London is a magical place. I absolutely fell in love with this city and I was only there for 72 hours. Even with the crappy weather, there is something about this city that made me fall in LOVE. As many of my readers already know I’m a huge experienced person and with so many free things to do in London, I thought it was time to share some paid experiences. I love scoping out the best tours, pubs, and places to eat. It was no exception when coming to London, here is my list of things to do in London.


Visit the Tower of London

So, of course, you have to do a couple touristy things when in London. This is one of them. The Tower of London is absolutely gorgeous. Go early in the morning as it get’s super packed and the queues get really long. You’ll want to do the free tour that’s included in your ticket right at the entrance; it provides some good history with a satirical twist. Make sure to visit the Crown Jewels and the White Tower as well. You won’t regret those.


For the Harry Potter fans

Harry Potter Studios!!! Another super touristy thing to do, I promise there’s only one more. But come on, what kind of Harry Potter fan would I be if I didn’t at least mention Harry Potter Studios. This is an awe inspiring, mind-boggling, interesting/fun day. It is the real film studio, they show you the techniques used to bring the books to life and the craftsmanship truly is remarkable. Once you are inside you can spend as long as you want there. Don’t be worried about the price of the tickets; this is an amazing experience even if you’re not an HP fan yourself. A must see for everyone.

Tip: Purchase your tickets EARLY! They can be sold out at the box office for a couple of months beforehand.


See a show

Who doesn’t love a good show, especially when it’s in theater capital of the world? With so many different show options in London, there is bound to be a show for everyone. Get your fancy on and head to the theater. I saw the Phantom of the Opera while I was there, and loved every second of it.

See the beautiful Sushi Samba or Duck and Waffle

In college, my best friend worked at Sushi Samba Chicago, this location got shut down a few years back and I missed everything about it since. Feeling a bit nostalgic I had to go visit this location when I found out they had one in London. And boy was I not disappointed. The location itself is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! They have an amazing bar/patio outside for the warmer nights and it’s a beautiful place to sit down and enjoy a few cocktails. Above Sushi Samba (same building, walk up the stairs) there is Duck and Waffle. Come early, pick a fun cocktail and snag a seat by the window to enjoy the beautiful views of London from up top.


Enjoy the views from Radio bar

This is THE PERFECT place to go to when the weather is nice. It feels a bit exclusive when you’re there, but I do love myself those places. Everything from the views, the open roof, to the actual delicious cocktails was perfect about this place. Definitely, try the Radio Garden and the Watermelon Martini. It’s the perfect place to day drink on the weekend and catch up with friends.

well crafted cocktail

Have some wine at Gordons Wine Bar

Cheesy, winey, basically my heaven!!!! A friend of mine recommended this place and boy was I not disappointed. They have an amazing selection of wine and cheese, but the ambiance of this place is what makes it worth checking out. This wonderfully old, perfectly preserved, old world bar that’s within a cave is just magnificent. Please go before 5 pm as it gets PACKED!!!

Enjoy the pub life

Being in a country where beer runs through their veins, you really have to go and explore the pub life yourself There are streets and streets of pubs in London. Each neighborhood having its own personality. It was so much fun walking around the different areas and getting to experience the British pub life myself.

There are so many wonderful things to do and see in London, there is no doubt in my mind that you won’t love this city as much as I do. If you’ve been to London before, what are some of your favorite things to do so I can add them to my list next time I visit?

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Xoxo Ania Travels 💜

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  • Sreekar Harinatha

    I’m surprised with the list! Eg: London eye, Trafalgar square etc. But then with so many things to do in London one can only pick and choose according to his/her tastes. Nonetheless good effort putting this up!

  • Chiimmiii’s Happy World

    so many things to do in London one can only pick and choose according to his/her tastes.Would love to explore more, Thank for sharing!

  • Familyearthtrek

    I am happy that you didnt gave an ordinary touristc things to see and do! The Sushi samba bar sounds very intressting! Thanks for sharing!

  • Our Samyatra

    London is always a bag full travel destination. The pictures are great. Love to explore each and every place. Thanks for sharing.

  • Stefanie Stiller

    I would love to go to London one day!! Maybe this fall 🙂 I will definitely remember your tips 🙂

  • London is at the top of my bucket list! Id actually love to go on a two-three week tour all over Europe. May one day!

  • Samantha

    London has always been in my bucket list, there are so many beautiful things to see and I hope I’ll be able to visit it someday. Thank you for sharing this guide! I loved the photos.

  • Made Adayasa

    I’m sure there are more things to do in London other than the list on your articles . It’s interesting for if you list some historical sites to visit .
    I’m looking forward to read more about London . We planned to visit our family there next year

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I love London there is so much to see and do. Just to add if you are like me and don’t like height Duck and Waffle is NOT for you. I tried to go and couldn’t make it to the floor where the restaurant was.

  • Phylicia Bernard

    OMG what a great post. I cant wait to go to London and keep these in my back pocket. Seems so fun!

  • Thanks for sharing your tips! I love London! Been there already twice and cannot wait to go again, there is so much stuff to discover 🙂 Duck & Waffle and Radio bar are definitely on my list 🙂

  • Amber Alexander

    I’ll be visiting London later this year, I already had most of where I’ll visit planned out but I need to check out that Harry Potter studio!

  • I am going to London next year so this was a super helpful post to come across. Any pub you recommend a must visit over there?

  • Love this! And I so desperately want to go to the Harry Potter studios!

