London attractions – what to see on your trip to the capital

Reviews and tourism tips of places to see during your visit to London from a real Londoner.

© Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2013If you’re visiting our great city of London – welcome! There’s so much to do here you’ll be spoiled for choice. And if you already live here, I’m sure you want to make the most of your free time and check out some of the charms the capital has to offer. I’ve lived in London all my life and have seen a lot of the capital, but there’s still tons for me to see and do. Here’s a round-up of all the tourist attractions, including museums, galleries and neighbourhoods, I’ve reviewed on my blog in one handy place. I’ve labelled which ones are free. (Newest posts at the top).

For a guide to London’s historical attractions, click here.

Take a ‘wade’ on the wild side with Creekside Discovery Centre’s low tide walk. Nature and history walk.

Review: Visiting the Tower of London with a Context Travel tour. Tower of London tour.

Explore Dulwich Village with Metro Girl’s self-guided history walk. Historical stops and attractions of Dulwich Village.

Go west! Exploring Kensington’s hidden gems and local hangouts. Museums and attractions of the Kensington district.

Thames Rockets review: See iconic London sights at 35mph on a thrilling boat trip. Thames Rockets speedboat tour.

Jewel Tower – a Medieval survivor of the Palace Of Westminster. Museum in a Medieval Tower.

Delve into the history of the arts and crafts movement at the William Morris Society. Museum about arts and crafts pioneer William Morris in Hammersmith. Free.

Emery Walker House: A stunning time capsule of the arts and crafts movement. Museum of the arts and crafts movement in Hammersmith.

Turner’s House: Follow in artist JMW Turner’s footsteps at his Twickenham retreat. Museum in former home of JMW Turner.

‘The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist’ comes to the Fourth Plinth. Art work in Trafalgar Square. Free

Mail Rail review: Travel under London on the Royal Mail’s underground railway. Underground railway ride and museum in Bloomsbury.

Gods Own Junkyard: A trip to Walthamstow’s neon wonderland. Gallery and shop in Walthamstow. Free

Discovering the origins of Somerset House on the Historical Highlights Tour. Arts centre and historical sight on The Strand.

Fitzrovia Chapel: A beautiful hidden gem. Chapel in Fitzrovia. Free

A rare chance to get up close to the painted ceiling at the Old Royal Naval College. Historical attraction in Greenwich.

Migration Museum review: Take a closer look at Britain’s cultural landscape. Museum in Lambeth. Free

Charles Dickens Museum: Discover the man behind the books at the author’s only surviving London home. Museum in Bloomsbury.

Strawberry Hill: A Gothic, Georgian masterpiece in Twickenham. Strawberry Hill, 18th century Gothic manor house.

St Katharine Docks: A hidden oasis in the centre of London. St Katharine Docks, 18th century docks offering drinking and dining options. Free

Follow in the footsteps of the Suffragettes on a London history walk. Guide to landmarks of London’s Suffragette history. Free

It’s what’s inside what counts! Visiting the Sky Garden at the ‘Walkie Talkie’ Sky Garden, viewing platform on the top of 20 Fenchurch Street. Free

Purple haze: Run through fields of lavender at Mayfield Farm. Lavender field, only open during lavender season. Situated just outside of London.

Live out your Tarzan fantasies with adrenalin-fuelled fun at Go Ape Trent Park. Adventure activities in Cockfosters, north London.

Eltham Palace: A trip through history from Tudor kings to an Art Deco makeover. Tudor and Art Deco house in Eltham, south east London.

Metro Girl’s Must Do Series – Part 2: Borough Market. Borough Market near London Bridge. Free

Spirit Of Soho mural: Celebrating the history and characters of Soho. Wall mural in Soho. Free

London Dungeon review: Scare yourself silly as you travel through the city’s gruesome past. London Dungeon.

Enjoy an Olympic view as The Orbit re-opens to the public. Viewing point in the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

Silent Disco at View From The Shard: Shaking your booty at 800ft. Viewing platform at the top of The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe.

Charles Dickens’ London: Retrace the author’s steps at these historic locations. Follow the footsteps of Charles Dickens on a guide to his former haunts and homes. Free

Millennium Bridge: A piece of modern London, aka the wobbly bridge. Bridge linking St Paul’s Cathedral to the Tate Modern. Free

Metro Girl’s Must Do Series – Part 1: London Eye. Moving viewing platform by the Thames.

Neo-classicism, masques and an execution site: The history and beauty of Banqueting House. 17th century building, belonging to the former Whitehall Palace.

Step back in time at Dennis Severs’ House in Spitalfields. An immersive historical experience.

Cleopatra’s Needle: How an Egyptian obelisk ended up by the Thames… and why isn’t it Thutmose’s Needle? Ancient Egyptian obelisk on the north bank of the River Thames. Free

19 Princelet Street: Step back in history in this unique museum of immigration. Museum in Georgian terrace in Shoreditch, open rarely.

More than just a traffic island: The history behind Parliament Square. Parliament Square by the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, full of historical sculptures. Free

A bit of bling amongst the green: The glistening Albert Memorial in Hyde Park. Ornate Victorian memorial in Hyde Park. Free

Rock ‘n’ rollin’ at the Rivoli: Jive Party at a 1950s ballroom. 1950s ballroom.

Up in the air: Cruising ABOVE the Thames on Emirates Air Line. Cable car between Docklands and North Greenwich.

The roof, the roof, the roof is… up higher! Climbing Up At The O2. Climbing over the roof of the O2 Arena.

Swing out sister: Learning to trapeze with Gorilla Circus. Trapeze lessons.

Just cruisin’: Sailing down the Thames. Boat trip down to the Thames between Westminster and Greenwich.

Only 311 stairs… climbing The Monument. Lookout at the top of The Monument to the end of the Great Fire of London.

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