London (LON). The original concrete jungle. One of the most multi-cultural cities in the world, a beacon of history, culture and sport – the city is always alive. The list of things to do is endless, but here are ten things to start with…
10. Ride a Boris Bike
His politics may be divisive, and his hairstyles may be questionable, but there is one sure success of Boris. And those are his bikes. When mayor of London in 2007, Boris Johnson introduced the bike rental scheme across the city. Whether it is to spin around the Serpentine or to dash through Hyde Park, it is worth renting a Boris bike.
9. Grab a Pub Lunch
There can be nothing so quintessentially British as this: the Pub lunch. And the capital is as good a place as any to take the time for a Steak and Kidney Pie, or to sip a pint of Shires. Without a shadow of a doubt, the best pubs in the country can be found in the concrete jungle. Test it out for yourself!
8. St. Paul’s Cathedral
There are some travel suggestions that make every list. But sometimes, this is for good reason. Certainly, that is the case for St. Paul’s. Standing for over three hundred years and surviving World War II – all so you can view it today. If you were thinking about skipping the curves and domes… don’t!
7. Go to a Sing-Along Cinema
Tired out from cycling, or full from a pub lunch? Either way, the next step might be to head down to the Prince Charles in Soho. Check ahead to see if they have an upcoming sing along show. If they do, it’s worth the ticket price to go along, and sing along.
6. Camden High Street
There isn’t a verb in this title. Because there is no way to describe exactly what you ‘do’ on Camden High Street. The place is an authentic, ever-evolving art display. The beacon of bohemians and all alternative types, this labyrinth is a rabbit hole worth falling down.
5. Go to the Globe
England’s famed son, William Shakespeare, has evoked much reverence over the ages. Ben Johnson famously remarked that he was not “of an age, but of all ages”. And that includes our age. Most days of the week, you can head to the Globe theatre, to see a new iteration on the words of the Bard.
4. Walk Around Westminster
In Westminster, it is difficult not to find something of interest. Whether it is Buckingham Palace, the houses of Parliament or just the Mall, there is history around every corner and beauty at every stop sign.
3. Watch a Silent Film with a Live Orchestra
For this unique and thrilling experience, you need to take yourself to the Barbican theatre. Truly inspiring audio-visual entertainment is guaranteed.
2. The Jack the Ripper Tour in Whitehall
For the morbidly curious, the Jack the Ripper tour of Whitechapel is a dream come true. Or a nightmare…
The tours run every day of the week at 7:30 Pm, and last an hour and a half. Arrive early to ensure a full experience!
1. Take the Tube
The ‘real’ London is found underground. Take the London Underground, and see a different world, as commuters see it. Whether you get off to see Sherlock Holmes at Baker Street, or to head to the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington – take the tube to get there. You won’t regret it.