12 Mar Discovering London for the first time
Discovering London for the first time? The city has so much to offer that it can be confusing. What to do first? What are the main things to do? What should you not miss? We got you covered, here is our list of the must-see in London for a first time!
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. It’s definitely a must. The State Rooms are open to visitors for 10 weeks each summer and on selected dates during winter and spring.
A must-see destination for visitors to London, Trafalgar Square is home to Nelson’s Column, iconic stone lions, and the famous Fourth Plinth. From the top of the stairs that from Trafalgar Square lead to the gallery, you’ll be able to enjoy a breathtaking view of Whitehall and Big Ben.
Since 160 years Harrods provide to its customers a top quality service and collection from all around the world.
You’ll find there the finest products for all your needs and wishes: food, fashion, homeware, technology…
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the largest churches in the world. It is located within the City of London on Ludgate Hill, the City’s highest point. Fun fact: in the Whispering Gallery, a whisper against the wall can be clearly heard at the other side, 112 feet away.
The Shard has retail, offices, hotel, apartments, restaurants and a public viewing gallery. You’ll be able to enjoy one of the best views of London. Every Saturday night you’ll find there a silent disco in partnership with Time Out London.
Greenwich is home to a World Heritage Site, The O2 arena, London’s prettiest royal park and the Prime Meridian of the World – longitude zero.
Fun fact: Greenwich Park is where Henry VIII was born as well as two of his daughters Mary I and Elizabeth I.
At heart of London’s West End, this neighbourhood is iconic. Everyone knows it. For its shops, nightlife and 24 hours shops. You’ll love it for its wide mix of people, its atmosphere, its famous theatre show.
Portobello Road & Notting Hill
Since the Notting Hill movie released in 1999 the area, Notting Hill has become one of the top movie locations in London for film fans. Apart from being a movie location, it plays host to Europe’s biggest street festival, the famous neighbourhood has a lot to offer, from its little shops and famous market to its delicious restaurants.
The Pub. It’s a British institution and this is why it’s the must-see of the capital. You’ll find one in every area of the city, at different prices and with a different atmosphere.Supposedly the best one? Marksman Public House which was named Michelin Pub of the Year for 2017, becoming the first London pub to earn the title, so that should give you a strong indication of its quality.
The church of Saint Dunstan-in-the-East is an amazing example of how London looked in the medieval era. Not only it survived the great fire of London, it also survived the damages caused by the Blitz. The shrubs make this place magical and a must-see in London.
Barbican Conservatory is mindblowing and of one of London’s hidden gem. It’s open on selected Sundays so be careful when preparing your visit in this hidden tropical oasis in the heart of the city.
Home to exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees, the Conservatory is a perfect way to enjoy a lazy Sunday with friends and family, you can even have an afternoon tea.
Holland Park is an amazing park, maybe a less obvious choice compare to Hyde Park or Regent’s Park. Yet Holland park has 22.5 hectares of gardens and large areas of woodland abundant with wildlife for you to enjoy. There you can enjoy one of London’s secret gem: the Kyoto Garden which was donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto.
Trinity Buoy Wharf
In 1998, Trinity Buoy Wharf was an empty, derelict site. Now it is a thriving centre for the arts and creative industries.
Be assured, this is not the typical touristic and yet it’s a must-see. You’ll find there a studio and gallery space, a pier, boat club, school, rehearsal rooms and two dining options located in the Container City™.