150 of the best things to do in London
If you’ve ever travlled with anyone else before (no matter how much you love them) you’ll know that there is such thing as an awkward traveller. Someone who can seemingly never find something interesting. That’s who we’ve tried to create this list for, the awkward people in our lives for who everything is a maybe and nothing is a “yes!”.
This is in no particular order, but perhaps the ones at the top are more obvious than the ones at the bottom, so make sure you keep going! So, enjoy our list of the best things to do in London!
1. Big Ben (Currently covered until 2020)
One of the defining features of London and a must see for us every time we go. Being face-to-face with the famous clock, especially when combined with a few across the river and the rest of the houses of parliament, is pretty much as “London” as you’re going to get.
2. The Tower of London
Constructed at the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England, the tower of London is another on the standard “must-see” list. The White Tower (hence tower of London), was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was originally a symbol of opression. It has served a stint as a prison, including as recently at the 1950’s, but it is mainly a royal residence.
3. Natural history museum (trex! and Kryptonite)
The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons as well as the building’s architecture itself. It also has the skeleton of a blue whale hanging from the ceiling – that’s pretty rock’n’roll for a museum. It also has samples collected by Charles Darwin himself.
4. Hyde park
The park was established by Henry VIII by taking the land from Westminster Abbey to turn it into a hunting ground. It opened to the public in 1637. Several duels have taken place in Hyde Park, often involving members of the nobility – as tradition that should be brought back.
5. London eye
This attraction is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3.75 million visitors annually. It was the highest observation deck in London until it was beaten by The Shard – which, to be fair, is much better.
6. Platform 9 and 3/4
Situated in Kings Cross Station, this fantastic photo opportunity and monument to perhaps the most popular piece of pop-culture in the last hundred years awaits those willing to try their luck at getting onto that fabled train. So far none have succeeded, but then again, would I know if they did?
7. Sunset along the Thames
Although not necessarily an attraction it is definitely a nice thing to do! There are plenty of things to do along the southbank and if you do want to go for a drink and a slow walk along the river then i dont think theres a better place.
8. Sky garden
Although not as tall as the shard, in my opinion, it’s better in almost every other way. Not only is it free to enter (although the number of people is limited) you can also enjoy lots of nice food and drink that’s freely available without breaking the bank
9. The shard
The positives of the shard compare to sky garden are that it is taller and has better views – it is perhaps a more refined experience overall as it is a slightly more major landmark. Worth it if you have the money – but its nothing to crazy over.
10. Epping Forest
London is actually full of green space and this is perhaps summed up best by the face that it has an actual forest – even though its way on the outskirts.
In Tudor times, Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I may have hunted in the forest. In 1543, Henry commissioned a building, known as Great Standing, from which to view the chase at Chingford. The building was renovated in 1589 for Queen Elizabeth I and can still be seen today in Chingford. The building is now known as Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, and is open to the public – it’s also a nice place to have some lunch!
This is an area of questionnable reputation. It is politely described as one of London’s main entertainment centres. However, I wouldn’t take your kids with you as it’s been the heart of London’s sex industry for the last 200 years – there are still a fair few active shops, if you’re into that sort of thing.
12. Jack the ripper
For those of you who are slightly more adventurous then you can walk in the shoes of London’s most famous serial killer. You can join a guided tour, at night, through the small London streets that Jack the Ripper once prowled.
13. Royal Opera House
The current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856. The façade, foyer, and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The main auditorium seats 2,256 people, making it the third largest in London
14. The globe
The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s playing company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, on land owned by Thomas Brend and inherited by his son, Nicholas Brend and grandson Sir Matthew Brend, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed by an Ordinance issued on 6 September 1642. A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named “Shakespeare’s Globe”, opened in 1997 approximately 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the original theatre
15. Harry Potter Studios
By far my favourite thing to do when in London, no matter how many times I’ve been before. Not only do you get to see the majority of the set, including the great hall, but you also get to try butterbeer and see how it was all made. They are constantly adding to it and for those of you with deep pockets, you can have christmas dinner in the great hall
16. Houses of parliament
The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its occupants, the Palace lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster, in central London, England.
