“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” - Samuel Johnson
Since we just went live in London, a lot of our passion and energy is invested in this wonderfully vibrant city. Experiencing big cities can be overwhelming, exhausting, and expensive, so we curated some authentic and affordable alternatives to the typical London activities. Go alone or grab a friend and experience London like a local!
The early bird experience
Rise and shine before you would normally on vacation and hop on the tube to either Picadilly or Soho for breakfast. There are plenty of cafes that open at 5 (or never closed). Order a coffee and watch the city wake up. When the streets start to fill and the serenity is overruled by the noise of the morning commute the day has officially begun!
Try Balans Soho Society Café on 34 Old Compton Street or Fernandez & Wells on 43 Lexington Street.
Free Speech and roller-skating
London’s Hyde Park has something for everyone. It covers 142 hectares (350 acres), which makes it one of the greatest city parks in the world. Starting in 1866, every Sunday a range of different speakers gather in the top right corner of the park (opposite Marble Arch) to share their views with the public. Many famous figures have spoken at Speaker's Corner, including Karl Marx and George Orwell.
If you want something a little adventurous, you can roller-skate the streets of London with 5,000 other skaters every Friday starting at 8 pm. The route starts at The Duke of Wellington Arch by Hyde Park and takes around 2 hours. If you are less experienced (or 2 hours seems like a long time), there is a route for beginners Saturday mornings that start at Battersea Park.
For more information, visit www.lfns.co.uk
Pick and choose lunch
London Borough Market is the perfect spot for food lovers of all kinds and a great lunch option. With 1000 years of history under its belt, it is London’s oldest food market. You can find anything from spices to home-brewed ciders, fish, mushrooms, and nuts – you name it, they’ve got it. The market is open from Wednesday to Saturday and is located right under the London Bridge.
To weigh your food options, visit: boroughmarket.org.uk
Take a stroll around North London and witness one of the biggest and best collections of street art in the world. Talented artists use a range of mediums, including miniature statues and spray paint, to decorate stories of buildings. Look out for works by Banksy and Shepard Fairey. If you’re worried you’ll miss something, there are plenty of free walking tours focused on seeking out the best graffiti in town - just make sure you tip your guide!
London’s collections of museums is spectacular, and what makes it even better is that several of them have free entry, including The Tate Modern, The National Gallery and the British Museum.
The British Library is undoubtedly worth a visit, especially since entrance is free. Treasures from the collection include Shakespeare’s First Folio, Lewis Carroll’s manuscripts of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, handwritten Beatles lyrics by John Lennon, and drawings from Leonardo’s Da Vinci’s notebook.