Just browse through the list, and pick your favourite(s).
These are without a doubt, the two best hostels in London!
This list gives you access to fun things to do in London at night and during the day. It is for couples, solo-travelers as well as friends looking for a good time.
So, are you ready?
Here we are, let’s start with some action…
Last update: 26.12.2017
1. Borough Market
On my very first visit in London, I stayed at Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage. We asked our community “What should we do in London? Send us over your best bites!”.
Borough Market was recommended so many times!
I was already curious about this place. So I put it on the bucket list as the very first thing to do.
It was amazing.
Borough Market is London’s most renowned food market, right in the very heart of the city. It’s right next to London Bridge, even a short walk away from famous Big Ben.
More than half the market is covered so it’s also a good thing to do in London when it rains.
I would recommend this for couples and friends to do!
Find more cool photos and see what to expect on the official instagram account.
How to get here? Just take the train to London Bridge stop and walk from there. Here is the full address.
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2. Gorgeous views from a car park
This one is considered one of the best roof top bars in all London. And definitely one of the very cool things to do in London with friends.
We got your attention, right?!
Enjoy the views from a car park at Frank’s rooftop bar and restaurant in Peckham.
It’s located on the 10th floor of a multi-story car park!
The views can be compared to SKY GARDEN, another fee thing to do. Scroll down for more details.
3. Go to a detective agency
Ever wanted to go to a detective agency but you don’t have a case?
That’s quite a common dream, so don’t you worry if you think you are alone And now you can finally have your case!
Head to Evans and Peel and ask for… a cocktail!
This bar is designed like a detective agency, super quirky and interesting to visit!
4. Take a break in style
So, you are in the British capital. What’s something you should not miss? Sure, TEA!
The best place for afternoon tea in London is Sketch.
The incredible interior design changes regularly and be sure to check out the toilets! Don’t ask why…just…just go!
This is quite an unusual thing to do. You could also consider this place for having your 1st date for instance.
5. Spray it!
London and graffiti go hand in hand. We all know that.
Besides walking around and discovering the latest Banksy graffiti, you can actually learn to become a graffiti-artist yourself.
Try a graffiti workshop in Shoreditch’s area and create your own spray paint.
If you try it, we’d love to see the final result.
Drop us an instagram: @hostelgeeks :)
6. Street Art Tour
On that note, we obviously have to mention the rich graffiti and street art.
There is so much to see all over. If you are really curious on this, take a street art tour.
It is really on a budget and the guide takes you to the best spots. You will also get more insider knowledge to the artists behind.
Because…there is more to explore than Banksy!
7. Visit small Venice
Well, not exactly. We are not talking about the beautiful Venice in Italy. On that note, here is our guide to things to do in Venice.
The canals in West London are known as Little Venice and are lined with flower-covered barges.
Perfect for strolling (and for Instagram!)
Find more info on the address and areas here.
Just have a look:
8. Amy Winehouse Statue
Her music is just amazing.
Visit the human-sized Amy Winehouse Statue in the heart of Camden Town. Here is the full address.
9. Camden Town (People watching)
Camden Town has to be on everyones bucket list. No doubt!
Just go there and jump right in, there is always something interesting going on from exhibitions, street performers, you name it.
There is also now a new 2-hour Camden Market tour.
That’s really cool since the guide talks about the artists and musicians in the area. And the guide also covers famous Amy Winehouse.
10. Have a feast (street food time!)
Street Feast is held at three different locations across London so there is no excuse for missing it!
- Giant Robot in Canary Warf, open daily from 11am until late
- Dinarama, open from noon ’til late from Thursday to Sunday
- Hawker House open from 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays for food, booze and grooves.
The next recommendation is about more street food…
11. Take a stroll and eat
Take a stroll down Maltby Street, home to a lovely market at weekends.
Browse vintage clothes, antique furniture and of course, grab some street food!
The Maltby Street is less known than busy Camden Town, so take advantage of this.
This street is recommended to couples and friends looking for having some street food.
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12. Flowers and gifts
at the capital’s prettiest flower market on Columbia Road.
The market and independent shops are open every Sunday, all year round!
Thanks for telling me your preference on Christmas tree a few posts back. Real tree came top!! 🎄 Not only us, our pets are also fans of the tree. I have heard many interesting stories on how the cats and the dogs climb the tree, play with the baubles, eat the pines or pull down the tree! I am sure they want to join in the festive fun too! 😄 Anyway, I am signing off work for 2017 today for a long year end break. Now, I need some mulled wine!
