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5 Reasons to Add London to the Top of Your Bucket List

London’s reputation precedes it, and we’re very lucky at Let Me Show You London that we are based in one of the most famous and beloved cities in the world. However, despite London’s popularity worldwide, SOME people haven’t added our fair city to the top of their bucket lists… But don’t panic, as Let Me Show You London has gathered together all of our love and enthusiasm for London into one helpful guide! With this article, we hope to convince a few fence sitters why London should be their next big adventure. And if you do decide to visit, let us show you around on one of our highly rated London Tours.

London’s Numerous Iconic Landmarks and Monuments

Given London’s status for centuries as the capital city in the heart of the vast British Empire, it has gradually accumulated an impressive array of famous monuments and landmarks. In fact, the only negative side of London’s assortment of sights is that some visitors feel overwhelmed when trying to consider where to visit, or in which order. Here’s a short list of some of London’s top landmarks:

  • Westminster Abbey (home to royal weddings and coronations)
  • Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
  • Buckingham Palace (home to Queen Elizabeth II)
  • St James’s Palace
  • Nelson’s Column (in the bustling Trafalgar Square)

And if seeing all of these sights in one day appeals to you, then you should consider taking our Panoramic Walking Tour of London. This 4-hour tour is perhaps the best way to tick off some of the city’s best sights while learning about the city from a passionate local guide!

London’s Shopping is Rivalled Only by New York

London’s shopping attracts people from all around the world. It’s not just the sheer quantity of shops and top fashion that appeals to visitors, it’s the boutique stories and traditional markets scattered through the city. Here is a small list of some of London’s most popular markets and department stores:

  • Fenwick of Bond Street
  • Harrods
  • Selfridges
  • Liberty London
  • Covent Garden Market
  • Dover Street Market
  • Vivienne Westwood Worlds End
  • The Royal Exchange

We started making this list then realised that a proper list would go on for ages; it could be 10 times as long and still not do justice to London’s shopping scene.

The Tower of London

Given London’s status for centuries as the capital city in the heart of the vast British Empire, it has gradually accumulated an impressive array of famous monuments and landmarks. In fact, the only negative side of London’s assortment of sights is that some visitors feel overwhelmed when trying to consider where to visit, or in which order. Here’s a short list of some of London’s top landmarks:

  • Westminster Abbey (home to royal weddings and coronations)
  • Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
  • Buckingham Palace (home to Queen Elizabeth II)
  • St James’s Palace
  • Nelson’s Column (in the bustling Trafalgar Square)

And if seeing all of these sights in one day appeals to you, then you should consider taking our Panoramic Walking Tour of London. This 4-hour tour is perhaps the best way to tick off some of the city’s best sights while learning about the city from a passionate local guide!

London is the Food Capital of the UK

While we’re sure many the UK’s biggest cities are proud of their cuisine, London’s huge population and restaurant scene has attracted some of the most innovative and exciting chefs and restaurateurs from Europe and beyond. Some people aren’t always kind about British food — but that’s okay as London does a lot to recover our foodie reputation! It is home to 67 Michelin Star restaurants, which puts it above Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Barcelona. In fact, Paris is the only city in Europe with more Michelin Stars! While there are lots of great traditional “British” restaurants, you can also look forward to some of the best Indian food anywhere outside of India, and there is a large selection of particularly exciting French restaurants. Fans of Gordon Ramsay will be excited to visit one (or several) of the famed chef’s 11 London restaurants.

Visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Whether you’re interested in theatre or history and culture, a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe is a must. Arguably the most famous theatre in the world, the Globe is a faithful reconstruction of the Bard’s famous venue. While the original Globe Theatre was built in 1599 (the same year our mate William wrote Much Ado About Nothingand Julius Caesar), it burned down in 1613, was then rebuilt in 1614, and was subsequently demolished in 1644. The current Globe is a faithful reconstruction built on the ruined foundations of the original theatre, and its construction was supervised by a crack team of experts and academics who did everything they could to ensure it was restored to its original glory — with a few modern concessions to accommodate modern fire safety regulations. This magnificent building has entertained visitors and audiences for years, and the reconstruction has taught us much about how Shakespeare’s plays were performed.

