Needing little introduction, London is one of the most visited cities across the world welcoming millions of people from all corners of the globe every year. With a wealth of history that's shaped the political and cultural landscape across the decades, visitors to The Big Smoke will be spoilt for choice with amazing things to do around every corner; from museums and historical landmarks to shopping extravaganzas of every sort, and wining and dining of all calibres wherever you look. So start planning your trip today, and get a bus to London with megabus.
Culture & Heritage
If you're looking for a city brimming with cultural heritage, then you needn't look any further than London. As one of the most culturally diverse cities around, it's renowned for everything from theatre, music and art to more history than you could fit into a single day of exploring. The streets themselves are filled with the architecture of the past, giving you a real feel of the hundreds of years of history that have swept through the city. Alongside this you'll find architectural triumphs like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, which sit next to the famous River Thames. Every year internationally renowned events take place at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Opera House, which has wowed thousands across the years with musical and theatrical performances. Take a walk along the Southbank, where you'll find a world of events at London's cultural hub known as the Southbank Centre. Experience regular literary, spoken word, comedy, and film events, such as BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank, which takes place annually, alongside musical concerts from world famous performers. Take a trip to the West End, where countless plays and musicals take place every week, and there's usually something new opening if you want to stray from the tried and trusted blockbusters. Or visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre for an open air show, which sees the new world collide with that of the old through the words of England's most famous wordsmith. London's museums are world famous showcasing history than spans the ages at places like The Imperial War and London Transport museums, alongside the Natural History museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum; which has seen exhibitions covering everyone from David Bowie to Alexander McQueen. For the art lovers out there, make sure you explore some of the world's best collections at the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, which sit alongside the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.
So Many Free Things
Many of the museums you find throughout the city are free to enter. You'll also find several events and exhibitions throughout the year at places such as the Barbican Centre and Somerset House; so check before booking your bus to London and see what fun things could await you. Climbing the dome at St Paul's Cathedral is something that'll provide you with a great story to tell when you go home, whereas witnessing the changing of the guards is a wonderful spectacle to behold whilst you gaze upon the lavish Buckingham Palace. But if it happens to be a beautiful day, then don't worry about finding a picturesque scene to bask in as places like Green Park and Richmond Park offer an escape from the hustle and bustle, as you sit with a picnic and marvel at the city's wildlife.
A Diverse Array of Attractions
The London Eye is the perfect place to start. Situated on the Thames it'll lift you high above the London skyline presenting spectacular panoramic views across the city. Or you could go below and hop on a river tour and explore the Thames with a three course meal and champagne as you watch London slowly pass you by. There's much more to do after departing your boat and exploring London by foot. Take a trip to Madame Tussauds, a long standing London institution where you'll find amazing lifelike waxworks of some of the world's biggest superstars; or witness some of the most majestic and interesting underwater wildlife at the London Aquarium - home to everything from sharks and crocodiles to turtles, seahorses and even penguins. Venture to the world's oldest scientific zoo and observe everything from gorillas and tigers to komodo dragons, giraffes and pygmy hippos at London Zoo.
A Shopping Paradise
London is known for being one of the world's leading fashion capitals. You'll also find vintage and retro stores selling everything you could imagine, as well as world famous superstores and markets. Head to the shopping heart of London and wander down Oxford Street and Regent Street, which provide you with all the usual shopping destinations you find across the UK; only on a much larger and grander scale. For more upmarket and exclusive shopping experiences take a trip to either Chelsea's King's Road or Marylebone High Street, or pay a visit to department superstores such as Liberty, Selfridges or the crème de la crème - Harrods. For the more quirky shopper, look no further than the bohemian spoils of Soho and the vintage enclaves of Spitalfields and Brick Lane. You'll find everything from retro wardrobe fillers to old records and pieces of unique, old time furniture to give your home a twist from the past. Furthermore you can pay a trip to Portobello Road, which has been immortalised in an endless stream of modern day culture, and provides reams of stalls every Saturday, selling everything from antiques and food to vintage pieces and old records.
Food for Thought
Not to be outdone by the worlds of fashion and music, the food scene in London is world class with numerous Michelin stars found throughout. So whether you're looking to splash out on gourmet plates, hit the middle road for palate pleasers or keep it cheap with hidden foodie gems; London has them all. Spots like Franco Manca produce delicious oven baked pizza made with fresh ingredients, made at a steal compared to many restaurants, and can be found in several places throughout the city. Whereas the classic British dish of fish and chips can be found at the Golden Hind in Marylebone, which is cheap, delicious and allows you to bring a bottle of your own. Dine on authentic Parisian delights at Brasserie Zedel, which can be found on Sherwood Street, near Piccadilly Circus; which is like bringing the other side of the channel to you. Whereas Meat Liquor, in Marylebone, is touted as selling some of the best burgers in the world, don't believe us? Get there early as the queues speak for themselves. Finally if you're looking at treating yourself and going a little more up market whilst in the capital, there are plenty of places to try. The Ritz is a highly-regarded venue in Piccadilly that offers the most quintessential British experience with their high tea. Whereas the Kensington Roof Gardens are situated 100 feet above Kensington High street, offering up delicious foods and cocktails, within one and a half acres of beautifully themed gardens.
A Buzzing Nightlife
London is a hive of activity every night of the week. If you're visiting in the summer head over to Studio 338, where you can party away on the open air terrace, and enjoy the music of world famous DJs. If you're looking for an eclectic mix then KOKO in Camden is a multi-layered venue offering everything from disco and Club NME to guilty pleasures, DJs and everything in between. Or for something a little different head to the arches in Shoreditch and visit Cargo, where you'll be treated to hip-hop, pop, electronic, rock and psychedelic jazz, alongside amazing DJs and a top notch street food canteen that's not to be missed.
Get a Bus to London with megabus
So if you're heading away for a few days, make London a priority and experience the multitude of things that lie before you. So book a bus to London with megabus today by using the search and buy tool to the side, or via the phone, and get your trip started.