10 Things You MUST DO in London

10 Things You MUST DO in London - Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guards, the theater, London Eye, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Thames River Boat, Churchill War Room, Pubs, Shopping at Harrods, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben! PLUS the BEST meal I've ever eaten! Don't miss this!

10 Things You MUST DO in London - Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guards, the theater, London Eye, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Thames River Boat, Churchill War Room, Pubs, Shopping at Harrods, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben! PLUS the BEST meal I've ever eaten! Don't miss this!

Last month, we took a trip across the pond! We spent a week and a half in London, England. This was my first time in London, and my first time in Europe with Chicken Legs!!! My parent's even tagged along for the trip! We had a blast!

We hit up all the must-see tourist spots and took some day trips. Today I'm sharing my Top 10 things that you MUST DO on your trip to London!! 

One of my least favorite things about the tourist sites in London is that you can't take pictures inside. If The Queen owns it, you can't take pictures inside. BOO!!! I did get lots of great photos outside and we did go several places that we could take inside pictures.



Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace - London, England
You can't go to London and not go to Buckingham Palace.
You must visit the Queen!

Buckingham Palace - London, England
We had tickets to visit the State Rooms. They were very impressive.
You'll just have to take my word for it since I couldn't take pictures inside! LOL!

 Changing of the Guards Buckingham Palace - London, England
We got to Buckingham Palace early for our State Room tour and got to see the changing of the guards.
You want to be on the ends of the palace to have the best view.

Changing of the Guards Buckingham Palace - London, England
We were on the side - towards the end.
We did get an up close view of some of the guards though!
Overall, I wasn't very impressed with the whole ceremony. 
It wasn't as polished and pristine as I expected. It is also LONG!
If you miss it, it is fine.

Gold State Coach - Royal Mews - Buckingham Palace - London, England
After our tour of the State Rooms, we went to the Royal Mews.
It is where all of the fancy carriages and horses are stored.

Gold State Coach - Royal Mews - Buckingham Palace - London, England
This is the Gold State Coach.
It was commissioned by George III in 1760.

Diamond Jubilee State Coach - Royal Mews - Buckingham Palace - London, England
This is the Diamond Jubilee State Coach.
It is a six-horse-drawn carriage that was made to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday but completion was delayed for nearly 8 years. Eventually, it became a commemoration for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It was first used at the State Opening of Parliament on 4 June 2014.  

Go to the Theater
Kinky Boots Aldephi Theater London England
London is like a NYC in that it has lots of incredible plays!
We got tickets to Kinky Boots and it was INCREDIBLE! INCREDIBLE!
It is on tour right now in The States - GO SEE IT!

The Nell Gwynn Pub London England
After the play, we walked around the corner and grabbed a drink at this fun pub.
It is really hidden. You'll miss it if you aren't looking for it.
It is TINY inside, but lots of fun! No food, just alcohol.

The London Eye
London Eye - London, England
I was SUPER excited to ride the London Eye!!
It is 443 feet high and has a diameter of 394 feet.

View from London Eye - London, England
The views are INCREDIBLE!
We got lucky and only had about 15 people in our pod.

View from London Eye - London, England

View from London Eye - London, England
The Hungerford Bridge and the Waterloo Bridge in the back.

View from London Eye - London, England

View from London Eye - London, England

View from London Eye - London, England
We were at the top of the wheel when the changing of the guards started.
You can see them marching at the Royal Mews.

View from London Eye - London, England

View from London Eye - London, England

View from London Eye - London, England

Get your tickets to the London Eye at the Boat Ticket Sales Booth - no line!!
You can pre-book your tickets for the London Eye.
If you don't get tickets in advance, you can buy them onsite.
I suggest getting skip the line tickets!
TIP - go to the right of the wheel base and buy your tickets at the Boat Ticket Sales and Entrance.
The line is super short and they sell the London Eye tickets!

You can also get tickets for a Thames River Boat ride here. (I talk about that later in the post)

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge - London, England
The Tower Bridge was my FAVORITE!!!