17. Sherlock Holmes
At the time the Holmes stories were published, addresses in Baker Street did not go as high as 221. Baker Street was later extended, and in 1932 the Abbey National Building Society moved into premises at 219–229 Baker Street. For many years, Abbey National employed a full-time secretary to answer mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes. In 1990, a blue plaque signifying 221B Baker Street was installed at the Sherlock Holmes Museum, situated elsewhere on the same block, and there followed a 15-year dispute between Abbey National and the Holmes Museum for the right to receive mail addressed to 221B Baker Street
18. Flower market on Columbia Road on a Sunday
The market is in operation every Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm. Traders arrive from 4 am to set up their stalls. A wide range of plants, bedding plants, shrubs, bulbs and freshly cut flowers is available at competitive prices. Many of the traders are the second or third generation of their family to sell at the market.
19. Food festivals
There are an absolute tonne of food festivals – some of them are even pay on the door and then eat as much as you want – win! If you look in advance you are bound to find something whether you like asian, vegan or something slightly different, there will be a festival for you!
20. London dungeons
The London Dungeon features 18 shows, 20 actors and 2 rides. Visitors are taken on a journey through 1000 years of London’s history where they meet actors performing as some of London’s most infamous characters, including Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd. The Dungeon’s shows are staged on theatrical sets with special effects. The show incorporates events such as the Black Death and the Gunpowder Plot, and includes characters such as “The Torturer”, “The Plague Doctor”, and “The Judge”. Guests are encouraged to participate in the shows. The experience also includes a “drop ride to doom”, a free-fall ride staged as a public hanging
21. Science museum
The Science Museum now holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including such famous items as Stephenson’s Rocket, Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive), the first jet engine, a reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson’s model of DNA, some of the earliest remaining steam engines (Including an example of a Newcomen steam engine, the world’s first steam engine), a working example of Charles Babbage’s Difference engine, the first prototype of the 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now, and documentation of the first typewriter. It also contains hundreds of interactive exhibits. A recent addition is the IMAX 3D Cinema showing science and nature documentaries, most of them in 3-D, and the Wellcome Wing which focuses on digital technology. Entrance has been free since 1 December 2001
The first area in London known as Chinatown was located in the Limehouse area of the East End of London. At the start of the 20th century, the Chinese population of London was concentrated in that area, setting up businesses which catered to the Chinese sailors who frequented in Docklands. The area began to become known through exaggerated reports and tales of (the then-legal) opium dens and slum housing, rather than the Chinese restaurants and supermarkets in the current Chinatown. However, much of the area was damaged by aerial bombing during the Blitz in World War II, although a number of elderly Chinese still choose to live in this area. After World War II, however, the growing popularity of Chinese cuisine and an influx of immigrants from Hong Kong led to an increasing number of Chinese restaurants being opened elsewhere
23. Abandoned stations (and more)
Hidden London is London Transport Museum’s exclusive programme of tours and events at disused stations and secret sites across London. Led by experienced guides, ready to share unusual and little-known stories surrounding the stations’ varied histories, these visits offer an exciting opportunity to explore locations rarely seen by the public.
24. Richmond park
Richmond Park, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, was created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park. The largest of London’s Royal Parks, it is of national and international importance for wildlife conservation. The park is a national nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation and is included, at Grade I, on Historic England’s Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.
25. 99 with a flake
Although it isn’t anywhere near as tasty as gellato it is definitely worth trying as it isnt something that I have found elsewhere in the world. It’s not the same as a cornetto – and you get it from an ice cream van – sometimes you do have to chase them down the road but they will most likely just be parked outside parks.
26. Walk on the top of tower bridge
This permanent feature offers visitors an incredible birds-eye view of London life, from 42 metres above the River Thames. Look down to spy those famous red London buses and pedestrians whizzing over the Bridge while river vessels sail under it – and possibly experience the magic of the bascules raising beneath your feet.
27. Find a telephone box
The obligatory London photo. Find a red telephone box and put yourself next to it. And yes, I am old enough to remember when their real purpose was making phone calls.
