Thinking of traveling to London? It's a beautiful, expensive city, full of different cultures, incredible sights, and a plethora of things to do! Here are 5 things you must consider doing if you find yourself in this beautiful city:
1. Visit the Theatres
Even if you're not a playgoer, you would be remiss to skip out on a trip to London's West End, which some argue rivals Broadway in terms of talent. Getting tickets can be tricky, but you may be able to get tickets the day of at a steeply discounted price. You can find information on shows and how to get tickets here.
2. Eat the Food
Many people say the English don't have great food, but there are some incredible places to eat in London! The country's infamous Fish and Chips can be purchased practically anywhere, although the most authentic ones are usually sold by takeaway vendors. Other hole-in-the-wall restaurants are all over the city, and can serve you authentic dishes from a variety of countries. And, if you're feeling especially daring, you can walk down Fleet Street for a meat pie... sold right next to a barber shop.
3. Wander the Museums
The museums in London are incredible and fascinating, and most of them are free! Many museums have exhibits in certain parts of the building that cost money, but museums such as the National Portrait Gallery, British Museum, Tate Britain, and Tate Modern are all free admission for most if not all of the museum. Paintings from well-known artists and the portraits of famous monarchs dot the walls of these incredible museums.
4. Tour the Cathedrals
No matter your religion, you should definitely take a peek into some of the cathedrals of London. You may remember St. Paul's Cathedral from the movie Mary Poppins, but it is even more beautiful in person, and you can pay a small fee to climb the stairs for a stunning view of the city from the top. The Westminster Abbey is also incredible, even just from the outside, but pay the entrance fee and you will see countless graves of people like Sir Isaac Newton and C.S. Lewis. Both of these cathedrals also have absolutely incredible organ recitals on a fairly regular basis.
5. Relax in the Parks
Though some consider London to be a concrete jungle comparable to New York City, there are some absolutely beautiful parks to visit. Hyde Park, set right in the middle of the city, is 350 acres of lake, grass, and trees. There are also famous statues, like the Statue of Achilles and the Pan statue, to occupy your time. Regent's Park is another beautiful expanse of land, with a small lake, many birds, flower beds, and fields to play cricket or football. Next to Regent's Park, you can climb Primrose Hill for a beautiful view of the city (and pro tip: it looks even better at sunset)!