You’ve probably seen England’s capital in the movies and read about it in novels – London’s streets, buildings and parks were made for a scenic narrative (or your next vacation). With WestJet’s low fares and non-stop flights, London is getting a whole lot closer. It’s time you experience some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities. Here are our top ten things to do in England’s capital city:
Visit Buckingham Palace
The official residence of Queen Elizabeth herself, Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence for UK’s sovereigns since 1837. Although it’s primarily used for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public every summer. Whether you’re a first-timer to London or a royal aficionado, this central London Palace is not to be missed.
Discover history at Tower of London
Within the walls of the Tower of London you’ll find deep-rooted history of a royal palace, a powerful fortress and an infamous prison. Learn about the Royal Beasts that inhabited the Tower; get a hold of traditional armour and marvel at the world-famous Crown Jewels. The Tower of London will give you more than enough history and stories to share once back home.
See Tower Bridge
A must-see defining landmark in London, Tower Bridge is the city’s most picturesque bridge. Located right beside Tower of London, you can walk across or up the bridge, pose for your “I’m in London” picture or excitedly wait for the bridge to lift. Even better, walk in the footsteps of the unsung heroes and uncover their stories in the Victorian Engine Rooms, the heart of Tower Bridge.
Indulge at Borough Market
Monday to Saturday, plan to eat one of your meals at Borough Market, London’s most renowned food market. Near Tower Bridge, it’s an exceptional source for British and international cuisine and fresh produce. From handmade chocolate truffles to British fish and chips, fresh pasta and roasts, we’re sure this market will satisfy your palate.
Stroll through Hyde Park
London’s Hyde Park is one of the world’s greatest city parks that spans over 350 acres. While walking through the park it’s likely you’ll forget you’re in central London. The park is home to Kensington Palace, Diana Memorial Fountain, the Serpentine Gallery and the famous Achilles statue. Whether you need to escape the city, get some exercise or explore the park’s many features, it’s an area not to be missed.
Enjoy Museums for free
There are plenty of free activities and attractions in London, including many of the city’s remarkable museums. Visit the British Museum where you can retrace the history of humankind. Come face to face with dinosaur skeletons and a giant blue whale model at the Natural History Museum. At the Victoria and Albert Museum you’ll view more than two million art pieces. With museums galore, it’s no surprise London is one of the world’s most cultured cities.
Shop at Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf is home to many of the UK’s leading businesses, but it also has great shopping and dining, seven days a week. It’s a sleek and modern area, boasting more than 200 shops, with all the major high-street chains. Look for big names like Zara and British fragrance store Jo Malone London. If you can avoid the weekday lunch rush, it’s one of London’s most chill shopping areas.
Visit Westminster Abbey
Coronations, royal weddings and royal burials – it all takes place here. Westminster Abbey is a royal church and World Heritage Site with over a thousand years of British history. It’s open to the public for the majority of the year and offers audio guides in eleven languages, and a unique verger-led tour. Don’t miss out on this remarkable building that has hosted some of Britain’s most significant historic moments.
Walk through Notting Hill and Portobello Market
In the affluent neighbourhood of Kensington you’ll find Notting Hill, a cosmopolitan and multicultural neighbourhood known for its iconic and charming pastel-colour houses. Here you’ll find world-famous events, restaurants and the thriving Portobello Road Market. The market has stalls offering everything from antiques to posters, clothes, music and produce.
See all of London at Sky Garden
Sky Garden is a unique public space in central London where you can relax and dine with an uninterrupted 360-degree view of London. It’s the highest garden in the city with exquisite landscaping, observation decks and an open-air terrace. Take in the stunning views anytime of the day, but make sure to book your free visit in advance online.
No matter what you’re interested in, there’s something spectacular waiting for you in London. So, what are you waiting for? Book your non-stop flight to London Gatwick from Calgary, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg. Seasonal start and end dates apply. Be sure to share your London travels with us by using #WestJet on Instagram and Twitter!