I lived there for 5 years, I know what’s cool.
Without further ado….
Walk down the Thames
Whenever I’m in London, I make sure I have time to walk down the Thames, starting at Tower Bridge and ending at the Houses of Parliament (and then onto a pub). It’s the best way to see London; especially on a sunny day. You can see all of the sights at once and there’s just something about the area that feels special. There’s also a lot going on, whether it’s a book fair, street performers or a custom-made beach, Southbank is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in London. It’s also stunning, and really romantic, after dark.
See a play
As in a play, not a musical. I’m all for musicals (although not really, I’ve only ever enjoyed one – Jersey Boys), but to really get that London experience, you should see a play in one of the smaller theatres. One reason for this is that it’s cheaper; I have seen Ian McKellen star in Waiting for Godot, Charlotte from Sex and the City star in Fatal Attraction and that fit one from Harry Potter in some kind of war drama for just £10 a ticket, whereas a musical ticket is more likely to set you back at least £50. It’s also much cooler to go see a play.
Visit Covent Garden
Covent Garden is a must if you visit London. One of the most popular areas of Central London, Covent Garden is a shoppers paradise with a mixture of designer, boutique and independent stores. This area is also where you’ll find theatres, restaurants and eclectic pubs. It’s an exciting part of London to be in (and also my favourite), so I do recommend staying in this area, as it means your automatically close to everything and you can avoid the tube. The Rosewood London Hotel is in this area, and looks like a DREAM. I think I’ll be booking myself in there the next time I travel down!
Go to The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
We all know that when in London you should visit the National History Museum, so I’m going to tell you about a little-known gem of a museum, the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret. I came across this place after searching for a medical museum to take my Dad to when he came to visit (he has very specific tastes). The place is literally an old operating theatre, hidden away at the top of a church. Students would watch surgeries being performed, and the herb garret is like a treasure trove of weird specimens and medicines. I absolutely LOVED this museum (as did my Dad) and as history is cool, I had to add it to this list.
Go on a pub crawl
One of the easiest ways to get to know all of the different areas in London, is to visit their pubs! There’s an area for everyone, whether you fancy Camden, Shoreditch or Soho, or if you’re feeling flush, what about Chelsea? In Central London you’ll find countless historic pubs, or if you fancy something a little more trendy you can head East. One of my favourite pubs is Dirty Dicks, located just outside Liverpool Street Station (and nothing like what you’re imagining!). For more things to do in London head over to The Crazy Tourist.