Here is the low-down on some awesome things you should do while in London.
There are so many in London – many of them are free. You can find a lot of information about them in tourist information, but for some of our favourites that are a bit off the beaten-track, try these:
Sir John Soane’s Museum – a quirky museum in the former house of notable architect, Sir John Soane, who somehow managed to cram all these awesome greek and roman treasures into his house, and designed it such that there’s natural light in every room. Quirky and fantastic.
Hunterian Museum – Lots of fetuses in jars. Medical weirdness. Don’t go right after you had lunch. :)
Horniman Museum – A bit of a trek to get there, but worth it for the museum of musical instruments, the amazing gardens, and the views from the hills in South London.
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History – Just look it up. It’s bizarre.
Exmouth Market – Mostly food (street stalls) and restaurants.
Angel / Upper Street – The closest shopping area – with shops, restaurants, malls, and cinemas. Trendy and fun to wander around.
Spitalfields – A Shoreditch institution – loads of market stalls and trendy boutiques selling hipster-fashion. Loads of good food around, too.
Brick Lane / Sunday UP Market – Every Sunday, Truman Brewery turns into a hipster haven, with loads of stalls selling all kinds of fun stuff – fashion, art, home products, and of course food. The rest of the time, Brick Lane is still worth checking out, and is definitely the best curry street in London.
Columbia Road Flower Market – Famous for good reason. Sunday only. Go early to get the best pick of flowers, or late to get the deals on what’s left.
Broadway Market – Near hip London Fields – this is where the coolest east Londoners dress up and go out to have brunch or buy some organic vegetables.
Covent Garden – SOOOOOO many shops. You can’t go wrong here.
Bond Street – If you’ve got money to burn and are looking for designer fashion, this is where you should head.
Camden – Angsty punk-rock teenagers still flock here in droves, but there are pockets of other coolness as well. The Camden Lock has a bunch of stalls selling all kinds of “alternative” things, and some great cheap food.
Brixton Market – Brixton used to be “sketchy”, but it’s beyond gentrified now.
Going Out & Clubbing
Fabric – World famous, and right around the corner. You can literally stumble home. 3 massive spaces host resident and guest DJs playing drum and bass, dubstep, house and techno.
Cargo – Buzzing, atmospheric venue for bands and DJs in disused railway yard with global menu and a garden.
Ministry of Sound – Flagship all-night club from trailblazing global dance and house music brand.
Heaven – Long-running gay nightclub in vaulted Charing Cross cellars hosting big weekly scene parties.
Random Stuff that’s worth doing!
Hampstead Heath – There’s plenty to do in and around the Heath – go for a long stroll and have a lovely pub lunch. You can’t go wrong here.
Primrose Hill – Wander around and check out the amazing views of Central London. Pop into a posh gastropub for lunch.
Hyde Park – A huge swath of green that runs through the west side of London – always teeming with people looking to get some sun.
Bunhill Cemetery – A beautiful cemetery and home to some of the great Nonconformists – authors, philosophers, and scientists.
Chinatown – Not very big, but it packs a punch. Come here for all manner of awesome food and interesting shops.
South Bank – Wandering along the South Bank Path from the London Eye to the Tate Modern is a thoroughly enjoyable thing to do when the weather is decent.
Meantime Brewery Tour – Go taste some of London’s finest brew, and be super-duper entertained by the hilarious tour guide, who apparently wants everyone to be pissed before even showing you any of the brewery.
Bermondsey’s Craft Beer Mile – Hit up 4 amazing craft beer breweries and walk it off along the railway tracks as you do this epic pub-crawl.