13. Have a hoot in an underground bar
Have a hoot at 1940’s underground bar Cahoots in Soho.
Dress in your sparkliest 1940’s gear and enjoy live music and delicious cocktails late into the night!
The post-war decor of old fashioned wooden escalators, vintage train carriages, 1940’s tube carriage seats and mismatched furniture, make the perfect backdrop for a trip down memory lane.
FYI: This is one of the fun things to do in London with FRIENDS. :)
14. Become a craft beer connoisseur
Yes, seriously. Become a craft beer connoisseur by visiting the many micro breweries across Bermondsey.
Take a tour or sip your way along the beer mile at your own pace.
15. Unlock yourself
If you want to test whether you are able to find your way out of a locked room, you should try one of these escape rooms.
We personally love escape rooms.
Here you can find our article about our favourite escape room in Prague.
16. Become a (real) local in London
We asked our fellow travelers what a local usually does in its town.
The result was an absolute amazing weekend and these 5+2 secret tips to London.
You can download them for free.
Not sure if you can trust us?
Well, then have a look at the hidden gems in London to get a preview.
Once thing is certain: You will love the recommendations here. We only share those with our friends!
17. Kayak down the Thames
The Thames is a must in the city, and doing it in a passenger boat sounds boring.
Why do not explore it in an unusual way, like kayaking in London?
You can paddle next to Big Ben, Palace of Westminister and all the other top landmarks.
18. Become a spy in London!
If you always wanted to be like James Bond, a car burglar, a survivor or hero, just try one of the urban games that “Fire Hazard” has to offer.
Now that sounds pretty entertaining, doesn’t it? Seriously, when looking for super cool things to do in London, this is your place!
It is recomemnded for team building, groups of friends, and hostel buddy groups!
Games they offer are:
- A new Raiders Game
- City Dash
- The Hunted Experience
- and more fun games to groups, stag and hen parties, and companies
Find out more information at Fire-hazard.net
19. The London Eye (touristy and worth it!)
THE landmark – besides Big Ben. This is one the list of the most important places to visit in London.
This one is touristy, obviously, but still unique and really cool!
Take a ride on the London Eye and experience the city from above.
We did it in 2016 and had a blast. This is also a unusual thing to do here.
There are two ways to get in. You can get the regular queue ticket or buy the fast-line-ticket.
The queue can be up to 2 hours long…skip the line with the fast-line ticket!
We didn’t want to wait that long, so we invested another ±9 pounds and got in instantly. Therefore we totally recommend doing it!
How to get a ticket? Book in advance.
You need to pick up your voucher at the entrance next to London Eye.
With the skip-the-line-ticket you can even skip the ticket-line itself.
Pretty cool, right?!
20. Harry Potter Walking Tour
Yes, we all know the famous platform 9 3/4 is located in Kings Cross Station.
BUT… with the Harry Potter Walking Tour, you will get to discover the real Diagon Alley, as well as many other places (and facts) related to Harry Potter.
Follow in the footsteps of Harry, Hermione and Ron and get to know the muggle world of London from a wizard perspective.
The tour is quite geeky and highly recommended for families, couples and harry-fans; obviously!
Get your tickets for Harry Potter Tour here.
21. Hula Schoola lessons!
Go back to your childhood and learn how to be a Hula Hula master with “The Indytute”.
They offer brilliant lessons.
It is fun for every age and especially for couples.
More information at Indytute.com
22. Activities? Indoor climbing
Go climbing at the huge Castle Climbing Centre. It caters for a range of abilities across several levels.
Choose between bouldering, top-rope climbing, lead climbing and abseiling!
Here you can read more reviews on Castle Climbing Centre.
This recommendation would be something for a London alternative guide.
23. Things to do in London for free?
The British capital can be quite expensive. So how about some free things to do?
The world famous museums here are actually FREE!!
And there are plenty of different museums to visit. The British Museum is obviously a Must.
Here is a list of free museums in London:
- Natural History Museum
- National Gallery
- British Museum
- British Library
- Imperial War Museum
- Science Museum
and many more…
Find all of the museums in London here.
More free stuff? Check out this big list of free things to do in London.
