Things to do in Central London
One of the best spots to take in the city’s iconic skyline is the south bank of the Thames. Swoon at St. Paul’s, marvel at the Tate Modern chimney, gasp at Shakespeare’s Globe and schedule your arrival at Borough Market in time for lunch.
Trendy, fun, colourful and multicultural, Brick Lane is one of the most vibrant parts of town. Chow down on a traditional East End ‘beigel’, watch the world go by whilst you savour a coffee, grab a vintage bargain, and buy exotic spices from the Bangladeshi supermarket.
Harry Potter Studio Tour
The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studio in Watford is a must for kids and adults alike. Enjoy an immersive and interactive studio tour and stock up on memorabilia at the shop. It’s a short train ride from central London.
West End theatre
London’s ‘Theatreland’ is brimming with musicals and plays featuring famous faces and voices. Catch classics such as the Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables or try one of the West End’s newer productions.
At Borough Market, you can’t move for mouthwatering food. Provenance, expertise and independent traders are the order of the day. Expect ethical and exotic meats, tasty cheeses from near and far, organic goods and plenty of eat-in options.
Shop, shop, shop
Everywhere you turn, there’s shopping temptation: from the high street heaven of Oxford Street and Regent Street, the luxury and designer kingdoms of Knightsbridge and Bond Street, to the off-the-beaten-track boutiques you’ll find almost everywhere.
Central London’s best museums and galleries
Feast your eyes on 150 galleries of art, furniture, ceramics, metalworks, jewellery, costumes and other such things at this world-class museum
Discover the defining scientific and technological inventions of the modern world, follow more than 200 years of the ‘Information Age’ and lots more at the Science Museum.
Natural History Museum
Celebrating and showcasing the incredible aspects of the natural world past and present, the awesome Natural History Museum will captivate kids and adults alike.
Some of human history’s most important objects are on display at the British Museum, one of the world’s oldest and most revered cultural spaces. The mummies are always a favourite.
Get up close with wax versions of your favourite famous faces from the royal family to Hollywood A-listers at Madame Tussauds.
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum takes a sombre look at people’s experiences of modern warfare. Not all exhibitions are recommended for children.
Tate Modern and Tate Britain
Set within a spectacular space, Tate Modern has an exceptional collection of art from the 20th century. On the other side of the river, Tate Britain celebrates many eras of British art.
Royal Academy of Arts
The RA, an independent institution, is known and loved for championing a diverse and exciting range of artists and architects. The Summer Exhibition has legendary status.
The National Gallery
Some of the world’s most famous and iconic works of art are on display in the huge National Gallery. Prepare to be amazed.