28. Winter wonderland
For over 10 years, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has been spreading the Christmas spirit throughout London.The winter festival has become a landmark event for Londoners and tourists alike. With humble beginnings as an open-air Christmas market in Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland has since grown into an extravaganza with ice skating, shows, roller coaster rides, street food stalls, festive bars and live music. It is still free to enter the Winter Wonderland grounds and take in the joyous atmosphere. With over 100 spectacular rides and attractions, it is no wonder why thousands of visitors return to Winter Wonderland each year to celebrate the Christmas season.
29. Say “Hi” to the Queen
Buckingham Palace is recognised around the world as the focus of national and royal celebrations as well as the backdrop to the regular Changing the Guard ceremony.
Explore the magnificent State Rooms which are open to visitors for 10 weeks each summer and on selected dates during winter and spring.
30. Oxford street
Oxford Street, the UK’s favourite High Street has more than 300 retailers from designer outlets to department stores and is the most visited shopping street in Europe.
31. Kyoto gardens
The Kyoto Garden offers a unique, Japanese-style landscape that’s perfect for quiet reflection and relaxation.
32. Kew Gardens
A botanical garden in southwest London that houses the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world”. Founded in 1840, from the exotic garden at Kew Park in Middlesex, England, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over seven million preserved plant specimens. The library contains more than 750,000 volumes, and the illustrations collection contains more than 175,000 prints and drawings of plants. It is one of London’s top tourist attractions and is a World Heritage Site.
33. Thames river cruise
Running through the middle of the city, the river Thames is the perfect vantage point for taking in some of London’s most iconic sites. From sightseeing trips with expert guides to luxurious dining experiences there’s something for everyone.
34. King’s cross
Look out for a luggage trolley embedded in the wall, and you can pretend you are off to start your magical school journey. The trolley is accessible at all hours, and you don’t have to pay to take your own photographs
35. Try indian food
Indian food in the UK is exceptional and although it isn’t going to be the same as having indian food in India itself, thanks to the number of Indian immigrants in the UK, it’s probably the closest you’ll get to the real thing in Europe. If you are particularly brave then you can always ask them to prepare your dish as they would for a true Indian and see if you can handle it.
36. Imperial war museum
As of 2012, the museum aims “to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘wartime experience'”. It boasts a collection of over 10,700,000 items.
37. Changing of the guard
Changing the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.45am and lasts around 45 minutes, with the actual handover taking place at 11am. The Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace’s forecourt from 10.30am and is joined by the St James’s Palace Old Guard at around 10.45am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music.
38. Free strawberry tour
” Our Free Tours of London take you on a journey through London’s colourful and sometimes dark history. They are both informative and fun, we don’t give boring lectures! Explore London’s busy streets and discover 2,000 years of fascinating and entertaining history. Our London walking tours guarantee plenty of laughs through fun facts and anecdotes, as well as the promise of hidden gems to visit. We are far more entertaining than your history teacher! “
39. Hampton Court Palace
Discover the magnificence of Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bustling Base Court and marvel at the breath-taking grandeur of Henry’s State Rooms. Tickle your taste buds in the vast Tudor kitchens, stroll through over 60 acres of enchanting gardens, lose yourself in the famous maze and appreciate the beauty of one of the greatest palaces on earth
40. Urban farms
The lure of lush green pastures can be pretty strong for city-dwellers this time of the year.
If you’re longing for a taste (or a sniff) of the countryside, then London’s city farms are a perfect pitstop for those looking to pet a pig or get to know a goat.
41. Portobello Road Market
the world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible. Visitors flock from all over the world to discover one of London’s best loved landmarks which contains the most extensive selection of antiques in Britain
42. Earl’s Court Police Box
The Metropolitan Police refurbished the blue box (perhaps not coincidentally) the same year “Doctor Who” returned to TV screens.
43. Notting hill
Very run-down until the 1980s, Notting Hill now has a contemporary reputation as an affluent and fashionable area known for attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses and high-end shopping and restaurants (particularly around Westbourne Grove and Clarendon Cross)
Home to the Meridian Line, Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College including the fabulous Painted Hall, London’s cable car, Greenwich Market, Greenwich Park and The O2 arena.
45. Piccadilly Circus
The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue, which is popularly, though mistakenly, believed to be of Eros. It is surrounded by several notable buildings, including the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre.
