Interactive Travel Guide – What to do in London

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I recently I started a new series on LandLopers, the Interactive Travel Guide. The idea is to highlight one city or country every week and then get the best recommendations from you all. By the end of the week, we hopefully will have created the best tips not from guide books, but from real people.

To continue this social media experiment, this week I want to highlight London.

London is a remarkable city, extremely modern but with hints of its long history found throughout the metropolis. One of my favorite activities is to visit the Imperial War Museum.

The Museum is tucked away in a SE London neighborhood off Lambeth Road and although it has a fairly intimidating name, this museum is easy to get to and thoroughly enjoyable.

Imperial War Museum, London

The Imperial War Museum, to be technical, is a system of museums throughout the United Kingdom including the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms and the HMS Belfast. For the purposes of this post though, I want to focus on the IWM London.

What is most interesting is that the museum building was formerly the central portion of Bethlem Royal Hospital, or Bedlam. The museum, which opened in 1920, has been housed in its current location since 1936 and the collections encompass all military campaigns involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War.

Some of the highlights include a remarkable collection of war time posters with such classic taglines as “Keep Calm and Carry On,” a current exhibition about life in the trenches and a jaw-dropping collection of war machines.

Plan on spending at least a few hours here as some of the permanent exhibitions are quite thorough and well worth the time. Also plan on visiting another IWM facility in London, the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms located near Westminster.

NOW it’s your turn. Please comment and tell us your favorite thing to do, see or eat in London. If you haven’t been yet, please let us know what you would most like to do.

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By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Also follow Matt on Twitter, Facebook and

5 Responses

  1. eurotrip tips

    I’ve been to the museum and found it fascinating. The layout is very well done and the gift shop very extensive. When I was there, they were hosting a special exhibit on the Jews of WWII. It was so interesting I didn’t have the time to get to the end!

    Definitely worth the detour. It’s easy to get to by bus or tube.

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  2. Rebecca

    St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey are awesome. Beautiful outside and inside, though you have to pay to get in. British museum and British library are on my to do list.

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  3. Eddie

    Another great place to visit for free in London is the Wallace Collection with its ‘suggestive selection’ of art.

    If you are in the UK you might want to check out some of these ideas of places to visit in Manchester

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  4. Matt

    My favorite spot in London is the one-two punch of the Tate Modern museum followed by lunch at the nearby Borough Market. Admission to the museum is free (though specific exhibits will have an entrance fee), and it’s an amazing collection.

    After walking through the museum you’ll undoubtedly be hungry or thirsty. The restaurant at the Tate is fine and dandy, but I recommend a quick walk to the Borough Market. One of my favorite food markets in the world, it’s got something for everybody! I regret visiting there on my last day in London, as there were so many great buys, but most of which I couldn’t get through customs! There’s a great chocolatier, and I recommend checking out the cafe at Applebee’s fishmonger.

    In an entirely different part of London, I’d say check out Hyde Park for a relaxing afternoon. Nearby I’d recommend The Holly Bush for the quintessential British Pub experience.

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    • Matt

      Doh, I meant Hampstead Heath, though Hyde Park is in fact nice too.

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