I was in London during the Queen's Jubilee, so there were many additional exhibits and events going on, but the one thing that was a must do for me was Stonehenge. Astral Tours had a half-day "behind the ropes" tour that got you there right as it closed to the public. You could go behind the fence and touch the stones. It looks like they still offer it: http://www.welcome2britain.com/stonehenge_access_tour.
Besides the museums, we attended a chamber concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/jserv/concerts/index.jsp The acoustics are amazing.
I also really enjoyed the Tower of London, seeing the crown jewels. It sounds cheesy, but taking one of those double-decker bus & river cruises right when you get there helps you get your bearings and is jet-lag friendly.
We were able to get great same day tix to Mamma Mia in the West End, which was a new show back then, so you should check out what shows are running now.
If you end up there in the May, then the Chelsea Flower Show is amazing to see.
I hope this info is helpful. Have a great time on your trip! over 9 years ago
Stonehenge is wonderful, as is Avebury, but this is not close to London and will require a good day trip out.
If you have a limited time, then my suggestions would be:
Tower of London
Walk past Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade, Cenotaph
Chose a museum - Tate, Tate Modern, British Museum, Natural History etc
Shopping! over 9 years ago
Hop on hop off bus.walk around central London.
Westminster & a walk along the Thames. Some of the attractions are near each other and are best taken in by walking to appreciate the grandeur of the streets, parks and buildings. Downing Street, Horse Guards Parade, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, the Mall.
Tower of London & Tower Bridge.
Trip down river to Greenwich where the Maritime Musemn are located, Greenwich Observatory and perhaps an old sailing ship/a trip down river to the Thames Barrier
If you like musemns the Natural Musemn & Science Musemn in Kensington are worth it however very large and might take up alot of your limited time.
A Jack the Ripper walking tour if you're into that kind of thing in east London.
A trip up river to Hampton Court Palace.
A ride on the London eye.
A show in the West End
Covent Garden, lovely atmoshere, great restaurants.
London nightlife, I think around Piccadiily Circus for e.g.
Day trip to Windsor.
Madame Tussards wax works if you're into that kind of thing & nearby Planeterium. over 9 years ago
Having been to London lots of times, I can only concur with the others - lots of great choices. If you are a bit like me and do not have to visit every museum, but prefer just being in London, walking to and around Covent Garden is great, as is relaxing in Hyde Park and in the Kensington/Notting Hill- area. Best of all - 3-4 days in London will only make you want to come back. :-) Have a nice trip. :-) over 9 years ago
I don't think anyone has mentioned it yet or at least not in depth, but definitely make sure to see a show in London's West End! It still remains one of my absolute favourite things to do in the capital, and most of the theatres are very central so you could easily go after a day's sightseeing if you are only in town for a few days. There are loads to choose from and I don't know if you're travelling alone or as a family, but Shrek the Musical (http://www.shrekthemusicaltickets.org) has just opened and is a great night out. If you want something a bit more nostalgic then Dreamboats and Petticoats (http://www.dreamboatsandpetticoatstickets.org) is a fantastic jukebox musical, and if you're a girly girl then Legally Blonde (http://www.legallyblondetickets.co.uk) is a safe bet!! Alternatively, Billy Elliot (http://www.billyelliotlondon.org) is an overall crowd-pleaser. Enjoy your trip! over 9 years agoAnswered by TheatreGirl via Travellr.com
For sure go to the Tower of London. I have lived in London for many years and only got round to seeing it last summer. I couldn't believe I hadn't been already. A really fun day out. It is also nice in the winter time as they have an ice skating rink in the old moat which my friends have always said was fun. The reason I went was someone bought me and my wife attractions vouchers which we could spend on many London attractions - http://www.theatreticketvouchers.com we were able to get a good deal, and even had enough to go on the London Eye (again!) but at night which was really fun...!
I also support the above posts about the theatre! Make sure you go - very entertaining! almost 9 years agoAnswered by JW via Travellr.com