46. Street food
Street food markets are the top choice for London food fans who enjoy the alfresco lifestyle just as much as they do the cheap and cheerful.
47. The Monument
A permanent reminder of the Great Fire of 1666, the Monument commemorates one of the most famous events in London’s history. Standing regally on the piazza between Fish Street Hill and Monument Street, the 202ft column designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke, celebrates the City which rose from the ashes.
48. Modern art gallery
Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world is housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames. The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and you can see amazing work for free by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois.
49. Olympic Park
Whether you’re into sports, arts and culture, fresh air, adventure playgrounds, shopping or just relaxing with a cup of coffee and a cake, the Park has something for you!
50. Notting Hill festival
The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that has taken place in London since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, each August over two days (the August bank holiday Monday and the preceding Sunday). It is led by members of the British West Indian community, and attracts around one million people annually, making it one of the world’s largest street festivals
51. Churchill war rooms
History was made in Churchill War Rooms. It was here shrouded in secrecy beneath the streets of Westminster that Winston Churchill and his inner circle wrestled with the decisions that shaped the Second World War. Preserved untouched for the nation, there is no better place to immerse yourself in the inspiring reality of those darkest hours.
52. 10 Adam street
Not everyone can get a picture infront of Downing Street, legally at least. So what better photo opportunity that 10 Adam Street. Although it isn’t an exact replica – it’s definitely close enough to make people look twice.
53. Madame tussaud
Go shoulder to shoulder with the stars. Although some of them are definitely better than others, this famous wax work museum is definitely worth seeing for a bit of fun with friends or family.
54. The British Museum
Its permanent collection numbers some 8 million works, and is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire, and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. It’s the first national public museum in the world
55. Rent a boat or water bike on the Serpentine in Hyde Park
A great romantic place for two (or however many you fancy) to escape from the busy London streets. Even better if your partner decides to row with you as well (otherwise, if it’s a hot day, it might get a bit difficult!)
56. West End shows
You don’t have to see a show by any means, but its definitely a really interesting experience, even if you don’t like this sort of thing. The inside of the theatres themselves are really interesting if nothing else! Whether you want to see a serous play or a funny musical there is always something going on.
57. Little Venice
London’s Little Venice is a tranquil canal area, home to waterside cafes and pubs. Enjoy a stroll along pretty streets and take a relaxing boat trip to ZSL London Zoo or Camden
The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly known simply as Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is widely regarded as the most prestigious
59. Crystal Palace Park
Situated in South East London, Crystal Palace Park is a welcoming place for all. A place for learning and training, health and well-being, recreation and enjoyment, activities and events. Or you can just bring a book and find a quiet spot.
60. Cat cafe
What’s not to love about cat cafes? Some of them can be slightly cruel towards the cats – screaming children (sometimes adults) running towards them trying to grab them etc..However, some are a lot better than others so make sure that your money is going towards something that’s ethical.
61. Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden.
Enjoy hours of beauty, peace and discovery at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – a masterpiece of exquisite Indian design and workmanship in the heart of London. Marvel at the intricate marble and wooden carvings, experience a traditional Hindu prayer ceremony, or learn about the world’s oldest living faith from the ‘Understanding Hinduism’ exhibition. Whatever you prefer, you can plan and prepare for your visit here.
62. Ice Bar London
Looking for a unique cocktail experience? The ice bar is the perfect place to go, especially on a hot London day (and yes that does happen). They give you everything you need, so you don’t need to lug coats up there, so there really is no excuse to give it go, at least once.
63. Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century, and is currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Eugenie of York, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
64. Afternoon tea
Another very British experience. Afternoon tea is now everywhere, every hotel or country house has it, but they are by no means all the same. It’s well worth checking which ones are the best as they are generally not very expensive, but yeh…shop around. Some are awful.
Home to exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees, a visit to our Conservatory is a perfect way to enjoy a lazy Sunday with friends and family.
