Everyone already knows you should try to see a show in London so it won’t be included in my list of 5. However, try to book tickets in advance if possible or buy them last minute on the same day from one of the many booths around town for a discount. If it’s important to you to see the show, then buy in advance.
1. Picadilly Circus/Leicester Square – Obviously you have to go to Picadilly Circus just to get a picture of the famous sign. Other than that, it’s just a bunch of good shopping around there. There is an arcade near Picadilly Circus called Trocadero. It’s full of arcade games and has a Baskin Robbins on the bottom floor. Leicester Square is close to Picadilly Circus and is full of movie theaters and fun restaurants. Pictured: Picadilly Circus, Leicester Square
2. Covent Garden – A really cute, and in my opinion, typical London-type shopping area. There are often people performing little free shows for money. Lots of nice shopping and few little restaurants and pubs. Picture: A performer in Covent Garden
3. Camden Town Market – This is a really fun area with all sorts of very interesting people and shops. The best time to go is during the weekend where you can head further down the street to an even bigger market than on the rest of the road where you can get lost in a maze looking for interesting items to buy. There are also many tasty food booths on the weekend near the big market area. Picture: Main Street of Camden Town
4. Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace – A wonderful and exciting free parade that goes most days at 11:30. However, you need to get near Buckingham Palace around 11 for a good place, maybe 11:15 would be fine. Check which days they do the parade – http://www.changing-the-guard.com/chaging-the-guard-schedules-times.html
Picture: Changing of the guard
5. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum – A very fun place to look through and take pictures. If you have small children you may want to avoid the torture room, but otherwise it’s fine. Picture: Måns and wax Patrick Stewart