London is a city that divides opinion with most people that I know. Half of them love it and half of them hate it. Personally, I like the city, but only in short bursts and I definitely don’t think I could live there…
But there is no denying that it is one of the great cities of the world and here are my suggestions for ten things you can do in London…
10) Walk – Sometimes public transport is needed, but if you are a tourist in London, more often than not, you can walk to your destination. Plus walking around London and seeing it in all of its beauty is way better than being stuck on the tube.
9) Get on a bike – If you don’t want to walk, then why not cycle? Either use your own or hop on a Boris Bike (Santander Cycles) & go for spin. If the roads terrify you, then why not head for Hyde Park and enjoy a gentle ride around? Also it is super cheap (free for 30 minutes & £2 beyond that) and it is a great way to spend an hour.
8) Be a tourist – London has tonnes of great tourist spots. Big Ben, the London Eyes, Buckingham Palace, The Shard. Go and visit them all! It will be busy but it is worth it for that perfect Instagram snap! If you want to go somewhere that requires a ticket, make sure to buy in advance so that you can skip the queues.
7) Visit St Paul’s Cathedral – To put it simply, it is a beautiful building. If you can face the 528 steps, then it worth getting up to the top to see the views over London. Make sure you check opening times and avoid Sundays unless you want to join the service.
6) Go shopping – Whether it is the ‘high street’ style of Oxford Street, the musicians paradise of Denmark Street or the countless side streets, markets and vendors, London is not short of shops. You will be able to get anything you want from one of the busiest shopping cities in the world.
5) Visit the museums – London has some of the best museums in the world. Many of them are free to enter & super kid-friendly, making them perfect for a family day out. Whether you want world history, art or something more specific, London will not disappoint.
4) Visit Brick Lane – Brick Lane is great for those of us who love something a bit different. Art galleries, nigh clubs, markets, music venues and some of the best place to eat line this street. One of the best parts for us, is to wander down the road in the early evening and start haggling with restaurant owners to get the best deal on a great curry.
3) Check out the street performers – London attracts a different level of street performer it seems. It probably has something to do with the number of people and the potential audience (and earning) that it brings, but you often get some undiscovered gems performing around the city, in particular on the Embankment. Not only that but occasionally you get a real star doing a little pop up set, like Passenger in the video bellow.
2) Get live – Music? Comedy? Theatre? Opera? Sport? Dance? Whatever you want, London has got it… And it caters for every taste within each area. From Wembley Stadium to back rooms in pubs, there is something going on to suit every palate. And nothing beats the atmosphere of seeing something live!
1) Get lost – Like most European capitols, London can keep on giving. No matter how many blogs like this one you read, you can still find something new if you just keep on walking. And the best thing is, you can never really get lost because you can just jump on the tube and get back to familiar territory.
So that is our list, what did we miss out? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to like, share and subscribe.