Planning a getaway to ‘The Big Smoke’? Whether you live in the UK or are coming from abroad, London is a fantastic vibrant city to visit which offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a family, a couple, a friendship group or just you on your own, here are some ideas to think about.
There are a few places you absolutely must see when visiting London if you get the opportunity. The London Eye, Buckingham Palace and The Waxwork museum to name a few. There’s so much to see and do, it’s really worth putting the research in and planning your time to work out how to spend 1, 2 and 3 days in London. Tickets will need to be booked in advance in some cases so make sure that’s done to avoid disappointment. Maybe you’re after a day outside walking or biking with a picnic at lunch. Maybe you want to go shopping, perhaps you want to see galleries and museums. Whatever it is, have an idea of what’s available and what you want to do.
If you’re a regular to the city of London, you will have probably explored all of the tourist traps already. Or perhaps you just feel like doing something different? If you want to leave the crowds behind, how about visiting Highgate Cemetery– here you can book a tour and take a peaceful walk into history. Famous people like Karl Marx are laid to rest here, so it makes for an interesting, if not a little morbid place to explore! Close to stunning Hyde Park you will find Speaker’s Corner, an actual soapbox for people to get on and rant. It might seem a bit strange, but many celebrities and influential people have once stood here. You could also visit artist Dennis Severs former home and have a wander around.
Bars and Nightlife
There are plenty of generic bars and cafes in London, there really is something for every taste. But how about trying something different? Eat, drink and chat followed by some flavoured ‘shisha’ tobacco in a place like Basrah Lounge. If you’re after something really tranquil, how about the waterside cafes and bars of Little Venice, not far from Camden Lock. If you’re after the lively atmosphere of a stand-up comedy venue, The 99 club in Leicester Square is one worth checking out. Somewhere you can eat, drink and enjoy some quality entertainment, it hosts some of the UK’s top comedians such as Jack Whitehall, John Bishop and Jack dee. London also boasts many hidden bars, the Evans and Peel detective agency for example. This is a nineteen twenties themed film-noir style private detective’s office. And you can approach them with an intriguing case. If they decide to take it, you will be allowed in through a hidden door located in a the bookshelf. This reveals a secret room where you can party the night away.
What kind of things would you get up to if you had a day, weekend or week in the Big Smoke?