We visited London this summer of 2023. It was a 15-day vacation replete with fun, food, and entertainment (read:sightseeing). There are plenty of exciting things to do and see in the city. And needless to say, summers are the best time to visit. A city that has history seeped in every nook and corner deserves many a month of exploration. While with limited days, you can’t do everything; you can pick what interests you. We have a Potter head in our family, so we decided to take her for a special treat.
The itinerary for our London trip (to explore the top attractions) looked like this:
- The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play is a two-part stage play that continues the story of the Harry Potter series. It’s a must-see for any Potterhead.
- The play is usually performed at the Palace Theatre, which is located near Piccadilly Circus. Ensure you book your tickets well in advance, as they tend to sell out quickly.
Piccadilly Circus itself is a famous London landmark and a bustling area known for its iconic electronic billboards, shops, and theaters. Take some time to explore the surrounding area, perhaps grabbing a meal at one of the nearby restaurants.
The London Eye is another iconic attraction that offers breathtaking views of the city. We booked our tickets online for an afternoon tour; however, we couldn’t make it to the cruise and London Eye because of the giant queue. Just a warning: It will always be busy regardless of what time of the day, so arrive a bit early for the tours.
- Consider booking your tickets in advance to skip the lines, especially during the busy summer months.
- The evening is a great time to experience the London Eye, as you can enjoy the cityscape as it lights up at night.
General tips for your visit
- Summer weather in England can be unpredictable, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for both sunny and rainy days. Bring a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings.
- The capital of the United Kingdom has an extensive public transportation system. The Tube (subway) and buses are convenient ways to get around the city. Consider getting an Oyster card for easy access to public transportation.
- Besides the specific attractions I mentioned, there are many other noteworthy places to visit in London, such as the British Museum, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and more.
- Explore London’s diverse neighborhoods, try local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the city’s rich cultural offerings.
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