10 Fun Things to do in London

The England’s capital city, London is a beautiful place with stunning historical landmarks, picturesque attractions, impressive cuisines and nice people. That’s definitely enough to satisfy a traveling soul. London has been one of the most popular tourist destinations. So far, it keeps on luring millions of visitors annually.

There are more than a hundred things to do in the city. From the museums like the National history museum and the museum of London to its parks like the Wimbledon Common and St. James Park, from its different gardens to the culture vulture, exploring the entire city might take you a long time. Hence trying different things on every visit is a usual thing to do.

Nonetheless, every visit is worth your time and effort especially for first time visitors. Here are the ten fun things to do when you are in the city. Check it out and you might include it in your itinerary.

10. Watch the Ceremony of the Keys
Ceremony of the Keys

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Also known as the gate-closing ritual, the Ceremony of the Keys is perhaps one of the most looked-for ceremonials that ensue every night at the Tower of London. This has been going on in a particular procedure or another since the 14th century. It starts when the chief Yeoman Warder who is garbed in Tudor Watchcoat meets the military escort with the members of the Tower of London Guard.

Did you know that the Ceremony of the Keys is a modernization of the securing of the gateways to the old town and garrison of the Gibraltar? It was reinstituted in 1933 by the Royal Gibraltar Regiment. Although the Monarch no longer lives in the royal palace, the Crown Jewels and many other treasures are still there hence the safeguarding of the stronghold. Before going to the place, you can book for e-tickets and make sure not to be late on your given schedule.

9. Visit the Puppet Theatre Barge
Puppet Theatre Barge

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An inimitable, fifty-seat marionette water-borne theater, the Puppet Theatre Barge takes place in Little Venice all throughout the year in the Richmond-upon-Thames during summertime. It is great for kids and adults as the theater embarks traditional children’s tales like the Brer Rabbit tales and Aesop’s Fables, drama stories by William Shakespeare and Federico Garcia Lorca, and contemporary original plays.

It was founded in 1979 with the aim of delivering and promoting excellent live animation and theatrical magic. Their official website allows you to book for a ticket online and lets you check their schedule of shows. You can also bring your three-year old up to ninety-year old family members with you.

8. Splish-splash at King’s Cross Pond Club
King's Cross Pond Club

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The United Kingdom’s first ever artificial freshwater community swimming pool, the Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club is a 40-meter length, natural, chemical-free pool made by Ooze Architects and artist. It was contrived and constructed by the BIOTOP and the Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd. It is to inspire visitors to come into the water and contribute in the connection as a part of empirical art.

The visitors are given access to eight changing rooms, loos, padlock lockers and showers. A lifeguard is roving around the area during opening hours and a viewing area is provided. And the management ensures the visitors’ safety while inside the area. You can make an online ticket booking to reserve limited slots.

7. Experience one of London’s Supper Clubs
London's Supper Clubs

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From Burmese to Persian, Japanese to Catalan, the London supper clubs offers inimitable and inexpensive feasting experience that lets you share a table with other gourmets over a sumptuous home-cooked dinner. Supper clubs have remained for long years and still carry on providing a vibrant nightlife, delicious supper, and cocktails. Usually, events are being posted on social media and occur at the host’s home.

Try out the Underground Supper Club by Basement Galley with the Cordon-Bleu trained Chef Alex Cooper’s masterpieces such as the ricotta and chervil pierogi with lime and samphire butter, almond tart with rhubarb crisp, banana sorbet and liquorice powder and many more; The Art of Dining, The Supper in a Pear Tree, Singles Supper Club, Una, Gingerline, The Town House, Jackson and Levine, Bayou Banquet by Slap ya Papa, Wilton’s Music Hall and more.

6. Explore the Hunterian Museum
Hunterian Museum

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One of the oldest anatomical, pathological and zoological specimen collections in the country is displayed in the Hunterian Museum. It is established on the objects collected by the surgeon and anatomist John Hunter (1728 to 1793). The museum consists of approximately 3,500 anatomical and pathological arrangements, fossils, portraits and illustrations. Not to mention the specimens contributed by Edward Jenner and Sir Joseph Banks.

