Alternative Street Art Tour
This walking tour takes you into the heart of London's vibrant East End to explore the creative past and present of the cultural graffiti and street art. All the guides are street artists themselves, so very knowledgeable and interactive. Highly recommend if creative culture is of interest to you. This walking tour is free and you just tip the guide at the end.
A two-story Pop-up mall that has an eclectic mix of trendy shops, bars, and restaurants varying in unique cuisines. Offers outside and inside seating overlooking the young, hip city of Shoreditch.
My favorite eateries: Falafelicious, Chop'd, La Catrina, Pizza East, Thai & Lao Street Food
Buckingham Palace **
Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During the summer, visitors can tour the nineteen State Rooms, which form the heart of the Palace. These rooms are decorated with treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Canaletto. If you don't want to pay for a tour of the palace, Buckingham Palace is great for photo ops. Try to visit at 11:30 am during the Changing the Guard ceremony.
Covent Garden *
Covent Garden is a great outdoor shopping area for those looking for trendy and unique clothing. Also home to 3 bustling markets that sells British arts, crafts, jewelry, and antiques. Street performers also come out to put on various shows.
Stores include: All Saints, Apple, H&M, Kurt Geiger, Lululemon, Nike, Sandro, Zara
My favorite eateries: All-Bar-One, Balthazar, Ben's cookies, Laudree, Jamie's Italian, Punjab, Wahaca, Union Jacks
Notable museums/attractions: London Film Museum, London Transport Museum
Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour **
Harry Potter's lovers, go here!!! Step inside into the world of Harry Potter. Visit the actual set where Harry Potter had been filmed for 10 years! See the Great Hall, Gryffindor common room, the Burrow, Pivet Drive, Diagon alley and much more in full scale! You will also be able to take a closer look at the actual props, costumes, and observe how the magic was brought to life with green screen and special effects. You can purchase an audio guide narrated by Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) for a more in depth experience of how the Harry Potter films series was created. This museum tour should not be missed as you can get picked up right in central London! The tour is appox. 7 hours (with transportation). Open everyday.
London Location Pickups: near Victoria Station, near Baker Street Station
London Eye *
If you're looking for the best views of London, the eye is the place to go. The London Eye is a giant (443 ft) Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. It takes approx. 30 minutes from start to finish.
Notting Hill **
Notting Hill is home to a vast array of colorful small, unique boutiques selling vintage clothing, rare antiques, quirky gifts, books, and organic food. There's also the Portobello Road Market, a mile-long street with a vibrant collection of different stalls set out daily. If you're in the mood for more high-end shopping, nearby, Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road, is filled with stylish designers shops and quirky boho boutiques.
Stores include: All-Saints, Anya Hindmarch, Helmut Lang, James Perse, Joseph, The Kooples, Maje, Sandro
My favorite eateries: Beach Blanket Babylon, Churchill Arms, Hummingbird Bakery, The Ledbury, Ottolenghi, Recipease, Rosso Pomodoro, Snowflake
Notable museums/attractions: Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising, Portobello Road Market