The best way to start your day of sightseeing in London is with an extensive brunch in the COPPA Club on the Thames. There you can not only enjoy the delicious food but – by the way – the view of Tower Bridge. Since it is often a bit windy on the banks of the Thames, I recommend that you take a seat in one of the cozy igloos.
My tip: It is worth reserving a table in advance.
Stroll across Tower Bridge after your brunch in the COPPA Club. On the way, there are countless fantastic photo motifs such as the bridge itself from close by, the skyline of London, the view from the bridge over the Thames, or the cute dolphin fountain near Tower Bridge on the banks of the Thames.
On the way from the COPPA Club to Tower Bridge, you will also see the fabled and legendary Tower of London, which now houses the royal crown jewels
A must-do is a ride on the big wheel on the Thames. In good weather (yes, there is also that in London!) You can see up to 40 kilometers from the London Eye and have a stunning view of the city. The ride in one of the 30 gondolas takes about half an hour.
My tip: There is so much to see in London that it is a shame to spend the time waiting. At this popular attraction, however, you have to expect a (longer) waiting time. You can get around this by buying a “Fast Track Ticket”. I also found the combination tickets, which are available for many sights in London, really practical. For example, you can combine the London Eye with a boat trip on the Thames.
Shopping on Carnaby Street
One of the most famous streets in London is Oxford Street. Many well-known brands have their branches here. However, it is “very busy” there too. If you want to shop for something more alternative, I would like to recommend the legendary Carnaby Street. It’s a bit more relaxed there, and definitely even more hip. Here you can wonderfully browse through the small, nice shops and watch the hustle and bustle on this street during a coffee or lunch break in one of the cafés or restaurants.
My tip: The old luxury department store Liberty is also worth seeing on Carnaby Street. This is comparable to Harrods department store. So if you are only in London for a short time and have little time, you are well catered for with a visit to one of the two department stores – and to the luxury shopping paradise.
Experience British tradition with Traditional Afternoon Tea
The British afternoon tea in a hotel or café of your choice is particularly recommended. A variety of sandwiches, scones, and a selection of small cakes are traditionally served here on a three-tiered etagère. A scone is a pastry that is spread with butter and jam with tea in Great Britain. Of course, you can also choose coffee instead of tea.
Visiting Buckingham Palace
A special highlight in London is the famous Buckingham Palace. Since 1837 it has been the official residence of the British royal family. In the summer months, from July to September, the Queen is not in the palace. During these 10 weeks, the staterooms, which are otherwise used for official receptions, can be visited.
The changing of the guards, accompanied by live music, is also popular with tourists worldwide. The strictly regulated change of soldiers takes place every day from April to July at 11 a.m., from August to March every other day.
Enjoy the view in the Sky Garden
The highest garden in London is the covered “Sky Garden.” It is located on the 35th floor of the Walkie Talkie skyscraper, not far from central London. The Sky Garden enchants with palm trees and exotic plants, as well as a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view over the city. The ticket to visit the Sky Garden is free, but you have to register online in advance. Also, if you want to eat in the bars and restaurants in the Sky Garden, you should definitely reserve in advance.
My tip: Sit on the wide wooden window sills and enjoy the fantastic view over the city’s glittering lights with a cocktail in the evening. It is said to be one of the most beautiful views in all of London. I can only agree with that.
Borough Market is the oldest food market in London and has been taking place in London since the 12th century. Here you will find the most delicious dishes from all over the world. You can also stroll along the South bank from the market.
The Crown Pub
England is renowned for its pub culture. Of course, there is a traditional pub in almost every corner of London, where you can eat and drink in comfort. My tip is a visit to “The Crown,” a bar with a traditional atmosphere that also offers exclusive whiskeys. As in many pubs, you can also enjoy the national dish “fish and chips” here. Good to know: For every Ocean Fish and Chip Menu, the pub donates 50 pence to the RNLI (an aid organization that saves people on the coast of the UK).
The Crown is near Piccadilly Circus on Brewer Street, which was an 18th century brewery. The British pub has a long history, and even Mozart was a guest there.