Everyone loves going on holiday to London and why wouldn’t you? It’s vibrant, exciting and there are literally hundreds of things you can do and see at any time of year, but sometimes this can be a little daunting or confusing.
With so much on offer, it is hard to know what to choose to do and what to miss out on. This can be particularly difficult if you are only spending one or two days in the city.
The reality is that the city is massive and if you’re not careful you can get bogged down in city guides and recommendations from friends and get yourself stressed out, which isn’t what you need when you’re about to go on holiday.
All you need to do is settle and start thinking like a Londoner: what do people who live in this amazing city like to do in their free time? Once you do this and start thinking more about what is available locally and only in London, you’ll find it much easier to work out what you want to do.
We’ve pulled together a list of three great days out in the Big Smoke that would make any Londoner proud and all you have to do is pick the one that takes your fancy. Easy!
1. Food and movies
This is a classic combination that makes any day or date amazing because you just can’t go wrong with food and a movie.
However, being in London this isn’t going to be some simple and straightforward affair, as we recommend that you start the day off in Borough Market, which is a veritable maze of food and drinks. It isn’t just British fare that you’ll find here either, there’s everything from Japanese, to Italian and Ethiopian to Greek.
Walk up the river to the Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre to enjoy some art and then stand in the stalls at Shakespeare’s Globe to watch a play for just £5. If you can’t decide between classic or modern movies, see both at the British Film Institute to finish the night.
2. Go to the docks
Old-school London is a favourite for many and it’s sure to win you over too when you pop along to Greenwich market.
Browse around different antiques and dander down the road to Cutty Sark, which is the only surviving tea clipper in the UK. Amazingly, you can walk under it and touch the planks that held all the tea it once carried.
Next, we recommend you head off to Canary Wharf and enjoy actually having a cup of tea on Mudchute Farm. This is great fun, particularly if you’re on holiday in London with your children – who says that you can’t go to the farm in the city?
For dinner, it doesn’t get better than eating aboard Floating Lotus, which is a Chinese restaurant on a boat in the Thames. The views during the evening are stunning and it can make for a really romantic setting.
3. Dip into history
Start the day at Sir John Soane’s Museum to immerse yourself in the newly refurbished building and art collections that Sir John spent his life amassing. When you go to see the museum, make sure you get some information from a guide because this little house is full of history.
Dip into Victorian history next by checking out Pollock’s Toy Museum, which is great for both little and big kids! Right by Sir John Soane’s museum is the Fleet Street Bakery, which has all kinds of traditional British goodies for you to get your energy back up.
We recommend finishing the day with a different kind of history by heading to Bourne & Hollingsworth, a 1940s-style cellar bar in Soho that serves cocktails that really pack a punch.
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