Things to do in London
London town has so much to do it can feel overwhelming… but luckily Vinnie Van GO is a London pro. Let Vinnie guide you through all of London's festivals, tours, and pubs.
From the Eye to Buckingham Palace, Vinnie Van GO has the rundown of the best things to do, sites to go and places to eat. You’ll see why this capital of the UK is the capital of the world!
The Boat Race
This annual boat race event every April is a classic English event, also known as the University Boat Race and the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. This event is also a historic one – the inaugural race between rivals Oxford and Cambridge was in 1829, and only did not take place during WWI and WWII. The race goes along the Thames in West London, beginning in Putney to Mortlake, a short shuttle ride away. More than a quarter of a million people view the race from the banks of the Thames every year, so get there early with a blanket and picnic basket!
London Book Fair
This large book-publishing trade fair takes place annually in March. This is the event for bookworms. Over 1,000 publishers from all over the world converge on Olympia in West London to put on exhibits, events, seminars and conferences.
Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX
Chelsea Flower Show
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, also known as the Great Spring Show, is a five-day tradition held every May by the Royal Horticultural Society. This is regarded as the world’s most prestigious flower show and is a cornerstone of English culture. There are several gardens on display, as well as experts present that give informative talks about garden design.
Royal Hospital Road, Royal Hospital Chelsea
London SW3 4SR
This multi-purpose stadium hosts a number of sporting and entertainment events throughout the year. It was originally known as Olympic Stadium, and was constructed to be the home stadium in the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. Its main tenants are the West Ham United Football Club.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
London E20 2ST
Wembley stadium is the second-largest stadium in Europe, and one of the most important for soccer – or “football” if you want to fit in – fans. It’s the home of the Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspurs, hosted the soccer finals of the London Olympics in 2012, and is where English teams play home games during qualifiers for the World Cup and European Championships. You can tour the field and get up close and personal.
Wembley, London HA9 0WS
One of the most iconic features of the London skyline is this giant ferris wheel, located along the South Bank of the River Thames. This is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city, so get there early – the lines are long, but the view is worth it!
London SE1 7PB
Covent Garden Market
Covent Gardens is a district in London near the West End, London’s theatre district. It is home to one of London’s best spots, Covent Garden Market. This 19th century Piazza hosts a wide variety of shops and restaurants. There are often pop-up shops and street performers. Covent Garden Market is especially beautiful at night, and is surrounded by charming pubs.
Camden is one of the coolest neighborhoods in London. The area is associated with London’s punk movement, and many of the businesses that thrived decades ago are still around today. Home to Camden Market, a sprawling network of food stalls and vendors. This area is the perfect place to wander around for an afternoon while you’re in town.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
When you think of the UK, several things come to mind: pubs, Buckingham Palace… and Harry Potter! If you’re traveling with family, this tour is a must-do. It takes you through Warner Bros. Studios, where you can see the making of one of the most famous movie franchises in film history. Visit Privet Drive, the Hogwarts Bridge, and more!
Hop On Hop Off
The classic Hop on Hop off tour experience also has a London location. With multiple routes around the city, spending a day on this double decker bus allows you to see everything the city has to offer. The tour guides are knowledgable and funny, so you’re sure to have a fantastic day.
Shoreditch Street Art Tours
This street art tour has fantastic reviews. As you’re guided through one of London’s hippest neighborhoods, take in London’s coolest street art and graffiti while learning about UK culture and politics. This tour lasts about three hours and takes you off the beaten track – perfect for friends!
Pubs are a central part of English culture, and the best place to grab lunch – or a pint! Vinnie Van GO has rounded up some of his favorite haunts.
This pub in elegant Belgravia Square was built in 1720, and is one of the UK’s most famous. It was originally built as the officers’ mess hall, and is said to be haunted by the ghost of a soldier who was killed for cheating at a card game.
18 Wilton Row
Belgravia, London SW1X 7NR
The Mayflower Pub
Named after the ship that launched the United States, this pub is known for its beautiful facade, decked in flowers. One of the oldest pubs on the Thames, there deck overlooking the river is the perfect place to grab a pint.
117 Rotherhithe St
Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF
The Princess Louise
This late 19th century Victorian building in central London is located near the British Museum. Many professors and academics frequent this classic pub, which has won awards for its architecture.
208 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7EP