  • Harry Potter Studios and the Pub life are on my to do list .Just what I need to stop adulting and be an adult at the same day.

  • I haven’t been to London, but these would be the same places I would check out. Gordon’s Wine Bar sounds awesome.

  • TeacakeTRavels12

    I’m Interested to go to Harry Potter studios since I’m a fan! I also love wines. Looking forward for more of your adventure.

  • Rachel silverwood

    Love radio bar!! Although the drinks are rather pricy. Next time you’re in London, try the sky garden! Amazing atmosphere, views and cocktails… and it’s free entry 🙂
    I’ve lived an hour away from London my whole life and still haven’t made it to the harry studios – it’s a crime;) your posts reminded me how much I need to go haha

  • Janine Good

    After living in the UK for 2 years and making frequent visits to London I am sad I missed some of these!! London is one of my favourite cities in the world.

  • London is a place my husband and I have wanted to go (for years!) If we’re ever lucky enough to make it, I know we’d love to spend time at Harry Potter Studios (for him) and Gordons Wine Bar (for her). Oh, and also meet some of my favorite blogger friends in person! x

  • Helen Clark

    I’m from the uk so agree our pub life’s is definitely worth checking out. I still haven’t been to the Harry Potter studios but really want to. I need to sort that out really!

  • Bump n Mum

    No doubt London caters plenty of awesome things to do. And the best thing and the major attractions of London are the nightlife and Harry Potter Studios . Thanks for sharing your list of things to do in London.

  • David Elliott

    Those all looks like great things to do. It’s too bad I didn’t know about Harry Potter studios the last time I was in London or I would have gone. Although it was quite a while ago the last time I was able to make it out there.

  • It’s good to know you have to reserve the spots for the Harry Potter Studio because I would be all over that in a heartbeat!

  • London is a must-visit place on my travel list.Thank you for sharing.


  • I would definitely enjoy a show in London Ania. I am spoiled; we live close to NYC and have caught a few shows over the years. In NYC as we speak. But seeing theater in a place known worldwide for theater productions ranks high on my list of things to do in London, and the UK. I’d also walk by the Thames to do a proper London trip. And I’d meet my web developer too who lives up the road in Birmingham.

  • christopher mitchell

    Great tips! I’ve been to London before but it was just a bit before the Harry Potter craze, so apparently I’ve got some work to do!

  • Jeany Braune

    I have been to London before and I’ve visited the Harry Potter Studios. You are absolutely right: it is so worth it! I remember I cried when I faced that giant castle <3
    Can you recommend any of the pubs? It always seemed there are pubs everywhere but I could not tell which are the "good" ones which locals would chose

  • 1AdventureTraveler

    Great list of things to do in London. A list I must check out on my next visit to London. I seem to miss all of these places. I will pin this for later. Thanks for sharing! #feetdotravel

  • Glimpses of The World

    You right, the Tower of London is a must, even though “touristy”. But then again, should one miss the Eiffel Tower when in Paris because there are a lot of tourists there and because it’s a “clishe”?! Of course not, some places are a must, right! 😉

  • Alexei Gaynanov

    Not quite the list I expected but there are some great suggestions in here – part of London‘s charm are its many bars, restaurants and pubs – new ones are opening all the time and you have a great selection of things to do here

  • Taiss Nowrouzi

    I do enjoy some touristy stuff sometimes and I am a HP fan so I would visit the studios for sure! That wine and cheese at Gordon’s Wine bar sounds like it would hit the spot! Great list of things I will have to make sure I do nest time i’m in London!

  • marvi ocampo

    Interesting list of things to do. Not quite the usual list you find for London so it definitely stands out! 😉 I would also love to visit the HP studio. It looks and sounds amazing! <3

  • Anushka Aggarwal

    Amazing things you have shared here, would definitely try to put in our itinerary when we plan to go to London. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Miranda Knudtson

    Oooh the radio bar sounds absolutely lovely! & I’ll definitely take whatever you ordered… my kind of fruity drink! The wine bar sounds fantastic, too. Really can’t go wrong with cheese and wine, what’s more perfect than that?? I love that you listed more foodie places here rather than big sights!

  • Neha Verma

    A great list of things to do in London. I have also read posts like 100 things to do in London. But I know when I travel there, time will be limited. And I would like to cover the most beautiful, most sought after ones. And your list makes perfect sense to me.

  • Shona Grant

    Gordons Wine Bar and Radio Bar both sound like places I need to visit. Great list Ania!

  • Ipanema Travels

    I’ve been to London before but haven’t done any of the things you have suggested. This city is so diverse and offers such a big variety of activities. Next time there, I’ll make sure I’ll visit the Tower of London.

  • Pack Your Baguios

    I’ve only been to London once, and it was only for 3 days. Luckily we had gorgeous weather. My favorite thing that we did we visit all of the old pubs!

  • The tower of London is one of my favourite places in London! London is just amazing, there is always something going on. I have been 5+ times, and still want to go back and explore!

  • Bruce Schinkel Jr.

    Love that you included some “local tips” in addition to some touristy spots. I’ll have some new places to check out on my next trip!

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  • Jajwalya R Karajgikar

    I was scrolling through and it is a testament to my geek levels that I stopped bang on Harry Potter studios part! It is definitely up there on my bucket list!

  • We had such a good time on the Harry Potter Studio Tour! And the waffles at Duck & Waffle were amazing. We went to the Tower of London, but didn’t do the tour. I’ll have to do that next time. I can’t wait to go back to London. Such an amazing city.