See and Do in London

Sure, relocation logistics can be daunting, but trying to decide exactly what to see and do in London may be the hardest decision for expats in the city. For those who've recently arrived, taking the iconic red double-decker buses for a few journeys will give a good feel for the layout of the English capital.

This bustling metropolis is large enough and filled with such a diverse range of attractions and sightseeing opportunities that even locals can be tourists in their own city. For expats especially though, London is a place that can constantly be discovered and rediscovered, full of surprises and new adventures.

There are, of course, lots of well-known sights in London, but the best way to explore the city without getting overwhelmed is to choose a neighbourhood to poke about in for a day.

Here are some of the must-see attractions in London.

Recommended attractions in London

St. Paul's Cathedral

Sir Christopher Wren’s 1675 masterpiece is a truly iconic London building that miraculously survived the German bombing in World War II. Head inside for some rare peace from the frenetic pace of the London business world.

Tower of London

Built in the 11th century, this legendary site has played host to many famous beheadings. The Tower of London is also home to the crown jewels and the famous Yeoman Warders. There’s no doubt it’s a fascinating place and an essential piece of British history.

Tate Modern

One of four Tate museums, the Tate Modern boasts an astounding collection of 20th- and 21st-century artworks. An excellent café and restaurant with wonderful views add to the allure.

National Gallery

Britain’s National Gallery lines the northern side of Trafalgar Square and is home to works from all the major European schools from the 13th to the 20th century. Audio tours and 'printed trails' of related works enhance an experience already made exceptional by all the variety.

British Museum

One of the world’s great museums with 80,000 pieces from all over the world on display, the British Museum houses collections of antiquities that include the Elgin Marbles, Portland Vase and the original Rosetta Stone.

London Eye

Catch the best views in town and gain a rare sense of geographical perspective aboard the gently revolving London Eye.

Shakespeare’s Globe

The Globe, an excellent reconstruction of the original theatre, celebrates Shakespeare’s life and times and puts on performances of his plays.

Buckingham Palace

See the changing of the guards outside of one of Britain's most famous buildings. Cheesy to some, but a pilgrimage to many.

Camden Market

Camden Market is a hugely colourful and diverse shopping experience with more than 1,000 stalls for shoppers to browse to their hearts' content. The hustle and bustle of this exciting market is not to be missed.

Michelle Brideau Our Expat Expert

I'm originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. I'm very proud of the place where I grew up, which has played an important part in shaping who I am today.  I moved to England in 2007, and settled in London.  I love London and I enjoy learning what makes this great city tick, and consider myself very lucky to be living in what I think is the best city in the world (especially when the sun is shining).  I’ve experienced the ups and downs of being an expatiate, building a new life and trying to figure out the way things are done in England, I would recommend everyone try living abroad a least once in their life.

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