18 Aug Things To Do In London
Things To Do In London
We don’t know about you, but we love London. Our capital city is brimming with culture, style and sophistication – and there’s always new things to do in London. As one of the largest cities in the world, there’s no shortage of places to visit. So, we’ve created this handy city guide to help you get the most out of this great city.
Where to Stay
Keys Lifestyle Concierge has access to some amazing deals in a wide range of hotels across the city, here are our top picks. Contact your Lifestyle Manager for more information, and to book your discounted stay.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square – Just steps away from the Tower of London, this stylish and sophisticated hotel is perfect for those looking for a little bit of luxury during their stay. With a stunning historic setting, on site spa, and 100 fabulous rooms, it’s one of our top choices for the discerning traveller.
The Grand at Trafalgar Square – With its convenient central location and welcoming ambiance, this is an ideal hotel for fast moving travellers who want to squeeze as much as possible into their trip. Guests can even stay in shape with the on-site gym and enjoy delicious food at the hotel restaurant.
St Martins Lane, A Morgans Original – A true work of art, just steps away from Leicester Square, this fabulous hotel expertly combines modernism and luxury. Even if you’re not usually a fitness fan, the GymBox is a must see with its nightly DJs, laser lit dance studio, and Olympic-size boxing ring.
NH London Kensington – At the beautifully stylish and modern NH London Kensington, you can enjoy terrace dining at the on-site restaurant, stroll through the gorgeous gardens, or walk to the nearby shops along Kensington High Street.
Mercure London Paddington Hotel – Less than a minute away from Paddington Station and the Heathrow Express, and surrounded by restaurants and bars, this hotel is all about location. A contemporary hotel with great amenities and an on-site restaurant and bar, it makes the ideal base for exploring the city.
The Academy – Right in the heart of London’s West End you will find the five charming Georgian townhouses that make up The Academy. A hotel filled with history and style, this is a truly unique place to stay in the capital.
What To Do
Madame Tussauds – Many people come to London hoping to bump into a celebrity walking down the street or on the tube, but why leave it to chance? Surround yourself with some of the most famous faces in the world with a trip to Madame Tussauds – you’ll even be able to say “hello” to the Queen.
The London Dungeons – If you’re looking for something a little bit different during your London trip, this will be right up your street. Travel back in time down in the depths of the city’s dungeons. Led by actors, you’ll get to experience a horrifying historical story first hand. Not for the faint hearted.
The Harry Potter Studio Tour – For any fans of the magical Harry Potter series, this tour is an absolute must-see. You’ll be able to see some of the craftsmanship and talent that went into producing this mega box office hit franchise.
London Eye – One of the staples of the London skyline is the impressive London Eye. The perfect way to enjoy the best views of the city, you can take a ride in one of the pods and even treat yourself to some champagne, and marvel at the how different the city looks from above.
SEA LIFE London Aquarium – A great one for a day out with kids, the SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to a huge selection of aquatic creatures, and for the adventurous you can even go snorkelling with a shark.
Buckingham Palace – Of course, no journey to the capital would be complete without seeing the home of the Queen. Try and time your visit to coincide with the changing of the guards for a truly memorable experience.
West End – Famous the world over for its amazing professional shows, London’s West End is the place to be for all theatre lovers. With most productions running eight shows a week, you’ll be able to see something new every night you’re there.
St. Paul’s Cathedral – Another of London’s most famous landmarks is the beautiful St. Paul’s Cathedral. With discounted entry for students, seniors, families and kids, you can enjoy the glittering mosaics and elaborate stone carvings inside, as well as climbing to the Golden Gallery to see one of the best views of the city.
Trafalgar Square – For many people, this represents the centre of London. And, since it’s free to visit, there’s no limit on how long you can stay – avoiding the pigeons and people watching by Nelson’s column.
Camden Market – If you’re in London for shopping, this is the place to start. Filled with stalls selling every item you can think of, and with every price up for haggling, you’ll be able to grab some great bargains. It’s always busiest on weekends and especially on Sundays, so if you want to avoid the crowds, aim to visit during the week.
