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5 Exclusive Things to Do or See in London



I love London, no if's and's or but's about it, and I do wish I was still there. We had an amazing three week vacation there, and sure while there are no shortage of things to do or see in London, there are few things that I think you just have to do if you're in London. If you've visited or even live in London, you may appreciate my list. Most tourists think of Big Ben and the Buckingham Palace, but there are a few things that don't cost any money at all and will make your trip a little bit more "British". Let's begin!



1. Ride the Red Double-Decker Bus

This was Madison's favorite thing to do. The iconic red double-decker buses are a must do in London, and don't worry, there's no shortage of these buses around. The 176 that you see below was the one we took almost daily on our outings, since it was a minute's walk from our home. If you plan on using public transportation while in London, then the chances of this is very high and don't forget your Oyster Card, it makes transfers to the train system and other buses a lot easier.



2. Take a photo with the Red Mailbox

Another iconic symbol of the British. This, however, might take a little searching to find and we only managed to locate 2 of them throughout the entire 3 weeks we were there. Just like other free standing mailboxes, these are used to deposit your outgoing mail. So if you find one, be sure to get your picture because you may not find one again.




3. Get into a Red Phone Booth

Don't you just love the British and their love of the color red? Yet another must do and most certainly the one that most tourists think of when it comes to London. That red iconic telephone booth. This was a lot easier to find than the mailbox, but because I wasn't sure I would find more, we took photos of the ones that we saw.



4. Get a photo with a guard in red.

I just want to continue our red loving trend, so don't forget that once you've gotten your red double-decker bus, the red mail box and the red telephone booth, you're definitely going to want to get a photo of a guard wearing red. The Buckingham Palace isn't the only place you can see them. On our excursion to Buckingham Palace the guards were in blue. The one below we were able to get at St. James' Palace. Pretty much any of the palaces may have a guard in red.




5. Stroll along the South Banks!

There is a plethora of things to see and do along London's South Banks. Besides the awesome view that you will get of the Thames River, Big Ben and the Coca-Cola London Eye, there are entertainers, musicians, living statues, you can even catch a bubble or two, and don't forget to ride the carousel. This is the place that you most definitely want to go. Now all of the above, except for the guard, you can find in and around London's South Banks, making the South Banks one of your must do while you're in London.





So the next time you find yourself in London, or if you're planning on taking your very first trip to London, don't forget to get photos of these London icons.

Let's discuss: What would you most want a photo of while in London? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your must-see in London! We definitely want to visit there one of these days and it is at the top of our list. I also love how they love red so much over there. We will also be looking for a blue box if we ever make it over there. ;) Great pics!

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    1. Oh I can totally see you looking for that blue box. We were able to see a few of them. They surely are around and maybe a lot easier to find that the red ones. :)

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  2. Just this week my 6 year old told me he wants to move to London when he's an adult! I've only been once, but I would love to go back and take my kids. Thanks for the trip itinerary ideas!

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    1. You're very welcome Julie and your 6 year old already has a plan that I would love as well. I loved it there and so did Madison. She's already asking when she can go back.

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  3. I have always wanted t visit London. It's one of my favorite cities. I have always wanted to see if I could make one of those guards laugh!

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    1. It's not going to happen. There were a few people trying. I think they're programmed like little robots not to. :)

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  4. I love how red everything in this post is! And I love the photos of the balloon and carousel. We are fans of blue phone boxes, but you know how I love everything red, hence my daughter's name.

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    1. The balloons? Did you mean the bubbles? Madison had a lot of fun chasing them. He was there every day and so was the singer who was amazing by the way. As for the blue phone box, they can be easily found and I even have a few photos of Madison standing in front of one. ;)

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  5. Definitely adding all of these ideas to my London travel list. I've never been to England, but it is a country I've always wanted to visit. So much to see and do.

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    1. There really is a lot to see and do and although we spent almost a month there, it still seemed like there wasn't enough time to enjoy it all.

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  6. I love London oh so much! I haven't had a chance to get my kiddos there yet but I will one day! Love it!

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    1. Then you should definitely take the kids there. They will love it!

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  7. I've done all 5 of those! I live London and need to get back again. Sooner rather than later. Cheerio!

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    1. I think you meant you love London, so do we and I'm already planning my return sooner rather than later ourselves too. My daughter was spoiled by family so she just loved it. :)

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  8. I am sensing there is a pervasive theme of red which is of course an iconic image of London just like the yellow taxis of New York. I love the picture on Southbank Carousel.

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    1. Oh yes it does seem like the English just love their red which I'm sure you're aware of since you're British. :-)

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  9. You and your daughter go on such lovely adventures. Love the color red and LOVE London.

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    1. Thank you. We do try our best to visit as much as we can. We've dedicated this year to traveling since it's her last year before school begins.

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  10. omg a photo in a red phone booth would be pretty epic!!!! The closest I've ever gotten to that is a phone booth at Epcot lol. I need to visit London so bad!!!

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    1. Oh yes you most certainly need to get to London. I can totally see you living it up in a red phone booth lol.

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  11. Would love to visit someday! Looks like a great trip, and your daughter is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Jesenia. It was a great trip and you should start planning your own trip.

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  12. Haha.. That's a good list and I'm glad that I've done all of it!!!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that you've done it all. That's splendid!!

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  13. What a wonderful London this is. I wish I had such a great opportunity to visit this awesome places

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    1. I'm sure that you will one day. There's a few places that I used to say that about but I've decided to make it a reality. You should do the same.

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  14. Loved your photos! gorgeous and cute and so London :D I haven't really done the photo ops you mentioned in London, but I definitely should on the next time. Does buying various phone booth shaped souvenirs for myself count? :D If yes, then I can cross that one off the list.

