102 Amazing Things to do in London in 2024

Posted 01/03/2024 | 1st March, 2024

If you’re searching for epic days out in London, look no further than this complete guide. Whether it’s your first visit to the big smoke or you are a born and bred Londoner, this post contains 102 incredible things to do in London.

From adventurous things to do in the capital to the best viewpoints over the city, here is your ultimate London checklist for 2024.

102 Things to do in London
Best things to do in London

Your First Visit to London

If you’re planning your very first visit to London, you simply must visit all the major sights. Prepare yourself for the crowds because you’re about to hit some of the most popular tourist attractions in the world – but they are busy for good reason! 

These top twelve things to do in London will focus on central London, which is the best place to start when planning an epic holiday to the big smoke.

1. Buckingham Palace

What better place to start on a list of the best things to do in London than Buckingham Palace? Whilst most people who live in the city will give this area a wide berth, this is a must-do if it’s your first visit to the big smoke. 

It will come as no surprise that Buckingham Palace is BUSY, rain or shine. So, I recommend getting there as early as possible to snap an all-important photo.  

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

2. London Eye

Few images are more synonymous with the capital than the London Eye. Opened to the public in 2000, it offers unbeatable views over the city. 

Each rotation takes approximately thirty minutes, and each capsule can hold up to 25 visitors. Tickets bought in advance are significantly cheaper than purchasing on the day (£25.50 rather than £45), so I recommend organising yourself in advance.

If you’re travelling to London with children, purchasing one of the combined tickets, which will grant access to other top attractions such as Madame Tussauds or the SEALIFE centre, may be worthwhile.

3. Covent Garden

Like Buckingham Palace, most Londoners would avoid Covent Garden as if their life depended on it. However, it is undeniably a beautiful bucket-list place to visit on your first visit to London. 

As you would expect, this place is busy, regardless of the day of the week. Therefore, get there early to soak in your surroundings. The market is a great place to grab a few souvenirs, and there are many amazing places to get food.

4. Big Ben and Westminster Abbey

Every first visit to London must include a Big Ben and Westminster Abbey trip. Both can be enjoyed from the outside, but tours can be booked for those with a passion for learning more.

You should know that the Big Ben tours get booked months in advance, so be sure to plan ahead!

5. Watch a Show on the West End

Watching a show in the West End is one of the best things you can do in London, especially on your first visit! There is so much going on at the many theatres across the capital that you will certainly not struggle to find something you enjoy. 

It is well known that tickets for shows on the West End are not cheap. If you’re flexible with your dates and which show you would like to see, then you can take the risk and purchase tickets on the day, which are often significantly more affordable.

6. Shoreditch Street Art

Just because it’s your first visit to London, you don’t have to confine yourself to the typical tourist spots in west London. Shoreditch is one of my favourite areas in east London, packed with vintage clothing shops, food markets, and plenty of independent coffee shops. 

The Shoreditch Street Art Walk is a self-guided tour around the area, allowing you to enjoy all the best street art that Shoreditch offers. If you want to snap some great photos, get them as the sun rises. This place is packed with people socialising in the evening, so getting great photos can be challenging. 

Read the full article: The Best Self-Guided Shoreditch Street Art Walk

Hanbury Street
Hanbury Street

7. Visit Tower Bridge

On your first visit to London, you can be forgiven for thinking this magnificent structure should be London Bridge. But no, this much-photographed incredible sight is actually Tower Bridge and one of my favourite attractions in London.  

It is fun to admire and photograph from the outside, but I recommend heading inside if you have the time. You can read about the history and creation of the bridge, as well as admire the Thames from the unique glass bottom. 

Tower Bridge
Shard London

8. The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is one of the best free tourist attractions in London. I’ve included it on the list of the best things to do on your first visit to London, but even having lived here for over two years, I’ve visited multiple times.

The Tate Modern showcases the best of modern art and is conveniently located on the Southbank. It’s also one of the best free things to do in London with kids, with plenty of activity packs on hand to enable them to get the most from their day out.

Tate Modern London
Tate Modern London

9. Visit Trafalgar Square

With its iconic lions and fountains, Trafalgar Square is a must-visit on your first trip to London. It’s best to visit on a weekend afternoon in the summer when it is bustling with life.

You can expect to see many different people, including the skaters, who gather to show off their skills most afternoons.

10. Wander the Southbank

Personally, I think the Southbank is one of the best walks in London. Although it does get extremely busy, there are so many landmarks to admire and side streets to escape to. When the crowds do become a little bit too overwhelming, you can simply dip out for a little while. 

On a summer’s day in London, there are very few better atmospheres.

11. Double Decker Bus Ride

So many double-decker bus tours will take you to London’s best sights. However, these tours can become extremely expensive and force you to work to someone else’s schedule.

Instead, jump on one of the many busses in London (there are 700 routes to choose from!) and enjoy all the bright lights of the big smoke. Citymapper is the best app to give you the most accurate public transport information. 

The best part? Buses cost £1.75 per journey, and the price caps at £5.25 per day.

12. Take a Walk Around Hyde Park

There are many incredible parks to enjoy in London, but Hyde Park has a special place in my heart. Due to its sheer size, it never feels overcrowded, yet it still feels like you’re right in the heart of this magical city. 

If this is your first visit to London, schedule a walk around Hyde Park between some of the more hectic tourist attractions (think Buckingham Palace and Covent Garden) for a slice of tranquillity.

The Best Markets in London

London would not be the city it is today without its many amazing markets. Wandering one of these fantastic markets is one of the best things to do in London on Sunday, and you will never tire of exploring a new corner of the city. 

