Things to do in London
London is without a doubt one of the most exciting cities in the world, buzzing almost 24 hours a day and offering entertainment and culture for every budget and taste. It’s a wonderful place to take a family for a day out with famous attractions, superb theatres, vast galleries and fabulous streets lined with the best shops around. And wherever you go in London you’ll find somewhere fantastic to eat where you can catch your breath and refuel after exploring the sites. Here is some essential information on some of the most fun places to go in London.
Southern Railway has released statistics highlighting Londoners’ train travel habits, from their need to escape London, to travel etiquette and their level of train travel savviness. For example, just 28% of travellers feel train savvy, but a fifth of Londoners feel that with the right information, they could be.
We recently ran an online poll to find out what the most popular reasons for visiting London Victoria were. Arts and Theatre was a clear winner! We’ve teamed up with renowned Arts and Theatre expert David James to create an exclusive guide into the best theatre and art picks – all of which are within easy walking distance from London Victoria Station.
Included in the guide are some great tips and the insider’s secrets put together by none other than David James himself.
Do you know how to party?
We teamed up with London nightlife expert BARCHICK to give you a peek into some the London’s most unique bars, restaurants and cocktail clubs – all within easy distance of London Victoria. With the Southern Railway Super Off-Peak Weekend Day Travelcard allowing unlimited train, tube, bus and tram travel within the London Fare Zones – you can party your night away with trains returning up to 4:00 am the next morning!
View the nightlife guide (3mb)
Popular London attractions
Madame Tussauds is situated on Marylebone Road just ten minutes’ walk from Victoria station and is home to a huge collection of wax figures resembling everyone’s favourite celebrities. Opening times are usually between 9am and 6pm, though it’s worth checking before making the trip.
The London Dungeon is located on Tooley Street just next to London Bridge station. It’s a fantastic attraction that charts over 1,000 years of London’s goriest history, with 14 actor-led shows and 3 rides that are just as much fun for adults as they are for kids. Bear in mind, though, that it might not be the best place to take any tiny tots as it can be a little scary!
The Natural History Museum is an institution in the city and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. It’s located on Exhibition Road in Kensington and is full of fascinating exhibitions and displays, some of which are permanent, some of which are on for a limited time only. One of the most popular displays is the incredible collection of dinosaur skeletons located in the Blue Zone.
The London Eye is a real treat on a clear day, though not so much fun if it’s rainy or foggy! It’s open from 10am until 9pm from April to June, and 10am until 9.30pm in July and August. There are lots of different ticket options available so you can choose a package that suits your family best, and you can even combine your trip with a leisurely boat ride on the Thames.
London Zoo is located in the beautiful Hyde Park and is home to a wonderful collection of animals and exhibitions, including the magnificent Gorilla Kingdom. On a fine, sunny day it makes for the perfect family day out and is a real treat that everyone will enjoy. During the summer months the Zoo is open from 10am to 5:30pm in the evening (or 6pm from late July until early September).
If you’re planning a fun day out in London with the family, then book a Southern Railway train ticket online and take advantage of the 2FOR1 offers. These will get you two for the price of one entry to over 100 top London attractions when you travel by train. For more things to do in London, visit our destinations page for inspiration.