66. Camden Market
Camden Town is famed for its market, a warren of fashion and curiosities by the Regent’s Canal. A haven of counter culture, the area is popular with tourists, teenagers and punks. The thriving nightlife scene includes live music in alternative clubs and old-school pubs, and major stars playing at the Jazz Cafe and the Roundhouse. Cafes bustle during the day. Nearby Regent’s Park has formal gardens and the London Zoo
67. Secret cinema
Launched in 2007, Secret Cinema has taken the world of immersive experiences by storm. From grassroots film screenings in abandoned London buildings, to large-scale productions in some of the most spectacular spaces worldwide, they create 360-degree participatory Secret Worlds where the boundaries between performer and audience, set and reality are constantly shifting.
68. Regent’s Park
Regent’s Park is one of the Royal Parks of London. It lies within north-west London, partly in the City of Westminster and partly in the London Borough of Camden. It contains Regent’s University London and the London Zoo
69. Fish and chips
This definitely isn’t for everyone – like all English food, as it’s traditionaly not very flavoursome. But, with modern influences, different places do it differently and you can definitely find some very well spiced and tasty dishes. Once again, it’s worth doing your research.
70. Crystal maze
Situated just minutes away from Angel tube station in Islington, The Crystal MAZE Live Experience is the ultimate team challenge. Book online today and see for yourself if your team can crack the Crystal Maze!
71. London Aquatics Centre.
The London Aquatics Centre is an indoor facility with two 50-metre swimming pools and a 25-metre diving pool in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford, London
72. Crazy golf
Big into crazy golf? London has loads of options for putter-based fun – from rooftop obstacles to underground challenges
73. St. Paul’s cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral occupies a significant place in the national identity.[unreliable source] It is the central subject of much promotional material, as well as of images of the dome surrounded by the smoke and fire of the Blitz. Services held at St Paul’s have included the funerals of Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and Baroness Thatcher; jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer; the launch of the Festival of Britain; and the thanksgiving services for the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees and the 80th and 90th birthdays of Elizabeth II.
74. Horniman Museum
open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, our collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium, a Butterfly House and natural history collection.
Unusually for such an important Museum, you can see our collection up-close and face-to-face. You can even pick up, try on and play with some of our objects.
75. Mail Rail
Journey back in time through the original tunnels and station platforms under Mount Pleasant.
76. Walk through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel under the Thames
The project started in June 1899 and the tunnel opened on 4 August 1902. The tunnel replaced an expensive and sometimes unreliable ferry service allowing workers living south of the Thames to reach their workplaces in the London docks and shipyards in or near the Isle of Dogs
77. Have a dinner and drink in a pub
Another great British experience. Make sure to try some ale while you’re there, as well as some cider, and possibly some beer…just try it all really. Just make sure you’re not driving.
78. St.James Park
St James’s Park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade, and is surrounded by landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall.
79. Go on double deck bus
There are plenty going around. You can go on a city tour (highly recommended) or just jump on a normal commuter one (as long as you know where you’re going). Sitting on the top at the front is obviously a highly valued place, so be quick.
80. Movies on the river
Movies on the River is the first cinema ever to show movies on the top deck of a boat on the river. The experience is designed to delight city lovers and film fans alike: the boat takes the audience on a thrilling sunset cruise through the heart of the city before docking in the shadow of the capital’s most awe-inspiring sights to screen a movie out in the open air.
81. Freddie Mercury’s Former Home and Studio
A makeshift shrine to the late rock star is still kept up on the nondescript façade outside 1 Logan Place.
82. Museum of childhood
The V&A Museum of Childhood is the UK’s National Museum of Childhood. It is the largest institution of its kind in the world. Its mission is to hold in trust the nation’s childhood collections and to be an international leader in engaging audiences in the material culture and experiences of childhood
Arguably one of London’s best date locations. A walk along the southbank is a quick and easy way to relax and see quite a few of the most famous sights along the way.
A world-class arts and learning centre, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts
85. Covent garden
Located in the West End of London, Covent Garden is renowned for its luxury fashion and beauty stores as well as award-winning restaurants and theatres.
86. Brick Lane
The heart of the city’s Bangladeshi community and is known to some as Banglatown. It is famous for its many curry houses.
87. Arcelor Mittal Orbit
Explore the UK’s largest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Stratford, London. Visit the official website for information on abseiling and venue hire.
