Must Visit Places in London
If you’re local, you can spend a lot of time exploring London, but if you only have a few days to spend there, it can be a little overwhelming knowing what’s worth seeing and what should be avoided. Now, I’m sure you already have an idea of things you want to visit - The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, these are great places to start. But for something a little different, these are the top things you simply cannot miss visiting when in London.
If you have little ones, a visit to Hamleys is a must! Boasting over 257 years of experience in bringing smiles and laughter to children, Hamleys toy store is seven (yes! seven!) floors of utter delight. With toys for all ages from newborns to those with an inner child, Hamleys has something for everyone. They even have demonstrations of some of the toys so you can try before you buy. The one downside is your children will want you to purchase everything in sight!
Covent Garden is a bustling area full of luxury shops and street performers. From jugglers to hula hoop specialists, escapologists to singers, you’ll experience different performers every time you visit. While you’re there, be sure to check out Battersea Pie Station on the lower ground floor of the market for traditional British fare. The best pie and mash in the country, don’t be surprised to see it served with ‘liquor’ - this is a type of gravy, not alcohol.
Ten Days of Vintage
Ten Days of Vintage is a hidden gem of a psychedelic style vintage shop in the East London borough of Walthamstow. Priding themselves on selecting every item individually, you’ll be able to find something that’s perfect for you to celebrate your uniqueness. The owner, Gem, is one of the friendliest people you’ll meet in London and she love taking the time to make sure you can find the exact right piece of clothing for you.
The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town
Touted as one of London’s ‘Dirty Little Secrets’, the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is a speakeasy style bar in the heart of Spitalfields. Located through a Smeg fridge, this bar sports a bottomless brunch every Saturday & Sunday, priced at just £39 (around $50) a head, and serves delicious cocktails every day of the week.
For the jazz lovers among you, you simply must check out The Archduke. A Black and Blue bar, The Archduke was the first restaurant and wine bar on the Southbank, opening in 1979. It’s situated under the railway arches by Waterloo stations and hosts jazz performances every evening and on Sunday afternoons. Their steak range is impressive and they have an abundance of other dishes to tempt your fancy. Their range of cocktails has something for everyone and the architecture is incredible to behold.
The British Library
The British Library is open to the public and a five minute walk from St Pancras train station. It’s free to enter and worth a visit. The library always has exhibits on a variety of themes, from Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms to Cats in literature and most of these are free. You can also visit the permanent exhibit ‘Treasures of the British Library’ where you can see a wide range of literature from the original Magna Carta to Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks.
This independently owned vegan coffee shop in Hackney is so popular that they actually have their own merch. Full of authentic, welcoming and helpful staff, the decor of the cafe is to die for, described as ‘a retro pastelly confection of marble, rose gold, pink and green’. The shockingly unpretentious cafe serves delicious food that is all vegan. Incredible, and well worth the visit!
Do you know of any London locations that can’t be missed? Let us know in the comments down below and they might be featured in one of our next articles.
Written by: Hana Ames
Hana is a British writer who loves to visit new places. Having spent a lot of time over the last few years in America, she considers Seattle her second home.
Having recently completed a degree in English Literature, she's looking forward to being able to spend time concentrating on writing and her 'real' job.
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In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends, cooking, and relaxing with her ginger and white cat.
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