Whenever I have friends or family passing through London they will always shoot me a message along the lines of ‘what should I do?’ Honestly, all I want to say is “EVERYTHING!” But in the case of that not working for you, my favourite places to see are:
For your iconic London sites and pop up needs, visit Southbank. On the Hungerford and Golden Jubilee bridges are my favourite place in London. And just nearby is where a rotation of fun activities pop up, such as the Underbelly Festival over summer.
The Sky Garden
This is also featured in my favourite free things to do in London but honestly I will never be sick of it. Instead of paying more than you need to be in the Shard, see it and all of London’s sights from across the Thames at 20 Fenchurch st. You can either book a free ticket (get in quickly for weekend and holidays) that open for booking three weeks in advance OR book a table at one of the bars or restaurants. My favourite is Darwin Brasserie which is affordable, smart-casual/fine dining with great views and comes with the chance to explore the gardens and bars afterwards. Whilst there are great views at daytime, the atmosphere is completely changed at night with different lighting all across the garden and sometimes live music.
At least one popular culture site.
Whether it’s the Baker Street Museum, The Harry Potter Studios, or any of the cheap/free walking tours available; you’ll be sure to get your popular culture fix in London.
Oxford St on a weekday
It’s iconic for a reason, with outrageously large shops and the most stock. Avoid weekends at all costs and have a management strategy for the inevitable stressful slow walkers that frequent Oxford st.
Soho after work hours
After usual office hours finish, around 5-6, is when Soho really comes alive with pubs and bars packed with people, especially on a Friday. Get there earlier to bag a great spot and the happy hour deals whilst you wait for the energetic atmosphere of after work drinks. Around the area is also many different food varieties and activities including a fun arcade to enjoy a few hours of fun.
Everyone will tell you to go to Camden Market, and there’s a reason for that. Amazing, fresh and fun food mixed with different opportunities as summer begins to present itself. If sailing the canals ring your fancy, there’s the opportunity to hire a boat with your mates for some drinks or a picnic on the water in summer.
All of the museums
The land of thousands (do not fact check me) of free or cheap exhibits and museums. There’s the famous London Museum, Natural History, the Tate and the Victoria & Albert Museums. Or there are there are lesser known museums such as Pollocks Toy Museum, Freud Museum and the Churchill War Rooms. Do your research and you might find something unheard of that takes your fancy.
Cultural experience- tea
You’re in the land of tea and cake. Have some at pretty much any Hotel or specialty restaurant. There are the big names like Sketch, which I’m yet to tick off, but you can find some great deals on websites like Groupon.