It can be pretty overwhelming coming to London and deciding what to do! There’s soooooo much! Well relax, take a chill pill, all is well; a Londoner has written down 40 things for you to do….
Rent a Boris Bike. For £2 a day you can hire a Santander bike to ride around the city. Everyone calls them Boris Bikes after the great mayor who helped introduce them. Click here to find out where the docking stations are.
Grab a Full English. Regency Cafe’ on Regency Street is extremely popular for a Fry up for roughly £4, it was also in a scene of the movie ‘Layer Cake’. However, there’s loads of decent cafe’s serving great Full English breakfasts. Don’t forget the hash browns and black pudding.
Go to a Pub. You’ll Never be too far from a Pub in London. Grab some Pub Grub, take part in a pub quiz and of course have a Pint of whatever the bartender recommends.
Have Afternoon Tea. Afternoon tea is quint essentially British and comprises tea and snacks (mainly sandwiches, scones and cakes) to stem your hunger until your dinner. There are nearly 300 locations that serve afternoon tea, a comprehensive list can be found here.
Take a Black cab. This probably isn’t something you can afford to do all the time but you have to go in a black cab once. The cabbies usually have good chat and literally know every street in London off the top of their head. A study showed that black cab driver brains are actually wired differently to normal peoples. FACT.
Hop on bus. The red buses are sin-ominous with London and now the hop on and off ones with the open backs are back!….sort of. Find a route with a conductor and the rear doors will be open and you can hop on and off. Get an oyster card at a off-licence or tube station to save money and time!
Play table tennis on a night out. Head to Bounce in Holborn or Old Street. Table Tennis, Alcohol and food. It’s buzzing.
Visit Shoreditch. Waddup Hipster! This East London destination is young, vibrant, edgy and Hip. This place has great food, Shops, and a great bar scene.
Have a Curry in Brick Lane. Brick Lane in East London is pretty famous for its curry’s and you have to try one. The surrounding streets and areas also have great curry houses and bars as well.
Have a Beigel in Brick Lane. A staple for every Londoner at all times of the day and night is a beigel. Creme Cheese and Salmon is my personal favourite. Don’t forget to find the shop with he rainbow beigels. World famous and unique.
Go to a Football match. There are many football teams in London; Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Charlton and Fulham to name just a few. Most games are on a Saturday but some are during the evening midweek either on a Tuesday or Wednesday. 90 minutes of pure passion and entertainment guaranteed.
Ride the tube. Your’e going to feel like a sardine if you get caught up in rush hour so try to avoid 8-10am and 5-6pm on weekdays but otherwise the tube can be a pleasant experience zipping you from one destination to the next and has that true London feel.
Chill in a Royal Park. Many Parks across London are royal parks and are lovingly maintained. These are a great place to take have a picnic and relax. the parks are Hyde park, Green Park, Greenwich Park, Kensington Gardens, Bushy Park, Richmond Park, Regents Park and St James’s Park.
See the Deer in Richmond Park. The park has over 600 red and fallow deer roaming freely through the park. Going to this park transports you to another world in the middle of this bustling city. Just be careful you control your dog if you have one.
Visit Soho. Part of London’s west end this place is buzzing at night with tonnes of bars and china town. Check it out!
Primrose Hill. Just a short walk from Camden Market Primrose Hill offers great panoramic views of the city.
The Museums. THEY’RE FREE. The Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and Imperial War Museum are well worth a visit and can take up a whole day between them. The Famous dinosaur in the Natural History Museum is being replaced though 😦
Camden Market. My favourite Market – Camden is just plain different to everywhere else.
Street Feast. Only on during summer but these pop up festivals across East London provide some great independent food outlets and drink stalls.
Take a River Boat. The river is a great way to see the city. For not too much you can grab a normal commuter river boat from one peer to the next which will take in sights like Big Ben and the London Eye.
Harrods. The world famous department store in Knightsbridge has 7 floors and 330 departments. Choose from 27 restaurants. It can be a bit pricey but you could just walk around and then grab a McDonald’s 🙂
Visit Somerset House. This architectural treat over looks the River Thames and always has something going on. During the summer there is an open air cinema and during the winter there is an open air ice rink. There’s tonnes of other little events throughout the year as well. Check out the website.
Selfridges. This place doesn’t actually specialize in fridges but it’s a lovely place if you need some retail therapy.
Visit an O2 Academy. There is an O2 Academy in Brixton and one in Islington. They play live music from both famous artists and up and coming chaps. Good night out.
Visit the Theatre. Visit the West end; The Lion King, Billy Eliot, Les Miserables and countless others. You can get discounted tickets on the day from the theatre ticket stand in the middle of Leicester Square.
The Serpentine. On this lovely lake in the Hyde park you can swim, boat or just chill out on the deck chairs and watch the world go by.
Leadenhall Market. This beautiful covered Victorian market has been in many films and it a visit even if youre not going to buy anything.
BOXPARK. Situated right outside Shoreditch high street station BOXPARK is hipster heaven.
Shakespeare’s Globe. Situated in Southwark, Shakespeare’s globe is an oak and thatch roof replica of the original theatre in which Shakespeare’s plays were performed. There are many different performances on throughout the year. Check them out here.
Southbank Centre. This is Europe’s largest centre for the arts. Thousands of free events take place here each year as well as paid artistic productions. All of this is situated just next to the River Thames and is a great place to grab a drink on a hot summers day.
Visit the Olympic Park. Boy did we put on a good Olympics, no pressure Rio! Stroll through the Olympic park for free. Walk around the Olympic stadium and then chill out in the parks. I would say the orbit wasn’t worth it but they’re installing the biggest slide in the world on it…. so go!
Brick Lane Market. As if brick lane wasn’t good enough it has a bustling market every Sunday! You can find literally anything in this market and few things you wouldn’t expect to find. Very popular with artists and photographers.
Covent Garden. A lovely little place just up the road from Leicester Square. Basically really good food and drinks in the surroundings of an old covered market that is worth the visit alone.
Notting Hill. Not only the set for the famous movie but a great area for a true London feel. Check out Portobello market on Friday and Saturdays and stop by in August for the world famous Notting Hill carnival. Throughout the year this upmarket area has great bars and restaurants for you to enjoy.
Pimms O’ clock. I believe it is time for some Pimms. Urban dictionary defines this as ‘lazy happy days sitting in the sun with nothing to do and no need to worry about time’. Spot on.
Take a Dip in a Lido. Now surprisingly during summer in London we actually have a couple of really hot days. If you need to cool down and feel like a leisurely day out, visit one of London’s many Lidos. You have Hampstead Heath pools, Tooting Beck, Brockwell, Charlton, London Fields and the Oasis Sports Centre.
Grab a Kebab. OK we know its not English but us Brits love a good Kebab. Grab one on any local high street.
Watch Comedy for Free. Stand up is a great tradition in London and you don’t have to pay a dime to see some. Check out the Top Secret Comedy Club and The Theatre Royal Stratford East. Don’t be surprised if you become the but of a joke though!
Visit a Rooftop Bar. During the Summer months the roofs of London come alive. drinks with a view is in order. Check out a list of good bars here.
Visit the Japanese Gardens. Holland Park in Kensington & Chelsea contains the Kyoto Gardens which are relaxing Japanese gardens donated to the UK in 1991. Serious chill time.