London??? There is so much to see and do in London because it is such a big city! I fit a large amount of activities into my 4 days in the city. Here are a the few activities that you need to get your wallet out for! I will also do another post on free things to see and do while visiting London.
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- Madame Tussauds: I am sure you are all familiar with Madame Tussauds. This is a museum dedicated to wax figures. If you have not been to one of these museums before than you really should visit. It is unbelievable how accurate and the attention to detail is evident as you are made feel like you are standing right next to a Singer, Actor, Disney Characters and Sporting stars! I have visited Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam before and was unsure how different the London location would be. I was surprised that there were only a few wax figure repeats and it was twice the size with many more experiences to take part in. Upgrade your ticket for £5 and enter the world of Sherlock Homes and help solve a case. This was a great add on in my opinion. Enter a 3D world of robots in an auditorium where you feel as though you are helping them defeat their rivals. Enter a moving cab and sit back and watch the English history play out in front of your eyes. This was so large that I was nearly ready to leave by the finish but they really know how to keep you interested. The crowds were crazy busy, this is my only downfall. Buy tickets online for £29 for an adult or double up and get a multi ticket for different attractions around London. Click here to see the other deals they offer.
- Sherlock Homes Museum: Head to the World famous 221b Baker Street and rival at the located that housed Sherlock Homes, Dr John Watson and Mrs Hudson. (If you know you know) You can pay admission to enter the house which has been persevered and protected by the government due to its special architectural and historical interest and do a tour which will cost you £15. If you do not want to do the museum tour you can enter the museum shop right next door. The shop attendants are dressed in old Victorian clothes and you can find plenty souvenirs here. Visit the memorial statue of Sherlock Homes that is located 1 minute from the Madame Tussauds entrance.
- London Eye: The famous London Eye comes in near the top of nearly every ‘To Do’ list on London. I decided against it but my sisters took the trip on it. They bought Madame Tussauds and London Eye Combination Tickets. By purchasing tickets this way you must pick a date and time that you would like to visit the attraction. If you are not one that likes a schedule that this may not be for you. The queues for the London Eye, despite having pre-booked, were extremely long. They were waiting close to an hour for entrance and the duration on the London Eye is about 40 minutes maximum. They were impressed by the trip but felt it didn’t live up to expectations.
- Broadway Show: There are specific places where you ‘have’ to see a Broadway Show and London is one of these places. We purchased tickets online the morning of the show and we chose our seats according to our budget. If you want to splurge you can chose seats close to the stage but the further you go back the cheaper the tickets. We went to see the classical Wicked and we got tickets in the middle of Apollo Theater for around £35 each. This was a very reasonable price to pay in my opinion. After talking to a drama student that regularly goes to Broadway shows she suggested that TodayTix is the best website to get last minute tickets at a great price. Wicked was a fantastic production too and the theater has a bar and food stations, everything you need to settle into a few hours and singing and dancing! If you don’t feel like leaving your sit you will find a menu at your seat which you can order from by easily downloading the app stated on the menu!
- River Cruise: As I mentioned as one of my dining experiences I had Afternoon Tea on the Thames. What a way to enjoy the views of London, enjoy a river cruise, learn about London through commentary from your Captain all while enjoying Lunch. I actually have never had a ‘proper’ Afternoon Tea before so this was great! You will have unlimited tea/coffee and a selection of treats to choose from. A three third plate will be left on your table with a selection of sandwiches, scones and sweet treats. Upgrade to the champagne lunch or buy a drink on board and after lunch head upstairs to the open rooftop. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it. The lunch cruise cost me approximately £45 for the Champagne lunch. You can also opt for dinner cruises with entertainment but these are considerably more expensive.
- Pampering: If you are in need of a bit of pampering head to Ten by Nails and get yourself a manicure/pedicure. This is located in Notting Hill, London and the service was good, quick and we did not need an appointment which was very handy for those last minute plans. The salon is very small but the results were great!
- Something a bit more chilled? There is an arcade center near the London Eye. This has everything from bowling alleys, a bar, pool, escape rooms and so much more. Namco Fun has a lot to offer.
I hope this helps you plan your trip to London and it hopefully narrows down the things you want to visit and to spend your money on! If you have any questions on any of these attractions be sure to ask!