Wednesday 21 April 2021

25 Things to See and Do in London (2021)

I've lived in London for three and a half years now (although the past year has been split between Sussex & London due to lockdowns!)...

What I love about London is that the possibilities are endless. There is so much to do, you can't ever get bored! To quote Samuel Johnson, 'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford'. 

Piccadilly Circus

In my three years here, I have done so many things and seen so much. So whether you are visiting London or are a fellow Londoner, here's my list of 25 things to see and do. Hopefully this summer we will be free to go to these places.

An amazing eclectic venue of neon signs and lights, you'll feel like you've stepped into a different world.

2. Swim in a Lido

There are so many lidos in London and they are usually pretty busy, but a great thing to do on a summer's day. This one is my local, Brockwell Lido.

3. Soho Theatre

I've been to Soho Theatre a few times. It's a great place to spend a Friday night having a few drinks and watching some comedy.

4. Outdoor Cinemas

I've been to several outdoor cinemas in London, but this one was the best. An LA themed sandy beach vibe with plenty of prosecco. It was Backyard Cinema.

This conservatory is a green sanctuary in the middle of the city. Located on level three of the Barbican Centre you can be surrounded by beautiful nature; quite the contrast the the surrounding Brutalist architecture.

6. St Dunstans in the East, City of London

A tranquil hidden gem in the City. Its a stunning ruined church and garden that's now a city park.

7. Boating in Battersea Park

Boating in Battersea Park followed by a picnic is a lovely thing to do in the summer, especially if you can get someone else to do the rowing or pedaling!

8. Walk across the top of Tower Bridge

A great place for stunning views across London and it also has a glass floor so you can see down onto the road and river - not something to do if you are afraid of heights!

9. Visit Camden Lock

Strolling around Camden in the summer is so nice, grab some food from the market and enjoy the sunshine.

10. Climb The Monument

This one was hard work. Inside the monument is a spiral staircase of 311 steps but the views from the top are incredible.

11. Take a walk along Regent's Canal

My office is right by the canal so I used to do this on my lunch break, its a great way to get some head space.

12. Brixton Village

I feel so grateful to have this place just down the road from me. The vibrant market is full of some many different types of food and loads of gluten free options. Check out my post on gluten free in Brixton.

13. Go to a museum or gallery

Loads of museums in London are free so if you're on a budget, its a great thing to do.

14. Junkyard Golf Club, Shoreditch

Although this was probably the hottest place I have ever been to in my life, Junkyard Golf Club is really fun for some drinks and mini golf.

15. Stroll down Shad Thames

This is one of my favourite streets in London. Its a great place for a walk and right by the river.

16. St Paul's Cathedral

It's not cheap but everyone should do it once. St Paul's is stunning inside and out and there are amazing views from the top.

17. Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross

Great for shopping and outdoor dining and right by Kings Cross and the canal.

18. Chinatown

Although probably not much in the way of gluten free food, but worth a visit for the beautiful ornamental gate.

19. Portabello Market, Notting Hill

This is a great way to spend a Saturday, there are so many interesting stalls and shops to browse.

20. Have a spa day

This emerald gem is hidden away in the middle in Holborn; the perfect way to escape the busy city for the day.

21. Columbia Road Flower Market, Bethnal Green

A flower lovers dream, visit on Sunday morning for buckets full of flowers and plants.

22. Hampstead

Hampstead is a beautiful part of London for a relaxed walk or a drink in this famous pub.

For stunning views of the city from the top of the Blavatnik building, visit this viewing platform. You can have a drink while you're up there too. 

This is such a fun thing to do and cheap too! Enjoy the amazing views as you cross the river.

25 - Canary Wharf

Walk around Canary Wharf and take in all the huge buildings by the river and maybe stop for a drink or a bite to eat.

Where will you be visiting this summer?

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