50 Things to do in London Travel Guide

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So Hello from London! Time for a new destination.
This is a city that I haven’t visited in almost 4 years and it is actually Sam’s very first
time here. So we’re both very excited to be in London. And we’re going to be making a
little video guide. Actually a really big video guide because we plan on showing you
50 different things to do around London. So let’s get started. London is one of the most visited cities in
the whole world, and it’s easy to see why. It is vibrant, it is exciting, and there’s
something to do every single night of the week. You could spend a full year in London
and never run out of new places to visit, but since we were a bit more limited with
our time, we decided to film a city guide highlighting 50 things to do in London. We
hope this will help showcase some of the sights and attractions this city has to offer, and
that it’ll come in handy for anyone out there planning a trip. Let’s begin! Our first stop was Trafalgar Square. This
square leads to a lot of central attractions, so it’s a nice place to people watch, get
your bearings, and plan out where you want to go in the city. St Martin-in-the-Fields is an Anglican church
at the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square. They hold classical concerts and they also
have a cafe located in the crypt if you want to grab a bite of food in an unusual setting. The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on
the South Bank of the Thames. It offers a bird’s eye view of the city – just make sure
you don’t go on a foggy day. It is lunchtime. In my hands I have a box
of delicious take-out. This is fish and chips an authentic British staple and we’re going
to sample it here at this local park. So I’m really excited to finally try the fish
and chips. The aroma coming out of this box is just wonderful. And I think this is a dish
that most people are familiar with in North America. You can also get fish and chips there.
But in case you’re not it is usually just breaded cod or haddock and you get it with
chips are french fries. So enough talking about food. This is the real deal. Let’s actually
dig in. Oh, I’m going to dunk that into the tartar
sauce. Wow. That’s amazing. I think that is pretty
much my favorite British food. Absolutely love fish and chips. It is something I’ve
been eating all of my life but they just do it extra special over here. It is authentic
and it is really really amazing. And you have a few pigeons trying to steal
your food. They are slowly inching their way over. Oooh. Oooh. Right now we’re visiting Borough Market, one
of London’s most famous markets. And there is a lot of wonderful smells right now so
we’re going to check it out. Dating back to the thirteenth century, Borough
Market is the oldest market in London. It’s a foodie’s paradise with plenty of fresh produce,
baked goods, and specialty foods. One fun way to get around London is aboard
the iconic double-decker buses. You can opt for public transport, or take the double-decker
sightseeing tours around the city. We are now about to travel to a magical place.
We are here at Platform 9 3/4 in King’s Cross and we are going to take a train to Hogwarts. This is a must for Harry Potter fans! Alright, so next up we’re off to Buckingham
Palace to see if we can visit the Queen. Oh my! Buckingham Palace has served as the official
London residence for Britain’s sovereigns since 1837. The State Rooms at Buckingham
Palace are open to visitors every year, however, that’s something that you need to plan months
in advance. We’re here now to watch the Changing of the
Guard. Clearly, we didn’t come early enough. We came about 30 minutes prior to it starting
but it was already packed. St. James’ Park connects Buckingham Palace
to the Horse Guards. It’s a nice leisurely walk with plenty of wildlife and nature. The Palace of Westminster, also known as the
Houses of Parliament, is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
The Palace along with Big Ben are two of the top London attractions that dot the city-scape. We are now at Regent’s Park here in London
and it’s a beautiful day outside so we’re just going to go take a stroll. Regent’s Park is in northwest London. It is
home to an Open Air Theatre, the London Zoo, as well as a variety of cafes and restaurants. Westminster Abbey is right around the corner
from the Houses of Parliament, and despite the long lines, it’s worth a visit. The Abbey
has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen
monarchs. You can also visit the Horse Guards and the
Household Cavalry Museum, which are right next to each other. The HMS Belfast is a museum ship moored on
the River Thames. It is operated by the Imperial War Museum, and once you’re on-board you can
freely roam around the ship. So we are going to have tea aboard the HMS
Belfast. I’ve got my scone with butter and jam. No Cornish cream unfortunately. And yeah,
I don’t think I’ve ever had tea on a boat before. On a ship. Another way to see London is to take a river
cruise of the Thames. There are a variety of cruises available including dinner cruises,
afternoon tea cruises, or your regular sightseeing cruises. So it is getting quite chilly over here but
we’re going to cross this bridge right behind me and I’d like to point out this is Tower
Bridge not London Bridge. London Bridge is very plain, very simple. A little bit ugly. The Tower of London sits on the north bank
of the River Thames. Though this castle served many purposes, it’s mainly remembered for
its use as a prison in the 16th and 17th centuries. Traitors! God Save the King! From the outside this place actually looks
really small but once you get inside it is almost like a mini city. So next up we’re heading into one of my favorite
museums in all of London. This is the Tate Modern. The Tate Modern is housed in the former Bankside
Power Station and it focuses on modern and contemporary art from the 1900 to the present. Alright, so good morning from London. We are
up bright and early to do some sightseeing around town. But first up we need our energy
so we’ve stopped at a pub for a full English breakfast. Ooh, look at that. So what exactly is in a full English breakfast?