Tower Bridge - London, England
I could have taken pictures here all day. I just LOVED it.

Tower Bridge - London, England
We took a tour of the bridge. You take an elevator to the top and can get great views of the Thames.

Glass Floor Tower Bridge - London, England
They have a glass floor!!!!!

Glass Floor Tower Bridge - London, England
I was not too keen on this!

View of London from Tower Bridge - London, England
It was worth walking on the glass floor to get these views of London!

View of London from Tower Bridge - London, England

Thames River Boat
View of London Bridge from Thames River Boat - London, England
We took a boat ride up and back down the Thames River.
You just buy a boat ticket with a return trip. 
We started at the Tower Bridge. You can also get tickets at Big Big or the London Eye.

View of London Bridge from Thames River Boat - London, England
This is the London Bridge. Not as impressive as the Tower Bridge!

View of The Shard from Thames River Boat - London, England
The Shard

View of The London Eye from Thames River Boat - London, England
The London Eye

View of Big Ben and Parliament from Thames River Boat - London, England
Big Ben & Parliament

View of Big Ben and Parliament from Thames River Boat - London, England

View of Tower of London from Thames River Boat - London, England
Tower of London

View of Tower Bridge from Thames River Boat - London, England
Back to the Tower Bridge
We got back just in time to see it open!!!

Churchill War Room
Churchill War Rooms preserved from WWII - London, England
I'm not a big war history buff, but the Churchill War Rooms were FANTASTIC!

The Cabinet War Rooms are located beneath the Treasury building in the Whitehall area of Westminster. They became operational in August 1939, shortly before the outbreak of war in Europe. They remained in operation throughout the Second World War, before being abandoned in August 1945 after the surrender of Japan.

You get to walk through the whole underground complex that housed the British government's command center during WWII. There is also a museum about Churchill. It was really good!

Tower of London
Tower of London - London, England
The Tower of London was surprisingly fun!

Crown Jewels Tower of London - London, England
My favorite part of the Tower of London was seeing the Crown Jewels.
Guess what? You can't take pictures inside. But let me tell you, you've never seen diamond as big as the ones inside here! SO much gold and so many giant jewels!

Queen's House Tower of London - London, England
This guard is guarding the Queens house.

Beefeaters Tower of London - London, England
The Beefeaters were full of information and incredibly funny!
Talk to them. They also give free tours.

Animal Statues at  Tower of London - London, England
Back in the day, the Tower of London had animals that were given as gifts to the Kings and Queens.
Now there are fun wire statues that represent the animals that used to live there. 

Animal Statues at  Tower of London - London, England

Animal Statues at  Tower of London - London, England

View of the Tower Bridge from the Tower of London - London, England
You also get FANTASTIC views of the Tower Bridge from the Tower of London.

Shopping
Ice Cream at Harrods - London, England
Shopping could take up your whole trip in London!
We spend half a day in Harrods and still didn't see it all.

Ice Cream at Harrods - London, England
My favorite store in Harrods was the ice cream parlor!

Ice Cream at Harrods - London, England
SO GOOD!

Kitchen Aid Experience Store - London England
We also went by the KitchenAid Experience store.
Look at this mixer!!!!! I WANT ONE!

Selfridge's - London, England
The KitchenAid store is around the block from Selfridge's.
I loved Selfridge's! It was SO much less crowded than Harrods.

Cupcake Shakes at Selfridge's - London, England
Selfridge's also had tons of great sweets and treats!

Bond Street - London, England
You will want to walk down Bond Street.
It isn't far from Selfridge's.
It is full of crazy high end shops! It is the best window shopping around.

Covent Garden Market - London, England
Covent Garden Market is a fun indoor/outdoor market full of shops and restaurants.

Covent Garden Market - London, England

Prosciutto and Burrata at Prima Sapori Italia - London, England
We ate dinner at THE BEST place EVER!
Prima Sapori Italia - it is a block down from Covent Garden Market.

We started with the Prosciutto and Burrata. 
SO delicious!

