Selecting countries and cities to visit during a round-the-world trip isn’t the only task ahead of efficient travel planners. What about the monumental beacons, the hidden hotspots, and the must-see sights? Rich Traveler has developed a blueprint of sights-to-see and activities-to-do within each country and visiting cities. Sure we might not be able to see them all, but we can sure as heck try!
Follow us to The Big Smoke, The Swinging City, The Square Mile: London
Inspect the streets for Sherlock Holmes’ house, fashioned like the one depicted in books, with the famous pipe and chair.
Strike a pose in an infamous red phone booth.
Take a trip back in time at the Museum of London.
Visit the Bristish Museum, a museum established in 1753 and dedicated to human culture and it’s beginnings. It is said to contain over 8 million works, one of the largest in existence.
Tour the Tower of London. Damaged during WWII by explosive bombs during the Blitz, this fortress has served as an armoury, menagerie (keeping of exotic animals), treasury, home to the crown jewels and royal mint, and even once housed figures who had fallen “into disgrace,” including Elizabeth I before she was anointed Queen of England and Ireland.
Find Speaker’s Corner and the Bombing Memorial in Hyde Park, one of London’s largest parks.
Visit the royal residence set in Kensington Gardens.
Stroll through the open-air walkways at the Tower Bridge.
Join the inter-active experience at the creepy macabre London Dungeon.
Stand before the only surviving residence of Benjamin Franklin at the Benjamin Franklin House on Craven Street.
Sit at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in London, and visit St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Find fresh fruits and vegetables at the Covent Garden. A tour south leads to the central square and a variety of street performers, Theatre Royal, and prestigious buildings.
Pose with the lions at Trafalgar Square. Built around the Charing Cross, this square is a central attraction and home to the grand Nelson’s Column, a variety of community gatherings, New Year’s celebrations, and even political demonstrations.
Photograph The Mall, a ceremonial route that runs from Buckingham Palace, to Admiralty Arch, and to Trafalgar Square.
Visit London’s giant chiming clock, Big Ben, now named the Elizabeth Tower. It was built in 1858 and houses the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world. (It is also the third tallest standing clock tower in the world.) Fun fact: During WWI it was silenced for two years and the face darkened at night to guard against attacks by German airships.
Take in the view Monet loved so much at the House of Parliament, or Palace of Westminister.
While in Trafalgar Square, make a stop to The National Gallery, the fifth most visited art museum in the world.
Traipse the halls at Tate Modern gallery in the old power station.
Find the courtyard at London’s Neoclassical Somerset Building. The historic building now serves as an ice skating rink in the winter, a site for popular films (James Bond, Sleepy Hollow, & The Duchess), a venue for large scale concerts, and a visual arts center.
Get our art fill at Southbank Centre, Europe’s largest venue for arts and exhibitions.
Stand in Shakespeare’s Globe. Little note: Originally the theatre was located on the Thames River, however, in time the river as lessened in size and the globe has since been moved and reconstructed farther away from the river.
Locate the slave clock, a clock once used in schools and kept time via pendulum, and refracting telescope at the Royal Observatory.
Dine at a “Curry House” along Brick Lane.
Take a ride on the London Eye.
Walk down London’s Strand.
Do as Nomadic Matt says: people watch on Sunday at Camden Market, a large retail market and visitor attraction.
Wake up bright and early to visit London’s wholesale food market, Borough Market.
Visit Portobello Market off Portobello Road to antique shop.
Watch the changing of the Buckingham Palace Guards at 11:30 a.m.
Tour Westminister Abbey, London’s Gothic church near the Palace. Fun fact: King Henry I, Joan of Acre, Princess Margaret, Duke Kent and Prince William were all wed at Westminister Abbey.
in the dark at Dans le Noir (“in the dark”). Clever aye?
on gourmet hot dogs and champagne at Bubbledogs.
in tunnels, bridges, and staircases that make up English manor-like Beach Blanket Babylon.
on the best burgers, coke floats, and jam jar cocktails underneath a ceiling of graffiti at Meatliquor.