88. Climb the O2
An original climb. There’s no lift, no escalator, and no-one to carry you. This is an experience that gets your blood pumping and your head in the great outdoors
89. Savoy Entrance
For more than 100 years now vehicles, be they horse drawn or mechanical, have entered and left ‘Savoy Court’ on the right-hand side of the road. This is due primarily to the construction of the ‘court’. When approaching and leaving the hotel it is easier to do so while driving on the right-hand side of the road. Savoy Court is privately owned property. It is not a public thoroughfare as it leads only to the hotel itself. Therefore driving on the right-hand side of the road does not contravene British traffic regulations. Finally, it may be of interest to note that when being chauffeured in a horse-drawn carriage the lady or dignitary would traditionally sit behind the driver. By approaching the hotel on the right-hand side of the road, either the chauffeur or the hotel’s doorman was able to open the door without walking around the car. This would allow the lady to alight from the carriage and walk straight into the hotel.
90. Go ape
A stone’s throw from the iconic entertainment venue, lies something a little different to the standard city sights. Family tribes, crews of pri-mates and everyone in between, they want you to experience the revolutionary mix of Park Adventure Level Three and Tree Top Junior against the backdrop of a bustling London borough
91. Sweeney Todd and other demons tour
A ghost walk with a difference
92. Speedboat tours
These high-speed boat tours are one of the most exciting things to do when you want to see the city in a different way. Simply pick one of the tours below and set off on an adrenalin-fuelled tour of London!
93. Music festival in a London
There are many many many festivals in London, there really is something for everyone and they are occassions to remember. Some are HUGE and some are intimate, make sure you check out what’s on during your trip.
94. Broadway Market
Established on an old drover’s route into the city, Broadway Market has been home to market traders since the 1890s, and provides a unique kaleidoscope of tastes and cultures. Visit us and you will find independent shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes and of course stalls offering amazing fresh produce, authentic street food, the most original clothing, arts and crafts in London. All crammed into a little East End street between the Regent’s Canal and London Fields.
95. Hampstead Heath’s swimming ponds
The Men’s and Ladies’ Ponds are open all year round but to use the Mixed Pond in the winter season you must join the Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club. Even in the summer the water is chilly.
96. Primrose hill
Primrose Hill has a character all of its own, at the summit of this grassy hill are some spectacular views across London. It is separated from Regent’s Park by Prince Albert Road and the ZSL London Zoo.
97. Zip Now London
Zip Now London is the longest, fastest city-centre zip wire in the world is right here in London Waterloo. Three 225 meter zip wires with speeds of up to 50 KPH
98. Alfies antique market
Alfies Antique Market is a large indoor market located on Church Street in Lisson Grove, London. It houses over seventy-five dealers offering antiques; including silver, furniture, jewellery, paintings, ceramics, glass and vintage clothing
Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, London, England, which opened in 2007, on the site of the original Wembley Stadium, which was demolished from 2002–2003. The stadium hosts major football matches including home matches of the England national football team, and the FA Cup Final
100. The National Maritime Museum – (Nelsons uniform)
Explore the world’s largest maritime museum through 10 free galleries, ground-breaking exhibitions, art and objects including Turner’s Battle of Trafalgar
101. New design museum
The Design Museum is a museum in Kensington, London, which covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design
102. M’n’M world
Vast store dedicated to M&M’s chocolates and related merchandise, including homewares and clothing
103. Kayak down the Thames
Kayak on one of the world’s most iconic stretches of water. See London as you’ve never seen it before.
104. Dans le Noir? Dinner in the dark
Diners eat in the dark, served by blind waiters, from fish, meat and vegetarian surprise menus.
105. Union chapel
Union Chapel is a working church, live entertainment venue and charity drop-in centre for the homeless in Islington, London, England. Built in the late 19th century in the Gothic revival style, the church is Grade I-listed.
106. Borough Market
Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, London, England. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, with a market on the site dating back to at least the 12th century
107. Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
A small and easily overlooked archaeology museum chock full of Egyptian artifacts.
108. Transport museum
The London Transport Museum, or LT Museum based in Covent Garden, London, seeks to conserve and explain the transport heritage of Britain’s capital city (Old London buses!)
