London is a great place to visit with your friends, not only because of its nightlife, but because of the city’s diversity, luxury hotels, and iconic landmarks.
While trip with your family (especially if kids are in tow) demands a slower pace and more ‘traditional’ activities, a trip to London with your friends for a weekend away allows for non-stop fun.
Whether you’ve booked your trip already for the summer, are planning ahead for a trip later this year, or are getting inspiration for 2020, check out these tips on what to see and how to be a tourist in London.
Rest assured, there’s more to travelling than visiting museum after museum.
There are many ways to get to London.
Of course, if you are outside Europe, a long-haul flight is the way to go. But, if you are based in Paris or another nearby city, it’s easy (and often times quite inexpensive) to hop on a train. This is an ideal option if you’re short on time, as you’ll depart and arrive in each city’s respective centre.
Once you’re here, public transportation is the way to go if you want to avoid traffic and save money, especially if you’re in a group of 4 or more. In this case, you’d need at least two black cabs or ubers. Instead, get an Oyster card, rent a bike, or walk.
When travelling in a group, do not miss out on afternoon tea. Looking for a good spot? Shoreditch has a lot of great options.
If you’re trying to convince some naysayers in your group that it’s a good idea, bear in mind that afternoon tea in Shoreditch is more than a bitter earl grey. Most places have a vast myriad of tea flavours, and some even serve champagne. Cheers to that!
It’s a British experience that features delicious triangle sandwiches, sweet delicacies, and more, meaning even picky eaters will find something to snack on.
This also represents a great opportunity to recap what you’ve seen and done, go over what you are hoping to see and do, and (if needed) hop on Wi-Fi while away from your room at the M by Montcalm.
London has more to offer than generic tourist attractions. It’s a great place to treat yourself, too.
If you fancy a pamper session, check out a spa near Shoreditch. Most spas have group experience packages, meaning this is a great option for those travelling on a budget. It’s also an activity that most people enjoy, meaning that even if your group is split when it comes to museums and cathedrals, you’ll likely find common ground when it comes to picking a spa in London.
Party in Shoreditch
There are a lot of event venues in Shoreditch, many of which offering more than just a trendy tipple.
If you’re bored of bars, check out Bounce Ping Pong for a unique experience. If the group prefers table football, check out the Bar Kick. Of course, if you’re staying at the M by Montcalm, you don’t even have to leave the hotel to enjoy a cocktail and a good time.
Check out Street Art
In central London, most art can be found in galleries and museums. But if you’re tired of historical art and wax museums, Shoreditch’s Brick Lane has creative and fun murals to check out….all for free. It’s a fun way to learn more about urban culture in London.
If you’re especially interested in street artists like Bambi and Banksy (both started out on the streets of London), take the time to go on a street art walking tour that takes you through the alternative history and current events of street art in London.
It’s definitely worth it if you’re an art buff – and if the weather is beautiful. There are several options for tours, but you should expect to see more than 40 acclaimed street artists. Other thank Banksy, you will be able to admire the works of ROA, Invader, Shepherd, Fairy and Eine.
There are tons of free activities you can enjoy as a group in London. One of them is canal walks. For your reference, there are two canals in London – the Grand Union Canal and Regent’s canal. The two converge in North West London.
Why not consider taking the Camden Walk? It’s a public walking tour by Regent’s Canal in King’s Cross. From there, you go to the portal of Islington, passing St. Pancras Lock and finishing at the Camden Locks. This walk is wheelchair friendly and takes about 90 minutes. Best of all, at the end of it, you get to enjoy the Camden Market.
The Cumberland Arm Walk is another excellent option. You get to experience what’s left of the “bridge over nothing” in Primrose Hill.
Scenic Bike Rides
Enjoy a bit of exercise in the London sun by biking in Richmond Park on the Tamsin Trail. It’s a beautiful trail with green trees, lawns and beautiful wildflowers. It’s an excellent path for all skill levels and you can join the path at any point. There are multiple entrances along the 12-kilometre loop.
During the ride, you will see the Isabella Plantation, Pembroke Lodge, a Gregorian Mansion and Ham House. If you look for it, you might even get a glimpse of St Paul’s Cathedral. After the exercise, you’ll definitely be ready for a good night sleep at M by Montcalm.
Brick Lane Market
Don’t leave London without having experienced an outdoor market. Brick Lane in particular has a great selection of second-hand clothing, fun crafts and street food. It’s a great place to find gifts for your loved ones at home, grab a bite to eat, and people watch with your friends while reminiscing on your full-filled group trip.
What are you most excited to see and do during your group trip to London? Let us know in the comments!