There’s always something fun to do in London! And if you’ve been here a couple of times before, seen Big Ben, visited London Eye, seen Buckingham Palace, and strolled up and down Oxford Street, maybe it’s time to explore the non-touristy and non-cliché things to do in London. And lucky for you, there’s lots of it!
Visit the Sunday Upmarket in Brick Lane
Brick Lane is always a nice place to hang out, walk up and down and eat amazing street food, stroll in and out of quirky vintage shops, or sit down for a beer. The Sunday Upmarket is home to some of the most creative individuals dominating the East London street food scene. People from all over the world can be found here, coming to experience the eccentric market filled with food from every corner of the world. The market only opens on Sundays from 10AM-5PM, where you can be sure to get the best cheap street eats for $5 or less.
The Sunday Upmarket from 10AM-5PM on Sundays at: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL, United Kingdom.
Enjoy a coffee
It’s well known that London has more pubs than cafés, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a cozy café to sit down and enjoy a good cup of coffee. Farm Girl in Notting Hill is always a favorite, Pattern Coffee has one of the most Instagrammed walls, Peggy Porschen Cakes is absolutely adorable, and Biscuiteers is like being transported right into Paris.
Attend a festival
London has some fantastic festivals, from Notting Hill Carnival to V festival to Wireless to Field Day to Lovebox, to, you get the picture. Summer season is the best time for festivals, the days are longer, the sun (hopefully) shines, and the weather is warmer.
Explore the brunch scene
London has some seriously good bunch places, Bistrotheque, the Advisory, Allpress Dalston, and Verden are always good options for some delicious brunch. And if you’re looking for a really good breakfast, for a really cheap price, head to Café 338 on Bethnal Green Road. It looks like a hole in the wall little place, but the food is great and there’s often a line out the door. A great place to start your day (but remember: cash only)
Explore Shakespear’s Globe
While the original Globe burned to the ground in 1613, the reconstruction was built to be as close to the original as possible. This resulted in an impressive open-air theatre, where you can enjoy the grand work of Shakespear. You can find information about what’s on, tickets and prices, here, and make sure to book in advance!
Browse Camden Market
I do love me a good market, and Camden Market is huge! Get off the tube at Camden Town, take a right and you’ll find stand after stand selling jewellery, clothes, tech gear, and food, etc. Make sure not to forget to cross the bridge to Camden Lock, here you’ll find more food, more boutiques, and more of the fantastic market. And if you’re looking for some great ice cream, check out Chin Chin Labs!
Watch TV outside
Why watch TV inside, when you can watch TV outside? Get some popcorn and drinks, and snuggle up under a blanket next to fellow film lovers, and enjoy cinematic greats at Grosvenor Square, Belgrave Square or at the Biscuit Factory. There are various locations showing outdoor films in London, so simply choose the one most suitable for you. Here you can find more information about opening hours and locations.
The Luna Cinema is another great alternative for outdoor cinema. They show films in various locations during the night, so why not go see Mean Girls at Kew Gardens, Top Gun at Warwick Caste, or Jaws at Brockwell Lido.
Stroll around Little Venice
Little Venice is one of the prettiest areas of London, just as the name suggests, it’s London’s answer to the famous Italian city. It’s home to various waterside cafes, restaurants, and pubs, it really comes alive during the summer months!
Make your own chocolate
I don’t think anyone has missed my chocolate addiction by now, and at MyChocolate in Hoxton, you can make your own chocolate, just the way you want it! Bring your friends and family and take part in this chocolate making workshop, and come up with some creative creations. The session also includes sampling raw cocoa nibs, 100% pure chocolate and other special secret ingredients that make for the ultimate chocolate treat.
MyChocolate, open from 9:30AM to 5:30PM at 10C Branch Pl, London N1 5PH, United Kingdom
Explore the nightlife
All over London there are plenty of great places to drink beer! Shoreditch is filled with happy people, pubs, and places to dance, and for more fancy night clubs, make your way out to Mayfair! Ace Hotel London in Shoreditch has a great roof top bar, Well and Bucket has a cute little beer garden, Franks in Peckham has a fantastic view over London, and Cargo is always a fun place to hang out.
Explore the Thames Path
The 40-mile-long Thames Path has many treasured spots to be discovered. The best way to explore is to rent a bike and make your way down the path! Along the path, you’ll find Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, Chiswick Pier, Kew Gardens, and the Royal Docks to name a few.
God’s Own Junkyard
If you’ve ever wondered what life inside a pinball machine would be like, wonder no more. God’s Own Junkyard in Walthamstow is a one of a kind place, created by Chris Bracey, this place is home to more neon signs then you could count. For 37 years he has collected them, and today he has signs that have appeared behind some of the greatest stars, from Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Jack Nicholson in Batman.
Visit the Shard
The Shart is one of the most amazing skyscrapers, from the top you get a stunning view of London! It’s the perfect place for a nice meal, drinks with friends, or a romantic dinner. The Shard is located at 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, and should not be missed!
Make a day trip
There are plenty of interesting places not very far from London. Hop on a train down to Brighton and spend the day on the beach or on the pier, go down to Whitstable and eat oysters, take a day tour and explore Bath, The Cotswolds, or Stonehenge. Or if you have more than a day, you can easily make your way up to Scotland and discover Edinburgh, Glasgow, or the highlands!
Drink tea at Sketch
Located at 9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG, Sketch is a one-of-a-kind place. Every two years Sketch lets a new artist redecorate the space and for the past year and a bit, it’s been inhabited by the work of David Shrigley. Go here for lunch, a cocktail or a swooning afternoon tea. It’s grand and pricey, but worth every pound, just make sure to book in advance!