If you have lived in London for more than a year, chances are you have fallen in love with the city. Although the hustle and bustle can get tiring, there is undoubtedly a romance about the capital. The rich history, awesome architecture and exciting mix of different cultures earns it a place as one of the best cities in the world. However, with the privilege of living in London comes the responsibility of making the most of your time here. Make sure you have no regrets once you have moved away by having the following quintessentially London experiences.
See the Changing of the Guard
This is an obvious one at the top of most tourists’ to-do list but can easily be forgotten about in the daily worries of exam revision and tube timetables. The Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle change on odd and even days respectively. Check www.royal.gov.uk for more info.
Go to a Football Match
England is home to what many believe is the best football league in the world, the Premier League and London has six clubs competing with the most high profile players in world football plying their trade. Find the nearest club to you and see if you can get a ticket.
Try Jellied Eels
This traditional Cockney dish may not be to everyone’s taste but if you want to try an authentic local delicacy, this is it. You may struggle to find the traditional pie and mash shops which were once known to sell the slippery treats across the city but you can still hunt them out if you are committed – the best places to try are London’s traditional markets.
Go to Tate Modern
The Tate Modern with its incredible Turbine Hall are known to have some of the most accessible, interactive and interesting exhibitions amongst London’s thriving arts scene. Make sure you go to the gift shop to pick up a memento of your visit.
See a Play on the Famous West End
The West End to London is what Broadway is to New York; a street legendary for its plays and musicals. Here you can see some of the finest actors in the world in the best productions. There are often cut-price matinee performances to look out for as well.
Have a Curry on Brick Lane
With many restaurants vying for your custom is it easy to get a great deal on a curry on vibrant Brick Lane. This is a great night out for any foodie and lets you experience an essential part of London life.
Time Travel at the National History Museum
The Natural History Museum is rightly known to be one of the best of its kind in the world. Marvel at the Victorian Architecture as well as the pre-historic taxidermy and try and fit in a visit to cultural neighbours the V&A and Science Museum while you’re in the area.
See all of London from The Eye
This is a great way to see all of London’s famous landmarks from a glorious bird’s eye view. One of the more recent additions to London’s tourist trail, it is now difficult to remember the city without its iconic presence.
Delve into British Politics
Visiting Westminster (even stop by urbanest Westminster Bridge), 10 Downing Street and Trafalgar Square will give you a crash course in British politics and allow you to take in the best architectural sites.
See a Concert at the Royal Albert Hall
With a sterling programme of events and the best acoustics a trip to the Royal Albert Hall will be one that you will remember for a long time.