England’s capital city, London, is a bustling place bursting with life. Thousands of visitors flock to this brilliant city every year to enjoy the exciting activities, stunning skyline and lush green areas. Whether you’re looking for a packed sightseeing break, relaxing weekend or a mixture of both, London is the perfect destination.

The city is a great place to visit with family and friends, and you’ll never be bored. There are many fantastic things to see and do in London; below is a guide to five of the top reasons people visit this great place.


1) Shopping

If you love to shop in the high street stores, then London’s Oxford Street is definitely the place you should visit. It has approximately 300 shops and is Europe’s busiest shopping street. Many large department stores and retail chain stores’ ‘flagship’ branches are on Oxford Street.

However, if you love a bargain and aren’t afraid to barter then you should definitely visit Camden Market. This eclectic mixture of stalls will give you a once in a lifetime experience of London’s markets and you might just bag a bonanza.

London has one of the best transport systems in the world with its famed underground.

If you’re looking for more expensive, upper class stores, then you should check out Bond Street and Regent Street. Bond Street in particular has been home to high end fashion stores since the 18th century, and you’ll find many unique shops as well as recognisable brands.


2) Food

Another fantastic reason to visit London is the food. At one point in every lifetime, everybody should taste a famous Great British Roast. Many Brits enjoy this scrumptious meal every week, and you can’t leave London without tasting this iconic dish.

As well as the British Roast there are many other fantastic English meals that you can feast upon. London is full of great restaurants specialising in British food, catering for every budget, so there’s really no excuse. Britain is famous for its delicious cuisine, and this is definitely a great reason to visit London.


3) Tourist Attractions

If the food and shopping aren’t good enough reasons, then the vast amount of tourist attractions are sure to pull you in. Whether you want to visit Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Royalty, or take a river cruise down the Thames, you’re spoilt for choice.

The most popular attractions include; The London Eye – a giant ferris wheel offering spectacular views of the big city – and Big Ben, the famous clock tower attached to the Houses of Parliament. You may also want to visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels, or take lots of photos with wax works of celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s.

If art, museums and libraries are more your style, then why not visit The Tate Modern or the National Art Gallery, both of which offer free entry. You can also take a look at the British History Museum, the National Library to name just two more in the area.


4) Theatre

After New York’s Broadway, arguably the next most famous theatre area in the entire world is London’s West End. With musicals, plays and dance showing every night of the week – and most afternoons – you are sure to find something you enjoy.

thames london
The river Thames flows through London.

If you are a theatre lover then this reason in itself should draw you to London. Many famous actors and actresses have taken to the stage in London’s West End, and it’s definitely worth catching a show if you’re around. Be aware though that you may have to book quite far in advance, especially for the most popular musicals.


5) Always Something New

Even if you’ve been to London before, there is always something new to do or see. Whether you go to see a different show at the theatre, experience an exciting event at the O2 arena, or explore some of London’s hidden treasures, there is always something new to do in England’s capital.



With so much going on it’s easy to see why so many people love visiting London. Whatever kind of holiday you’re looking for, and whoever you’re going with, London is a great destination.



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