By Jake Smith

There are so many things to do in London and it can become too much and too stressful to try and fit everything into a single trip to the capital city.
If it’s your first trip to the city, you will probably want to make sure you catch sight of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and all the other famous tourist attractions. However, if this isn’t your first trip, you might remember the huge amount of people swarming around these locations.

So make sure you spend some time away from the tourist hotspots to experience true London.

So how do you fill a trip to London with lots of great activities?

1. Park life

London has some brilliant public parks that are not only beautiful on a summer’s day but also full of interesting things to do and see whatever the time or the weather.

Visit one of the royal parks in Central London for a breath of fresh air, away from the chaos of the busy streets.

Take a trip south to Battersea park for some fantastic views over the river and the famous Battersea Power Station.

Or visit Hampstead Heath and get closer to nature by taking a swim in one of the public ponds

Click here to find out about Best Parks in London

2. Visit one of London’s historic pubs

Any trip to England would be incomplete without a tasty pint of English Ale in a traditional British Pub.

The Nags Head on Kinnerton Street is certainly traditional. Hidden amongst the shopping district of Knightsbridge, finding this pub is like travelling back in time to what pubs were like 200 years ago. However when you leave you find yourself back within the busyness of modern Central London.

The George Inn in Southwark is probably one of London’s most historic pubs. It used to be a coffee house and was visited by historical figures as famous as Charles Dickens.

Also, you could head to The Grapes in Limehouse. Not only is there a great view over the Thames and towards the looming skyscrapers of Canary Wharf but also the pub is part-owned by Sir Ian Mckellen, who played the character of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings!

3. Central London sightseeing

If you are planning on seeing London’s major attractions, my advice would be to fit it all into one day.

Pick and choose which attractions you would like to see and plan a route around on the bus (this way you will see most things at an affordable price). You can even walk between most central attractions; for example,Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace is just a short walk down The Mall. The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and a walk along Southbank also make for a good sightseeing afternoon.

Decide where you will spend most time and plan ahead.

4. See a view
One of the most amazing things to do on a trip in London is take a trip to somewhere where you can see across the landscape of the city. You may want to pay for a trip to the top of The Shard, the tallest building in western europe, or simply walk up to the top of Primrose Hill in regents park. Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath also has brilliant views over London’s Skyline.

See our selection of the Best views in London

5. Art and History
Once you step into the historical city of London, you are never far away from some famous history or art. To see some of Britain’s famous faces from the past, take a trip to the National Portrait Gallery. Visit the Natural History Museum for Dinosaur fossils and artefacts from the first ever British explorers. There is also a huge whale skeleton hung on the roof as you walk in through the door. If you after some weird and wonderful modern art then head to the Tate Modern on Southbank to challenge your mind to some interesting and questionable pieces of art.

See also our post about Best Museums in London

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