I'm going to be completely honest: London can be quite overwhelming!! If you're headed to London for the 1st time, hopefully this list can help you out with itinerary planning. Here's 10 things every first timer must do in London.
1. Afternoon Tea
What's a visit to London without a cuppa and scones!? Finding an afternoon tea isn't hard to do, every pub, restaurant, hotel offer some version of afternoon tea. I tend to navigate towards to posh settings for teas. I'm just extremely extra lol. If you're extra like me, I highly recommend having tea at The Ritz or Fortnum & Mason. If you like you tea to be on the spiked side, I recommend Scandal Water.
2. Tower of London
When you walk through the gates of Tower of London, you instantly feel like you've stepped back into medieval times and forgot you're in the middle of a bustling city. From towers, royal scandals, crown jewels, and ravens, the Tower is a must see!
3. Tower Bridge
Best kept semi secret about Tower Bridge is the glass floor portions on the bridge. Amazing views of London in front of you and a breathtaking view of The Thames beneath your feet. Be sure to visit the second part of the exhibition. Kinda cool to see how the bridge works.
4. Globe Theater
Located right by the Millennium Bridge ( *wink wink* Harry Potter fans) I wouldn't classify myself as a huge Shakespearean fan but I appreciated the history, the tour of the theater, and the tour guide who knew almost everything about ol William
5. Camden Lock
Blocks filled with many knick knack shops, that led up to Camden Lock. A market with vendor stalls and tons of food stalls. You'll find tons of unique trinkets to bring back as souvenirs and tons of food to fuel you throughout your visit.
6. Kensington Palace
Home to the current Royals and Princess Diana, Kensington Palace is one of the sites you just have to visit. The exhibitions are so informative ( Never knew the history of Victoria and Albert) and to see some of Princess Di's most famous gowns & outfits was just amazing.
7. Piccadilly Circus
London's version of Times Square, equipped with lights, street performers, and the infamous Piccadilly Circus fountain.
8. Westminster Abbey
One of the few places where kings, queens, and Charles Darwin are all in the same place. No pictures are allowed but if you're rebel like me, that's a rule you can't seem to follow LOL.
9. Abbey Road
2 words. The Beatles. Need I say more. Sure it's a busy intersection. Sure, you're risking your life for a picture but do you care? N O P E!
10. London Eye
Seriously the best views of the city are from the pods of The London Eye. The best time to go is at night. Seeing the city light up is magical.