Written by Caitlyn Bell
London is the capital of the UK and one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities. Bursting with culture, history and hundreds upon thousands of activities and events that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. London is certainly a popular destination for anyone looking to experience the heights of British tradition yet enjoy it all in a city that is wrapped in cultural diversity – and speaks over 300 languages!
You’ll definitely need your camera at the ready when you visit London; you’ll find photo opportunities around every corner, from iconic buildings and monuments to the Insta-worthy food you’ll find at any food market in the city. You’ll have plenty of snaps to share online and at home with gorgeous canvas prints and even plastic posters from hello canvas – to really make your images pop.
So, what should every visitor to London experience first? Well, here you’ll find 5 things to try when you visit London for the first time. Enjoy!
Visit the London Eye
Yes, it’s incredibly touristy, and you’ll find hundreds of other people gathered there hoping to enjoy the same experience. However, a 30 minute rotation of the London Eye is guaranteed to take your breath away. From the comfort of your capsule (which you’ll share with a maximum of 25 people – don’t worry they’re huge) you’re free to walk around and take in the spectacular views of the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, The Shard, Tower Bridge, Famous Parks and more! Book tickets in advance if you want to skip the queues!
Continue along the South Bank
Once you’ve finished your London Eye experience, you might as well carry on along the South Bank! When you walk along the South side of the river Thames, you’ll get up close and personal with the Houses of Parliament, The Southbank Centre, as well as views across the river of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Take afternoon tea
All that walking will certainly leave you feeling a little peckish. So, experience a true English tradition by taking afternoon tea. Is there anything more quintessentially British than drinking tea from dainty little cups, nibbling at beautifully cut sandwiches and enjoying those ever-so indulgent cakes?
Discover a piece of history
A visit to the beautifully imposing fortress that is the Tower of London will give you a real insight into the bloody and often dark history of London and those who met their fate there. There are guided tours that will give you a grisly insight into the lives and deaths of those who spent their final days there. And don’t forget to visit the Crown Jewels while you’re there. And speaking of Crown Jewels…
Visit the Queen
You couldn’t possibly visit London without stopping by to see the Queen…or where she lives at least. Head to Buckingham Palace and you can experience the changing of the palace guards and soak up the royal atmosphere. You can even see inside the palace if you choose to visit during the summer months, when the Queen is away.