We collected a huge list of fun things to do in London. Life is serious enough, right?!
Just browse through the list, and pick your favourite(s).
(Last updated in September, 2021)
We even added unique and immersive experiences in London. You will love for sure the unique Airbnb Experiences, offering exactly this. We created this list when staying at the 5 Star Hostels Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage. Find our brand new guide to the 3 best hostels in London.
You can find this trip on Airbnb Experiences and GetYourGuide. See many of the city’s greatest sights the way they were meant to be seen – from the river, on board the Thames’ biggest speedboat, fitted with suspension seating.
You’ll be welcomed at Tower Bridge Quay by your expert skipper and a personal tour guide for lifejackets and a safety briefing. The sound-system will be fired up with great British tunes and you’ll cruise down to Tower Bridge for the best of all selfies. Then hold tight as you take you on a 10 mile high-speed blast to the O2 Arena and back to Tower.
This is for sure a unique experience you could join with friends in London!
With this background, you can imagine that some weird things were going on here….right?!
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reasons, and you can actually see the Crown Jewels of the British Monarchy.
Get your guide mentions you spend around 60 minutes here, but we actually spent almost 3 hours here.
It’s really beautiful to walk around and admire. I recommend taking a guide to walk through the towers. There is quite some brutal and fascinating history hidden in these walls.
Good to know: While we found the Tower of London interesting, we don’t think it is something to do for families. It is way too long for kids, and some areas not even appropriate. Better go with the Harry Potter Tour 🙂
By joining the London Secret Bars Tour, you agree to their ethos that ‘Secrets are meant to be shared not revealed’
Follow Aisha into London’s historic streets as you discover secret bars often unknown to travelers and locals. The bars you will visit have passages, some require passwords for entry whilst others can only be accessed by appointments only. You will travel back in time to charming speakeasy bars, tasteful 1960s decor, unique themes, dim lights, and enjoy quality cocktails that also experiments with taste and textures.
Some of the bars have exclusive cocktails that have been designed to experience the history of cocktails through time.
This is an incredible cool idea for a date in London. Okay, you won’t have the privacy, since it is a group. But, it will be memorable!
Please note that drinks are NOT included in the price.
We personally love escape rooms. This team building and group activity is a serious hour of fun! Same as for our Amsterdam guide, we had a look on what is the COOLEST escape room in London.
AIM Escape Rooms is a premium entertainment brand, offering an unparalleled level of immersion, technology and storytelling that brings the revolutionary escape room experience to the heart of London.
Players will experience a level of involvement and immersion that confirms AIM Escape as the premium brand of choice for those who crave extreme challenges, complex narratives and hyper realistic sets and props.
Whether you are planning a corporate booking, birthday party, stag or hen party or just a trip with friends and family, AIM Escape is the perfect choice for you.
There is 4 different themed games at AIM Escape and each of them has multiple rooms within them.
Psychopath’s Den is the horror-themed spectacular
Patient Zero 2150 is a sci-fi room with added zombies
Spy Heroes provides fun for the whole family
Hangover Deja Brew is an adult only, 18+ party room!
Located in Whitechapel, just 2 minutes walk from Aldgate East, AIM Escape is in the perfect spot to provide a great day out! Prices start from £25 per person and each of the four games can be played by 2-5 people.
THE landmark in London – besides Big Ben. London Eye should be on your list of the most important places to visit in London.
It is touristy, obviously, yet unique and really cool!
Take a ride on the London Eye and experience the city from above.
We did it and had a blast. This is also a unusual thing to do here.
How to get your ticket? There are two basic tickets:
regular queue ticket
The queue can easily be up to 2 hours long…for us, this was way too long to spend our precious time in line here. There was even a line just for getting the regular tickets. In total, we would have waited around 3 hours.
Good to know: With the fast-Line-Ticket you need to pick up your voucher at the entrance next to London Eye.
With the skip-the-line-ticket you can even skip the ticket-line itself. So you are actually skipping two lines!
Pretty cool, right?! The video below gives you a pretty good idea.
8. Go up the Tallest Building – The Shard
One of the best views of London are from the viewing platforms of the Shard, with an unrivalled 360-degree view of the city.
This review I read before actually put it best: “We were a little unfortunate with weather as it rained and had not realised the top viewing point is open to the elements. Lesson learnt take a coat. We went early evening and managed to capture amazing views of the city by day and night. Well worth the visit and impressed no limit on time viewing.”
Therefore, bring a coat, time and your camera. We spent here around 2 hours.
