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I have the privilege to live close to the capital city of the UK, London. It’s home to a wonderful range of things to explore and see in London. I have rounded up my top 10 things to do in London from my extensive time testing

Take a stroll around Covent Garden.
Covent Garden has a lot to offer and that is why I love going to it every time I visit London. It is famous for its many street performers that are very talented and great to watch. It has an old market that must be explored. There are two shops you must go to in Covent Garden and they are Neal’s Yard Dairy that is home to bats chess ever> the second one is cyber candy selling a huge range of sweets and chlorate from around the world and mainly American so if you’re from America, this shop is no for you. Neal’s Yard is a tiny hidden square that looks more Californian than British. It is home to lovely independent shops and amazing restaurants in the heart of Covent Garden.

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Been to Hyde Park? Try another amazing park The Hill Garden and Pergola.
It is another area of Hampstead Heath to visit. The Pergola is a large Edwardian structure built in the early 20th century: A raised terrace and colonnaded walkway, constructed to connect the two gardens belonging to a house then known as The Hill, Thomas Mawson was the Landscape Architect who, acting on behalf of Lord Leverhulme, designed the Pergola and Hill Gardens. It was an Edwardian vision to create a promenade for summer parties and leisurely strolls that extended into the gardens. The gardens are a great place to wander around any day of the year and it is free to wander around.

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Try one of the many Rooftop bars.
As London always builds skyscrapers. With some theses comes a rooftop bar. With the warmer weather slowly returning to the UK. It would be a great idea to go to one of the many rooftop bars. One rooftop bar that used to be a car park is now a rooftop bar and it is situated in Peckham and called Frank’s Café. There are hundreds more of rooftop bars, but they are more expensive.

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CATCH A QUIRKY Rooftop Cinemas screening.
Leicester Square you might think is the best place to go to the cinema but they are very pricey. Instead, try one of London’s quirky cinemas. On a nice sunny day why not try out one of London’s many outdoor cinema options. Luna Cinema holds screenings in London Park and the sky Garden. Also looking something more different, try out the Rooftop Film Club that turns the rooftops in east London to a cinema for a night that cost £15 for a single ticket. Head below ground in winter to the vaults under Waterloo Station for the Underground Film Club. You can get some rooftop Cinemas that come with a Jacuzzi cinema.

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Explore what little Venice has to offer.
Little Venice, with its beautiful canals and waterways, can be found just to the north of Paddington., This picturesque neighborhood is home to quirky waterside cafes, cozy pubs, and charming restaurants. Regent’s Canal starts for Little Venice and ends in the Docklands. One restaurant I have been in Little Venice is a nice Cafe Laville. They serve great quality Italian food with views of the canal.

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Camden Lock Market.
I have been going to Camden for years now and was there before the Camden lock fire happened. It has lots of funky and vintage shops that have to be explored. One of the excellent things about Camden is that there is an extensive urban street art to feast your eyes on. They also have a new rooftop addition that is a beach on a rooftop. The main reason I always go to Camden does this for the street food. Camden Lock has lots of different stalls with amazing food from around the world.

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Head over to Brick Lane for Jewish-style bagels.
I have a Jewish family and recommend you trying a jewfish bagel. They’re all kinds of different types. The one I recommend is a salt beef bagel. Go to Beigel Bake bagel shop that’s open at all hours and is a must-eat destination after rolling out of the nightclub. Brick lane is funky shops to go and explore and it is also famous for its curry so don’t forget to try it out.

 

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Ghost bus tour of London.
Why not take an old style London bus with a difference. It is a ghost tour of London. London is filled with Gloomy streets and Bloody history waiting to explore. The cost of a ticket for an adult is £21 and for a student is £15. The ghost bus tour shows you some of London’s murderous events in the discover the dark side of top London attractions such as the Houses of Parliaments and much more.

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THE HIDDEN ROOF GARDENS OF KENSINGTON.
After a long day of exploring London’s great spots. Why don’t you try the Kensington roof gardens? It is a great spot to just wind down and relax. It is also a rooftop restaurant that is hosting 1.5 acres of fruit trees, shrubs, lavender and plenty of other greenery. They even have real flamingos, exotic ducks, and stream full of fish. The great thing about it that it is free entry but check when it is free to the public, as they provide lots of private functions.

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Go swimming in a pond in Hampstead Heath.
Hampstead Heath is one of London’s biggest parks and one of our personal favorites, and it’s complete with three outdoor swimming ponds that are ideal for those splendid albeit rare warm summer days. There are a mixed band, men’s and women’s pant. The ponds are surrounded by lush England greenery and the Heath also has great views of London. The Men’s and Ladies’ Ponds are open all year round, but to use the Mixed Pond in the winter season you must join the Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club. Even in the summer, the water is chilly. The Brilliant thing about it is that it is free to users.

