Whether you’re a foodie, an art snob, or a bit of a history buff, London is your ideal destination. From bustling markets to buzzing museums to world-class attractions, this United Kingdom hotspot has it all. Ready to plan your trip? Find out what to do and where to stay in London.

Early Morning: Coffee First

London may be known for its tea, but the city has begun to make a name for itself in the coffee world, too. Get your day started with a cup of coffee at the industrial chic Association or Attendant, a former public toilet. Get some local flavor at Look Mum No Hands! or wait patiently for your Chemex filtered cuppa at Timberyard Seven Dials.

British Museum in Bloomsbury, London.
Interior of British Museum.

Midmorning: World-Class Museums

You’ll need several hours to do the British Museum or the National Gallery justice. If you only have a couple of hours or if you’re wary of museum fatigue, check out some of London’s less-visited but equally amazing museums and galleries.

For art and design that’s sure to get your creative juices flowing, visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, which has a whopping 4.5 million objects in its collection and displays everything from fashion to music to architectural objects. Peek into the life of an eclectic 19th-century London resident at the Wellcome Collection, which inspires curiosity with its exhibitions of medical oddities and tech-focused art.

To see London’s top modern and contemporary art, stop by the Tate Modern, which is located in a repurposed power station and hosts exhibitions that get tons of international buzz. For even more cutting-edge art, head to the Saatchi Gallery, where you can even buy a million-dollar photograph or two for your collection.

Noon: Market Stroll

London’s markets are legendary, and any foodie would be remiss not to forage at one or two. Borough Market is perhaps the most famous, and you could easily spend an entire day tasting the cheeses, sipping the cider, and ogling the fresh produce. Dozens of vendors serve up Indian, British, and Aussie dishes, so this is a great place to grab lunch.

In funky Camden, head to Camden Lock Market, which boasts over 100 stalls. Mixed in with vintage finds and quirky accessories, you’ll find vendors selling everything from falafel to arepas to burgers. In Hackney, make your way to Broadway Market for baked goods and fresh produce or stroll to nearby Netil Market for African or Asian bites.

On weekends, don’t miss Maltby Street Market near London Bridge or the Southbank Centre Market in Southbank. The former welcomes some of the city’s best street food vendors, while the latter features dozens of ethically minded producers.

Afternoon: Green Spaces and Historic Sites

If you’ve lucked out with a sunny day in London, stretch your legs in one of the city’s many lush green spaces. The large and beautifully manicured Regent’s Park won’t disappoint, and Kensington Gardens is a great spot for a picnic. For something a little less on the beaten path, try Hampstead Heath, where you’ll find some of the city’s best free views, or Battersea Park, a hotspot in South London.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace in Westminster, London.

If you’re in the mood for an indoor venue, pay a visit to the iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral or book a tour of Big Ben. If you’re feeling regal, head to Buckingham Palace for a behind-the-scenes tour of the state rooms.

Evening: Meal With a View

London has a skyline that doesn’t disappoint, and you’ll want to take it all in while you enjoy one of the best meals in the city. The Shard, London’s distinctive, glass-encased skyscraper, is home to some of the city’s best splurge-worthy restaurants. Whether you dine on international fare at the 30th-floor Aqua Shard or you enjoy Chinese fine dining at the 31st-floor Hutong, you’ll have the chance to gaze at the stunning city below.

If you’d rather stay grounded, grab a table at a riverside spot like Coppa Club, which has a Thames-side terrace to die for. In fact, with views of both the Shard and the Tower Bridge, you might not know where to look first. Share a few small plates or get something from the grill, and toast with a glass or two of bubbly.

Night: Dazzling Shows

The West End is the city’s theatrical epicenter, and no matter what type of shows you like, you’ll find a performance that will knock your socks off here. Check the West End theater listings and get tickets before you go or be spontaneous and grab some last-minute tickets on the day of the show.

Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss the live action version in the form of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which is at the Palace Theatre through summer 2018. If you love the golden age of musicals, catch “42nd Street” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane through fall 2017. One of the newest comedies to hit London, “Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour,” is also one of the most popular, and you’ll find it at the Duke of York’s Theatre through summer 2017.

West End Theatre
Theater in London’s West End.

Where to Stay in London

London is a massive city spread out over 607 square miles, so you’ll want to choose your accommodations carefully. Pick your favorite neighborhood and find a hotel, hostel, or private rental in your budget range.

Top Hotels

It’s easy to get lost in London’s many large hotels, like the conveniently located Park Plaza Westminster and the budget-friendly Royal National Hotel. If you’re looking for something with a little more personality, however, check out some of the top boutique hotels in London.

If you’re looking for indie luxury, book a room at the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch. With a hip restaurant, a basement club, and artsy rooms, this is a sure bet. If Shoreditch isn’t your thing, try the Artist Residence London in quiet Pimlico, where you’ll get lots of extra space to spread out in loft-style accommodations. If you’re planning to check out East London, stay at the Hoxton Hotel, a trendy spot with affordable rooms in an awesome location.

Train enthusiasts will love the Great Northern Hotel, which is located near rail stations St. Pancras and King’s Cross and even features rail-inspired rooms. Book a sleeper carriage-style room, snag a few cakes from the pantry, and dig on the sleek wooden bar.

Best Hostels

Visiting London can get expensive, but there’s no need to break the bank, especially if you don’t mind sharing a room. Check out the best hostels in London and find the top private or dorm-style rooms.

One of the most affordable hostels in London, SoHostel is also one of the best picks in town. Located in the heart of Soho, this spot features large dorm rooms and a fun bar where you’re bound to meet fellow guests.

When you stay at the Safestay Holland Park, you’ll situate yourself in the center of one of London’s poshest neighborhoods and still have plenty of money left over for shopping. This highly rated hostel features inexpensive dorm rooms with bunk beds, along with a few private rooms and family rooms. Don’t miss views from the rooftop terrace.

Coolest Private Rentals

London has a habit of drawing in visitors and making them want to stay for a week, a month, or longer. If you want to see what it’s like to live here, forgo the hotels and hostels and choose a private rental in London instead. You’ll get to settle into your neighborhood of choice, relax in your private flat, and get to know an area like the back of your hand. Since London has nearly 50 distinct neighborhoods, however, you’ll need to be choosy. Pick from one of these trendy spots and see what local districts of London are all about.

If you have upscale tastes, set your sights on Kensington or Knightsbridge. The former boasts streets lined with regal buildings nestled among foodie hotspots, must-visit museums, and lush green spaces. Knightsbridge is home to some of the city’s best shopping, hottest cars, and swankiest dining spots.

Notting Hill
Notting Hill neighborhood in West London.

For posh on a smaller scale, head to Notting Hill or Fitzrovia. The former is one of the most quaint neighborhoods in London, and its charming homes and neighborhood markets make for prime Instagram shots. Fitzrovia has come into its own more recently, and here you’ll find upscale shopping along with artsy music venues and plenty of pubs.

If you’re looking for something a bit more punk rock, set your sights on Brixton, Whitechapel, or Shoreditch. Brixton has long welcomed those searching for something a little different, and it’s still one of the most diverse spots in London, with plenty of markets and popups. In Whitechapel, you’ll find some of the city’s best food next door to avant-garde art and cutting-edge markets. On the north side of the city, Shoreditch is one of London’s buzziest up-and-coming neighborhoods, with tons of industrial appeal and space for creatives to express themselves.

With so much to do and see, planning a trip to London can seem a little overwhelming. Keep calm and organize your getaway with GoDoTrip to make sure you don’t miss a thing.