My Favorite Things to Do in London All Year Round
London is like no other city. Once having set foot on this city’s ground, you will soon come to realize that there are endless things to do and some of them are simply classics. Whether England does its name justice and pouring rain is coming over its inhabitants or the sun is peeping out and allowing for outdoor fun, London is a culture and entertainment hub at its finest. Need some suggestions? Here are my all-time favorite things to do.
Enjoy Summery London with a View and Glass in Your Hands
When the sun’s out, the best way to enojy it is on one of the many rooftiop bars around town. A glass of chilled white wine, an iced-cold cocktail or beer while having a birds-eye view on the city sounds just about right. The best spots are Frank’s Café in Peckham, Roofnic at Marble Arch, Radio Rootop Bar in Aldwych or Boundary Rooftop on famous Brick Lane. Now, get going!
Escape to the Art and History Scene on a Wet Day
No grey thoughts! Grab your umbrella and head straight over to one (or two) of the many museums that are mostly free and a great way to SATISFY your thirst for some art and history. Be curious at the Science Museum, learn about the evolution of flora and fauna at the Natural History Museum or travel back in time at the Imperial War Museum. Art fans should visit the Tate Modern, National Gallery - a classic - and the V&A.
Save a Dime with Free Activities
London is expensive, sure, but you still want to see much of it. Free things come in handy such as stand up comedy show at Angel Comedy Club, a stop at the many food markets around town or visit Mudchute City Farm. Or how about grabbing your running shoes and participating in one of the free 5k races in over 40 locations?
Be Surrounded by Blooming Flowers, Falling Leaves and Fairy Lights
Although autumn and winter can be wet, they are also the glowing seasons in that walks in the many royal parks, such as Hyde Park, Green Park or Richmond Park will expose you to a colorful setting of changing leaves. Closer to the Christmas seasons, specifically Central London with Oxford Street and Covent Garden is decorated with Christmas lights giving the city a touch of coziness and fairy tale atmosphere.
Experience the Urban Pre-Christmas Spirit
Pre-Christmas season in London is magical. The city is aglow and there is loads to do such as ice-skating, exploring the winter trail in Kew Gardens or visiting the annual Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park as well as Winterville located at Victoria Park. Or how about a bike tour allowing you to see the Christmassy side of this city? You also shouldn’t miss Trafalgar Square’s huge Christmas tree. Be part of one of the many carole services to experience the urban yet traditionally English Christmas spirit.
For a Londoner’s recommendation on what to do in this city, check out this detailed guide!
Life in London is never boring. Participate in a free race in spring, chilled drinks above sun-kissed London, an autumn walk in the park or cozy winter feel at kew Gardens, London London is doing a pretty good job to entertain you with classic things to do and see all year round.
Calling all Londoners and those who have been there / currently live there: What are your fave things to do and see that you never get tired of?
This piece was written in collaboration with Hipmunk in the course of the Hipmunk City Love Project to bring you the best of selected UK and U.S. cities.