Summer ’21 might be the perfect time to stay local and discover places close to home – so why not explore London, the UK’s fabulous capital?
London is one of the most iconic and historically significant cities in the world, with so much to offer tourists.
Above and below ground SplashMaps can help you make the most of your London visit – from that all important mask featuring a map of the London Underground to our sightseeing illustrated tourist map of London, we’ve got something for everyone in this great city and you won’t need to worry about batteries, signals and data…
London has plenty to offer whether you’ve got a day, a weekend, a week or more. Here’s our selection of must-see or do activities in London including some of the most famous spots in, which attract thousands and millions each year.
The view from the Shard
The Shard is the tallest building in Great Britain. It is 310 meters tall, and there are several observation decks that allow visitors to see the surroundings. The highest viewing deck is at about 230 meters and provides beautiful views as you explore London from a height.
The Tate Modern is situated near the Thames. It is a unique attraction for art lovers. It was opened in the year 2000, and it presents the important works of art from both the historical and contemporary periods. It is one of the museums and galleries you shouldn’t miss while in London.
The London Eye, like the Shard, offers amazing views of London. A ride on the London Eye takes around 30 minutes to complete. This modern Ferris wheel is one of London’s best sights. It opened in the year 2000, and it is one of the world’s leading tourist attractions.
St Paul’s Cathedral
One site that should not be missed when you explore London is St Paul’s Cathedral. This cultural landmark has been standing since the 1600s (construction started in 1675 and was completed around 1710, with services beginning in 1697). Tours run daily (except Sundays).
Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
Although Big Ben is currently undergoing restoration works and mostly covered with scaffolds it is still well worth a visit. The Houses of Parliament are situated in beautiful Gothic buildings on the Thames and the iconic tower hosting the Big Ben bell at its side.
Westminster Abbey, a UNESCO world heritage institution has been patronized by the Royal Family for generations. Most Royal Weddings were held here as well as many other official ceremonies. Take a tour and learn about the history surrounding the Abbey.
Borough Market is London’s most famous food market. It is home to a delightful array of street food. There’s something for everyone at Borough Market.
Covent Garden is one of London’s top attractions. It was constructed in the early 17th century and it is a great destination for shopping, dining, or entertainment. Of course there are plenty of things to do nearby as well!
Pop into Leicester Square if you’re looking for a place to take in some culture and the latest blockbusters. You’ll find cinemas, restaurants and cafes as well as shops selling art and jewellery on this busy square.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London was built around the year 1078 and it is a historical landmark, as well as a very beautiful building. It has served as an official residence for several English monarchs in the past centuries and houses the Crown Jewels
A visit to London wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace. Located just a stone’s throw from Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace has been the official home to British Royalty for hundreds of years.
Explore London with our London Range
Look the part when you explore London, find your way and stay safe with our face coverings in the form of the classic London Underground Map Mask and the London Underground Michelin Streetwise Toob Map. This Toob doubles as a mask and is based upon the original map design by Harry Beck in the 1940’s. It is specifically designed for Tourists and features an overlay of the key tourist sites for the prominent stations.
Add a splash of colour with the Vibrant City Toggle Toob or Vibrant City London Mask.
Alternatively get the old-school London A-Z map but on convenient, durable, washable and wearable fabric which you can shove in a bag or pocket without having to worry about folding.
Or our best recommendation this year – the London Illustrated SplashMap – a beautiful satin tourist map of London in Dickensian style with modern 3d renders of all the key landmarks mentioned above and many more. A great scarf or pocket square and an amazing guide to the capital.