My London List

After spending ten months living in London, I’m by no means an expert on the city, but I do have my favorite spots. Here is a list of places to visit, eat, and shop that I loved when I was in London, which you should visit as well!

If you’re looking for free and cheap things in particular, see my list of The Best Free and Cheap Things to Do in London.

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The London Eye


 

TO EAT AND DRINK:

  • Bar Americain in the basement of Brasserie Zedel
  • Borough Market
  • Burgh House Café (Hampstead)
  • Cahoots! (speakeasy bar in Soho)
  • Dark Sugars (chocolate shop in Soho)
  • Dishoom – the best Indian food (multiple locations)
  • Evans & Peel Detective Agency (speakeasy bar in Earl’s Court)
  • Franco Manca (coal-0ven pizza – multiple locations)
  • Ginger & White Café (Hampstead)
  • Greenberry Café (Primrose Hill)
  • High Tea at The Ritz
  • La Crêperie du Hampstead
  • Monmouth Coffee (Borough Market)
  • Natural Kitchen (Marylebone)
  • Ping Pong (Dim Sum)
  • Primrose Bakery
  • Soho’s Secret Tearoom
  • The Cittie of Yorke Pub (Holborn – cute booths, old pub feel)
  • The Garden Gate (beer garden in Hampstead/Belsize Park)
  • ` (historic pub in Hampstead)
  • The Horseshoe (gastropub in Hampstead with many local beers on tap)
  • The Palomar (tapas in Soho)
  • Wild Food Café – vegan (Neal’s Yard)
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Westminster Bridge, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament

TO SEE AND DO:

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Tower Bridge

MUSEUMS:

  • Dennis Severs House (a really cool theatrical/museum experience of 18th- and 19th-century London)
  • House of MinaLima (gallery of original graphic designs from the Harry Potter movies)
  • Keats House
  • Kensington Palace
  • Kenwood House
  • Kew Gardens
  • Tate Modern (including rooftop view)
  • The Courtauld Collection
  • The National Gallery
  • The Tower of London & The Crown Jewels
  • The Wallace Collection
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
Yoga by the Shard

Yoga by the Shard

BEYOND LONDON:

A jug of Pimm's, England's favorite summer drink, at the Royal Ascot Horserace

A jug of Pimm’s, England’s favorite summer drink, at the Royal Ascot Horserace


 

As much as I did see and do and eat in London, I didn’t get to everything. Here are some places I didn’t get to visit while I was living in London in 2016-2017, but will try to get to on my next trip! (Let me know if you check any of them out!)

Restaurants:
Barafina
Bodega Negra
Brick Lane Beigels
Chimney Cake Bakers
Duck & Waffle
Hoxton Hall
José (Tapas)
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
Queen of Hoxton rooftop
Rules (London’s oldest restaurant)
The Criterion
The Roof Gardens
The Vault Soho

Afternoon Tea at Soho's Secret Tearoom

Afternoon Tea at Soho’s Secret Tearoom

Museums/Churches/To Do:
Buckingham Palace – Changing of the Guards
Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
Emirates Airline Cable Car (Tram) in Greenwich
Portabello Market (antiques)
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Westminster Abbey

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum

Day Trips:
Blenheim Castle (Winston Churchill’s family estate)
Bristol
Cambridge
Highclere Castle
Seven Sisters Hike

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The Hogwarts Express at the Harry Potter Studio Tour

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What’s your favorite place to visit in London?

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