London has so much to offer, it can be difficult to know where to start if you’re planning a trip to the capital. With countless great restaurants, an incredible array of shops, no end of museums, galleries and events happening, it’s a little daunting. Here’s where we can help.
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And if you’re hopping on a train to the city and looking to fully immerse yourself in its vibrant culture (without spending a fortune), then read on.
Food and Drink
Are you a bit of a foodie? Then London is the perfect place for you. Try and avoid the chain restaurants and opt for something a little different instead. There are endless food markets to try – from Camden to Borough Market, to Broadway Market and Boxpark Shoreditch – you won’t be short of delicacies to taste if you fancy something casual but delicious. You could head to the newly opened Italian food hall, Eataly, or if Pan-Asian food is more your thing, take a trip to Bang Bang Oriental in Colindale.
Alternatively, Covent Garden is home to a wide range of cuisines and is perfect for a post-dinner wander, or go to Soho for a fun, buzzy meal.
Make your trip a memorable one by fitting in a typical London experience or attraction that you can’t experience anywhere else. If you love music, you’ve got to take a tour of the world-famous Abbey Road studios (and don’t forget to take a photo on the crosswalk).
Or if fashion’s more your thing, tie in your trip with London Fashion Week and check out some of the many events that are happening. Even just people watching and admiring the street style in Soho or Shoreditch is sure you give you your style fix.
Harry Potter fan? Then it’s essential you head slightly out of London for a tour of the Warner Brothers Studios.
For something different, why not charter your own boat along Regent’s Canal with GoBoat, or take a trip down the river in the world’s first hot tub boat!
Alternatively, hop on the London Eye for magnificent views, take a wander around Kew Gardens or visit St Paul’s Cathedral – you won’t be disappointed.
Museums and Galleries
You can’t go to the capital without visiting the Tower of London. Get up close to the Queen’s Crown Jewels and meet the Yeoman Warders – there’s so much to do here to fill an afternoon.
If art and design is more your thing, don’t miss the Victoria and Albert Museum for displays of everything from fashion to ceramics and interior design.
Take a walk along the river and end up at the Tate Modern, or go to the National Gallery for some more traditional artwork.
Explore the planet’s living wonders at the Natural History Museum or get hands on at the interactive Science Museum. See literary treasures at the British Library, the world’s first underground steam engine at the London Transport Museum or visit the famous stuffed walrus at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
And all these are just for starters!