This list includes the best for food, vintage clothing and, of course, the most famous flower market in the country!

13. Borough Market

Potentially the most famous food market in London, Borough Market draws 25 million visitors every year. It offers a staggering range of foods to enjoy, with an excellent mixture of food trucks and produce stands. 

Borough Market can quickly become overwhelming, with huge crowds often a struggle to navigate around. Unfortunately, there is rarely a quiet time at Borough Market, regardless of the day of the week or time that you visit.

There are some fantastic cafes and restaurants surrounding the market, so if the crowds become too much, I recommend seeking some quiet in one of these and enjoying a spot of people-watching. 

Read the full article: 14 of the Best Food Markets in London

Borough Market
Borough Market

14. Spitalfields Market

I have spent many lunchtimes in Spitalfields market, as I used to work just a five-minute walk away.

This market has been operating for over 350 years, selling a great range of handmade items (clothes, jewellery, etc) and food stalls. There’s also a collection of permanent stores at Spitalfields, including restaurants and high street shops.

15. Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market is one of my favourite markets in London. It’s one of the best (if not the only) places to pick up a beautiful, affordable bunch of flowers in the area. It is open from 8 am – 3 pm every Sunday, come rain or shine. 

Be warned – this place gets BUSY. Think, five people deep to grab a bunch of sunflowers busy. Therefore, I recommend getting there for opening time to allow you to browse the various stalls. 

Just before the market closes at 3 pm, the traders sell the leftover flowers of the day, offering the chance to get the best bargains. There is no obligation to buy, making Columbia Road Flower Market one of London’s best free tourist attractions.

Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market

16. Broadway Market

Broadway Market is one of my favourite markets in London. Coming to life every Sunday, the street is packed with local food vendors selling ready-to-eat meals along with local produce. 

If you’re looking for the best things to do in London on Sunday, I start at Colombia Road Flower Market, grabbing a coffee and browsing the blooms on offer. Next, wander over the Broadway Market, pick up lunch, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in London Fields Park.

17. Camden Market

Most people either love or hate Camden Market. It’s a bustling hive of activity with a spectacular range of food vendors, vintage shops, and music stores. On a summer’s day, it is unbeatable. 

I first visited Camden Market 10+ years ago, and it’s fair to say that it’s lost a little of its ‘grunge aesthetic’ since then – with more popular high street names making an appearance. Nevertheless, it’s a great day trip.

Camden Market

18. Portobello Road Market

Located in beautiful Notting Hill, Portobello Road Market is one of the most popular markets in London. It is open seven days a week, but if you’re looking for great food, I recommend attending on the weekend when Aklam Village Market is also open. 

Portobello Road is great for picking up reasonably priced jewellery, leather goods (wallets, belts, shoes, etc), furniture, and other household items.

19. Maltby Street Market

Maltby Street Market, in the heart of Bermondsey, has been open since 2010 and serves some of the city’s best culinary delights. 

This Market is relatively small compared to Borough or Camden but has a great, friendly, communal feel.

20. Brick Lane Vintage Market

Brick Lane Vintage Market is a great place to shop if you’re looking for second-hand gems in a lively atmosphere. 

There is a massive range of shops here, from those specialising in Burberry trench coats to handmade jewellery and repurposed denim.

21. Seven Dials Market

Seven Dials Market is a fun food market located near Covent Garden. It’s a great place to meet up with friends and grab a bite after a day of exploring. Over twenty independent traders offer a wide variety of food, from Syrian to Indian to Italian.

22. Brixton Village and Market Row

Brixton Village is easily one of the best markets in London, with a great mix of shopping, food, and events. 

The shopping includes books, fresh produce from around the world, second-hand clothing, and so much more!

Everyone who knows Brixton knows it’s a melting pot of culture, so the food scene in Brixton Market represents just that.

There’s a great selection featuring Three Uncles Cantonese food, Le Bab giving visitors a taste of the Middle East, and Fish Wings and Tings bringing a slice of the Caribbean to south London.  

Best Viewpoints in London

There is no skyline in the world that can rival London. Modern skyscrapers interspersed with traditional architecture create an exciting visual that is fantastic to marvel at from street level but even better up high. 

The best part is that there are so many free viewpoints across London, so you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy the spectacular skyline.

23. Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park offers one of the best viewpoints in London, with a fabulous view of Canary Wharf and beyond. The views are great all year round but there is a special atmosphere in the summer, where you can expect to see groups enjoying picnics as the sun sets. 

Read the full article: 13 Best Things do to in Greenwich

Greenwich London
Greenwich Park

24. Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill is a picturesque park located in North London that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline.

Popular for its elevated position, the hill is a peaceful retreat with open green spaces. Locals and visitors alike frequent the hill for leisurely walks and picnics and to enjoy the stunning vistas of iconic landmarks, including the London Eye and the Shard.

25. The Garden at 120

120 Fenchurch Street is a hidden gem when it comes to the best viewpoints in London

This garden is actually the largest public garden in the City of London. It is 15 storeys up, so offers spectacular views of this bustling area of the capital. 

The Garden was designed by German landscape architect Latz + Partner and is home to 85 Italian wisteria trees, over 30 fruit trees and a 200-foot-long flowing water feature.

You don’t need a ticket to enter, and no pre-booking is required.

26. Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace, often referred to as “Ally Pally,” is a historic entertainment and exhibition venue situated on a hill in North London.

Built in the 19th century, it has served various purposes, including as a public hall, concert venue, and exhibition space.

The palace offers stunning views of London and is surrounded by a large park. It hosts events, concerts, and exhibitions, making it a cultural hub for the city.

27. Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is the only item to feature twice on this list because it is one of the best free tourist attractions in London. 

Aside from the incredible array of modern art, the Tate Modern offers one of the best views in London and certainly the best free view of St Paul Cathedral. 

You can access the outdoor viewing platform by simply heading through the cafe (you’re not obligated to buy anything).

Tate Modern Viewpoint

28. St Pauls Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral in London is a magnificent Anglican cathedral, an iconic masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren.

Completed in 1710, its dome dominates the city skyline. This historic landmark has witnessed important events, including royal weddings and funerals.Visitors can explore its stunning interior, climb to the Whispering Gallery, and enjoy panoramic views from the Golden Gallery. St. Paul’s is a symbol of London’s resilience and architectural brilliance.

29. Horizon 22

Horizon 22 is London’s highest (and newest) free viewing platform. It is located right in the heart of the city and only recently opened (November 2023). Although it is completely free, tickets are required and can be booked easily through its website.

30. The Sky Garden

Not only is the Sky Garden one of the best viewpoints in London, it is also one of the best free tourist attractions in London.

It offers uninterrupted 360-degree views of the spectacular London skyline, surrounded by an incredible range of greenery. As mentioned, tickets are completely free, but you do need to book online in advance to secure a spot.

Annual Events in London

A handful of events roll around once per year in London, where crowds from around the world join to celebrate together. So whether it is sport, music, Christmas festivities or anything in between, here are the best annual events in London.

31. Wimbledon

I’ve never been lucky enough to attend Wimbledon, but friends, family, colleagues, and strangers all describe Wimbledon as one of the best events in London. The annual tennis tournament takes place in southwest London each June and July, drawing crowds from around the world. 

The tickets are notoriously difficult (and expensive) to obtain. Still, a long-standing tradition known as ‘the queue’ enables visitors to turn up on the day and bag themselves reasonably priced access.

Prepare for a wait, though; people start arriving in the early hours of the morning, often waiting over six hours to gain access to the grounds.

32. Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival happens every August bank holiday and is one of the most fun things to do in London. 

Originally organised by Trinidadian activist and local resident Claudia Jones, Notting Hill Carvial was created to react to the 1950s and 1960s racial riots. It celebrates Caribbean culture and is the largest street festival in Europe. 

Forty static sound systems and 70 stages take over the area of west London, providing a weekend of great food, dancing and celebration. 

The first Notting Hill Carnival was held in 1966 and welcomed a crown of 500 people. Carnival now attracts over 2 million attendees annually, with 40,000 volunteers and 9,000 police officers.

33. New Year’s Eve Fireworks

If you find yourself in London in December and are searching for Christmas things to do in London, then the New Year’s Fireworks have to be on your list. It is a real bucket list activity, with over 100,000 people lining the banks of the Thames to witness the display. 

I must admit, the New Year’s Eve fireworks display is a ‘once in a lifetime’ event for me. I am glad I attended, but there is a lot of waiting around with this event. Ticketholders are advised to arrive around 9 pm, which means you stand out in the cold for three hours before the event begins.

34. Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show is the place to be for anyone passionate about gardening. It showcases the best of the best when it comes to garden design, inspiring every visitor who passes through. 

The event is quintessentially British, so there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy champagne, Pimms, and strawberries with cream. 

Although the Chelsea Flower Show has no formal dress code, you can expect to see guests showing off their best attire. Expect to see plenty of celebrities and, if you are lucky, even members of the royal family. 

Remember that tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show are not cheap. Two days are reserved for members only, but Thursday and Friday tickets start from £45, with tickets for Saturday setting you back £89.

35. London Marathon

The London Marathon is an incredible and surprisingly emotional event to spectate. Whilst living in Limehouse, I was lucky enough to be on the part of the route that runners passed through twice, which was fantastic!

Get there early and watch the professionals and the amateurs pass by, which are both astounding in their own right.

36. London Pride

Pride is a celebration of our LGBT+ community, which transforms the city into rainbow colours. Expect a huge parade and various inclusive events all across London. The parade is a fun, family event that brings together people of all sexual orientations, races and backgrounds.

Things to Do in London With Kids

There is pretty much a limitless number of things to do in London with kids.

Of course, your chosen activities will heavily depend on your budget, with plenty of excellent, yet expensive, things to do in London. However, fear not – there are also many cheap and free things to do in London with kids.

In a city of nine million people, you’ll keep even the hardest-to-please children happy. So, whether you have tots or teens, here are the best things to do in London with kids.

37. Natural History Museum

On a list of the best things to do in London with kids, the Natural History Museum has to be at the top! Not only is this one of the most popular attractions in the city, it is also completely free. 

This fantastic venue appears like a gothic cathedral, but once you step inside, you will be transported to a magical kingdom exploring all things from our natural world.

Amazingly, the collection here comprises over 80 million natural specimens. These range from the massive blue whale skeleton hanging over the entranceway to an exhibit of venomous insects.

Read the full article: 14 of the Best Museums in London

38. Kings Cross Station – Platform 9 3/4

A rite of passage for every Harry Potter fan – Platform 9 ¾!

Perhaps one of the most iconic photo spots in the city, you have two options: The first is that you can snap an image at any time on your own phone for free. The second option is there is a professional photographer on site between specific hours, where you can snap a magical image with a scarf of your choosing. 

This is London, so there is, of course, a shop attached where you can buy plenty of souvenirs, including sweet treats, clothing and toys.

39. Stepney City Farm

Stepney City Farm is an excellent option if you’re looking for something a little more low-key to do with children in London.

