I don’t know about you but the current Coronavirus situation has really made me realise how much I take my days out for granted. There’s nothing more I’d love right now than to be wandering around the busy streets of London eating at my favourite places, hanging out with my friends in the local pub and exploring one of its many markets. We’re not there yet although I am hopeful that day will return soon. I thought it would be really helpful for when things get back to normal to give you some ideas of how you can spend a great day out in London. When my cousin comes to visit for the weekend the bit I look forward to the most is planning a fun weekend for us and if she’s reading this right now I’m sure she would say I do plan the best days out for us! Of course, you aren’t going to be using these ideas right now but you can always bookmark it for later on.
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Here are 12 ways to spend a great day in London…
1. Have brunch at The Barge House – Walk down the Haggerston side of Regent’s canal towards Angel – Exit at Angel and have a wander through Camden Passage’s shops – Stop for cake at Kipferl or dinner at Brother Marcus – Have a free comedy night at Angel Comedy Club.
2. Explore Camden Market – Walk down the Regent’s Canal, past London Zoo & the amazing houses around Primrose Hill or take a canal boat towards Little Venice – Stop at Portobello Market – Watch a film at The Electric Cinema
3. Have a proper English fry up at The Regency Cafe – hop on the Victoria line tube to Victoria – Walk towards Buckingham Palace – Watch the Changing of The Guard – Feed the ducks at St James’s Park – Head down Whitehall towards The House of Parliament stopping off at the Churchill War Rooms.
4. Start at the Southbank – Walk along the river past the London Eye, past the Southbank Centre and The National Theatre – Continue walking down Bankside admiring the view, past ‘The Poem Man’ who will write you a poem about anything – Stop at the viewing gallery of the Tate Museum– walk towards London Bridge & Borough Market
5. Eat brunch at Crispin or Duck & Waffle– Explore Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane – stop for a cuppa Paper & Cup (a social enterprise coffee shop) – Have dinner at Box Park or Smokestak – Play mini golf at Junkyard Golf
6. Walk around Hampstead Heath and see the view of London from Parliament Hill – stop at Karma Bread for coffee and cake – Take a tour of Highgate Cemetery (Where George Michael and Karl Marx are buried)
7. Do a spot of shopping on Chelsea’s famous King’s Road – stop for cake at Peggy Porschen or French delicacies at Aux Mervellieux Fred– Visit the Natural History Museum, V & A or Science Museum – Stop for burgers at Honest Burger or pizza at Franco Manca.
8. Have brunch at Ask For Janice – Explore Leadenhall Market (weekdays only) – Watch a court case at the Royal Courts of Justice – See lots of London landmarks at once by standing on Millennium Bridge – Sit in the choir at one of St Paul’s Cathedral evening services.
10. Head to West London’s leafy area of Chiswick and eat America style brunch Outsider Tart – Wander towards Chiswick riverside – Walk down the river towards Hammersmith taking in the amazing houses and stop off at one of the many riverside pubs for a pint.
11. Eat Indian style brunch at Dishoom in King’s Cross’s Coal Drops Yard or brunch at shabby chic cafe Half Cup– Explore the shops of Coal Drops Yard– Visit Harry Potter’s platform 9 & ¾ and have your picture taken – Take in the history at the British Museum
I hope you have a great day out which-ever one you choose!
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