When people come for trips to London, I am often asked what I recommend. The trouble is, there is just SO much to do and sometimes it’s hard to pick your favourites.
So, when Camila of Adventitious Violet asked for tips for what to do and see in London, I thought it would be a great challenge to narrow down all my favourites to just one in each category, eeek. So, here we go, my London favourites…
Gallery – Royal Geographical Society.
Photography exhibitions are my favourite and I try to see as many as I can, which is easy to do in London as there are lots on offer. Last year I discovered that The Royal Geographical Society have an exhibition space on Exhibition Road, South Kensington. Travel + photography = heaven! The exhibitions are free and change frequently. The space is often quiet as it’s not that well known so has a peaceful feeling to it. See what’s on here.
Museum – The Natural History Museum.
This is difficult! We are so lucky to have so many different museums in London and the majority of the permanent exhibitions are free! I’ve picked the National History Museum because I spent so many days there as a child and got to see so many different and wonderful exhibitions, but it’s equally as entertaining for adults too! This is one of the busiest museums in London so try to get there earlier in the day to avoid the queues. They are also currently showing an amazing photography exhibition featuring the best wildlife photography of 2014. This exhibition isn’t free but is well worth a visit. They also have an ice-skating rink during the winter.
View – The View From The Shard
For me, there is no contest. I’ve mentioned the View From The Shard a few times on the blog because it is just so wonderful; it’s the highest view point in London. This however, does come at a hefty cost but I think the cost is worth it for a special occasion.
Cafe – Robot 1745
I’m not a coffee drinker so I judge cafes by how good the hot chocolate is (anyone else?!) And, this is one amazing hot chocolate! I recently discovered this wonderful cafe and it is perfect for an after work warm-up as it’s really cosy with dimmed lighting – perfect!
Restaurant – Sagar
Indian food is my absolute favourite. I blogged about the delicious Indian food I tasted in India. But, you could easily believe you are in India when you taste the delicious, and very affordable, food at Sagar. They have three branches across London.
Shopping Area – Covent Garden
I find shopping outside so much better than inside huge, sprawling shopping centres, especially in somewhere as great as Covent Garden. You have the choice of the market, smaller independent shops and your favourite chain shops. Whats more, you can stop at so many of the cafes, restaurants and bars if you are feeling thirsty! There are also many performers lining the streets. Covent Garden is especially wonderful during Christmas when they put up the biggest Christmas tree you’ve ever seen!
Market – Brick Lane Sunday Up Market
Not only is Brick Lane on a Sunday my favourite market, it’s also one of my favourite places to go in London. The market features loads and loads of food stalls from all over the world, from Cuban to Tibetan to Ethiopian. The Ethiopian stalls are my favourite! The quality of the food is amazingly fresh and a loaded up plate will cost you around £5-£6, what a bargain! After filling up on food you can wander the clothes and accessories stalls inside the market before heading to the the stalls outside too. The perfect Sunday. Also, check out Spitalfields Market which is walking distance from Brick Lane.
Park – Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park offers so much; an amazing view of London, a wilderness deer park, a cafe and of course the Greenwich Mean Time Meridian line. There are many parts to the park which you often won’t find if you stay on the wide main paths. So many places for the perfect summer picnic or a brisk winter walk. After exploring the park you can head to Greenwich Market, which is equally as wonderful.
There are so many tourists sights in London, and by that I mean the places where you have to quickly run around and get a photo outside, even if you aren’t particularly interested in the building. My favourite is Tower Bridge, which is often mistakenly called London Bridge (Fergie also included clips of Tower Bridge in her song about London Bridge… just to add to the confusion!) I love seeing the beautiful bridge stretch across the river and if you’re lucky enough to see it open, then you’re in for a treat.
What are your London favourites?
Happy Weekend! 🙂
I do love Greenwich as well! So lovely around there. I haven’t heard of that gallery, definitely need to check it out 🙂 x
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Yes, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon. You should definitely take a visit to the gallery, they feature so many unique exhibitions!
Will definitely take notes of a few of them! I really want to go up the Shard now – will try to book early!! 🙂
Woohoo! I can’t recommend it enough 🙂
great suggestions! greenwich is a bit far away but soo worth going- and riding the DLR is exciting 😛
Haha, the DLR is great, especially because it doesn’t have a driver 😉
Love this! Hoping to move to London soon and you’re giving me plenty of info to use for convincing himself 🙂
Aw, good luck with the move! London is my favourite city 🙂
Ah isn’t it so hard to pick favorites! I feel the same about Madrid! I’ve been here so long that I have way TOO many favorites! I think you’ve inspired me to narrow them down. The view from the Shard looks absolutely amazing! When I get back to London I’ll be sure to make it up there!
Narrowing down the favourites was definitely a challenge, but a good one! Look forward to seeing yours about Madrid 😉
Definitely bookmarking all these recommendations! Have you ever been to Duck and Waffle? They have an awesome view as well!
Glad they can be helpful 🙂 I haven’t been to Duck and Waffle but I love the idea of seeing that view for sunrise over breakfast! Which time of the day did you go?
I went at 8 am and it was wonderful. There was a wonderful glow over London. Make a reservation and do it! The food is actually fairly cheap/reasonably priced! 🙂
Sounds really lovely! The pictures of breakfast look so goood!!
Great recommendations… I only wish I was going to London sooner so I could try them all 🙂
Thanks Cynthia! 🙂
I’m going to London soon, and I really loved reading your picks! I’ve never heard of the Royal Geographical Society gallery but I’m adding it to my list. I just heard that the Photographers’ Gallery (16-18 Ramillies St) is good – have you been there?
And I love Indian food so I’m making a note of Sagar – sounds like you really know your Indian food! Dishoom and Tayyabs are my London go-to’s, but I wouldn’t mind trying some more places 🙂 No such thing as too much Indian food!
Ah great! I’ve been to the Photographers’ Gallery and really liked it! I couldn’t agree more; I can never have too much Indian food. I haven’t been to Dishoom or Tayyabs (yet!) But I’ve heard Dishoom is amazing and I always see queues outside there!
Those sound like some awesome places to visit in London! I’ll have to check some of those places out next time I visit!
Hope you enjoy! 🙂
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These sound like great places! Definitely bookmarking things for when we take a trip to London! 🙂