A great way to start your trip to London is with a city tour – it’s a quick and easy way to take in all of the famous sights and landmarks. One of the best types of tours is an open-top bus tour. The tours are run in a hop on hop off style which means if you ever feel like a closer look at one of the sights you can get off and get back on later. There are also more specific tours available like the Harry Potter Tour or even The Beatles Tour.
London is an art lover’s paradise with a brilliant selection of art galleries containing some of the best collections in the world. Two of the best galleries to visit are Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Tate Modern is Britain's national museum of modern art and contains work by artists such as Matisse, Pollock and Warhol. Make sure when you visit you see what’s on display in the Turbine Hall. The largest exhibition space in the building, the hall always has something exciting to see.
You can easily transfer from Tate Modern to Tate Britain by taking a quick boat trip across the river. Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world and you won’t want to miss your chance to see its great collection of paintings by the brilliant J. M. W. Turner.
London is the perfect place for shopaholics with its world famous department stores and shops from all the top fashion houses. Harrods is one of the most distinguished names in retail; opening in 1849 by Charles Henry Harrod, the store has seven floors and 330 departments. The store sells everything from the latest technology to high-end fashion as well as having 28 in-store restaurants.
If you’re a bit of a foodie then a great shop for you to visit is Fortnum and Masons. Founded in 1707, the beautiful store sells world-famous hampers and fine foods. If you visit in the summer you won’t want to miss the wonderful ice cream parlour they have inside.