If you ask a Londoner what to do during a London weekend break, they’ll get all excited and write you a lengthy list of all the places you should go and things you should see. And then argue about the best pubs and where to get “proper” fish and chips. We’re rightly proud of our capital city and the fact 20 million of you lovely people choose to visit London each year (just don’t expect us to talk on the Tube). So here’s ten things to get you started:
The Old Police Station
This abandoned police station in Deptford now houses artist studios, exhibition cells and social spaces for East London’s thriving creative set. Out in the courtyard you’ll find a black shipping container turned gallery space which exhibits around 6 projects a year. Fri-Sat 12-6pm and by appointment; 114-116 Amersham Vale London, SE14 6LG
Whitecross Street Market
Try tasty dishes from around the globe at this street food market in the heart of London. Pick from a heady mix of homemade pies, savoury tarts, specialty scotch eggs, German sausage, Indian curry, burrito, falafel and a ton of veggie options. Thursdays and Fridays 9am-5pm; Whitecross St, London EC1Y 8NR
Nestled between Farringdon and St John Street in Clerkenwell, a bundle of stalls line pedestrianized Exmouth Market, selling enticing street food to Londoners on their lunch break. This area has a villagey feel and you’ll find everything from barbequed sausages to curries, burritos, and salads. Mon – Fri 12-3pm; Exmouth Market EC1R 4QE
Lower Marsh Saturday Market
Just a few minutes’ walk from Waterloo the new Lower Marsh Saturday Market is London’s latest foodie hotspot. Established traders and the next generation of stallholders have all set up here; including family run Lockie’s Fish, artisan meat traders Cannon & Cannon and booming social enterprise Bad Boys Bakery. Saturday 10am-3pm; Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG
Created by the community, this east end street market running from London Fields to Regents Canal has blossomed over the past few years. Trendy locals gather here to meet, natter, sip coffee and browse specialist food stalls filled with artisan bread, cakes, cheese, meat and fish. Saturdays 9-5pm; Broadway Market, E8 4QL
The granddaddy of London food markets, Borough Market dates back to the 13th Century, making it the oldest in the city. This is the place to come for fresh fruit and veg and gourmet goodies from around the globe including cheese, bread, cake, fish and meat. And, there’s plenty of opportunity to try before you buy. Open Thurs – Sun; Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL
Depicted in countless films such as Sherlock Holmes and the James Bond and Harry Potter series, London is vibrant and contemporary yet remains steeped in history and tradition. Experience for yourself why this city holds a special place in every visitor’s imagination with our London city breaks.
London has an amazing selection of parks where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle, including Hyde Park, Victoria Park, Regent’s Park, and Richmond Park (home to over 600 roaming deer). Have a picnic, hire a rowing boat, or take a river boat along the Thames and visit the stunning Greenwich Park and the nearby National Maritime Museum. Oxford Street is a must for shoppers, with its parade of high street fashion stores, including big names such as Top Shop, Top Man, Primark, and John Lewis. Also, be sure to take advantage of the endless entertainment options in London's Theatreland. Don't miss out on some of the West End's most popular shows, including Wicked, Beautiful, and School of Rock.
SCP’s flagship store is a destination shop for design fans. Its two spacious floors are bursting with furniture, lighting, rugs and plenty of smaller items including kitchenware, bathroom accessories, stationary, luggage and knitwear. 135 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX
The Prospect of Whitby
The Prospect of Whitby is London’s oldest riverside pub, dating back to 1520. A pewter top bar, original flagstone floor and reports of ghost sightings all add to its historic ambience. 57 Wapping Wall, Wapping, London E1W 3SH
With a history that stretches back almost 2000 years, London has had a long time to establish itself as one of the world's greatest cities. As a result, there's plenty to enjoy and explore. Many visitors worry about the cost of a trip to London but this is a city that's bursting with free things to do, especially for children. Booking a visit to London opens the door to a world of history, culture, music and entertainment.