With 360-degree panoramas of London from more than 300 metres above sea level, you will spot the iconic London Eye, Tower of London, St. Paul’s, the Thames and more.
Besides the view, my personal highlight was the high-speed elevetor.
After the elevator at Taipei 101 in Taiwan, it was the fastest I ever took. No worries, you won’t get dizzy or anything. It’s just a tiny rush, you almost do not feel it.
Good to know: The online entrance with Tiqets.com £6 cheaper than you would pay at the door.
Do you want a bit less party, but more cultural background of the nightlife in London? Then join this Soho Music and Historic Pub Tour. Experience hidden pubs, great beer and truly unique photo locations, as you discover the UK’s fantastic and hilarious musical past and present.
Check out where the Beatles recorded Hey Jude, where the Rolling Stones kicked off their career, where Jimi Hendrix partied hard and even a pub where The Who got banned for life!
Instant laughs are a comedy show featuring up and coming comedians across London, providing stand up comedy, you will have never seen before.
The performance roster features up and coming new comedy talent, experienced professionals and established TV names, who have performed on Live at the Apollo and Mock the week.
The shows are staged at the Grove, a London authentic, award-winning, modern Mediterranean restaurant.
It is just a short walk from Hammersmith tube station and the Apollo, a popular destination of celebrities, frequently visited by stars, such as: Alan Sugar, Rich Hall,Adrian Charles, Bill Baily and Olly Murs.
The shows run every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Here they have two professional comedians, a hilarious host, plus a feast of up and coming, comedy talent. There may even be a surprise celebrity guest, as they have had Phil Wang and Mr Love Island, Iain Stirling grace their stage.
If you fancy a laugh and want to see a comedy show unlike any other, the Tuesday and Thursday shows are from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, whilst Sunday shows are from 6pm to 8pm.
We covered the London Eye before, and yet, we have to mention it again. The Buckingham Palace, the Big Ben, and London Eye; all these places must be on your list for the most important places to visit.
This Club has become something of a hub for ping-pong players.
They provide not just table tennis, but also equipment for patron’s use. They have even a tournament called the King Pong Slam Jam!
Ready to be the king?
But that’s not all. In their own words, they are “Creative events and late night drinking 7 days a week with an alternative menu of brain-teasing & mind-expanding thought for food.”
This is the place to mingle with locals by day and night.
Have a look at this video. They show exactly what to expect.
43. Luxury Day Trip…to Paris!
Now, this is seriously UNIQUE and absolute luxury.
And, admittedly, quite an unusual one.
How about we hop on a train and visit Paris on a luxury level? Savor a Champagne lunch on the Eiffel Tower on this day trip.
Travel by Eurostar train from London and on arrival, take a panoramic coach tour of top Paris attractions including the Champs-Élysées and Opera House. After a glass of Champagne and 2-course lunch at a chic Eiffel Tower restaurant, enjoy a 1-hour Seine River cruise and either a guided visit to the Louvre or time at leisure.
The train takes around 2 hours from London to Paris. Unbelievable, right?!
Go back to your childhood and learn how to be a Hula Hula master with “The Indytute”.
They offer brilliant lessons. It is fun for every age and especially for couples.
What will you be learning?
Everything hoop related. Twirling and a whirling. Fantastic exercise for boosting energy, and getting an exercise routine going. You can work that hoop indoors, outdoors, work and at home; take your hoop with you wherever you go. Hula Schoola is the best work out for hip action!
Instead of a full day trip to Bath, Stonehenge and Windsor, you can also just visit the impressive Windsor Castle.
Windsor Castle is the most famous castle in the UK.
Want to see where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in 2018? Windsor Castle is the oldest and longest-inhabited castle on the planet – 39 kings and queens have lived here for over 1,000 years!
When you start thinking about this, it gives you goosebumps. At least, I do.
This day trip is for everyone interested in European and British history and castle. I would even argue kids will love it here – at least the castle part (not the paintings so much…).
Good to know: You can either take a train and bus from central London station to Windsor Castle or you can directly book the entrance ticket to Windsor combined with the transport. You can book the ticket with roundtrip here.
Either way, you really should prebook your entrance ticket online to pass the queues without any delay.
Sightseeing and activities is the most popular thing to do in London for couples. This list gives you a complete insight on what you can with your boyfriend, girlfriend and partner.
What is London best known for?
London is famous for more being the European New York City. It offers magnificent ancient buildings such as the Palace of Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Tower of London, London Eye, Art Galleries, and Big Ben. It is world famous for being one of the world capitals.
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