expensive dinner at the highly regarded Michael Moore restaurant (19 Blandford Street).
• If you're in London between March and October, check out Legoland Windsor with the kids.
• Book a night for a show at the London Palladium Theatre.
• Step into royal history at the Hampton Court Palace.