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What to do in London – Your Ultimate Guide

Who else is fascinated by the cosmopolitan city of London?

If you ask us, London pretty much has it all. It’s one of the world’s top destinations for students, it’s a business and commercial hub, plus it’s also an iconic destination for travellers from all over the world.

Now, London has so much to offer, especially for those who have decided to pursue their studies in the UK (

We’ve picked out some hot spots to help you enjoy the city to the fullest, from historical architecture to famous landmarks, there’s plenty to see and do. Better yet, we’ve arranged them below in such a way that you can walk from one location to the other.

If you’ve got some time before school starts, grab some essentials like the Oyster card and an umbrella, and get ready to explore London!

#1: Start Out at The London Eye and Stroll Along The Thames

what to do in london

To start off your day, head to the London Eye and snap a few pictures. Then stroll down South Bank, an entertainment and commercial district that’s next to the Thames River.

While you’re at South Bank, keep your eyes (and ears!) open for the skilled street performers in the area. If you’re heading there in the summer, South Bank also regularly hosts festivals and other fun events.

#2: The Big Ben and Houses Of Parliament

From South Bank, make your way to the Big Ben - this is one of London’s best-known landmarks, and a definite must-see in London. Fun fact: not many people know this, but the Big Ben refers to the 14-ton bell that’s housed in the Elizabeth Tower, and not the tower itself.

big ben and house of parliament

Once you’re done here, head to the Houses of Parliament, including the Palace of Westminster, which is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Regardless of whether you’re into architecture, these historical buildings are both awe-inspiring and intriguing.

#3: Buckingham Palace & Trafalgar Square

Next, move on to the Buckingham Palace, which is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. There are actually specific dates in which the Palace is open to the public; if you’re keen on checking it out, you may find the dates on the Royal Collection Trust’s website.

buckingham palace

From Buckingham Palace, your next pit stop will be Trafalgar Square, a lively place where locals and tourists congregate to shop, eat, and sight-see. Here, you’ll see Nelson’s Column, a monument that was built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson who died in the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar.

#4 - Piccadilly Circus (London’s Shopping District)

After all that history and culture, it’s time for a bit of shopping! Head to Piccadilly Circus, and knock yourself out.

piccadilly circus

If you want to get some souvenirs for your friends, we recommend hitting The Cool Britannia, which has pretty much anything you could possibly want or need.

#5 - End The Evening At Leicester Square

To end the day, walk to Leicester Square, which is a glitzy area with a myriad of movie theatres.

leicester square

Here, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and eateries to fit any budget, so sit down and grab a bit before heading back to your hotel.

Enjoy London for What It Is

It is possible to visit a number of major sites in London within a day, but what you’d experience is really just the tip of the iceberg.

There’s so much going on and flowing through the city, powered by London’s multicultural charm and vibrant, thriving city life.

Keen to study and live in the UK and take in the magnificent city of London?

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