10+ Things to Do in London for Adults During Your Vacation (Ideas for Couples & Groups of Friends)

April 24, 2017 2:50 pm

London is one of the most fantastic, global cities in the world. It’s filled with top attractions and significant historical structures, plus some of the best dining and shopping opportunities you’ll find anywhere.

Whether you’re interested in exploring the expansive history of London’s churches and buildings, or if you prefer the appeal of modern attractions, you’ll be able to enjoy a full itinerary of London activities on your next trip.

If you’re looking for things to do in London for adults, check out our list of the top activities that couples and groups of friends will enjoy, including…

  • Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Madame Tussauds London
  • Hop-On Hop-Off London Bus Tour
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • The London Dungeon
  • Changing of the Guard Walking Tour
  • River Thames Cruises
  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • Wembley Stadium Tour
  • Explore the Royal Parks
  • and more…

Save on Admission to Popular Adult Attractions

Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the London Explorer Pass.

Choose as you go from top London activities and save up to 35% off combined admission vs paying at the gate.

See all available passes and London based attractions – Learn more.

Coca-Cola London Eye

London Eye

Take a ride to the top of the world’s most famous observation wheel. The Coca-Cola London Eye is not just a signature element of the London Skyline – it’s also a fun activity for any new visitor to London.

See the banks of the River Thames and all the iconic buildings clustered along its expanses.

It’s the perfect opportunity to get those amazing aerial photos that look just like postcards!

Getting In: Coca-Cola London Eye admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds London

Fans of celebrity culture – including the Royal Family – will love a visit to the original Madame Tussauds.

It’s where the global phenomenon first began, so a visit here will teach you all about the history of the original Madame T, including her techniques and inspiration.

Plus, there’s no other way to actually meet the Queen (unless you’re super famous yourself, that is!).

Getting In: Madame Tussauds London admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Hop-on Hop-off London Bus Tour

London Explorer Big Bus

New to the city? Try out a London Bus Tour to explore the many diverse neighborhoods and regions of this bustling metropolis.

It can be really difficult to navigate your way around the city on your own, especially without an Oyster Card and a local’s knowledge of where to find what.

Fortunately, a guided bus tour is a great way to see the city without worrying about the hassle of directions. It’s also an iconic London attraction – those double-decker buses just scream Britain!

A hop-on hop-off option is perfect for those travelers who like to pick and choose on the go, too.

Getting In: Big Bus London admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral London

Pay a visit to one of the most beautiful and historic churches in all of England – which is saying something in a country with such a long history.

Its instantly recognizable dome is just the beginning with St. Paul’s. The interior is gorgeously decorated, from the Cathedral floor to the crypts to the three major galleries housed within the dome.

Join up with a guided walking tour to see the areas not typically open to the public. Or, if you have less time, take a shortened, self-guided tour.

Getting In: St. Paul’s Cathedral admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

The London Dungeon

London dungeon with London Explorer Pass

This is one moderately scary and delightfully campy attraction. See a millennia of history brought to life in terrifying and enjoyable ways, as you glide past 19 live shows.

See the plague-ridden streets of the early modern period, shudder at what could have been with Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot, and look behind you at every turn through Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel.

End it all with a visit to the Tavern, a delightful Victorian pub experience which serves up tasty (modern) beer.

Getting In: The London Dungeon admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Changing of the Guard Walking Tour London

We’ve all seen those iconic London palace guards on television as they perform their perfectly synchronized movements.

Now’s your chance to tour the city and see the several different companies performing their “changing of the guard,” a rare sight.

Plus, you’ll get to enjoy photo opportunities of other major landmarks along the way, including Westminster Abbey, St. James’ Place, and Buckingham Palace.

Getting In: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Animal Attractions

Things to do in London in the Summer

There is much to enjoy in London for animal lovers, whether you prefer critters from land or from the sea.

SEA LIFE Aquarium escorts you on a magical journey throughout the waters of the world, with multiple massive tanks that will make you feel just like you’re strolling at the bottom of the ocean.

The London Zoo offers a different perspective, featuring multiple innovative exhibits like “In With the Spiders,” “Penguin Beach,” and “Land of the Lions,” their newest and most popular attraction.

Getting In: SEA LIFE London Aquarium admission and London Zoo admission are both available with the London Explorer Pass.

River Thames Cruises

River Cruise with London Explorer Pass

Hop aboard this enjoyable 40-minute cruise for a unique chance at sightseeing along the River Thames.

You’ll learn all about London’s most significant landmarks, like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower Bridge (see more about that below), and more.

It’s also the perfect time to get some of the more memorable photos of your entire trip.

If you’re traveling as a couple and would prefer something little more romantic, try out the Sundowner/River Lights Cruise, a two-hour excursion that takes place just at sunset.