Alright, so before we tuck into this breakfast let’s take a look at what we’ve got. So we have toast over here. We’ve got sausage.
We’ve got baked beans, egg, tomato, hash browns and bacon. So that is going to be a lot of
calories. That seems quite complete. Yes. Alright, I’m loading up a little bit of everything
on here. So I’ve got my beans, my hash browns and the sausage. You know what? It’s very greasy, very hearty,
it is almost like having lunch for breakfast but it tastes really good. I’m really hungry
right now so I’m just going to keep working at it. Right now I’m visiting Arsenal Football Club,
one of the most popular teams in London. And I just picked up a hat. I’ve been collecting
a series of hats of different football clubs from all of the cities I’ve been visiting
in Europe. And what you can do here of course is watch a game during the season and if it
is the off-season you can check out the team store or take a stadium tour. Camden Market is made up of a series of markets
and stalls. It is the place to shop for vintage clothes, get a new piercing, people watch,
or sample international food in an outdoor setting. On a sunny day, you’ll also find people hanging
out along Camden Lock. Okay, so this afternoon we’re at a place called
Cereal Killer Cafe where you can have breakfast anytime of day in the form of cereal. So I’ve
got myself some Fruit Loops and Lucky Charms and some coconut milk. Oh ho ho. A little bit of sugar in there. Ah, yeah.
It’s going to be good. Mmmmm. My two favorite cereals. It’s like
being a kid all over again. And what are you having this afternoon? I’m
having Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs because chocolate and peanut butter is a winning combo.
Take a look. I’m going with coconut milk as well. Almost as good as a chocolate bar. Okay, so it is tea time and this afternoon
we’re doing something a little bit different. We are in Camden town at the basement tea
rooms. And it is kind of like an alternative experience. Instead of going out for afternoon
tea at the Ritz, at a fancy hotel that might cost you around 50 pounds. Here it is only
13 and it is a very casual laid back experience. So, waiting for my tea. Feeling pretty relaxed over there? Nothing
like having tea in bed. So my absolute favorite thing about afternoon
tea is getting scones with cream and jam. And we’ve got six whole scones. My goodness!