The image is from Google.
All the photos are not my own and from Google, but the one from Covent Garden and title image.

Don’t forget t check my Instagram for images from London @danielcr1995.

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109 comments

  1. Next time I’m in London I’ll check out Camden Lock Market and Pergola. Hopefully, it will be soon!

  2. Fun things to do in London. I will need to check out The Hill Garden next time!

  3. These are some great alternative things to do in London, I’ve visited many times and need something new to try out. Your list could fill up a few days, some beautiful photos here too!

  4. Wonderful! The Ghost Bus tour of London seems really cool!

  5. How beautiful!!! I love the strong colors in these photos. I need to visit!

  6. What a great list! It’s really made me want to go and visit Old London town again. How cute is that rooftop cinema!

  7. I love the rooftop cinema idea, that’s something I’ve never done 🙂

  8. It looks amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  9. This is going to be on my bucket list! Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

  10. Uuuu I love these tips. Will send them to a friend who is going to London in 2 weeks

  11. I used to live in Camden, and I haven’t done half of your list! Pretty things to do when we move back 🙂

  12. Little Venice sounds awesome, I love alternative options instead of must-do. There is no “must” in travel 🙂

  13. What a great post. I must admit I can’t live in London but I’ve always enjoyed my visit to the city. Nice pictures as well, well done!

  14. Oh my gracious, wow! I’ve never put London on our traveling list, but these all look like fun things I may not want to miss out on in life! The Covent Garden and the Rooftop Cinema makes me want to start planning now!

    1. That is great you must visit.

  15. I can’t wait to be able to travel to London someday. I will keep these places in mind when I get the chance to travel there. London is so beautiful with so much history! I love the pictures you found from google!

  16. Okay now I need to plan a trip to London!!!

    1. Yes it is a great place with lots to see and do.

  17. I’ve been to London twice and it never gets old nor do I ever stop trying to get that third visit. I often dream of living in London because I love it that much. With this being said, I have never experienced any of the things you listed in this post and I am appalled at myself! Such a great post for someone who wants something unknown to most people who visit the magical city. Great post and thanks for sharing!!

  18. This seems like a fun time. If I ever take a trip to London, I’ll definitely check this post again.

  19. What beautiful places, definitely London is in my bucket list

  20. Absolutely Beautiful! I would love to visit there someday!!

  21. I wish I had known about some of these places when I visited. Little Venice looks pretty cool. I never even knew it was there.

  22. I want to go back to London so badly! I think it may be our next trip to Europe. I had no idea about Little Venice!?!

  23. I’m gonna have to try a few things you noted above when i’m in London next time

  24. i visited London when was an angsty pre-teen and all i wanted to do was sit in the hotel room and eat chinese food. now that i’m an adult and i look back at all the cool things I did, it makes me mad! i need to plan a trip to london with my kids — it was a beautiful city! i want to visit the leavesden studios and check out all the harry potter sites!

  25. Your London pictures are so beautiful! I have to go to London now, it has been on my wishlist for so long!

  26. Hmm, very interesting! I will note down some of the tips for the next time I go to the Big Smoke. Plus I will stumble it.

  27. BEAUTIFUL PICTURES, On my Bucket List for one day

  28. Great ideas. I always love Camden Market though not on school holidays in the summer. It’s too busy

  29. I visited London recently and only did one thing from your list! That means another trip is due soon, thanks

  30. Thank you for your tips! I need to plan a trip to London soon.

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  31. That is a really good post, I have been in London for several times but I have never visited any of them…thank you, I am putting these on my Bucket list 🙂
  32. Haven’t made it to London yet but it’s on the list. You had me at Ghost bus tour. LOL

  33. Thanks, London is brightening up with these tips 🙂
  34. Great post! I definitely need to check out little Venice, I’ve lived in london most of my life and yet haven’t been haha
  35. You should add “look for the hidden ears” in Covent Garden, it’s a very fun way of spending an afternoon!

  36. I like Covent Gardens. I like London in general to visit ocassionally.

  37. Can’t wait to go back to London and to try some of these amazing places!

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  42. Can’t wait to visit London, and try the quirck rooftop cinemas screening, sounds great!!

  43. This is a great post. I hope to go sometime and try litle Italy among other places you mentioned!

  44. Lots of good ideas. Thanks for sharing

  45. Never been to London, but I’d love to check it out one day. Thanks for sharing!

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