That’s all we have time for today. Of course, we have only scratched the surface of London and why you should bump it right to the top of your travel bucket list. If you have any questions about this guide or about the London tours mentioned here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. So, what are you waiting for? Let us show you London!

Carl G
Carl G
9. April, 2024.
Family tour Lucy was outstanding! Great tour of Tower of London with our family of four, including 2 kids 10 and 11. Lucy had amazing knowledge of the site and history, and great stories to keep the kids interested and excited. Highly recommend!
Natallia Y
Natallia Y
29. July, 2023.
Perfect day We had a day tour of Westminster Abbey and London Tower with Marina today. It was outstanding! Can't say enough good words about it. Not every tour guide can keep 8 y.olds interested for two hours. She did it for the whole day! Marina is very knowledgeable and passionate about her work. She adjusted the tour to our liking and was very attentive to everybody's needs. Hope one day we will have more tours with her! Thank you Marina and "Let me show you London" company!
Kerry G
Kerry G
25. July, 2023.
So worth it! Excellent, in depth tour. Our guide, Denisa, was knowledgeable and entertaining. We had 2 adults and 3 teens, and she kept all of us engaged in the experience. She customized the tour for our interests/ages. We visited the Tower of London, saw the Tower ravens (Poppy came out to meet us), stopped at Traitors’ Gate, explored the Bloody Tower… We even saw “the word,” the ceremony in which a Beefeater gives Tower Soldiers the new password for the day. Last, we saw the crown jewels. The collection and it’s history are really something! We thoroughly enjoyed our time!
Sharon L
Sharon L
29. June, 2023.
Amazing Visit to London I took a group of first time London visitors to the city in June. Because we had limited time there (just 1.5 days), I decided to enlist the help of Denisa at Let Me Show You London and we ended up arranging two private tours - one private tour of the British Museum on our arrival afternoon and a full day tour of Westminster, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London. Marianna was our guide for both tours and she was amazing. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic, she made both tours great. We even experienced a fire alarm at the British Museum and she was proactive in talking to the guards to see if and when we had to evacuate and once we did evacuate, she again didn’t hesitate to ask how long it would take to re-enter. Even I, who has been to London numerous times and who has visiting all of the places before, thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Since it was warm and we walked a lot, she was very conscientious about our energy level and made quite a few adjustments at the Tower of London to minimize steps, but again the tour was still fascinating. I would definitely work with both Denisa and Marianna again in the future.
lynnshayes
lynnshayes
4. May, 2023.
Great experience Maria was wonderful - incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. She gave background about the origins of the tower all the way to present day. Highly recommend!
Holly
Holly
8. April, 2023.
Wonderful Wonderful experience with knowledgeable and thoughtful guide. Catered to our group’s interests and needs.
Jim Vajda
Jim Vajda
31. March, 2023.
The highlight of our UK trip This was an unforgettable experience for the whole family, including our 8 year old daughter. Our tour guide Lucy was excellent, and it really helped to have an expert explain each of the areas we explored. There is so much we would have missed without her. She really brought the place to life with her storytelling and expertise. Did I mention how well the kids liked her too! If you are going to splurge on one thing in London, this is it.
Imad B
Imad B
6. February, 2023.
Felice Sono felice di tutto ben organizzato e molto semplice da usare vi ringrazio per il servizio alla prossima a
Paul T
Paul T
31. January, 2023.
Amazing day The information that Lucy had brilliant and interesting,the best tour yet Paul Taylor I could go on and on the facts are Lucy is the best is that ok

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Denisa holds the highest UK qualification for tourist guiding, the Blue Badge. She also holds a Management in Tourism degree and a National Tour guiding certificate for the Czech Republic. Denisa’s employment history has covered many roles within the tourism sector, she couples this with the ability to speak several languages. Denisa runs our customer-facing business, she frequently enjoys days spent guiding clients and authors our blogs.