What to do on your first time in London

London is a city that is on everyone’s bucket list. Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace are all sights that have many of us have grown up with, so naturally, on one’s first time to London, many tourists flock from one tourist spot to the next. However, there is much more to London than the tourist attractions, and while it definitely is fun to visit these, I recommend mixing it up with some other activities that locals enjoy too.

Here are my top 5 activities to do on a first time visit to London:

Visit Borough Market
Borough Market is London’s oldest market, historically home to dozens of fresh produce vendors. Today, many of those vendors remain, but along with them, you’ll also find a host of prepared food – think pulled pork buns, delicious paella, and the best doughnuts of your life at Bread Ahead bakery. Spend a morning strolling through the market and soaking up the vibe

See a West End play
Apart from New York, London is the only city in the world where you have a huge variety of theatre at your doorstep. While off West End plays can be equally good, the blockbusters like Lion King, Aladdin or Matilda that are found on the West End (around Leicester Square) are always a memorable addition to your trip. Tickets are expensive and get sold out quickly, so make sure you plan in advance

Take a stroll through an interesting neighbourhood
London is a very pedestrianized city, and the best way to feel grounded is to walk the streets. Some great areas to walk around in are Covent Garden, Oxford Street going into Bond Street, Primrose Hill and Marylebone. Another great walk is to stroll along the Thames passing Tate Modern, all the way to Westminster

Picnic in Hyde Park
If you’re visiting in the summer, this is the perfect time to take a picnic basket to Hyde Park. As soon as the weather passes 23 degrees celcius, Londoners flock to the parks to soak up some much needed sun. It’s a great atmosphere, and the parks are very well taken care of, so you can happily spend an afternoon reading a book and enjoying some snacks

Enjoy the museums
Did you know that all London’s museums are free? Apart from special exhibitions, you can visit all of them for as long as you like and not pay a penny. My favourite museums are Tate Modern and the Natural History Museum. These are truly world class and are a must do on your trip

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