Earlier this year, Totally Driven explored some of the best places for new adventures in the UK. While these locations included fascinating and beautiful sites like the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall and the city-wide urban gallery of Bristol, there is still no place like the capital.
London has no shortage of interesting sites and activities. For a quintessential British experience, here are 7 of our top things to do in the UK Capital.
Go on the London Eye
The London Eye has been a recognisable part of the London skyline since the year 2000. The wheel takes you 135 metres above the ground, earning the Eye the title of the highest cantilevered observation wheel in the world. Go on it early in the morning to avoid the crowd and have your preview of the river Thames and central London.
Walk along the Tower Bridge
Another remarkable London architectural marvel, the Tower Bridge was built 120 years ago and is the most famous bridge that crosses the river Thames. From the elevated sidewalks, visitors can get stunning views of the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral, while travellers can purchase of a tour of the Tower Bridge Exhibition some 137 feet above.
The Culture Trip reports that this exhibit will take you to the very top of the bridge, with glass floors that allow you to look straight down to the road and the river.
Visit a Museum
You can spend a lifetime exploring London’s museums without running out of things to discover. Consider paying a visit to the massive British Museum, home of the Rosetta Stone, Elgin Marbles, and even a false mermaid mummy; or the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square, which features paintings like Botticelli’s Venus and Mars and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. If you’re looking for new galleries to see, The Guardian recommends touring the Royal Academy of Arts, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, and the Fotografiska.
Play the UK’s beloved numbers game
Although bingo has had a reputation as a game for old ladies, this classic game has recaptured the fascination of younger people in London with fun new twists. Choose between a classic bingo hall experience or a more modern version of the game like rave bingo. Although the look and feel of these bingo nights can vary greatly today, the core elements remain the same. Foxy Bingo explains that the mechanics of 90-ball bingo don’t necessarily change whether it has a touch of rave or other themes. It uses tickets consisting of 3×9 tables of numbers from 0 to 90. This remains the most popular version of bingo in the UK, as compared to countries like the United States and Canada, where people usually play 75-ball bingo.
Enjoy afternoon tea
Is there anything more quintessentially British than afternoon tea? The Telegraph reports that the tradition has its roots in the 1800s with Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. Today, people can enjoy afternoon tea in tearooms and hotels across London and throughout the UK. If your schedule allows, consider stopping at any of the roadside cafes for a much-needed afternoon snack and tea, fun people-watching, and views of the city.
Shop along Portobello Road and the Camden Market
For those looking to see what London’s markets have in store, head on over to Portobello Road in the posh Notting Hill neighbourhood on Saturdays for antiques, second-hand goodies, art, tea sets, vegetables, and souvenirs. You can also enjoy a full morning or afternoon at the Camden Market, a massive sprawl of around 200 stalls selling everything from furniture to fashion.
Have a picnic atop Primrose Hill
End your day with a postcard worthy view of London’s landscape by having a picnic at the top of Primrose Hill at Regent’s Park. It’s a great place to watch the sunset and enjoy views of the city bathed in golden light while having a snack and chatting with friends.