Not just any cream. Cornish clotted cream. My happy place. Alright, we tried the sweets. Time for me
to have the savory sandwich. Little finger sandwiches. What kind of sandwich is it? It’s
delicious. It has cream cheese and salmon. Wow! That is why you haven’t been sharing because
it has salmon. That’s right. You’ve been keeping it a secret. Is someone going to take a little afternoon
nap after all that food. Another fun thing to do in London is to check
out the street art. One of the best places to do so is in Shoreditch. Of course, the London experience wouldn’t
be complete without riding the tube around the city. Just remember, pass on the left,
stand on the right, and have your pass ready to scan on the way in and out. If you can
remember all of these things, you’ll make Londoners very happy! So as a money saving tip when you’re in London
definitely consider purchasing an Oyster Card. We’ve been using it a lot on the Tube. It
helps us save a lot of money. You can load it, reload it and you can use it just basically
anywhere you go. Another alternative for getting around the
city is to use the city’s bike hire system. Though this is best if you’re exploring outside
central London where traffic isn’t so heavy. So now we are having lunch at Convent Garden
and I have a beautiful balloon art instillation happening behind my head. It looks like I’m
floating through the clouds. We also have some opera drifting through, so it feels pretty
fancy but we’re actually having Shake Shack for lunch because we really like our North
American burgers. We’re going shopping inside Harrods. How fancy! Harrods is an upscale department store. If
you make it all the way out here, we suggest visiting their food court which is truly impressive
(and expensive!) Pub’s are an important part of the culture,
so make time to drop by for a pint of beer or two. St. Paul’s is one of the most easily recognized
landmarks in the city. If you don’t have a problem with heights, climbing to the top
of the dome is a pretty cool experience. Shakespeare’s Globe is a modern construction
of the original theatre associated with William Shakespeare. The theater sits around 230 meters
away from the site of the original theatre. The Natural History Museum focuses on life
and earth sciences, and it’s a popular one with families. The Victoria & Albert museum is focused on
the decorative arts and design. It spans 5000 years of art ranging from ceramics to textiles,
and jewellery to furniture. If you want to catch a theatre performance,
London’s West End is the place to be. Next up, If you haven’t had your fill of palaces,
you can always swing by Kensington Palace which is set in Kensington Garden. They also
have an exhibit of beautiful gowns worn by the royals. The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a privately
run museum in London. It is dedicated to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and it
sits on Baker Street. The Shard is a 95-storey skyscraper in London.
It is currently home to the city’s highest viewing platform. You can alternatively go up to the Walkie
Talkie building, soak in the views, and visit the Sky Garden. The British Museum focuses on the art, history,
and culture of the world. The collection spans over 8 million objects. Portobello Road is a street in Notting Hill.
While you can visit any day of the week, it is most popular for its Saturday market. So one spot you should definitely make time
for when you come to the Regent’s Park is Queen Mary’s Gardens. And there are lots roses
here. And the ones right over here on my left are called the Pride of England. Very beautiful.
Very impressive. Regent’s Canal is over 13 kilometres long
and you’ll find many house boats moored here. It’s also a popular spot with joggers and
bikers. For a little bit of art in your life, you
can check out the National Gallery which sits right behind Trafalgar Square. Then just up
the street, you’ll find the National Portrait Gallery, which houses a collection of portraits
of historical and famous British people. So today we are having something called a
Steak and Ale pie. And this is something that Sam has been very excited about so time for
the unveil. Tell us about this dish. I first tried this
in Edinburgh, Scotland about a year and a half ago and fell in love with it. So it is
basically like a pastry. You can see right here. And inside of it you’ve got stewed meat,
you’ve got veggies and of course ale. Let’s check it out. And there is also gravy
as well. Crispy. Sounds real crispy. Maybe you should
just use your hands and forget about the spoon. Alright. Here we go. Mmmmm. Wow. That pastry filing or sorry not filing
outer layer is delicious. And the next bite should be the middle layer. Okay, so they also gave us a little bit of
gravy. I’m not even sure if we’re supposed to be doing this but we’re just going to pour
it all over the meat pie. Yeah, why not. Make it a little soggy. That’s how Canadians eat
British food. And I’m just going to go ahead and throw some
peas on there while I’m at it. Why not? Why not. Time for your first bite. See if you can get
it into the middle inner layer there. Inner layer? The filing? Yeah. Exactly. Okay, this probably would have been a lot
messier if we just ate it at the pub. Mmmm. Wow. That is good stuff. What do we have in
here? Okay, so this is steak. I don’t think this one has veggies actually. So I think we maybe just got a standard meat
pie because there are no veggies in the filling that I’ve come across so far. Well, the peas we threw in. Well, yeah, that
makes it kind of healthy right? Um, it is really nice with the gravy because our, I
guess the pastry was a little crispy, so that makes it a little soggier and easier to get
at. Um, so yeah, I’m really enjoying this. It’s
pretty good. The Churchill War Rooms are home to an underground
complex that was the British command centre throughout the Second World War. The museum
also explores the life of Winston Churchill. And lastly, there’s Madame Tussaud’s wax museum,
which will give you a glimpse of UK celebrities. And that’s a wrap for London! Like with any
mega-city, it’s impossible to cover all the sights and attractions you can enjoy here,
but hopefully this video will give you an idea of what London has to offer. As always,
if you have any other suggestions of things to do in London that you’d like to share with
other travellers, feel free to include those in the comments below.

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