Travel tips: Top five things to do in London

Jessica Tondt

Senior Editor

 

If you are staying in Wroxton, whether for a semester or short-term trip, you will be visiting London.
London is this big city everybody hears about in the movies, but what is there to do? Similar to New York City, London has a wide range of activities from sight-seeing, to pub crawls, to theater performances. In order to make the most of your trip to London, make sure not to skip out on these five things!

1. Tower of London
The Tower of London is picturesque and beautiful. You will see historical information hanging from the walls as you pass through the rooms and the stone passageways. You can walk through the rooms were prisoners were held and tortured during times of war. There are even live historical reenactments! However, this just leads up to the big reveal of what is in the actual Tower. Inside the Tower are the Royal Crown Jewels. These jewels are absolutely breathtaking and a must-see. There are rooms full of precious jewelry and expensive decorations. In the Tower, you will even see the jewels the Queen wore at her coronation.

2. National Gallery
The National Gallery is a HUGE art gallery full of wonderful art. In here, everybody will find something that interests them, even if it is the building itself, which is beautifully crafted. The National Gallery has rooms upon rooms of all kinds of art from every period of time imaginable. Block out a good part of your schedule to duck in and hide out in the National Gallery because you could be in there for hours. I’m not kidding. The National Gallery will suck you right in and by the time you look at your watch, hours will have passed. Even if you are not all that interested in art, check it out anyway. It’s free!

3. Buckingham Palace
As a child, remember hearing about the guards with the funny, furry hats that are not allowed to move? Well, they are allowed to move! You can see them move in front of Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard. The guards enact a special routine in which the current Palace guards change positions with other guards. It’s a fun and quirky tradition to see in action.

4. Tea Time
If you have never had a proper afternoon tea, time to make a reservation! Tea time is essential when traveling in England, as many of you who went to Wroxton understand. Enjoying tea time at a hotel café or a tea room is one of the more relaxing and delicious things you can do while in London. Afternoon tea can last anywhere between two and three hours, depending on how many people are in your party. You start off with selecting from a wide range of teas and coffee. Once your tea has been delivered, the first course of food arrives. You’ll have little sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres to pick at. Then the pastries arrive, including fresh-out-of-the-oven scones! You get to taste delightful food along with sipping you tea and enjoying your company.

5. Local Pubs
There is no better way to experience London then acting like a local and having a few drinks at some cool pubs. London is full of awesome pubs. Whether you like extravagant décor or unique drinks, there is a pub for everyone in London. If you are not satisfied with a pub your friend picked, don’t worry, there will be another pub just around the corner.

 

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