Located in east London, just a five-minute walk from Stepney Green station, the farm is open 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday-Sunday. There is no need to book, and entrance is completely free! 

There is also a fantastic café and a farmers market every Saturday morning.

40. London Zoo

London Zoo, located in beautiful Regents Park, is most definitely one of the best things to do in London with kids. 

This zoo has an excellent range of animals that are open all year round, including lions, monkeys, and giraffes. If you’ve got little ones and live in London, you might benefit from the London Zoo annual pass, which grants unlimited visits for twelve months.

41. Shrek’s Adventure London

Shrek’s Adventure London is an interactive, family-friendly attraction located on the South Bank of the River Thames in London.

It offers a unique experience where visitors can embark on a guided tour through various themed zones featuring characters from the Shrek movies, engaging in interactive shows and activities. 

Perfect for families, this immersive experience combines laughter and fantasy. Get ready for a Shrektacular day filled with fun and surprises.

42. Greenwich Royal Observatory

Greenwich Royal Observatory is one of my favourite museums in London, ideal for the whole family. 

Here, you can witness the Prime Meridian, where east meets west – and ignite curiosity about time and space. The engaging exhibits make learning fun, and the iconic red time ball will be sure to captivate young minds. 

The Greenwich Roayl Observatory is ideal for the whole family, and although amazing for children, has plenty to keep teenagers and adults engaged.

43. Themed Afternoon Tea

When looking for things to do in London with kids, afternoon tea is probably not the first thing that springs to mind. Certainly, not a cheap thing to do in London, but a great fun treat to enjoy with your children. 

You might be surprised to learn that all the afternoon tea classic spots welcome children, such as the Savoy (£40 per child), Fortnum and Mason (£30 per child) and the Ritz (£50 per child).

However, if you’re looking for something a little more child-centred, there are some amazing themed afternoon teas to keep your little ones entertained. 

There is a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych (£58 per child), the Shard offer a Peter Pan-themed afternoon tea (£50 per child), and there are the famous afternoon tea tour buses (Peppa Pig – £38 per child, or Paddington – £35 per child).

44. London Dungeons

London Dungeons is another favourite thing to do in London with kids. It’s a uniquely thrilling attraction made up of a range of rides, interactive experiences, and a fantastic cast of actors.

The London dungeons are best for slightly older children as they are very dark and quite scary. The recommended minimum age is twelve.

45. Pretend to Drive the Docklands Light Railway

Looking for cheap things to do in London with kids? The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has you covered. The DLR is a driverless train attached to the tube network, connecting east London.

Let your little ones sit at the front and pretend to drive the train through the sights of East London, and you might even catch yourself joining in on the fun.

Tip: Try to do this first thing in the morning (pre-8 am) or in the middle of the day to avoid the busiest periods and guarantee that front seat spot.

46. Go Ape Battersea

Looking for slightly more adventurous things to do in London? Then Go Ape Battersea has you covered! You’re probably familiar with Go Ape’s more rural locations, but having this offering in South London is fantastic for those who live in the city, and those who are just visiting for the weekend. 

There are several different courses depending on your budget, timeframe, and height. The Treetop Challenge Xpress is ideal for those who are short on time but still want a taste of what Go Ape has to offer. 

Ticket prices vary from £23 – £38, depending on the course chosen.

47. Go to the LEGO Store

Any LEGO lover must simply visit the flagship store in Leicester Square.

This shop not only has the most extensive selection of LEGO available anywhere in the UK, but a visit feels like a day out in itself. Two floors of bright-coloured building blocks, including a double-decker bus with no less than William Shakespeare waiting at the stop.

Best Things to Do in London at Night

London is the city that never sleeps! And so, it only feels right to dedicate a whole section to the best things to do in London at night.

Whether you are looking to hit all of the tourist hot spots or searching for the best sober nights in London, Here are the best things to do in London after dark. 

48. Enjoy the Bright Lights of Piccadilly Circus

Taking in the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus is one of my favourite things to do in London at night. Its also great if you’re looking for a cheap thing to do in London! Wander the streets, taking in the sights, sounds and smells.

In my humble opinion, there is no better people-watching spot.

49. Hit up a Karaoke Bar

Karaoke in a normal bar? Absolutely not!

Karaoke bars in Chinatown? Yes, please!

There are a few bars in Chinatown that allow you and a group of friends to book out a private (and soundproof) booth to sing to your heart’s content. The best ones even let you order food directly to your booth.

50. Try Out a Comedy Gig

Whether you’re a lifelong Londoner or just visiting for the weekend… GO AND WATCH SOME COMEDY.

There is so much comedy to be enjoyed in the city, whether you’re looking for a cheap underground venue or a world-renowned act in a theatre. My favourite venue is the top-secret comedy club, open seven days a week, with multiple shows each evening showcasing the country’s best talents.

Tickets earlier in the week are typically just £1 – £5, which makes comedy one of the best cheap things to do in London.

Comedy store

51. Museum Lates

Museum Lates are definitely some of the best things to do in London at night. For example, the British Museum is open until 8:30 pm every Friday, and the London Transport Museum also offers lates on occasional Fridays. 

Museum Lates are often child-free, quieter and more relaxed than visiting at prime times. Some museums also offer drinks and DJs at their late events.

52. Explore Chinatown

Chinatown is one of the best things to do in London at night. The area really comes to life after dark, with the iconic red lanterns welcoming thousands of visitors each evening. 

Of course, the best thing to do in Chinatown is to eat your way around the many restaurants, ranging from hole-in-the-wall style noodle bars to upscale fine dining establishments.

