1. Forbidden Planet
Full of books, comics and merchandise for (almost) every fandom you can think of. They also get amazing authors and graphic designers coming in for signings every so often – it’s definitely worth going to see. (Leicester Square)
2. Chin Chin Labs
They make ice cream using liquid nitrogen and create some amazing flavours (including vegan friendly recipes). They also make the most AMAZING thick hot chocolate with marshmallow fluff (again, vegan option is available). (Soho and Camden)
3. Museum of London
We are so lucky to have so many amazing museums and galleries around London, and for free. One of my favourites is the Museum of London. This is a literal walk through time including lots of child friendly information and interactive displays. My favourite part is walking through the Victorian shops. They also have some really cool exhibitions on, I went to one about Crimes where they displayed evidence from famous crimes around London (including Jack the Ripper) and death masks and hanging ropes. (Nearest tube is Bank)
4. Soho Theatre
If you know anything about me, you know I love seeing comedy. I usually see at least one a month (laughter is the best medicine). The Soho Theatre is one of my favourite places to go. They have big comedians at amazing prices, they do a lot of work in progress shows and all the rooms are small and intimate. Comedians I’ve seen here include: Jack Whitehall, Daniel Sloss, Shappi Khorsandi, Nina Conti and Rhys James.
5. Thames Boat Tours
I’ve only recently been on these but I had a great time. The stops include; Westminster, London Eye, Tower Bridge and Greenwich. They do live commentary as you sail down the Thames. I’ve lived in London for the past 6 years and learnt lots of new things (including where Ian McKellen’s pub is!)
6. Royal Parks – St James’, Richmond and Bushy Park.
We are blessed to have so many beautiful Royal Parks in London, with Hyde Park and Green Park being two of the most popular. My personal favourites are St James’ for the pelicans, Richmond for how large and diverse it is, and Bushy Park for the deer.
7. Afternoon tea -BBakery Tea Bus, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The are so many different afternoon teas in London to suit everyone’s mood and need. Posh hotels? We’ve got it. Themed tea? Check. Quirky toilets? I’m looking at you Sketch. I’ve been lucky enough to try out quite a few – my favourites so far are;
Bbakery tea bus tour – have afternoon tea on an old route master whilst seeing the sights of London. They introduced me to my love of Rooibos tea!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea – From smoking cocktails to bacon jam to surprising flavours. This was an absolute treat!
The Savoy – Oh my goodness. The best scones I’ve ever had. Plus, I just had to check out how posh the toilets were.
Brown’s Hotel – We went here for our anniversary. It’s the oldest hotel in London. We were seated next to the fireplace with a live piano playing throughout the afternoon. How wonderful!
8. Tea – Bird&Blend Tea Co., Twinings
I am a tea addict. My shelves are jam packed with every variety of tea you could possibly want. I have a tea subscription and this year I even have a tea advent calendar! (Thank you, Bird & Blend tea!) Bird & Blend are slowly popping up all over London. I went there for a tea making course and fell in love. They showed me how to make macha properly and how to make iced tea using loose leaves. Yum! Twinings caramel rooibos tea remains one of my favourites and I love visiting their 300 year old shop whenever I’m running low on supplies.
9. Escape rooms
London has a lot of escape rooms. So far, I’ve only tried one. Engima Quest’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry quest. For a Harry Potter fan, this was so much fun! You had to solve the challenges to pass subjects. For each subject passed you got a grade. Of course, we managed to pass all 6 subjects and get “Outstanding”. I’m reluctant to reveal any of the secrets but would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone!
10. Theatre Shows
One of the delights of living so close to London is the amount of amazing theatre I’ve seen. From the huge musicals The Lion King, Wicked, Matilda to Shakespeare at the the Globe to the National Theatre to Pinter plays. If a play/musical has been there for a while, it’s worth seeing. I would recommend ANYTHING at the Royal Court Theatre, everything I’ve seen there has been thought provoking and engaging.
Hopefully some of the things you love are on my list and I would love it if you have discovered something new!
Have you done any of these things?
What do you love doing in London?