LIKE THE LOCALS
Things to do and places to see in London come in abundance.
Every visitor guidebook you can find is absolutely filled with great recommendations, lists, tips and ideas and, of course, you will have a fantastic time by following their advice. Especially if it is your first visit to London, it will come in very handy to spend a little time planning your trip or maybe pre-booking a few attractions and tours that are a must on your London to-do list.
But ask any Londoner about their favourite things to do in London and chances are that they will not be the same things as any of those travel guidebooks.
Mainly because every Londoner, either born here or relocated from who knows where in the world, has come to love and appreciate different aspects of the City and there is a general tendency to look beyond the famous or obvious places to see or things to do, and find those things which are close to their heart and special.
Here is a selection of London 'loved by locals' favourites.
1. Look for the hidden gems in London
London is very well known for the abundance of surprising and special treasures that open up in front of you when you least expect it.
There are no better places to step away from the hustle and bustle of the City than the Postman’s Park or the garden of St Dunstan in the East Church.
Step back in time in one of London’s amazing bookshops, like Daunt Books in Marylebone or enjoy London’s own Little Venice for a nice afternoon stroll. Oh, such wonders!!!
2. Go on a London walking tour
Strap on your most comfortable shoes because London is best discovered on foot. Not only because you get to see every little alleyway and every tucked-away building, but you can take your time and really enjoy the place.
You can find a walking tour for every single topic under the stars, from history and architecture to street art and food, and of course some oh, so important Instagram selfie tours.
Best few hours spent guaranteed!
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The biggest treat Londoners and visitors alike can enjoy is that the permanent exhibitions inside the national museums and galleries are free of charge, which means you can spend hour on end on a marvellous cultural trip from the world-renowned artefacts in the British Museum to the wonders of Apollo 10 inside the Science Museum or a Victorian experience at the Museum of London.
Londoners do love a good day out visiting a London museum, especially with the kids, so follow their lead on this, you will not be disappointed.
The Great Court at the British Museum, London
4. Forget about your map and get lost
Planning your holiday in London will definitely come in handy especially if your time is limited and you are on a schedule.
But if you have some time to spare or is not your first time in London and you really want to discover a different side of the big city, then wandering around in little alleyways is definitely the way to go.
You never know what you might find, from architectural surprises to really pretty streets or that very awesome café, perfect for a great afternoon tea.
5. Use public transport for sightseeing
London has a wonderful public transport network, with a 24-hour bus service and a 5 am to midnight underground service for weekdays and 24 hours on some lines at the weekend.
The underground, in particular, is cheap, is reliable and can be much faster than street traffic, and that makes it the preferred choice for getting around for the majority of Londoners.
Just make sure you have a prepaid Oyster card or a contactless card to make paying for your ticket easy.
Red bus on the streets of London
6. Have a Sunday lunch in a local pub
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to fine dining and international menus, but you will not feel like home in the big city until you try a Sunday roast with all the trimmings in one of London’s friendly local pubs.