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    1. Yes you most definitely should the next time in London and I would saying buying the souvenirs can count. My first photo is of souvenirs that I bought. :)

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  15. I would love to take photos with one of the solemn faced guards.

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    1. They truly don't smile, no matter how much you try to make them.

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  16. Tips like these I love. London is at the top of our list for our trip this year. I have bookmarked your post and would really love to have our pictures taken by the telephone booth and the guard in red. So British!

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    1. They truly are British icons. Not so sure why they love the color red, however I'd love to find out.

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  17. I've never been to London but there are so many iconic sights that I would love to see if I traveled there. The red phone booths are so vintage and I love how cute Madison looks in front of them.

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    1. Thank you Maria, they truly are vintage and well known all over the world. Whenever you think of a red telephone booth, you just automatically think London.

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  18. I love 1-4 because it just so happens that RED is my favorite color! Riding in one of those double-decker buses has always been a dream of mine! I want to take home the mailbox and the telephone booth, or just be satisfied with miniatures! I wanna go to London so bad now!

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    1. Then you should fulfil your dream. You're going to love it and definitely do 1-4.

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  19. First and foremost, my wife and I should first find our our way to London, one of our dream destinations! We will surely do everything you enumerated here on this article.

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    1. Oh yes I agree that you and your wife should do so. If it's your dream, then go for it and most certainly do them all.

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  20. That's an enormous amount of bubbles? How did he manage to do it!!! The bubble man is definitely a person I would look for when I go to South Banks.

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    1. He was there every time we went and he had a bucket of solution that he would dip it in. Madison had a lot of fun chasing after the bubbles.

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  21. I'll definitely do these things or visit them when I travel to London, when the right time comes. It's nice to see those activities around London. Your photos make me want to go there right now.

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    1. I'm all one for saying just do it. You'll love it there!

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  22. Exactly what I would like to do when I find myself traversing the beautiful streets of London with my boys. I'd also include a trip 11 Downing Street and mailing some postcards at the local Royal Mail branch!

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    1. That's awesome! 11 Downing Street is also a great place to visit and while you're there also visit Buckingham Palace.

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  23. I would love to take the iconic red double deck bus and make a call in the phone booth. It's really nice to see how these have been distinct images of london.

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    1. Yes they have been and although you don't find the phone booths too often, a lot of them aren't in working condition any longer.

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  24. This is an amazing guide, now who says everything you do while you travel has to be paid, right? It's a very detailed list of the things that you can enjoy without spending a single penny. That's really very nice of you. Thanks for sharing all these lovely places, I will definitely check out London's South Banks, if Madison had a great time, I'm sure anyone else will! Thanks again!

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    1. Oh the South Banks is a must if you're in London. If you're going to see Big Ben then you'll right along the South Banks and you'll get to see everything that I've shown here except for the guards.

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  25. I wonder why London's theme is red. Haha. Hopefully I will get to do one of these things if I ever visit London, which is probably never, because I am poor.

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    1. Oh Lana, don't say that. I'm also poor but we planned our trip almost 2 years in advance so that we could have some fun when we visited. You can save for your trip as well.

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  26. theres red post boxes everywhere in the uk! but some are gold now after the london olympics XD

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    1. I didn't see those gold ones. Guess I'm going to have to look for those the next time we visit.

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  27. I would love to walk around London and see it with my children. I've tried a double-decker bus before, though. As a kid, we had something called a "Love Bus" which was eventually phased out. :)

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    1. Oh that sounds lovely. We have double-decker buses in New York but they are used for tours and are open topped. The London buses are a bit different.

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  28. Totally cool list! These are surely the must-dos in London.

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    1. Yes I think so and since most of them are iconic I would say do them whenever you get a chance to visit.

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  29. These red telephone booths and double deck buses are indeed the iconic scenes and things from London... Definitely something I will love to take photos with when I'm there...

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    1. I agree! They are iconic and I hope when you do get to visit you'll share your photos.

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  30. I'm from near London and go to university there, so it's lovely to know that you really enjoyed yourself. I see you've done all the traditional things and your photos are fab!

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    1. Thank you Megan, we had an amazing time and can't wait to get back.

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  31. Fabulous, I would love to visit Europe one day soon. Both my children visited now it's my turn. Lovely photos

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    1. Oh you most certainly have to! Can't believe that you let your kids visit without you. You've got to add London to your list.

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  32. Aaah, London! One of my most sort after city to explore. I guess the Royal family for Red color is quite obvious. Lovely creamy photos u got here. I'd love to flaunt on my Manchester United red jersey on the Red Double Decker bus. Just wondering, what if I tickle the guard's face with a feather, isn't he going to laugh? Lol

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    1. I think you'd do very well in London and I'm not so sure tickling the guard's face with a feather might be a good idea, but you're more than welcome to try. Let me know if it works. :)

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  33. So much red!! I have always wanted to ride on a double decker bus!! And that carousel looks gorgeous!! Carousels are my absolute favorite ride :) (such a big kid lol)

    Glad you joined in this month's linkup! This is a great post and hopefully I will get to London soon!

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  34. I've been to London a couple times, and I've never seen the red mailboxes. On my next visit, I'm going to keep me eyes open for one. Looks like you ladies had a wonderful time in London! Any upcoming travel planned? #TravelTuesday

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  35. Pinning for later I think London would be a great starter euro trip for us

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  36. We loved London, too! What gorgeous pictures you have!

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  37. Nice suggestions! One of my dad's favourite memories from his London trip is riding the double decker bus. :) #TravelTuesday

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