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10 Things You Need To Do in London

Updated on January 18, 2014

Drinking Tea

The first thing worth doing as well as repeating doing in London is drinking five o'clock tea. The special conditions are: it has to be 5 o'clock, the tea must be black with milk. The ideal place to do this would be the Ritz Hotel.

Black tea with milk is an old British tradition.
Black tea with milk is an old British tradition.

Visiting Baker Street

Visiting Baker Street 221b and seeing the home of the legendary Sherlock Holmes is the second thing to do. Of course, Mr. Holmes did not live there. Moreover, during his "lifetime" there was no house with that number. The numeration only went as far as 100. And this is not the end of disappointment yet. Now there is a museum in the house of the detective. It's worthwhile mentioning that it's quite interesting, but the address is not Baker Street 221b. Instead, you should go to Baker Street 239 but you will see the sign-board with number 221b. This cannot prevent tourists from visiting the legendary place and enjoying it.

London Baker Street:
Бейкер-стрит, Лондон, Великобритания

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Parliamentary Debates

You can attend Parliamentary Debates. The truth is, they are open to the public from Monday to Thursday and on Sitting Fridays. In both Houses. So anyone can see them sitting on a bench just behind the Members of Parliament.

Traditional English Pubs

Next you can visit a traditional English Pub. The best place to do it is in Hampstead which is a historical district. Quit your hotel early, so you have enough time to observe strange ancient houses of this district. It is here that you will find real English pubs with low ceilings and original decorations. Just choose the one you like most of all and have a good time.

Shopping in Westfield

You can do some shopping in Westfield. Although traditionally Oxford street and Soho district are shopping areas, it is worthwhile shopping in Westfield. You will see just the same shops there, but just assembled in one place. It is the biggest shopping center in Europe and there is no crowd there. And by the way, don't forget to buy something from Burberry.

Parliamentary Debates in the Houses of Parliament.
Parliamentary Debates in the Houses of Parliament.
The Holly Bush - pub at Hampstead.
The Holly Bush - pub at Hampstead.
Westfield - shopping center in London.
Westfield - shopping center in London.

Eating out

You may try one of the following cuisines: Indian, Italian or French. Traditional British cuisine is not something you'll want to hunt for, but you can find a good place to eat out deliciously. Today, all of the three above mentioned cuisines are considered traditional in Great Britain.

This Indian dinner looks yummy.
This Indian dinner looks yummy.


Remember everthing you learned at school about London sights and visit the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and Madame Tussauds.

The Tower of London, so ancient and legendary.
The Tower of London, so ancient and legendary.

Portobello Market

Another great activity would be visiting Portobello Market, which is a famous street market, most popular among tourists and Londoners. So loosen your purse-strings and buy something antique or a work of art.

One of the little shops in Portobello Market.
One of the little shops in Portobello Market.

Having a full view of London

You can see London in all its splendor from the roof of London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel or Natwest Tower. Both have bars with wall-wide windows. You get a great view of the city.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

If you want to get access to the world of Harry Potter, go to King's Cross railway station. Then find platform 9 3/4. This is not an easy thing to do, but you'll make it. You will see that there is a baggage cart embedded in the wall just in the middle of the station. You can see a sign saying "platform 9 3/4" also. Grab the cart handle and smile as a picture of you is being taken.

Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross railway station.
Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross railway station.
Lonely Planet London
Lonely Planet London

London’s wealth of historic splendor draws millions of visitors every year, while its diverse cultural dynamism charms all who come to this most international, but intrinsically British city.” – Damian Harper, Lonely Planet Writer



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    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      4 years ago from Russia

      Thank you, Kristen Howe. I love London, too. Hope you make a nice trip there one day.

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub on what to do in London. I would love to go there someday. Very useful and interesting highlights! Voted up!

    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      5 years ago from Russia

      thank you, manatita44!

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      5 years ago from london

      Very informative and much better than I can do, and I live here. Covered the essentials well, and the guy in the video did a great job.

    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      5 years ago from Russia

      Thank you, freecampingaussie.

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      5 years ago from Southern Spain

      I enjoyed this hub especially with the photos as we have spent time in London enjoying the markets etc and are planning on going back for a weekend soon ! Voting you up/ Found you while hub hopping ! I have a hub on London as well.


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