As someone who’s a huge anglophile and has been to London more times than I care to count let me be the first to say no-one is an expert on London. That city is massive and beautiful and there’s no way in hell you can explore all of in a span of a week or 2. The first time I went I had a full month and that wasn’t enough. So I came back again and again, and each time there’s something new to see or something I missed last time or something I didn’t get to do before. I have friends who have been living in London for years and they still say they haven’t explored London to the fullest. So my best advice would be to make a list of things you want to see, ask friends who’ve been what was their favorite, and when you’re there – ask locals for recommendations. And even after that, you’ll probably experience FOMO because there’s just so much to explore and never enough time. But here are some London tourist destinations that are so good even the locals love them.
1. Kensington Palace Orangery
You gotta start classy. London isn’t all about high tea and snooty royal traditions at all, but it’s part of their history and tradition and honestly just for the sake of feeling like you’re in a period drama you have to experience it at least once. Go, have high tea, feel fancy and enjoy the traditional aspects of being in London. It’s beautiful inside and out and the cakes are truly delicious.
2. Portobello Road
It’s not just for tourists, you know? Portobello is a beautiful, colorful and unique street in London, and if you catch the market at Portobello Road – you’re a lucky person. This is the place where you will see and be able to buy everything from food to the most unique pieces of art ranging from stunning to absurd. Even locals come here to grab some awesome vintage trinkets.
3. The Natural History Museum
It’s one of those things you might dismiss because you might think that museums are boring and what could possibly impress you when it comes to natural history right? Well, you’d be wrong. The building itself is absolutely gorgeous, the architecture alone is enough of a reason to go. And it’s free.
4. Brick Lane
If you want to taste some authentic London food you have to go to Brick Lane. And we’re not talking something fancy you’d expect the Queen to serve for dinner, no, we’re talking street food and the best curries in London. It’s incredible and delicious and while it might sound weird to say that curries are an English classic, but they really have made it a staple of their takeaway.