Tourist Recommendations + Places To Stay In London

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
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Back in August, I visited London for my birthday and visited quite a few places that I've never been to before. I have visited London around four times, the first time was with my school choir as we sang at the Royal Albert Hall and afterwards we visited the Natural History Museum, Harrods and a bus tour...in the pouring rain, typical English weather. There are so many incredible sites, museums and tours around London but here are some of my recommendations:

Buckingham Palace
Until last year I didn't know that you could buy tickets to have a tour of Buckingham Palace so in August we booked a tour and it was fantastic. After walking through St James Park we went on a tour of the state rooms and then the gardens of Buckingham Palace - the gardens were my favourite part of the tour. I would say that the shops and garden cafe are a little pricy and the tour isn't guided, you just get a little tablet with audio/video to watch as you walk around which was a little disappointing; however it's an incredible palace and it's definitely one of the sites you need to visit in London.

Harrods
As well as the all of the famous and historic sites around London, it's also a shopping paradise (if you can stand the crowds). Oxford Street, Regents Street and of course, Harrods are the places to visit as well as Liberty London, Fortum & Mason and the massive Lush store on Oxford Street - I wanted to visit the Lush store in August but sadly we didn't have enough time.
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Tower Of London
Another site that I cannot recommend enough is the Tower of London as not only is it such an amazing site of historic importance but it's also home to the Crown Jewels. The tickets are a little expensive if you are in a group but it's so worth it, especially if you go on a tour with a warden of the guard - just go through the entrance and you'll see a sign for the tour which is free and very entertaining/informative - don't just walk around on your own as you won't get as much as you can out of your visit.

St James Park
London is home to quite a few parks and I've only really been in Hyde Park and St James Park, both of which are gorgeous places of calm in such a busy, bustling city but I think that out of the two, St James Park has to be my favourite! It also has a great cafe too which is great for tourists as there are lots of hot meal options and it is a great location near Horse Guards Parade, The Mall and Buckingham Palace.

Places To Stay In London
Lastly, a unique option of where to stay in London if you're only going to be there for a few days or a few weeks and instead of staying in a hotel, you can actually live in the city that you're visiting. The Urban Retreat Luxury Apartments are beautiful short stay apartments in Mayfair which look absolutely incredible. Don't get me wrong, I like hotels but I think it would be amazing to stay in a beautiful apartment and to live in the city rather than just visiting or staying in hotels.

There are two, three and four bedroom options and their penthouse apartments are located near Hyde Park and Oxford Street with modern facilities. All of the apartment interiors look so beautifully designed and I think it would be a wonderful to stay there even just for a few nights, I can dream can't I!

Do you have any tourist recommendations of places to stay or visit? Have you visited London? 

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18 comments

  1. This are such fab recommendations! Buckingham Palace is one of my favourite places to see in London but that whole area is always heaving! Harrods is a definite must as well! xx
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  2. I love this post! Buckingham palace is one of my favourite places to visit! Xx

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  3. I would love to stay in London for the weekend.There is so much to do there! x

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  4. I love Harrods we managed to get a grotto slot and visited last week, it was magical. X

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  5. You've given me the urge to visit London again! Loved the post! xx

    Beautylymin

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  6. I live in London and want to stay in those apartments for a night or two x

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  7. Awww such a great post and great places! Tower of London is a great day out!

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  8. Me and my partner usually visit London once a year as there's so much to explore! Such a fun and fab place.
    Alice Xx
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  9. I could spend hours in Harrods. Their food court is insane! So many delicious delicacies.

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  10. This was really interesting to read. I love London but hate going there at the moment as my anxiety is so bad. This has some brilliant information for those who haven’t been before though x

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  11. this map is sooooooo cute!!!!!! I LOVE harrods too!!

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  12. I haven't been to London in over 10 years, I really need to go again soon - try it out as an adult :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  13. It's so funny, I live here but rarely go to any of these places.....just because of how busy they can be! x

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  14. So many fab recommendations - I only ever really get to see the inside of tube stations these days haha! x

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  15. I love taking the time to be a tourist in London - I’m only about 30 minutes away and don’t do it enough! Thanks for the reminder re Buck Pal - I’ve never been!

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  16. Those luxury apartments look beautiful! I adore London and I'm going in a couple of week's time - specifically for Winter Wonderland of course xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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