53. Enjoy a Pint in a Proper British Pub

This one might be more exciting if you’re new to the UK as well as London, but enjoying a pint in a London pub is a rite of passage on your trip to the capital. You won’t struggle to find somewhere great to grab a drink, especially in central London.

Dickens Inn Wapping

54. Grab a Martini at Dukes

Dukes Bar was the favourite of much-loved author Ian Flemming and is believed to be the inspiration behind the great shaken, not stirred cocktail enjoyed worldwide. Sitting inside the Dukes Hotel, just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, epitomises luxury. 

Of course, cocktails here are among the most expensive in London. However, drinking like Mr. Bond himself doesn’t come cheap!

Unfortunately, Dukes doesn’t accept reservations for the bar area, so expect a little wait for a table. Be sure to look the part; a relatively strict dress code allows Dukes to retain its sophisticated reputation.

55. Jack the Ripper Ghost Walk

The Jack the Ripper Ghost Walk is one of the best things to do in London if you’re searching for something a little out of the box. 

The guides will take you back to 19th-century East London, exploring the cobbled streets of Whitechapel, where these horrific crimes were committed. These tours occur every night, so you won’t struggle to grab a spot.

56. Ceremony of the Keys

Every evening in the Tower of London, an ancient ceremony known as the Ceremony of the Keys takes place.

It takes place at exactly 9.53 pm and is essentially the simple locking of the Tower for the night. The origins of this ritual are unknown. However, it provides a great tourist attraction and a fantastic thing to do in London at night.

57. Roller Disco

If you’re looking for alternative things to do in London, then why not try a roller disco?

There are a few venues across the capital, but Rollernation is the most popular, located in North London. offering a great selection of events from standard skating to family events, to club nights.

Things to Do in London for Couples

Are you looking to plan a date night in London? With so much to do, this can quickly become quite overwhelming. So from the best parks, cinemas and activities, here are the best things to do in London for couples

Not into Drinking Alcohol? This article has all the best sober date nights in London.

58. Visit an Outdoor Cinema

Nothing screams romance like an outdoor cinema! Luna Cinema is the most popular in London, with various open-air cinema events available throughout the summer. Expect all the classic movies: Greece, James Bond and Dirty Dancing regularly feature.

59. Richmond Park

You can be forgiven for not deeming a park as one of the most exciting things to do in London for couples, but Richmond Park is in a league of its own. 

2,500 acres of greenery provide the ultimate picnic spot in leafy west London, which often feels like it’s not even in the capital at all. The area of Richmond is a beautiful, affluent borough. So, if you have the time, I recommend spending the whole afternoon here and enjoying the many fantastic cafes and bars Richmond offers.

60. Watch a TV Show Being Filmed

Attending a TV show production is one of the best date nights in London and an excellent free thing to do in London.

SRO Audiences is a great website where you can get free tickets to watch tonnes of panel shows and comedies being filmed. I’ve used this multiple times and even managed to bag tickets to a fantastic Christmas special of Live at the Apollo!

61. Thames River Cruise (Thames Clipper)

A Thames River Cruise is a captivating way to enjoy the city’s iconic landmarks. You can enjoy a romantic glide past the Tower Bridge, the Shard, and the London Eye while absorbing the stunning skyline.

Relax, enjoy commentary, and witness the city’s charm unfold from a unique perspective on this memorable aquatic adventure.

However, if your budget doesn’t quite stretch to cruising through central London, ride the Uber Boat. It’s not quite as glamorous but offers the same iconic views of the best that London offers.

62. Catch a Film at the BFI

Heading to the cinema on a couples’ night out isn’t exactly revolutionary. However, watching a movie at the British Film Institute is so much more than your regular trip to the flicks. 

The BFI is open seven days a week and has four screens. As you would expect, it showcases all the best new releases, remastered classics, and plenty of family-friendly showings.

63. Paint and Sip

If you’re looking for a creative, unique thing to do in London as a couple, then you should try out a Paint and Sip night. 

Enjoy some cathartic arts and crafts whilst sipping on delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. I think Paint and Sip nights are a fabulous, unique date night to enjoy in the city.

64. Fairgame Canary Wharf

Fairgame Canary Wharf is one of my favourite date nights in London! It’s a unique, adults-only fairground concept. Each visitor gets two attempts at each of the seven games on offer, which you can take at your own pace and enjoy in any order. 

Tickets are a reasonable £15 per person, and they serve excellent cocktails.

65. Up The Shard

My husband gifted me tickets for the Shard last year, and it was fantastic! It’s one of the best views in London, and if booked at sunset, it is a very romantic experience. 

The tickets can be purchased in advance, starting at £28.50 per person. I found this expensive, but this is the most iconic landmark in London, after all.

Top Tip: Go to the bathroom! Probably one of the most spectacular toilet breaks you will ever take, with views right across the capital.

66. Flight Club

Flight Club is an interactive darts night with locations all around London. In my opinion, it is one of the best activity nights out and is great for date nights and getting your friends together. 

There is a huge range of games that can be played on the boards. The computer works all the scores out for you, so there is no need to keep track!

67. Shakespeare’s Globe

The Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre, which is associated with the renowned playwright William Shakespeare.

Located on London’s South Bank, near the original site, the Globe is a faithful reproduction where visitors can watch Shakespearean plays performed in a setting similar to that of the Elizabethan era.

The theatre also includes an exhibition about Shakespeare’s life and the history of the Globe.

One great thing about Shakespeare’s Globe is you can bag yourself £5 standing tickets almost every day of the week. These sell out quickly but offer an excellent, accessible way to enjoy plays.

