Sunday, August 6, 2017

5 Things to Do in London Your First Time

I can’t believe its already been a few weeks since I visited this beautiful city. Though Brandon and I were only in London for only a day and a half, we definitely made that day count. We took a bus ride, a boat ride, and walked 30,000+ steps in to experience this city. 

Here are 5 things to do if you’re visiting London for the first time:

1. Walk through the major sights
 Our first day in London, Brandon and I decided to walk to Big Ben. We looked at the map and didn’t realize how close everything was together. One minute we were in front of the Westminster Abbey, the next minute we were looking at Big Ben. These major sights are all within walking distance of each other.

The city of London is completely flat so I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and trekking through the city!

2. See the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace
This was the top of Brandon’s bucket list. Unfortunately they cancelled the changing of the guards the day we got to Buckingham Palace… it was still an incredible place to see. We walked through the Queen’s gift shop and got some awesome souvenirs for our family.

3. Rent a Bike and Ride Through Hyde Park
Since we only had a day and a half, we didn’t get a chance to do this. I would definitely recommend renting a bike from one of the bike sharing locations and riding through Hyde Park. The park is over 300 acres and they host concerts, carnivals, and other fun city events in the park. You can check out what events are happening in Hyde Park here during your next visit to London.

4. Ride a Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour
Getting on the Big Bus Tour or the Original London Tour is a great way to see the major sights and get to different neighborhoods all in one day. I personally have a mixed experience with the Big Bus Tour.

Our first half of the day on the Big Bus Tour was great. We got to see and hop off at the Tower of London and see the London Tower Bridge. We also got to take the boat ride (boat ride comes with the ticket!) on the river of Thames back to the House of Parliament/Big Ben area. 

But the trying to get on the Big Bus Tour the second half of the day was a mess. The three stops we tried to get to on the map were out of service… you would have thought they would have told you when you purchased the ticket or at least given you an updated map. Instead Brandon and I walked to these three different stops and saws the signs posted saying the Big Bus didn’t come to the stops anymore…

5. Walk through Borough Market
Again, since Brandon and I were on a time crunch, we weren’t able to walk through the Borough Market. If I were able to go back to London, I would definitely stop by to see this market! The Borough Market has everything from baked goods, to fresh produce, fish, and many places to eat. This is London’s oldest food market –it’s literally been in London for a 1,000 years… If you’re heading to London soon, you can learn more about the Borough market here

In essence, our time in London went by way too quickly. I’d recommend at least 3 days in this amazing city. Though I’m thankful for our time here, Brandon and I barely scratched the surface of seeing everything that London has to offer. I’m crossing my fingers that I get to visit someday soon!

Shop my London look (I actually wore this adorable palm romper underneath my chambray skirt!)

Thank you to Lilla P for the adorable skirt!

What are your recommendations on what to see, do or eat in London?

Thank you for reading!


  1. Lucky you. I really wanted to visit London all my life. Who knows, maybe I will visit it very soon.
    I love your cute outfit btw.

  2. London looks so gorgeous! I've never been but I envy you so much!