109. Paddington Bear Statue
After nearly 60 years, there’s still a bear at Paddington Station looking for help.
110. Somerset house
Offering a diverse and dynamic public programme of contemporary arts and culture, it is also a home to a large community of creative businesses, artists and makers, including Somerset House Studios. One of the city’s most spectacular and well-loved spaces, it is a place where art and culture is imagined, made and experienced by our 3 million visitors every year.
111. Eel pie island
The ait is rumoured to have been the site of a monastery and much later was supposedly used as a ‘courting ground’ by Henry VIII. From at least the early 17th century it attracted day-trippers, who came to picnic or fish here, and later to enjoy the renowned pies that were made with locally caught eels and served at the White Cross public house. Although this culinary speciality is the most obvious (and likely) explanation of the island’s present-day name, another story suggests that a royal mistress who had a house here called it Île de Paix (island of peace), which was folk-anglicised as ‘Eel Pie’.
It has also more recently been used as a location for concerts by major artists. (although not too recently)
112. Temple church
Church of England church built by the Knights Templar and made famous by the author, Dan Brown
113. Grant museum of zoology
The Grant Museum of Zoology is one of the oldest natural history collections in the UK, and is the last remaining university natural history museum in London. Home to 68,000 zoological specimens, the collection is a unique window on the entire animal kingdom.
114. The Sherlock Holmes Pub
This old London Pub has a peculiar secret upstairs: a recreation of the rooms shared at 221b Baker Street by Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
115. Hidden Cells of Newgate Prison
Remnants of cells from the most notorious London prison may lie in the basement of a rare Victorian Gin Palace.
116. Royal opera house
world-class opera, classical music, theatre, ballet and dance – Home to The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera in the heart of London
117. Leadenhall market
The market dates from the 14th century. It is typically open weekdays from 10 am until 6 pm, and primarily sells fresh food; among the vendors there are cheesemongers, butchers and florists. Originally a meat, game and poultry market, it stands on what was the centre of Roman London. A number of commercial retailers are also located in the market, including clothes shops and a pen shop.
118. Temple of Mithras
Rebuilt remains of a temple to Roman god Mithras.
119. The Ruins of St. Dunstan-in-the-East
One of the few remaining casualties of the London Blitz, this destroyed church has become an enchanting public garden
120. God’s Own Junkyard
Neon artist and light artist, largest stock of vintage neons and signs in europe. Oldest signmakers in London.
121. Denis sever’s house
Dennis Severs’ House at 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields is more than just a time capsule. It is both a breathtaking and an intimate portrait of the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th Century. As you follow their fortunes through the generations, the sights, smells and sounds of the house take you into their lives. It was Dennis Severs’ intention that as you enter his house it is as if you have passed through the surface of a painting, exploring with your senses and imagination a meticulously crafted 18th Century world.
122. The london stone
London Stone is a historic landmark traditionally housed at 111 Cannon Street in the City of London. It is an irregular block of oolitic limestone measuring 53 × 43 × 30 cm (21 × 17 × 12″), the remnant of a once much larger object that had stood for many centuries on the south side of the street. Currently the stone is housed at the Museum of London pending reconstruction of the 111 Cannon Street building.
123. Gordon Museum of Pathology
The Gordon Museum of Pathology is a medical museum that is part of King’s College London in London, England. It is one of the largest pathology museums in the world and is the largest medical museum in the United Kingdom
124. Leake street grafiti tunnel
Leake Street (also known as the Banksy Tunnel) is a road tunnel in Lambeth, London where graffiti is tolerated regardless of the legal complications. The street is about 300 metres long, runs off York Road and under the platforms and tracks of Waterloo station
125. The Morpeth Arms
A historic London pub with prison cells in the cellar and a “spy room” on the second floor.
126. One New Change’s terrace
spectacular Roof Terrace is open to the public seven days a week. An awe-inspiring view awaits you…
127. Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital Pathology Museum
A collection dedicated to the treatment of disease, held in London’s oldest hospital.
128. National Theatre
On the South Bank of the Thames, in London, the National Theatre presents up to 25 new shows a year
129. Hyde Park Pet Cemetery
Touching inscriptions to departed pets still mark the burial spots for hundreds of beloved animal companions buried between 1881 and 1915.