Museums, Museums, Museums – London is home to some of the best museums in the world, and with most of them being free, you have no reason not to visit. Whether you’re a history buff, a modern art lover or a budding art historian, there’s a museum for you.
Where To Eat
Som Saa – The perfect spot to visit if you’re in a group of four when you can grab a lovely cabin booth to enjoy this authentic Thai street style food. Led by Master Chef winner Andy Oliver, you’re guaranteed a spicy sensation with every dish. Not a spice fan? Not a problem, the staff can guide you to the milder dishes.
Boxpark – The best green curry in the capital, this is a chilled out, affordable spot to relax and enjoy some super healthy, super tasty food. Achingly cool and with a delicious menu, be sure to add this to your list.
On the Bab – Simple, affordable, but infinitely tasty, this Korean street food style eatery is a great lunch time spot to take a break from the craziness of the capital. With four locations throughout the city, you can pop in and refuel wherever you are.
Barafina – With three sites across the city (Frith Street, Convent Garden, Drury Lane), this iconic tapas restaurant is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. Advance booking is recommended, although the in-line drinks and snacks on offer mean that out-of-the-blue visits can usually be accommodated.
Rök Smokehouse and Bar – Nordic style food that doesn’t compromise on anything. A hip destination restaurant where every dish is a special occasion – plan to spend a long time trying to decide what to order. Arrive early and enjoy pre-dinner drinks at the bar – they’re so good, you’ll probably book end your meal with them.
Lyle’s – Come in the afternoon and you’ll have a delightful dining experience. But, come in the evening, and you’ll be in for a surprise. During their evening service, diners have no say over what dishes they are served, or in what order. Not the best choice for picky eaters.
Chiltern Firehouse – Five-star dining and home to the best brunch in London, this is the place to be. Make a reservation on the weekend and you have a high chance of spotting celebrities at the table next to yours.
Sake no Hana – This stunning Japanese restaurant will leave you speechless before you’ve even seen their menu. Decorated with its very own sakura trees throughout, you really feel as if you’ve been transported to a Japanese sushi house.
The Ivy – This place is world famous for a reason. Since its founding in 1917, The Ivy has been the epitome of London sophistication.
Shanghai Bar, The Shard – If you want to enjoy the amazing views offered by the Shard without paying to visit the observation deck, cocktails at the bar right below will excite your taste buds, and be gentle on your wallet.
Christopher’s – Whether you like yours shaken or stirred, this is the place to get your hands on the best martinis around. Classy interior and amazing cocktails, you’ll feel just like Bond, James Bond.
Aqua Nueva – Located in the heart of London’s West End, this is a chic rooftop bar perfect for pre-show drinks. Relax on one of the black and white sofas, or gather round one of the candle lit bar tables for a more intimate experience.
Last Minute Theatre Tickets – For those of you who want to see as many shows as possible, and aren’t too fussy on what you see, there’s an official ticket booth in Leicester Square that sells for shows that same day for heavily discounted prices. The tickets are limited availability, and are likely to sell out, so make sure to arrive early to nab the best deals.
The Tube – Taxis in London can be very expensive, and you don’t want them eating up all your money. Luckily, the city has an extensive underground train system that can get you anywhere you want in very little time. If you know you’re going to be using the tube a lot, we recommend buying a prepaid Oyster card. Not only will make your journeys swifter, you can even save money on some of your travel with it.
London Big Ticket – The perfect way to save money, jump the lines and see some of the best spots in the city is with our London Big Ticket. Valid for 90 days, this ticket will give you access to Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure, and the London Eye.
Day Trips – While London is an amazing city to visit, there are so many places nearby that make excellent day trips. If you have the time, we recommend branching out a little and leaving the city limits. For ideas on where to go, just speak with one of our Lifestyle Managers and will suggest the best day trips for you.
Take Your Time – London is a big place. There is no way you can fully enjoy it in just a day or even a weekend. To get the most out of this amazing city, you should ideally be spending at least five days here. Trust us, the longer the better, you won’t be running out of things to do.