24. Get drunk in a public toilet
Wait, wait…it’s not what it looks like!
Don’t get us wrong.
It is just that lots of public toilets in London have been converted into bars and pubs…
Yes, no kidding. Read that again:
THEY CONVERTED PUBLIC TOILETS INTO BARS!
Check all public toilets … no wait … bars with the cool guys from TimeOut London.
25. Sing your socks off – interactive cinema.
Sounds odd, right?! And yet, this is a fun activity in London for the weekend.
The Prince Charles Cinema shows classic movies with subtitles… and well, everybody sings or shouts along!
In the Prince Charles cinema you can sing, shout, scream, and interact during the whole film.
Don’t worry, you will not be the only one!
They offer sing-along screening for movies such Grease, Dirty Dancing…
Pretty epic, am I right?!
Have a look at this video. 230 people scream: F***!
26. BBC Broadcasting House tours
Always interested in what the TV world looks like?
Then have a look at how the professionals do it.
Join a BBC Broadcasting House tour.
You will be able to see how “the black box” works and other behind the scenes secrets of the Broadcasting world.
This is VERY interesting for all people who’d like to understand what happens behind the scenes of a TV station.
27. Sea Life Aquarium
This is almost a must-do, and really popular!
SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to a HUGE collection of global marine life.
It is popular for families.
However, we think it is also very interesting for everyone else curious about underwater life.
Have a look at the SEA LIFE Aquarium on Facebook. Even the photos are impressive!
28. Attend a festival (so many to choose from!)
London has lot of festivals during the year, it is a magic city for it, so just check when your favorite festival is on and plan your trip around it!
There are many free music festivals as well as open-air festivals.
Here is a list of some great festivals in London:
- Citadel Festival
- Field Day
- Hampton Court Palace Festival
- Walthamstow Garden Party
- Kew the Music
Obviously, there are many more.
Also, make sure you check out these European Festivals during Winter.
29. Bowl it!
In All Star Lanes you can bowl, and even eat!
It is the perfect place to beat your friends and make the looser pay for the food, don’t you think?
If you are looking for some cool places to eat in London, check out our Geeky Guide London.
30. Feel like a Bird!
Learn how to use the flying trapeze at Gorilla Circus, they assure anyone can fly in their 2 hour course!
Find more information at gorillacircus.com/flyingtrapezeschool
31. Feel like Tarzan
Want to do head to an Adventure park and take a Tarzan Swing, high rope or an epic zip wire?
You can do all this at Go Ape.
It is easy to reach by tube, so adventure is just there waiting for you!
32. Play Table Tennis at the Book Club
Tennis Lover? Join games from 7pm on Tuesdays at The Book Club, in Shoreditch.
This Club has become something of a hub for ping-pong players.
They provide not just table tennis, but also equipment for patron’s use. They have even a tournament called the King Pong Slam Jam!
Ready to be the king?
33. Oxford vs Cambridge – boat race fight over a pint
Well…okay, let us explain: Cambridge and Oxford boat race clubs are very competitive and train very hard during the year on the Thames in order to be able to win the annual race.
You can see them practicing and even fighting over a pint to motivate themselves on the Thames River during your stay.
Keep your eyes open while you are walking around so you don’t miss the opportunity to see them.
Of course you may see them when you join the Thames Kayaking.
34. Have an Ice Day
During winter season, there are different places in London to ice-skate.
Head to the ice rink and have an ice day! The most scenic place is Somerset house, but there are many other options.
35. Sushi after 9pm (or how to eat Sushi cheaply in London!)
Okay, I am not sure if this is actually fun, but it is smart! This is how you do London on a budget!
Itsu is a Japanese chain, selling salads and sushi and more.
We discovered by coincidence that everything is half price 30 minutes before closing time. They have more than 60 shops around London, so you are most likely in the area of one. Check your Google Maps or their official website https://www.itsu.com/locations and go for it.
36. Crate Brewery
How about some craft beer, good pizza and sitting on the canals? Head over the Crate Brewery.
They are located in the North-East part of London. Here is the address.
I would recommend stop by here in summer although it’s tough to get a good spot near the water, but you can do it!! ;)
37. Sky Garden (FREE Thing to do)
One of the tallest buildings in London, free entrance and a breath-taking view. Now, this is SKY Garden.
Have a look on my photos what you have to expect.
