You’ve often heard London, home of Foxtrail, being described as the greatest city in the world. But have you stopped to think why? We believe there are two key reasons: firstly, there’s the incredible range of attractions, and secondly there’s the rich cultural diversity of the city itself.

Things to do in London, old and new

There’s so much to see and do in London that it’s easy to forget its home to millions of people. They go about their daily business, used to seeing some of the amazing sites all over the city.

With more than 2,000 years of rich history, it’s no surprise there are more landmarks and iconic historical buildings in London than just about any other city in the world. Palaces, cathedrals and monuments are testament to the days when Britain ruled the waves, and just about everything else.

London sightseeing is simple. You just step outside and there’s usually something awesome just around the corner.

And it’s not only older attractions, like the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Abbey that get all the attention. London has been careful to welcome new attractions constantly so that return visitors will always find something new to do.

That’s why the Mayor of London’s official agency London and Partners was so keen to work with new London activities like Foxtrail. We provide something completely different, an urban treasure trail across the city, giving visitors the chance to solve clues and explore the area on foot. It’s one of the new quirky things to do in London that also lets you enjoy old sites like Southwark Cathedral or Winchester Palace.

Let’s not forget that much of London’s awesomeness is free. You can visit many of the galleries, monuments and exhibitions without spending anything at all!

A rich and diverse culture

London has been a centre of trade and commerce for centuries. Home to kings and queens and the base of the British Empire, it has always attracted merchants and visitors from all over the world.

It means the capital became cosmopolitan and it’s always embraced the various cultures that came with it. Nowadays, London is actively inclusive and it’s this extraordinary range of nationalities, religions and ways of life that make the city so unique.

Visit London and see it for yourself

Even if you’ve been many times, there are always things to do in London. We’d love to show you Foxtrail, the newest of the many fun activities in London.

Foxtrail allows you to see many of the great landmarks of the city while you explore on foot, trying to keep to the trail by finding and solving cunning clues along the way.

It’s a four-mile treat, so you’ll get plenty of fresh air and exercise in teams of two to seven people. Take as long as you wish, stopping off at the main key sites on our first route (called Lancelot). But if you press on, it will still take you up to four hours!

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London’s awash with history. We’re so lucky that at every turn our capital city has ancient landmarks, palaces, cathedrals and buildings. What better way to see them than on a fun urban treasure trail?

Foxtrail is a new addition to the wide variety of London tourist attractions, with teams working together to find clues, solve riddles and crack puzzles to follow a walking route around the city in the quickest time (you don’t have to race!).

Here are some cool historical facts about our Lancelot route

Southwark Cathedral

There’s been a church on this site for more than 1,000 years. Before that it was a Roman villa. Its pavement was incorporated into the floor. Excavations discovered a well and a pagan statue below the choir! London sightseeing around London Bridge and the South Bank should always include this beautiful cathedral.

Winchester Palace

Dating back from the early Middle Ages, this 13th-century palace is now in ruins. But it makes for one of the fascinating things to see in London on the Foxtrail route. It was once one of London’s most important buildings, home to the Bishops of Winchester. Today, you can still see the remaining Great Hall walls and rose window. There’s also a medieval style garden in the ruins.

Isaac Newton’s House

Sir Isaac Newton famously worked out that, thanks to gravity, what goes up must come down. Unfortunately, his former home at 35 St Martin’s Street came down some time after his death in 1727.

While he didn’t come up with the law of gravity here, he did build himself a nice little observatory on the roof. It’s reckoned a lucky American snapped up the famous observatory for £100 in the 1860s.

Ships on the Thames

Ships have been synonymous with the River Thames since the first settlements. From the old, a replica of the Golden Hind is docked at Southwark. Sir Francis Drake sailed the Golden Hind on his jaunt around the globe, sponsored by Queen Elizabeth I.

Nearby, the “modern” HMS Belfast is still moored up proudly in the shadow of Tower Bridge. Now a museum and one of the popular places to visit in London, she saw service at the D-Day Landings as well as the Korean War.

Somerset House

First built in 1547, it’s current incarnation dates back to 1776. Behind exhibitions, film sets and its now-famous winter ice rink there’s some interesting history.

For instance, the North Wing’s four statues from 1778 represent the then-know four continents. The America statue bears a spear – because at the time we were at war with America!

St Katharine Docks

Once a hub of trade with goods coming up the River Thames from all over the world, St Katharine’s, just to the east of Tower Bridge is now an oasis of calm, away from the traffic offering shops and eateries. A pleasant stop-off on any London attractions walk, the current dock was constructed by Sir Thomas Telford and opened officially in 1828.

To see fascinating historical sites like these, join Foxtrail for a treasure trail across the city.