Sip sparkling wine, listen to live jazz, and nosh on some fancy snacks as you watch the city illuminate.

Getting In: London Eye River Cruise admission and River Lights Cruise admission are both available with the London Explorer Pass.

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Things to do in London for Adults

The Tower Bridge is among the most recognizable landmarks in Central London.

It was a historic feat of engineering when it was built over 120 years ago, and still stands today as an impressive structure straddling the River Thames.

Walk between the two towers along a glass-bottom walkway, where you can look down to see the passage of traffic below you – not for the faint of heart!

You’ll also learn all about how the bridge works, and how it was constructed in Victorian England.

Getting In: Tower Bridge Exhibition admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Ghost Bus Tours

The Ghost Bus Tours in London

One of the most terrifying attractions in all of London is the Ghost Bus Tour. It’s both entertaining (in a gruesome and morbid fashion) and informative, and all kinds of scary.

This adults-only ride is fun for the thrill-seekers who love a good fright, as you ride along the Necrobus – a double-decker vehicle that was previously used to transport diseased and dead bodies.

The tour also highlights much of London’s murky past, including torture, murder, hanging, and more.

Getting In: London Ghost Bus Tour admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Wembley Stadium Tour

Wembley Stadium Tour London

Sports fans will want to spend some time at the famed Wembley Stadium. Home to the English National Team and FA Cup action, this historic arena is the perfect place to learn all about England’s national passion – football.

Some of the top sites you’ll get to enjoy on the tour include the Royal Box, England’s Changing Rooms, the Press Conference Rooms, the Player’s Tunnel, and more.

Hold a replica of the FA Cup Trophy, and scope out the original flag from the 1948 Olympic Games.

Getting In: Wembley Stadium Tour admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Royal London Bike Tour

London Bike Tours with the London Explorer Pass

Perfect for active couples or friends, a bike tour of London is a great way to see the city while getting some exercise.

Take a 4-hour journey throughout London’s most famous neighborhoods and see all the hotspots and hidden gems you venture past. Some highlights of the tour include the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, The Royal Parks, Kensington Square, Trafalgar Square, and many more.

Halfway through, you’ll be able to pause for some lunch (try the fish and chips!) or a pint!

Getting In: Royal London Bike Tour admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Pop Culture Walking Tours

Sherlock Holmes Tour London

One of the big benefits for pop culture fans of visiting London is the opportunity you’ll have to really delve into British cinema and television.

Whether you’d follow the Doctor in his TARDIS any time of day, or like to pretend you’re solving mysteries alongside Sherlock and Watson, or wish you could be as mysterious and talented as James Bond, there’s a walking tour for you.

Tour sites where these TV shows and movies were filmed, and learn about their cultural significance to a British audience.

Getting In: Doctor Who Walking Tour admission, Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour admission, and James Bond Walking Tour admission are all available with the London Explorer Pass.

Pub Meals

The Rising Sun London

Of course, you can’t visit London without at least a few hours spent in a traditional pub.

Whether you’re a drinker or not, it’s important to try out some of the local fare, like the immensely popular fish and chips or even just London’s take on a burger.

Check out the Royal Oak Pub or the Rising Sun Pub for some authentic décor and tasty food.

With the London Explorer Pass, you’ll get an appetizer, main course, and beverage from a specific menu. Of course, you can order other things as well!

Getting In: Royal Oak Pub meals and Rising Sun Pub meals are both available with the London Explorer Pass.

Explore the Royal Parks

Visit Royal Parks and Kew Gardens London

If you’re a real nature lover, then you’ve come to the right place. London’s eighteenth-century fascination with nature means that this city is one of the most diverse in terms of open greenspaces and botanical gardens.

Looking to stroll around, toss a Frisbee, or have a picnic? Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, or St. James’s Park are great options.

Prefer to see a collection of exotic plants and domestic ones side by side? The Royal Gardens at Kew are an absolutely fabulous must-see attraction.

Getting In: Admission to various parks and gardens is separately ticketed and is not included with the London Explorer Pass; some parks are free to explore.

London Shopping

Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or just love to shop, London is the right destination for you. With a wide variety of shops from the high end to fast fashion, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for at practically any price point.

For some of the best shopping in London, head to Oxford Street, where you’ll find the famous Selfridges, as well as favorites Top Shop and Primark.

Got a massive budget? Bond Street and Mayfair are the areas where you’ll find high-end luxury goods.

Bargain hunting or looking for something unique? Try out Covent Garden.

Remember to Save on Admission

London is a charming destination for adults, from adventurous groups of friends to exploring couples.

It’s got a little bit of everything, so you know that you’ll be able to find a ton to love about this cosmopolitan capital.

Remember, many of these great activities are available on the London Explorer Pass, where you can save up to 35% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

Happy Travels!

 

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