Active Things to Do in London

You could plan something different for every day of your life and never exhaust London’s offerings. And sometimes, we all look for a little more invigorating than the swanky restaurants and upscale bars.

Whether you’re looking to break a sweat or just something unique to enjoy with friends, here are the best active things to do in London.

68. Axe Throwing

Looking for something active to do in London where you won’t break a sweat? Why not try your hand at axe throwing?

There are a few different venues across the city, all making for a fun and active evening out. Not only is this a great laugh, its also amazing for letting out some anger!

69. TOCA Social

TOCA Social is the world’s first interactive football and dining experience. 

It features a series of small, state-of-the-art football simulators where players can engage in various games and challenges.

The venue offers a lively and social atmosphere, making it a fun destination for football enthusiasts and those seeking a unique entertainment experience.

70. Golf and Greenwich Peninsular

Golf at the Greenwich Peninsular is genuinely amazing. It has a clean, modern driving range with over fifty different stations across two levels. 

What I love about Greenwich Golf is that you will see a range of abilities (which made me feel much better after some pretty feeble attempts).

The expertise level ranges from those on a stag do sharing a bucket of beers to those who look like they were born with one glove on and a club in their hand.

Greenwich Driving Range
Greenwich Driving Range

71. Up at the O2

Up at the O2” is an exhilarating experience in London that allows visitors to climb to the top of the O2 Arena.

Participants wear a special climbing suit and harness to ascend a fabric walkway suspended above the iconic dome. Once at the summit, breathtaking panoramic views of London’s skyline await. It’s a unique adventure offering a memorable perspective of the city.

72. Rock Climbing

What London might lack in rural landscapes, it makes up for in epic indoor venues. If you’re looking for a fun active experience in London, then why not try out one of the many rock climbing gyms?

Some popular indoor climbing venues in London include:

🧗🏻‍♀️The Castle Climbing Centre: Located in Stoke Newington, it is one of the largest climbing centres in Europe with a variety of climbing walls.

🏋🏻The Arch Climbing Wall: With multiple locations in London, The Arch offers diverse climbing terrain suitable for beginners to advanced climbers.

🧗🏻‍♀️VauxWall Climbing Centre: Situated in Vauxhall, this climbing centre provides a range of climbing challenges and bouldering walls.

🏋🏻Westway Sports & Fitness Centre: In West London, this facility offers indoor climbing walls along with various sports and fitness amenities.

73. Rooftop Yoga

Rooftop yoga is a popular activity in London, offering a unique and scenic setting for yoga practice.

Several venues and yoga studios organise rooftop yoga sessions, especially during the warmer months. These sessions often take place on rooftops with panoramic views of the city.Be sure to check out Sunrise Yoga at the Sky Garden, and Yogarise in Peckham.

74. Kayaking London

Kayaking is a popular activity in London, and it is great if you’re looking for something unique and active to do in London. There are several locations where you can enjoy kayaking on the city’s waterways. Some options include:

🚣 Thames River: You can find kayak rental services along the Thames, allowing you to paddle through central London and enjoy views of iconic landmarks.

💦 Regent’s Canal: This picturesque canal runs through North London, passing through Camden, Regent’s Park, and beyond. Kayak rental facilities are available for a tranquil paddling experience.

🚣 Canary Wharf and Docklands: Explore the waterways around Canary Wharf and the Docklands area, where some facilities offer kayak rentals and guided tours.

💦 Lee Valley White Water Centre: While a bit outside central London, this venue, which was used for the 2012 Olympics, offers white water kayaking experiences and lessons.

75. Attempt an Escape Room

Escape Rooms are a fun, active thing to do in London without it feeling like a solid workout. 

A few years back escape rooms took the UK by a storm and as such, there are heaps of different options in London. 

There is the Crystal Maze, Mission Breakout, Sherlock: The Game is Now and AI escape – amongst many, many more.

76. Stand Up Paddleboarding

Yes, you read that correctly. You can enjoy stand-up paddleboarding in central London. 

There are actually a number of places you can enjoy stand-up paddleboarding in the capital, regardless of whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro. 

Paddle Boarding London has locations in Hackney, Camden, Islington and St Katherine Docks. They offer lessons as well as club for those who have the skills and just want to enjoy the water.

They also offer a great ‘Paddle to the Pub’ club. Alternatively, Active 360 has locations in Kew, Paddington and Brentford Lock. As well as beginner classes and group sessions, active 360 also offers SUP pilates and yoga sessions.

London Foodie Experiences

If you’re planning a visit to London, you will already be aware of its incredible food scene. In fact, there are over 70 Michelin-starred restaurants in the capital, drawing people from all over the world!

However, there is so much more to the London food scene than fine dining. Whether you’re looking to have a bash at making your own sourdough or fancy dining in the dark, here are the best and most unique London foodie experiences.

77. Mercato Metrapolitano

Mercato Metropolitano is my favourite food market in London. There are a few locations across London, with the one in Mayfair winning the award for the most stunning. Located inside a beautiful church, there really are few more attractive places to enjoy a meal.

However, head to the Elephant and Castle location for the most extensive selection of incredible food (and an excellent party venue). With over thirty vendors in this location, you can sample an astonishing piece of what the capital offers.

78. Brick Lane Beigel

You simply cannot visit east London without trying a famous Brick Lane Beigel.

There are two Baigel shops on Bricklane, right next to each other. Ask any East Londoner, and they will have a favourite!

‘Beigel Shop’ has a yellow front and is known for being the oldest Beigel shop in east London. However, Beigel Bake is arguably the most popular. My advice? Try both!

Both shops are now open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Amazingly, you will still struggle to find a time of the day when there isn’t a huge queue outside!

