Visiting London for the first time can be daunting: historical attractions, beautiful open spaces, high-end shops and important landmarks; there is so much to do and see, it is hard to know where to start. Fear not as we’ve put together this handy guide to help you discover the best attractions in London if you’re a first-time visitor to the Capital.
Buckingham Palace Road, SW1A 1AA
Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
Hampstead Heath is also worth a visit. People come from all over London to visit the Heath, which is London’s largest parkland situated just 2 miles from the West End. There are over 790 acres of meadows, scenic trails, woodlands and hilltops which afford sweeping views of the London skyline.
If you have the time, Richmond Park is another popular open space to visit. Located on the fringes of South West London, in the borough of Richmond, the park is not as centrally positioned as the Heath and Hyde Park, yet is one of London’s most important parks thanks to its status as a national reserve. It is also the second largest in the Capital measuring 2,360 acres, and is famous for the deer who roam the open spaces.
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Westminster, SW1A 0AA
As far as restaurants go, the choices are endless with cuisines from all over the world available in the West End. Whether you’re dining in a high-end restaurant owned by Gordon Ramsay, or enjoying a quick snack at one of the many independents, there’s something for everyone. The selection of eateries is so vast, it is best to walk around, finding places as you go. However, James Street and St. Christopher’s Place are often good starting points.
Be sure to check with the Space Apart Hotel building manager to see if there are any coupons available, saving you money at the some of the restaurants in these areas.
The British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG
The V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD
The Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
London also has many events going on throughout the year. Check out our own ‘What to do in London’ guide for month specific events happening in the Capital.