Top six ways to spend your time in London

by Jessica Vollman from United States

I’ve had a longtime love affair with London and have spent a significant amount of time there over the past few years. The city is full of restaurants, bars, museums, and shops, but I always find myself returning to a few favorites every time I’m in town. Here are a few of my must-dos whether you’re visiting London for the first or tenth time.

Regent Street by Jessica Vollman

Visit an outdoor market

Borough Market, Maltby Street Market, Camden Passage, Portobello Road Market, London’s list of outdoor markets is endless. Stroll around one then pop into a cafe for a glass of wine — it’s the perfect way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon.
One of my personal favorites is Columbia Road Flower Market located in East London. After strolling through the market admiring all the fresh flowers, stop in Cake Hole Cafe for some of the best scones in London. It’s a quaint cafe tucked away in the back of a shop and a true hidden gem in the East End.

Mews by Jessica Vollman

Enjoy some afternoon tea

There are so many options for afternoon tea in London, whether you want to splurge or are looking for something more low-key. Go to The Dorchester or Fortnum & Mason if you want something quintessentially British, or Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch if you want something more casual.

I also highly recommend sketch in Mayfair, they have several stunning dining areas but ask to be sat in the Glade.

Big Ben by Jessica Vollman

Spend hours in a museum

One of the things I love about London and its nearby towns is that you’re surrounded by so much history and culture. Every time I visit I make it a point to check out the current exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Tate Modern, which recently added a new tower with amazing views along the Thames. I also love Somerset House or spending an afternoon looking at paintings in the National Gallery.

V&A by Jessica Vollman

Lounge in a park

London has an abundance of green spaces. Strolling through Hyde Park and its surrounding neighborhoods is a great way to spend an afternoon. I’ve recently been spending much more time in Regents Park and Primrose Hill, which on a clear day offers great views of the city if you’re willing to climb its steep hill.

Regent Park by Jessica Vollman

Go to a pub

There’s a pub on every corner and the city’s pub culture is a distinct part of its charm. The Grenadier is located in Belgravia and is one of the oldest pubs in London. The Churchill Arms and The Marylebone are two more classic pubs, and also very Instagrammable.

MaryLebone by Jessica Vollman

Climb St. Paul’s Cathedral

It’s a 280-foot climb but the 360-degree views of London from the top are completely worth the trip up. Just make sure you go on a clear day!

Millennium Bridge by Jessica Vollman

There is so much to do in London that you can’t really go wrong any way you spend your time. One thing is for sure though, you won’t be able to do it all in one visit!

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