Things to do in London
Every day, I find something new about London. It is a vibrant, fun and exciting place to live but probably rather daunting for a tourist arriving for only a few days! My suggestions for things to do in London are set out below.
Views of London
- Book tickets in advance for free entrance to the Sky Garden in the Walkie Talkie building by Fenchurch Street in the City. Whilst in the area, have a drink at the Heron Tower and the Gherkin.
- Climb the 311 steps to the top of Monument which was built after the Great Fire of London (only £4.50)
- Go to the View at The Shard or just go for a cocktail in one of the restaurants below. Still see the same stunning views and get more for your money.
- Climb to the top of the O2 in North Greenwich with harnesses and / or get the cable cars. Visit Greenwich Village (separate place) afterwards and go Greenwich Park, the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory.
- Visit the beautiful St Pauls and get the lift at One New Change to the top to see lovely views of St Pauls
- Go to Westminster and see Big Ben, walk to Whitehall and make your way to Buckingham Palace
- Go to see a show at the West End. Visit bustling Piccadilly Circus and go to Leicester Square and visit Soho, Chinatown and Trafalgar Square
- Go to a park – especially if it is warm go to St James Park, Green Park or Hyde Park and wander through away from the bustle of London.
- Visit Covent Garden Piazza for street performers, cute shops and tons of restaurants and bars.
- Go shopping at Oxford Street and Regents Street.
London by the River
- Go on a cruise of the River Thames
- Walk from London Bridge via Borough Market where hundreds of street food vendors offer a wide range of cuisines. There are many stalls offering homemade produce including cheese, meat and fudge. Expect it to be busy but it is worth a visit. Then walk down by the River for around 30 minutes (taking in the views) until you reach Southbank where the London Eye is (look out for 241 tickets in advance). There are normally street performers in Southbank and sometimes comedy festivals, live bands and more street food stalls.
- Visit the Tower of London and visit the walkaway over Tower Bridge.
- Go to museums for free – The National History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A are all in South Kensington.
- Head West and visit Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market.
- Visit Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park
- Walk from Little Venice along the canal to Regent’s Park
- Visit Brick Lane to see the markets, street food, curryhouses and graffiti art. Whilst nearby, go to Spitalfields market where they sell clothes, books, antiques and more.
- Visit Colombia Road Flower Market and Broadway Market
- Visit Victoria Park and its Market on a Sunday
Restaurants and Bars in London
There are so many tips for restaurants and bars in London on my blog:
East London Girl: Things to do in London