What to do in London Virtually: See England’s Capital from Home

Last Updated on 28/04/2021

During a time when global travel is an impossibility, many of us are looking for new ways to explore. A number of the world’s top attractions are using technology to bring their exhibitions to your living room. Our guide to what to do in London virtually means you can see England’s capital without leaving your home.

We’ve researched the virtual offerings from some of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. This guide compiles the best 11 virtual tours so you can get the London experience from the comfort of your own home. So bake yourself a scone, grab a cup of tea and come see what London has to offer (no umbrella necessary!)

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Do you want to visit London, England, but are unable to travel? Fear not! Here are 11 things to do in London from the comfort of your own home. These virtual tours mean you can see all the places on your London bucket list. Whether you’re interested in the history of the city and want to see Big Ben or the Tower of London, or you fancy a trip to the theatre, our guide outlines all of the London essentials. Packed full of tips and ideas, click the pin now to check out your virtual itinerary!

What to do in London Virtually

Below is our complete guide to what to do in London virtually. You can enjoy all of these top London attractions for free from the comfort of your own home. Keep reading to find out which attractions have great virtual tours on offer and click the links to try them out yourself.

Orientation

As with any trip, the best place to start is orientating yourself with the city. Where better to do that in London than from the top of the spectacular London Eye? This London virtual tour features 360 views of some of the top attractions in the city.

From your vantage point of the London Eye, you can take in the striking London skyline. From here, you can jump to other popular attractions including the Museum of London, ZSL London Zoo, Westminster Abbey and many more. You have the opportunity to take in a 360 view of each of these attractions to see them from a unique perspective. Top tip: be sure to look up to take in some impressive ceilings!

Your tour starts here.

Tower of London

The Tower of London is a 12-acre royal castle in central London. The oldest part of the tower, the White Tower was built in 1078. Today, the tower is a popular tourist attraction, as visitors are keen to learn more about the building’s notorious past and admire the Crown Jewels.

Similar to the orientation tour, the Tower of London tour comprises of a series of 360-degree images that you can pan around. As you take in the imposing structure of the tower, an audio tour guides you through its history.

The audio tour is complemented by photos and videos as you are introduced to the guardians of the town – 9 ravens who call the Tower their home. You can admire the stunning Crown Jewels and learn about the dark side of the tower’s torturous history.

Your tour starts here.

Buckingham Palace

Every year around 15 million tourists flock to London to see Buckingham Palace. This London residence of the Queen is often center-stage of royal life in Britain. Buckingham Palace has been the principal royal residency since Queen Victoria’s ascension in 1837.

This virtual sneak peek gives you a taste of royal life. You can explore the Throne Room, Grand Staircase and White Drawing Room via panoramic images. There are also several videos and articles about the Queen, which are full of fascinating insights into the life of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Your tour starts here.

Palace of Westminster and the Houses of Parliament

Britain’s Houses of Parliament meet to debate in the Palace of Westminster. Parliament has met at this site since the 13th century, although much of the original building was destroyed by fire in 1834. Extensive refurbishment work on the Palace is due to start in the next decade and could take up to 6 years to complete.

With this 360 degree virtual tour, you can see what it is like to walk the halls with Britain’s politicians. You can experience both the Chambers of the House of Lords and House of Commons. You also glimpse the Robing Room, Westminster Hall, the Royal Gallery, as well as several other intriguing rooms.

Your tour starts here.

10 Downing Street

For the majority of people, the only view of 10 Downing Street we will see is through an armored and heavily-guarded fence. Number 10 has been the home of the UK Prime Minister since 1905. 10 Downing Street is not open to the public, so only a handful of people have an opportunity to experience what it has to offer inside.

This virtual tour provides a unique glimpse and gives you a snapshot of life behind the black door. The 360 images capture rooms such as the great staircase, cabinet room, and Prime Minister’s office. A tiny but insightful preview of this grand home of approximately 100 rooms.

Your tour starts here.

What to do in London virtually 10 Downing Street virtual tour

Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is the famous backdrop to the Proms, a summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts. Throughout the year, the Royal Albert Hall hosts a number of events as well as the Proms, including ballet, theatre, and musical performances.

The virtual tour uses Google Street View’s 360-degree panoramic imagery so you can take a stroll through the beautiful auditorium. Be sure to look up to take in the height and the impressive ceiling!

Your tour starts here.

ZSL London Zoo

London Zoo first opened in 1838, making it the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Today, the zoo houses a collection of 673 species of animals, with 19,289 individuals, which means it is one of the largest collections in the UK.

This selection of videos brings you a unique perspective of behind the scenes at the zoo. You can hear from the expert zookeepers about the animals to learn more about the variety of species that calls the zoo their home. You can also witness some adorable animal antics from the residents!

Your tour starts here.

