London, England is a city that is full of history and culture. From the iconic Tower of London to the majestic Buckingham Palace, there are plenty of cultural activities to explore. Here are 22 of the most popular cultural activities in London that you won't want to miss. A classic and home to British art from 1500 to the present day, Tate Britain never fails to impress with its beautiful galleries and permanent and temporary exhibitions.
It's a great museum and it never disappoints. During the London Design Festival (September 15-23), the Pentagram design studio will be showcased at the V&A, as part of the Dazzle Ship series, which was jointly commissioned by 14-18 NOW (the United Kingdom's art program for the 100th anniversary of the First World War) and the Liverpool Biennial. There will also be a film produced by HENI Talks, presented by art historian Dr. James Fox, which explains the surprising links between military art and modern art. If you're a fan of vinyl records, then you should visit one of London's most iconic record stores.
Reckless Records was the first store to open its doors on Berwick Street in Soho in 1984 and was even featured on the cover of Oasis' album What's the Story Morning Glory. The National Maritime Museum on Park Row in Greenwich is another great cultural attraction. While you're there, you can also visit the nearby Meridian Line from the Royal Observatory, explore the universe at the Peter Harrison Planetarium with commentary, or take a tour of Queen's House. The National Maritime Museum itself is also undergoing some exciting changes with four new galleries opening on September 20: Tudor and Stuart Seafarers, Pacific Encounters, Polar Worlds and Sea Things. The May Fair Hotel on 70 Stratton Street in Mayfair is another great place to experience some classic British culture.
From afternoon tea to a visit to the Globe Theater, there are plenty of cultural attractions nearby. This impressive hotel is located in a former brewery that dates back to the mid-18th century and is just a 15-minute walk from St. Paul's Cathedral. Afternoon tea is an essential part of London culture. There are plenty of places where you can enjoy afternoon tea, from traditional tea rooms in historic hotels to Thames cruises or city buses.
The Globe Theater is where Shakespeare used to present his plays in the 17th century and it opened to the public in 1997, just a few meters from its original location. It quickly became one of London's most visited cultural attractions. Harrods is another must-see destination for any visitor to London. You can find fresh produce, prepared food, afternoon tea, French pastries, ice cream and much more here. Some other great markets in London include Portobello Market, Camden Market, Borough Market, Greenwich Market and Bruges Christmas Market (which is seasonal).Cruises along The Thames are a great way to take in some of London's most iconic sights such as the London Eye, Tower Bridge and Big Ben all in one trip. If you're a fan of Harry Potter then you'll want to visit Warner Bros.
studio tour. Not only were many parts of the book set there but many scenes from the movies were also filmed in London. In fact, London is home to the Warner Bros. studio, where some of the most magical filming locations came to life. Fortunately, there are plenty of food tours and dining experiences in London that you can book in advance.
Whether you studied English or not, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is a must-see attraction during your time in London.