Activities Days Out Ideas

Fun Ways to Explore London

Written by Yeyen

London has countless fab attractions which can be explored in many different ways. If you want to enjoy London’s stunning landmarks with a difference, then check out our handy list below on where to enjoy the city from up above, down below and cruising along! 

🚠 FROM ABOVE 🚠

Up at the O2

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Take in stunning views of London from 52m above the ground when you enjoy this exhilarating guided expedition over the roof of The O2! This is a thrilling 90 minute experience over the 380m long O2 walkway, which, at it’s steepest point, has a 28° incline on the way up and 30° on the way back down! BOOK HERE.

The View From The Shard

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Visit London’s newest landmark, which is also currently the tallest building in Europe. Take the spectacular kaleidoscopic high speed lift to the viewing platforms, where you will be greeted by breathtaking 360 degree views of the City Of London in all its glory. Try the interactive touchscreen telescopes where the whole family will enjoy spotting famous buildings, bridges and landmarks. BOOK HERE.

Arcelor Mittal Orbit Viewing Platform

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Credit: Arcelor Mittal Orbit

Set in The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the ArcelorMittal Orbit is Britain’s tallest sculpture, standing at 114.5 meters. From the 360 degree viewing platforms visitors will enjoy breathtaking views for 20 miles across the Olympic Park and the London Skyline, including Canary Wharf, O2, The Gerkin, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Shard. BOOK HERE.

Emirates Air Line Cable Car

Return fare: Adult £10.70, Child  £6.20

This is a fantastic experience all the family will enjoy seeing London from the air in a cable car as it crosses the River Thames right by the side of the O2. By day or night enjoy spectacular views in an air conditioned cabin and listen to informative and interesting audio information. Cabins arrive every 30 seconds and each journey last around 10 minutes. Find out more.

The London Eye

Standard Entry Online Price Adult (16+) £22.45, Child (3-15y) £17.95, under 3 free

The London Eye offers its visitors a stunning view of the wonderful city day or night and at 135 metres up, you won’t miss a thing! On your 30 minute ride you will see landmarks such as Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and even Buckingham Palace. Find out more.

St Paul’s Dome

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Family ticket £39

Located at the top of Ludgate Hill, this iconic cathedral has survived much of London’s turbulent past and is steeped with history. Enjoy a visit and explore the stunning interiors, marvel at its treasures and climb the famous dome which dominates London’s skyline. During your ascent, you will find the famous whispering gallery where you can stand at either end and whisper to each other! Atop the dome, you will enjoy a breath‐taking panoramic view of ‘The Big Smoke’ in all it’s glory! Find out more.

Greenwich park

Free entry

Walk up the Greenwich Park end enjoy a panoramic view of the Queen’s House, London’s Maritime Museum and Canary Wharf’s Skyscrapers. You can also see some wildlife at the Deer Park, beautiful flowers at the Rose Garden & the Flower Garden, and many other activities around the park. Find out more.

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Adult £9, Child (5-15y) £3.9, under 5 free

What better way to visit one of the most famous bridges in the world than with Tower Bridge Exhibition! Located within the bridge itself, this fabulous exhibition has stunning views across London and houses ‘Great Bridges of the World’, which features over 20 bridges. Learn the history behind the fascinating structure and why it was originally built. Find out more.

One New Change Rooftop Terrace

free entry

Take the transparent lift overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral, up to the Rooftop Terrace. It is open to the public 7 days a week from 6am to midnight. There are free seating area where you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views under the sun (fingers crossed for the weather!). Find out more. 

🚢FROM THE WATER 🚢

City Cruises

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city cruises

Enjoy a fabulous all-day hop on, hop off cruise along the River Thames London offering you unlimited access to the majestic River Thames for 24 hours, allowing you the freedom to hop off and enjoy some sites and then hop back on at a time convenient to you to continue your cruise. Cruises depart every 30 minutes and you can hop on, or off, at and of the 4 piers: Westminster, London Eye, Tower of London and Greenwich. Find out more.

Circular Cruise

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circular cruise

Enjoy a fantastic one hour return cruise along the River Thames hop on at either Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier or St Katharine’s Pier. Once the boat reaches St Katharine’s it will return directly to Westminster Pier without stopping. Every cruise has full live audio commentary throughout the journey. If you choose to stay on the boat, the cruise lasts for 1 hour. Find out more.

Thames River Services

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thames river services

What better way to explore London than with a relaxing return Thames River cruise? Take the family on a cruise from Westminster Pier to Greenwich Pier and back. On the luxurious, 2 hour round cruise from Westminster Pier to Greenwich you will see fantastic landmarks such as: Cutty Sark, The O2 Arena, Tower Bridge, The Shard, HMS Belfast and many more! Find out more.

🚌HOP ON AND OFF🚌

Big Bus London

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Take a tour of London at your own pace with this hop on, hop off ticket. See the famous sites from the comfort of a luxury ‘Big Bus’ tour. There are over 50 stops to choose from with chances to see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and more! These great value tickets also include a 1 way Thames River cruise and a walking tour! BOOK HERE.

The Original Tour

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Explore the famous sights and sounds of London in comfort aboard a hop‐on, hop‐off Original Tour bus! Your ticket allows access to six bus tour routes, three FREE walking tours and a FREE Thames Cruise. BOOK HERE.

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