London never gets old. Here’s a list of 33 things to see and do in the English capital.
One of the world’s most popular cities, distilling London down to just 33 things is a challenge. London is Europe’s beating heart and Brexit will never change that.
As the European hub of art, culture, food, entertainment and every other good thing you can think of, being bored in London is simply not an option. What’s more, you don’t even need pockets full of cash to enjoy it all. There are several options that won’t cost you a penny. Here are 33 things to see and do during your time in London.
1. Take the glass elevator to Sushi Samba on Liverpool Street and enjoy a cocktail. The views over the city will blow you away.
2. Catch a show in the West End – or Theatreland as it is also known. There are dozens to choose from and plenty of availability on the day if you go for tickets early. You can even find discounted tickets at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square.
3. Sit at the bottom of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square and watch the world go by.
4. Enjoy wine and show tunes in Players Bar. After the curtain goes down on the West End shows, the pianists come here to continue playing. They even take requests!
5. Gorge on street food at Box Park. Or just have a beer. If you’re lucky you might even stumble across a spoken word or slam poetry event.
6. Eat even more street food at the Camden food market. Seriously, this place has every kind of food you could possibly imagine plus a plenty of edibles you’ve never even heard of. Go on an empty stomach.
7. Check out the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. One of London’s finest achievements is how all the museums are completely free, meaning you don’t feel like you have to spend hours there just to get your money’s worth.
8. Soak up the sunshine (if there is any) at Little Venice, a beautiful green space near Regent’s Park.
9. Walk to the top of Primrose Hill for some sensational views of the city.
10. Shop ‘til you drop at Liberty London and Carnaby Street. You’ll find these spots a little less chaotic than Oxford Street and Regent Street.
11. Pick up some artisanal produce fresh from local sources at Borough Market. Or grab something to eat there and then.
12. Walk through Hampstead Heath, London’s most beautiful park. Just make sure you remember where you entered because it is easy to get lost in there!
13. Grab a bagel from Beigel Bake on Brick Lane – they are super delicious and you can’t beat the price. .
14. Admire some of the world’s finest art at the Tate or Tate Modern – or both if you have the time.
15. Head just outside the city to Watford and spend the day at the Harry Potter studios – a must for Potterheads.
16. Walk around the newly formed Walthamstow Wetlands and then grab a drink by the river.
17. Brush up on your Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre. Both standing and seated tickets are available.
18. Wander through the boutiques along Camden Passage in Angel.
19. Get brunch at the Breakfast Club, but be prepared to queue, as you can’t make a reservation.
20. Watch some free amateur comedy at the Camden Head in Angel every night of the week.
21. If you want professional comedy, head to the Soho Comedy Club.
22. Make the most of the happy hour at Simmons – there are several venues around the city but Shoreditch has one of the best.
23. Or, head to Ridley Road Market Bar in Dalston for lower-priced cocktails.
24. Visit the SEA LIFE London Aquarium and make friends with the fishies. Be sure to book in advance.
25. Stroll along the canal from Angel to London Fields.
26. Eat a giant pizza at Home Slice in the beautiful Neal’s Yard, tucked away around the corner from Covent Garden.
27. Take your book and chill out in the Barbican Centre next to the water features.
28. Enjoy a drink in the Sky Garden inside the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ building.
29. Meander through the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park.
30. Aim for a hole in one at Junkyard Golf minigolf in Shoreditch.
31. For something quintessentially British, treat yourself to afternoon tea at a classic locale like Fortnum & Masons.
32. Try some international food in Brixton Village.
33. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.