Negroni at Prima Sapori Italia - London, England
Chicken Legs got a Negroni.

Carbonara at Prima Sapori Italia - London, England
We got a couple of pasta dishes to share.
The Carbonara - YUM!

Bolognese at Prima Sapori Italia - London, England
A plate of Bolognese - SO good!

Pizza at Prima Sapori Italia - London, England
We also got a pizza.

Pizza at Prima Sapori Italia - London, England
Ridiculous!
This was hands-down the best meal we ate in London.
I'm still dreaming about it!

Eat & Drink in a Pub
Fish and Chips at a London Pub
You can't pass up Fish & Chips when you are in London.

Burger and Chips at a London Pub
I'm not a big fish person, so I ate lots of hamburgers.


Fish and Chips at a London Pub
All the pubs are basically the same and have most of the same food.

Pizza at The Back Room - secret Hard Rock Cafe Pub - London, England
We stayed right around the corner from the Hard Rock Cafe.
The Hard Rock has a "secret" bar around the corner - The Back Room.
It is TINY and super cool. They have a limited menu and it isn't the same as the Cafe.
I got a pizza - because I LOVE pizza!

Burger and Chips at a pub in London, England


Guinness Beef Pie at a pub in London, England
I really liked the meat pies at all the pubs.

Guinness Beef Pie at a pub in London, England
This one was stuffed with Guinness Beef. I'm recreating this soon!

Nachos at a pub in London, England
All of the pubs had some form of nachos.
Most of them served them with pulled pork.
I found a place with CHICKEN!

The Dickens Inn - London, England
One pub deserves a special mention.
The Dickens Inn.
It was SO PRETTY!

The Dickens Inn - London, England
The food was great, and they were playing Christmas Music!
They played Christmas in Dixie by Alabama. 
We figured we were the only people in there that knew where Dixie was!

The Queens Boat - London, England
On our walk to The Dickens Inn, we passed a marina.
The were getting ready for a boat show and the Queen's boat was there!

The Queens Boat - London, England

The Queens Boat - London, England




Westminster Abbey & Big Ben
Big Ben London England
Big Ben is the symbol of London. It is silent right now because it is going through renovations.

Big Ben London England
I was just glad that the actual clock face didn't have scaffolding around it!!!

Big Ben and Parliament London England

Big Ben London England

Westminster Abbey - London, England
Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey - London, England
You can take tours of the Abbey, but you can't take any photos inside.

Westminster Abbey - London, England
If you don't want to take a tour, you can attend an evening service and see the inside.

Westminster Abbey - London, England

Westminster Abbey - London, England

We had the best time exploring London!!!

We took a few day trips while we were in London.
I will be telling you all about them next week.
You don't want to miss it! 
(Downton Abbey!!!)


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7 comments

  1. I loved London, I would love to go again some day. I hope you toured Westminster Abbey. I'm not a history buff either, but it is fascinating!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your adventure! I'll likely never go, but I'm glad you did. In the love of Christ to you and yours, Allen.

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  3. Thank you so much for your wonderful post! My husband & I have traveled to London a couple times with my parents who have friends in England. Reading this reminded me of my trips and now I want to go back!! And I'm adding Dickens Inn to my next trip!

    My father is a fish & chip fanatic! He always got the "mushy peas" with them and became fascinated with who had the best. Did you try them? My hubby loved the meat pies. I'm so looking forward to your Guinness Beef pie recipe!! I haven't felt adventurous enough to try and make my own, but I trust your recipes to never fail me. (No pressure! Haha!) ;)

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  4. Thank you for this post and I can't wait for next weeks (DA?). We are starting to plan a trip for next year.

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  5. Lovely photos! I'm planning a trip to London and I can't wait. I'm terrified of heights but I think I still need to do the London Eye.

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    1. I’m afraid of heights too. The pod for the London Eye is huge! You just feel like you are looking out the window. Not bad at all. You have to do it!!!!

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    2. I am scared of heights as well but was fine on the Eye. Pre-book your tickets so you do not have to wait-definetly worth the extra money!

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