If you are visiting London for the first time, there are some sites that you can’t miss. Whether you want to explore the city as a tourist or you prefer to blend in like a local, you should read on for some ideas for your London trip.

British Museum

The British Museum opened its doors in 1759. Inside its walls, you’ll find 8 million works related to human history, art, and culture. Here’s a helpful guide to some of the must-see wonders featured in the museum. One of the most fascinating (and macabre) objects is the helmet and crushed skull from Ur, an ancient city found in Iraq. The skull and helmet belong to a soldier from 2,500 BC. The best thing about the British Museum is that it’s free. Make sure you get there early to avoid the crowds.

Tower of London

If you’re a fan of history, you definitely need to check out the Tower of London. The Tower of London is a popular attraction, so if you go be prepared for long lines and a high admission fee. Within the Tower of London’s walls, you’ll find the Crown Jewels and the location where many famous Tudors met their grisly end by beheading. Take a nighttime tour to learn about the Tower of London’s spooky history. (Unfortunately, this attraction is only available from November to April, so plan your trip accordingly if you’re interested.)

Football Match

Don’t like history or think the above attractions are too touristy? Take in a football match like a London native. If you’re unfamiliar with soccer, this site is a handy guide. As long as you visit London between August and May, you’ll be sure to find a match to watch. Soccer is serious business in London. To get a sense of how important soccer is to Londoners, read this article. At least 14 professional soccer teams call London home, so you’ll have many options to choose from should you decide to watch a game.

Food and Drink

Where do the locals eat in London? Vegetarians should have a look at this list for some ideas. If steak is more of your preference, GQ recently published an article on London’s best steak restaurants. You definitely won’t go hungry when you visit London, and you won’t lack options. Make sure you do your research beforehand so that the choices don’t overwhelm you when you reach the city. If you want to grab a drink but like a challenge, pick one of the bars on this list. Many of these bars require a password for entry and are located in unusual locations.

London is a wonderful city with a lot to offer visitors. When you visit, you’ll find history, delicious food, great shopping, and beautiful parks. Since the city has so much to offer, planning and research are essential if you want to make the best of your trip. I hope the ideas and links I’ve shared are a great starting point for your own trip!