What to do in London virtually ZSL London Zoo virtual tour

Hampton Court Palace

This royal palace is located about 12 miles from central London. The palace is maintained and exhibits the Tudor life of Henry VIII, his wives, and children. This was one of Henry’s most favored residences, and you can still experience the grandeur of his residency today.

On the Hampton Court Palace website, you can read articles and watch videos on some of the main Palace highlights. These include Henry VIII’s Great Hall, the Haunted Gallery, Tudor Kitchens, and the beautiful gardens.

Your tour starts here.

The British Museum

The British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture. The museum’s permanent collection features over eight million works and is among the largest in existence. The museum first opened to the public in 1759 and it has expanded significantly over the years as the collection has grown.

There are many ways you can explore the British Museum from home, including searching over 2 million records in their online collection. You can also take a virtual stroll through the galleries and read interesting facts about the key artifacts via their website. Perhaps the most exciting is the fact that the Museum is the world’s largest indoor space on Google Street View and you can go on a virtual visit to more than 60 galleries.

Your tour starts here.

What to do in London virtually British Museum virtual tour

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum in London is home to nearly 80 million items and is made up of 5 main collections; botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. The museum was established almost 140 years ago, and as such, features collections of great historical value. Among some of the most prized possessions are specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

The Natural History Museum offers an extensive virtual museum collection online. You can take an audio tour guided by David Attenborough around the Hintze Hall, take a virtual tour of the museum, and learn more about the museum’s iconic blue whale. They also have an extensive archive of videos, photographs, and articles that will help you uncover fascinating insights into the natural world.

Your tour starts here.

What to do in London virtually Natural History Museum virtual tour

Shakespeare’s Globe

To round off your virtual tour of London, take a seat at the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and catch a show. The theatre is a reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays. Although the theatre opened in 1997, it is considered a fairly accurate reconstruction of the Elizabethan theatre experience.

From 6th April until 28th June, Shakespeare’s Globe is streaming performances of 6 plays on their Youtube channel. Each play is available for 2 weeks, before being rotated, so make sure you tune in to catch each one. This unique opportunity gives you the chance to experience the atmosphere of the Globe, while taking in some of Shakespeare’s most famous works.

Grab a seat and enjoy the show!

Visiting London in Person?

Are you feeling inspired to visit London and see these incredible places in person? If you are, why not add one of these great tours to your itinerary?

What to do in London Virtually

So this is our guide to what to do in London virtually. We hope you enjoy your virtual visit to the city! What is your favorite London attraction to visit in real life or virtually? Let us know in the comments!

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Do you want to visit London, England, but are unable to travel? Fear not! Here are 11 things to do in London from the comfort of your own home. These virtual tours mean you can see all the places on your London bucket list. Whether you’re interested in the history of the city and want to see Big Ben or the Tower of London, or you fancy a trip to the theatre, our guide outlines all of the London essentials. Packed full of tips and ideas, click the pin now to check out your virtual itinerary!
Do you want to visit London, England, but are unable to travel? Fear not! Here are 11 things to do in London from the comfort of your own home. These virtual tours mean you can see all the places on your London bucket list. Whether you’re interested in the history of the city and want to see Big Ben or the Tower of London, or you fancy a trip to the theatre, our guide outlines all of the London essentials. Packed full of tips and ideas, click the pin now to check out your virtual itinerary!

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14 thoughts on “What to do in London Virtually: See England’s Capital from Home”

    • The Globe is one of my favourite places! It is definitely worth catching some of the live stream performances while they are available!

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  1. I love this post because I was booked to visit London next month and had to cancel. So, my first trip in the future will be to this wonderful city. Can’t wait!

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    • I’m so sorry to hear that your trip has been cancelled! I hope you can try out some of the attractions virtually to get a taste of what is in store for when you’re able to visit. I hope you’ll be able to visit soon!

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    • I’ll join you! London Zoo is a wonderful place! It’s amazing how many attractions you are able to visit virtually! I’m pleased that there are so many great London attractions on offer!

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  2. You’ve paid a great tribute to this amazing city! I live here and especially love Natural History Museum – need to go back for more visits! Watched some great concerts at Royal Albert Hall too 🙂 Loved this post!

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    • I’m really pleased you enjoyed the post! It’s such a sad time that people can’t get out and enjoy London right now, but hopefully, before too long it will be safe to get out again and we can enjoy these attractions in person once more. In the meantime, I’m loving these virtual tours so I can at least pretend I’m out exploring! I’ve never visited the Royal Albert Hall in person so it’s is on my list for a future visit!

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    • Isn’t London a wonderful city? I’m glad we could help bring a little bit of London to you until it’s safe for you to visit again in person!

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  3. Great post! I visited London last year and there were definitely some things on this list that I unfortunately didn’t get to, so it’s great that I can do them virtually.

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    • There is so much to see in London! I’ve visited numerous times and STILL have a huge list of attractions that I want to visit! It is great being able to experience some new ones virtually until I’m able to visit again in person.

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