The skeleton of the 7-foot 7-inch tall Irish giant Charles Byrne is exhibited at the Hunterian Museum. It also includes the 17th century surgical apparatus assortments, carbolic sprays used by Lister, the antiseptic surgery pioneer, megatherium tooth given by Charles Darwin and the Winston Churchill’s dentures. Take note, the megatherium is an extinct giant sloth. The museum opens every Tuesdays to Saturdays.

5. Stroll around the Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square

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A public square in the city, the Trafalgar Square has been used for several gatherings and political demonstrations including the Bloody Sunday and the first Aldermaston March. Before the early 21st century, the square was famous for its undomesticated pigeons. It oftentimes holds cultural events, performances, shows and other activities by the fountains.

At the middle of the square by the fountain, you can see the Nelson’s Column guarded by four colossal bronze lion sculptures. Surrounding the area is the National Gallery, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, The Mall, Whitehall and the Strand. The famous Fourth Plinth is also housed in the square. During Christmas, the largest Christmas tree in London stands which reminds as an annual gift from the Oslo City.

4. Admire luxury yachts in St Katharine Docks
St Katharine Docks

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Located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, St Katharine Docks used to be one of the commercial docks of London. Now, the docks have become famous as a housing and leisure compound. In 1968, the complex was closed and sold to the Greater London Council due to the incapability to manage with huge modern vessels. Today, it homes offices, public and private housing, a large hotel, shops and restaurants, a pub, a yachting quay and other frivolous amenities.

On the east dock, you can see the anchor of the wrecked Dutch East Indiaman Amsterdam exhibited at the entrance. It is subjugated by the City Quay housing development with more than 200 private flats overseeing the marina. Although it does not serve as a commercial dock, the St Katharine Docks are still used by minor to medium-sized boats on a day-to-day basis.

3. Step inside the Tower Bridge exhibition
Tower Bridge

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An iconic symbol of London, the Tower Bridge serves as a bascule and suspension bridge in the city. It is designed with bridge towers knotted together at the higher level by two parallel pathways. This is to ensure any tension forces of the suspended fragments of the bridge on the inland edges of the posts. From its original mid greenish-blue color, it was tinted red, white and blue in 1977 for Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee.

The Tower Bridge Exhibition has been another tourist attraction in the city of London since 1982. It holds the history of the bridge and the main reason of the existence of the bridge. Experience walking in the glass floor and be amazed at the panoramic sights from the high-level walkways and the Victorian Engine Rooms. With this, you are enabled to witness how the steam engines lift the most popular bridge in the country.

2. Watch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony
Changing of the Guard Ceremony

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One of the most watched ceremonies in the country, the Changing of the Guard is a ceremony where the Old Guard turns over responsibility of protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace to the New Guard. Expect a perfectly turned out sentinels, meticulous drill and bands playing rousing melody. Hence the city is famous for demonstrating British pomp and ceremony. Remember that the guard that looks after the Buckingham Palace is called The Queen’s Guard.

Now, the ceremony takes place every day and be sure to arrive at least an hour before the ceremony so you could find the best spot for you because the ceremony attracts numerous visitors even during winter. The best spots are near the railings just in front of the palace, the steps of the Victoria Monument, and the Spur Road on left side facing the royal palace. Moreover, the ceremony takes place between three locations, Buckingham Palace, St. James Palace and Wellington barracks.

1. Explore Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Finally, don’t leave the city without exploring the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is actually built for the Summer Olympics 2012 and the Summer Paralympics 2012. It is the home of the athlete’s Olympic Village and numerous sporting sites such as the Olympic Stadium, London Aquatics Center and the London Olympics Media Center. You can overlook the park from the ArcelorMittal Orbit which is an observation tower and listed as Britain’s largest piece of public art.

Originally, the park was called Olympic Park and later on renamed to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Allow your kids to splash in the fountain, dine at the Timber Lodge Café and the Podium Bar and Kitchen, visit the nearby sites and walk around the park. Plan your visit in London and take this list of fun things with you.