London city breaks
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:
Buckingham Palace (The Queen lives there), the Tower of London (because it’s soooo old) the Houses of Parliament (and don’t forget Big Ben) St Paul’s Cathedral (still the most famous building) The London Eye and The Shard (you get the best views from here), The Ritz (because you have to have afternoon tea there once in your life), The National Gallery & Tate Modern (art IS life) and The Southbank (as it is just totally cool). Let us be your tour guide and you’ll discover below more of the best things to do in London.
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
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.