One of my favorite things about living in London was the ability to wander around the city and find something new to do, eat and see around every corner. I felt like a child again, wandering around a new place with so much curiosity. Ever since I got home from London, I have reminded myself to apply the curiosity for exploring I felt in London to my every day.
For part 2 of Living in London, I’m sharing the best places to visit and things to do around the city. A few of my recommendations are the typical tourist things that are well worth it and a few are things I stumbled upon just by wandering around London. If you didn’t catch part 1 of London Living make sure to check it out which includes my recommendations on the best places to eat in London.
“Free or Inexpensive” Things to Do
- The Refinery (Southwark) – We went here several times with my co-workers as it was right below our office. The Refinery has a urban chic atmosphere and the best part is you can get a 9 oz. glass of wine for about 5 pounds! In London, that’s a pretty good deal!
- The British Museum (Holborn) – The museum is completely free and houses some of the coolest art such as the original Rosetta Stone. It was right behind where we were staying so I would venture over in the mornings when I wasn’t working to check out an exhibit or two.
- Shakespeare’s Head (Picadilly Circus) – Talk about a place with character. Shakespeare’s head is a tiny bar (go early and stake out your spot) with a lot of history. It is rumored that Shakespeare’s relative started the bar.
- High Holborn – This is one of the coolest places I visited. High Holborn is a hipster hotel but has a cool bar/coffee shop/restaurant down below that everyone hangs out at.
- Platform 9 3/4 (King’s Cross) – I know this is touristy but it was pretty cool to visit. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, I highly recommend checking it out along with the shop right next door.
- Harrods (Knightsbridge) – Largest department store ever! It was pretty cool to see but everything was crazy expensive. The secret tip is to go an hour before close (around 8 p.m.) and they have a lot of the decadent food on sale for half price.
- London Bridge – I highly recommend going to the London Bridge and the Tower of London at night. It’s all lit up so you can see everything and there are no crowds. We ended up going one night after work and dinner and it was pretty magical to see.
- Finsbury Park – This is a neighborhood that is worth taking a walk or five through. We ended up staying in a new place for the final weeks and I walked through this neighborhood everyday on my way to work. I had total house envy the whole time.
“Pricey but Worth It” Things to Do
- The Orangery (Kennsington Gardens) – In London, tea is a big deal! So in order to fully embrace the culture we indulged in afternoon tea at The Orangery overlooking the Kennsington Gardens. It’s a little expensive but you get a three tiered cake stand of delicious desserts and finger sandwiches along with your own kettle of tea.
- Phantom of the Opera – Seeing a show in London is a must! You can literally see any Broadway show you want, which made it hard to decide. We ended up seeing Phantom of the Opera and it was Ah-mazing. The set, band, costumes and dancers were unreal!