Important though: Make sure you make an appointment first online. You have to get a free ticket and book it in advance.
Visit their official website to plan your visit.
BTW: This is a romantic thing to do for couples, and I think one of the best things to do in London for free!
38. The World’s End Pub
How about some live music? Come here with your buddies and friends. The Worlds End is a music venue at 174 Camden High Street in Camden Town, London.
Find new concerts on their website theworldsend.co.uk
39. Street Music with Charlotte Campbell
I can’t say I remember any street performers really well, do you?
There is seriously one street musician I still enjoy even when I am not in London.
It’s Charlotte Campbell. I saw her performing right next to the London Eye, and her music has something special.
With her voice, it’s a good-vibes only music. So, come over to the London Eye and listen to her!
You can even find her on Youtube. I am including below her one of her videos.
40. Big Ben
Visit the Big Ben and walk in the area. This famous landmark is beautiful both from near as well as far. You can even see Big Ben from the London Eye.
We covered the London Eye before, and yet, we have to mention it again. The Buckingham Palace, the Big Ben, and London Eye; all these places must be on your list for the most important places to visit.
41. The Lion King Musical
I’ve to be honest: I did not expect much from the Lion King Musical. My girlfriend really want to go and I didn’t mind – so, we went.
Once we got out, after the 2 hours musical, I was AMAZED! Even more than my girlfriend. The music was so well done, the costumes, the story, well, everything!
So, yes, I recommend the Lion King as a musical. The theatre is right downtown, and you can get tickets here.
get your tickets as early as possible since they are usually sold out.
Good to know: We took the cheapest seats on the top-level. You still have a fantastic view as you can see in my photo below.
Better to know: You are actually not allowed to take a photo during the performance. I had no idea, took this photo, and the security told me right away – in a friendly way though :)
My mistake. Anyway, you are here to enjoy the show, and you certainly will, I promise it!
42. Tiny Coffee Shops all over
There are so many tiny, cute and hip coffee shops over London, it’s almost impossible to list them all.
We love coffee, so therefore we had a look:
- TAP Coffee No.114
- Cereal Killer in Camden Town
- Wilton Way Café
- Story Coffee
The GQ MAgazine lists even more cool cafes in London.
Here are our tips on how to find design coffee shops all over the world.
43. Attend a Cricket game
Ok, Cricket does not sound very fun, for lot of our friends it looks even boring…but it might be just because it is not very common?
Give it a chance and attend a cricket game, you will be surprised how much fun you will have!
List of Activities in London
- Harry Potter Walking Tour
- London Eye
- Visit Tower of LondonL
- Tower Bridge Exhibition
- Jack The Ripper Walking Tour
- Comedy Horror Show by bus
- Stonehenge Day Trip
- Pub Crawl for a party-night out
- Dungeon Experience
- Visit a musical like Mama Mia or The Lion King
Is there anything super unique and awesome we missed? Let us know in the comments :)
Where to stay in London
Stying on a budget? Then opt-in for the best hostels in London:
- Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage – official website and get full review here
- Palmers Lodge Hillspring – check their official website and read our review here
Stay central and go with the unique Charlotte Street Hotel, Firmdale Hotels.
It’s elegant, classic and perfectly located right in the center of the city. They offer free WiFi as well as in in-house bar, restaurant and even a gym.
5 Star Rated and located at Westminster Borough, the Fashionasta Aparments is a top choice for a full apartment in the city. I especially like the warm colors and carefully picked interior.
You can find prices and availability for WestEnd Fashionista here.
Discounts on accommodation
London is not the cheapest destination in Europe. We had a look on some discounts and succeeded:
Get a 15€ promo code for using Booking.com
More of an AirBnb-type of person? Here is a 35€ discount for AirBnb.
6 Most important places to visit in London
When visiting only with a limited time, here are the things you cannot miss. Never ever, so write down the following places:
- Big Ben
- London Eye
- Buckingham Palace
- Westminster Abbey
- The British Museum
- Piccadilly Circus
For some of the places you have to buy your ticket beforehand, like the London Eye. The British Museum is free!
Summary: Fun Things to do in London
Why on earth are you still here? By now, you should have got plenty of ideas.
If you want even more input, then find all tours and activities in London.
More genuine info:
- hidden gems in London (we only share with our friends)
- 11 London City Hacks (video below)
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