130. London wall
The London Wall was the defensive wall first built by the Romans around Londinium, their strategically important port town on the River Thames in what is now London, England, and subsequently maintained until the 18th century
131. The Old Curiosity Shop
The quaint little store that is said to have inspired a famous Dickens novel was only given its name after the book was released.
132. Mayfield Lavender fields
Mayfield Lavender is a stunning 25-acre lavender farm, less than 15 miles from central London. Open from June 1 to September 30, guests are free to roam amongst the lavender and enjoy a cup of lavender tea in our al fresco restaurant. Entry costs just £1 and goes towards the upkeep of the farm
133. The cross bone graveyard – medival prostitutes
Cross Bones Graveyard in south London became known as the “single-woman’s” cemetery because of the high concentration of prostitutes, dubbed “single-women” or “Winchester Geese.” Since these women of ill-repute could not be given a Christian burial, Cross Bones became an unofficial dumping ground for them and other poor people living in squalor outside of London.
Closed in 1853, it was estimated that 15,000 people were buried in the cemetery, the majority prostitutes
134. Serpentine Gallery’s summer pavilion
The Serpentine Galleries are among London’s most popular art venues showing modern and traditional art
135. Swim in olimpyc pool
The London Aquatics Centre is an indoor facility with two 50-metre swimming pools and a 25-metre diving pool in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford, London
136. Chinese new years
London’s Chinese New Year celebrations, the largest outside Asia, with colourful parades, performances and display
137. Independent bookshop
London still has quite a few of these left, although they are a dieing species. Some are beautiful and most are unique – here’s a list of some of the best
138. Visit a chocolate shop
Colourful boutique shops elevating chocolate to an art form, with extraordinary cakes and cafes. What’s not to love! There’s so many to choose from you’re bound to find a tasty treat for everyone. Although we recommend Choccywoccydoodah.
139. Cable car
The London Cable Car, officially known as ‘The Emirates Air Line’, is a cable-car which crosses the River Thames in East London, between The Royal Docks near Canning Town and the Greenwich Peninsula. It is sponsored by Emirates Airline, hence its title. The Royal Docks Terminal, on the north side, is close to the Excel Centre. The Greenwich Peninsula Terminal, on the south side, is close to the O2 Arena.
140. Shrek’s adventure
Welcome to DreamWorks Tours: Shrek’s Adventure! London. A brilliantly bonkers interactive and immersive walkthrough experience, where the whole family can step into and star in your own hilarious misadventure with Shrek and his DreamWorks friends. See, hear, touch and smell the adventure by exploring 10 fairytale themed live shows, collecting the special ingredients that you will need in order to find Shrek and make it home safely!
141. Christmas markets
Not only does London have WinterWonderland, but it also has many other small markets all around for some christmas fun. The southbank has a very good one, so you can combine several things into one!
142. Guildhall’s Underground Roman Amphitheater
A 2000-year-old Roman amphitheater lies just below Guildhall Yard.
143. Stand-up comedy show
London is the undisputed world champion of the live comedy scene, with gigs everywhere, from pubs where you can see the whites of the performers’ eyes to arenas where you are almost in a different postcode to the fast-quipping superstar on stage
144. Abbey road crossing
Re-enact one of the most famous moments in music history.
145. Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade
Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies. It has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century, although the roots go back much earlier
146. Sir John Soane’s Museum
A cluttered and astounding collection of ethnographic items.
147. Ruined Victorian Folly
Remnants of a Victorian garden feature sitting in public woodland.
148. Twinings tea shop – 300 years old tea shop
The oldest tea shop in London. Welcome to our 300 year old historical flagship store. Shop favourite Twinings blends, gifts and premium teas from around the world, sample new flavours at our state of the art Loose Tea Bar and sign up for a Masterclass with one of our expert Tea Ambassadors.
149. Stables market
Don’t leave Camden without a visit to the Stables Market where you can browse vintage clothes, antiques, and lots of random items
150. The Embassy of the Republic of Texas
An alleyway plaque is all that remains of the independent Texas’ envoy that forgot to pay their rent for over a century.