79. Vagabond Wines

Can you never settle on a bottle of wine for the table? Well, Vagabond Wines has you covered!

Vagabond is a self-service wine shop that allows you to taste beautiful wines from all over the world. It’s a perfect spot for a date night or to gather a group of friends together – I’ve tried a few of their venues, and the staff have been friendly and approachable at each one. 

Vagabond also serves an excellent selection of foods to accompany its fantastic wines.

80. Learn to Make Your Own Sourdough

Does anything scream East London harder than learning how to make your own Sourdough? I think not. 

Hackney Bread Kitchen offers an excellent comprehensive day event, teaching guests how to make their very own sourdough. This isn’t a cheap thing to do in London (around £165 per person), but is a really cool and unique activity to do in London. 

81. 24/7 Dining at Duck and Waffle

Duck and Waffle is a 24 hour upscale restaurant with fantastic views over East London. It has a small but delicious menu which features thei signature dish; Duck and Waffle. 

Reservations here are very difficult to obtain; however, it appears that they reserve a significant portion of their seating for walk-ins, as turning up and getting a table has never been a problem (avoiding peak times, of course).

82. Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

An afternoon tea at the Ritz is world-renowned. In fact,  if you can only attend one-afternoon tea in your life, many claim it should be at the Ritz. 

Afternoon tea at the Ritz starts at £75 per person and includes a range of sandwiches, scones and pastries. Of course, there is a tremendous selection of teas on offer, with the Ritz being the only hotel in the world with a certified tea master. 

Visitors should be aware that the Ritz has a strict dress code, which prohibits sportswear, trainers, and jeans.

83. London Chocolate Tour

My two favourite things: travel and chocolate!

Chocolate Ecstasy Tours runs a fantastic chocolate tour in Mayfair, London. This starts with a deep dive into the chocolate-making process  (over a hot chocolate of course) before heading on to sample some of West London’s finest.

This is not a cheap thing to do in London. In fact, tours for two people start at over £300. However, it is a very special treat for an occasion.

84. Brick Lane Curry

Are Brick Lane curries the best curries in London? Absolutely not.

But eating out on this vibrant and bustling street is a must-do whilst you’re in the capital. 

Expect the restaurant staff to be encouraging you into each restaurant as you pass by, so it’s best to do one lap of the street first, browsing the various offerings. 

Most of the eateries on this street are BYOB (bring your own bottle) for alcohol, so pop into one of the many off-licences and grab yourself some drinks beforehand.

85. The Big Bake

The Great British Bake Off is a staple TV show in every household across the UK.

The Big London Bake allows you to enjoy a slice of the Bake Off action! They have two venues in the capital (one in East London and one in South London).

You simply need to grab a partner, turn up, and compete against the others in your group! Professional pastry chefs run the event, and the theme changes each month to keep visitors on their toes!

86. Eat Dinner in Darkness

Dans le Noir ? is a restaurant in Clerkenwell serving gourmet food with a twist. All meals are served in complete darkness. 

The company states that once we lose our sense of sight, other senses are heightened, creating an incredible, unique dining experience. If you’re a foodie looking for unique things to do in London, then dining in the dark at Dans le Noir ? might just be for you.

Christmas Things to Do in London

No city in the UK does Christmas on the scale that London does!

Christmastime typically starts in early November in London when the bright lights appear on Oxford and Regents Street. 

But there is so much more to Christmas in London than the famous lights. From the seasonal shows to many Christmas markets and everything in between. 

Christmas things to do in London
Christmas things to do in London

87. Brave the Icy Waters of the Serpentine

The Serpentine in Hyde Park is London’s best-known outdoor swimming spot and is very popular on Christmas Day morning.

Yes, you read that right: people flock in huge groups to plunge themselves into the icy waters whilst most of us are opening presents and enjoying a hot cup of tea.

The Peter Pan Cup race takes place at 9 am sharp and is strictly for club members. Before and after this, however, novices are welcome to enjoy the waters and kick their Christmas off in a very unique way!

88. Winter Wonderland

Love it or hate it, Winter Wonderland is one of the best Christmas things to do in London. It’s an over-the-top funfair located in Hyde Park, packed with rides, fairground games and plenty of places to eat and drink. 

I first visited Winter Wonderland with many, many reservations. However, it is so much fun! There’s plenty to do for adults and children. 

Tickets need to be booked in advance, and expect it to be busy! I recommend going as early in December as possible to avoid the biggest crowds.

Best Christmas Things to do in London
Best Christmas Things to do in London

89. The Bright Lights of Regents Street and Oxford Street

The Christmas lights in London are incredible, getting better and better each year. And the best part? You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy them. Simply wander up Oxford Street and Regents Street, marvelling at the displays. 

All the big department stores (Harrods, Selfridges, etc.) have incredible displays that are usually erected in mid-November.

90. Shop Til You Drop at One of London’s Department Stores

Shopping in London is like no other city on earth. But be warned, it is NOT for the faint-hearted. Selfridges and Harrods are the main stars of the show, and you can easily spend an afternoon wandering around their spectacular Christmas departments. 

If you’re travelling to London with kids, you absolutely cannot miss Hamleys. Their flagship store on Regents Street has seven floors of the world’s best toys and games, with entertainers dotted around the shop to entice children (and adults) of all ages. 

Throughout December, Hamleys also have their red double-decker bus cruising the area, complete with all the favourite children’s characters, elves, and even Santa himself!

91. Alexandra Palace Ice Rink

There are numerous temporary ice rinks across London that can be enjoyed throughout December. However, Alexandra Palace ice rink is up there with the best. 

