London, England is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. And for good reason! The city is rich in history, the arts, and has plenty to do. Even the well-seasoned traveler will be enchanted by the city’s many sights.

 

When to Visit

The best time to visit London is during the spring season. The temperatures are moderate and the many parks are in full bloom. You also don’t have to worry about the cold of winter and the heat of the summer. However, if you’re looking to save money, consider a different time of year. Because spring is the nicest time of year to visit, many tourists head to London during this time. This means that hotels and flights will be more expensive!

 

You’ll have an easier time finding prices if you visit during the fall or winter months. Keep in mind that during the winter, you’ll have to fight the chilly weather and that London is a popular destination over the holidays.

 

Essential Attractions

The British Museum is one of the city’s must-sees. Here, you’ll find something for everyone, whether it be its beautiful architecture or many artifacts. As a bonus, entry is free. You can’t argue with that, especially in a pricier city such as London! Consider blocking off at least a few hours to do this museum justice!

 

The Tower of London is one of the city’s most famous structures. Here you can explore its many towers, visit the stunning collection of crown jewels, and learn about the tower’s bloody history. Despite the high price of admission and the daunting lines, the Tower of London can’t be missed.

 

Big Ben is one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Attached to Britain’s House of Parliaments, this beautiful clock tower is a source of pride for England since it has survived through a World War. While tours are not available for the inside of the clock, you can get a tour of the attached House and that can be a great way to learn the history of the structure.

 

Buckingham Palace is a no-brainer for the London traveler. This incredible castle is home to the Queen herself and is also the location of the changing of the guards. The summer is the most convenient time to visit the palace, as it is only open during select dates in the winter months.

 

Lesser-Known Gems

Little Venice is aptly named because it is essentially a mini version of the famous Italian city. Located right near Paddington Station, it is home to stunning residences, quiet views, and waterside dining and attractions.

 

Thames Path is a 184-mile-long hiking and walking trail that follows England’s pride and joy river, the Thames. Walking along the path will give you a wide variety of views from rolling landscapes to bustling city life. Perfect for the quiet adventurer.

 

Foods to Try

You cannot go to London without getting a basket of fresh Fish and Chips. This comfort dish is often made with a mild, white flesh fish, and traditional french fries and then is served alongside vinegar and mushy peas. Don’t miss this delicious fried meal!

 

Pies and Mash are another staple British dish that you will want to track down in London. Don’t get confused with sweet fruit pies or Sweeney Todd pies, these are succulent meat pies, baked to perfection and served with creamy mashed potatoes.

 

Sticky Toffee Pudding is a delectable dessert option to finish out your meal. Created in Scotland, this sticky, gooey dessert migrated to London and I am not complaining. A delicious sponge cake filled with dried fruit and covered in toffee – it is to die for!