London. A destination I spend far too much time in due to work, but not enough time enjoying outside of work. That said, there are still a number of things I love to do in this City – and I thought I would share them with you.
With such a diverse group of people in one place, London was always going to have a wealth of culture and things to do that may be outside of your box. You can simply never be bored with so many actives to do, restaurants to visits and shops to browse. The problem is when it all becomes a little bit too expensive!
So, here are my favourite activities that won’t break the bank or may not even cost you a penny.
A walk along the embankment
The perfect destination to see the majority of the key landmarks of London. Take in the Tower of London and continue your journey to pass HMS Belfast, the London Eye and even Big Ben. Walking the Embankment is the perfect thing to do on a warm Spring/Autumn day and is certainly one of my favourite past times – driving by it in a taxi just isn’t the same.
Make the place your home – for a while
Even though I live just an hour outside of London, whenever I stay I like to make it feel more homely by renting an apartment rather than staying in a hotel. With so many varied areas from Notting Hill to Canary Wharf and Chelsea, there are so many options for London holiday apartments that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
The benefit of this is that often you will find the prices cheaper, and with the benefit of your own kitchen you won’t feel the need to eat out all the time during your stay in the city – which can get as expensive as you would expect!
Stepping off the well-trodden tourist route, and taking in some of the back roads and areas is a great way to explore too. The East End of London is one of my favourite areas to do this, where you will discover no end of artistic graffiti, independent retailers and unique buildings. It’s certainly worth taking some time out of your schedule to explore the areas of Brick Lane and Shoreditch.
Avoid chain restaurants
There are so, so many different restaurants in London you will struggle to not get the cuisine your taste buds are tingling for! But my best advice when looking for your restaurant of choice is to avoid the chains. The smaller, independent restaurants and those that are a one-off are always the better choice for ensuring fresh ingredients, a diverse menu and excellent service.
What’s more they typically offer great value set-meals, and if you’re staying in London for a while you will certainly appreciate the saving – however small!
These are some of my favourite things to do in London, and I hope you enjoy them too. If you have any other suggestions please provide them in the comments below – I always love to hear new suggestions about what to do in this great city!0