Tickets start at a reasonable £11, and it is recommended that they are booked online in advance. The rink is actually open all year round. However, there is something magical about visiting over the festive period with the magnificent tree in pride of place. 

Ice skating at the Ally-Pally is one of the best Christmas things to do in London.

92. Christmas at Kew

Christmas at Kew runs from mid-November to early January and is the place to go if you want to enjoy some incredible Christmas lights with a little more calm and order than the chaos of central London. This wonderful event at Kew consistently ranks as one of the best things to do in London in December. 

Tickets must be booked online in advance, as Kew Gardens gets extremely busy, especially at Christmastime. Allow around 90 minutes to enjoy the light trail, with plenty of vendors to grab a bite or a hot chocolate along the way. 

Read the full article: Your Ultimate Guide to Kew Gardens Richmond

Unique Things to Do in London

We’ve looked at some of London’s best parks, markets, and museums. But if that still hasn’t scratched your London itch, here are a handful of unique things to do in London that can only be found in the capital.

93. Take a Speedboat Down the Thames (Thames Rockets)

There are few more adventurous things to do in London than to take a speedboat down the Thames. ‘The Ultimate London Adventure’ takes each visitor on a 50-minute 35mph adventure along the Thames, soaking in all of the sights that London has to offer.

94. Visit the World’s Smallest Police Station

Standing subtly in the corner of Trafalgar Square is a unique sight in London – the country’s smallest police station!

In 1927, one of the lamppost plinths was hollowed, allowing just enough room for one police officer to get inside and keep a watchful eye over this bustling area of the city. 

Disappointingly, yet understandably, this box is no longer used by the police. In fact, it is actually now used as a cupboard for the council cleaners.

95. Visit the Museum of Brands

If you have a passion for branding, marketing, or just fancy a jaunt down memory lane, then the Museums of Brands is for you.

Located in beautiful Notting Hill, the Museum of Brands showcases brands throughout the decades. They have a permanent exhibition aptly named the Time Tunnel. This tunnel starts 200 years ago and finishes in modern-day Britain, showcasing exactly how consumer habits have changed. 

Although it is fascinating to see the brands we have gained and lost throughout the years, what I found particularly interesting is how specific brands have evolved. The 90s were particularly startling, watching the beautiful wooden packaging becoming replaced with so much plastic. 

Read the full article: 14 of the Best Museums in London

96. Gods Own Junkyard

Directing you to an industrial estate in Walthamstow might seem strange, but God’s Own Junkyard is an excellent, unique thing to do in London.

Packed with the most incredible bright neon art – shop to your heart’s content, snap pictures and grab a bite to eat. It’s a unique, fun day out in the big smoke.

97. Make Your Own Pottery

Social pottery has taken London by a storm and has quickly become one of the best sober things to do in London

The pottery painting option allows you to select a premade item such as a plate, vase or mug and paint your very own design. The pottery is then placed in a kiln and will be ready to collect and use within a few weeks. 

For a more intense (and fun!) choice, try your hand at pottery making. In small groups of no more than ten, you will each be given a wheel and taught how to throw your own clay and create an item of your own.

Now, I have to admit, I didn’t create anything that was remotely worth keeping, but it was a fantastic afternoon out nevertheless!

98. Visit Hackney Wick’s Floating Bookshop

London is packed with incredible bookshops, ranging from all the household names you know and love to tiny, independent stores

However, there is one that beats them all when it comes to uniqueness: Word on The Water. This is a bookshop on a barge which can be found on Regent’s Canal. It’s a friendly, welcoming environment with a huge range of stock. So, although its a beautiful tourist attraction its also an incredible place to source new books in London. 

Read the full article: London’s Best Bookshops – A Full Guide.

99. 221B Baker Street

A visit to the former residence of the world’s most famous detective is certainly one of the most unique things to do in London.

According to the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes made 221 Baker Street his home between 1881 and 1904. The building then served as a lodging house for many years before opening its doors as a museum in 1990. 

The museum is a self-guided tour, meaning you can go completely at your own pace, with plenty of staff around to ask any questions. 221B Baker Street is an excellent day out, regardless of whether you are a die-hard book fan, or a Cumberbatch convert. 

Tickets are £16 for adults and £11 for children.

Sherlock Holmes Museum
London Parks

100. Sail the Thames in a Hot Tub

I have to be honest; I am yet to be convinced to don my bikini and get into the Thames. However, it is an extremely popular activity! Each weekend, groups of people in their swimwear (and sailor hats, of course) float around Canary Wharf, enjoying a bottle of bubbles. 

If you fancy the experience whilst keeping your kit on, you could try one of the BBQ boats. Packages allow up to 10 people for 100 minutes of BBQ fun.

101. Visit One of London’s Fabulous Bookstores

It’s impressive how London’s fantastic bookshops can transport you from a manic city of nearly 10 million into an idyllic oasis of your own. Whether you want to explore the flagship Waterstones or invest in a first edition, London will have the shop for you!

Daunt Books is a favourite of many, specialising in all things travel.

102. Escape London!

OK, so this one is a little cheeky, but there are so many amazing day trips from London. One of the best things about London is its excellent public transport, meaning there are many fantastic day trips you can do via train from the capital. 

Brighton is the most obvious (and popular), but personally, if you’re looking for a beach, I would recommend Margate!

Other excellent day trips from London include eating oysters in Whitstable, punting in Cambridge, and wine tasting in Rye. 

Read the full article: 8 of the Best Day Trips From London

Brighton Pier
Margate Boats
Rye Day Trip

So there you have it: 102 of the best things to do in London!


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