There are so many things to do in the English capital that it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start! But if you're anything like me your priorities will always be good food, great views, and picture-perfect site seeing! To the end, here are 10 must-do, can't-miss things in London:
1. BRUNCH AT DUCK & WAFFLE
Because there's nothing better than the perfect combination of great food and amazing food!
2. STROLL THE STREETS OF NOTTING HILL
The beautiful white-washed homes of this charming neighborhood make the perfect backdrop for Instagram-worthy pictures!
3. ENJOY A PINT AT A LOCAL PUB
Do as the locals do and stumbling into (and eventually out of) a neighborhood pub. Whether you cozy up with a pint or sit down to enjoy some classic pub food, you won't regret spending an evening in the lively atmosphere for a charming local pub
4. MUSEUM HOP - FOR FREE!
London town is home to more history than you can appreciate in a lifetime. Luckily, trying to do so won't cost you an arm and a leg because the English capital has made the vast majority of its museums free to the public. Certain special exhibits may cost extra but if you're looking for a fun/cheap place to hide out from the (inevitable) rain, look no further!
5. PIG OUT IN CHINATOWN
If you're a fan of good, cheap food and family-style portions, Chinatown will be your haven. The neighborhood isn't particularly large but it's packed to the brim with great restaurant! Chinese New Year celebrations in February each year add an extra flare of excitement that'll make you forget you're actually in the middle of London.
6. EXPLORE SOHO & COVENT GARDEN
After you've stuffed yourself in nearby Chinatown, wander a few blocks west to SoHo to take in a show, pock around at the fun sex shops, or hop around the best gay bars in town. If you're looking for something more low key, head east to Covent Garden to shop at cute boutiques, settle in at a local pub (like Lamb & Flag), or indulge is some of the best restaurants in the West End.
7. PIG OUT SOMEMORE AT BOROUGH MARKET
If London's food scene had an epicenter, Borough Market would be it. Filled to the brim with stands carrying local produce, speciality vendors and artisanal goods, the market is a foodie's paradise. The small maze like set-up leads you from the 'interior' wholesale market with established vendors to the 'outdoor' carnival of food stands where international fare is displayed at it's best. You'll have a tough time deciding what to have because everything looks amazing - from slow-roasted pulled pork sandwiches and pad thai to Indian curry and French patisseries. If you have the time, it's definitely worth more than one trip.
8. EXPERIENCE THE ATMOSPHERE OF A ENGLISH FOOTBALL MATCH
Not all country's natural wonders are a product of Mother Nature and not all art is housed in century-old museums. For England, the purest, most exciting form of art is the visual poetry of football. It may not seem like an obvious draw or even a very cultural one - but on the contrary - the sport represents cultural and historical significance that spans decades. And while there are many countries in Europe (not to mention, the world) where you can watch it, there is nothing quite like English football as it is displayed in the Barclays Premier League. If you are a football fan, you owe yourself a match day experience. Tickets for can be hard to come by, particularly for foreign visitors because many clubs require club memberships as a pre-requisite for purchasing. The next best thing would be to watch the match live at a club-allied pub or bar. For example, nearby Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal, is the local favorite Gunners Pub in Highbury, where the crowd is lively and the atmosphere electric!
9. TAKE A WALK THROUGH HYDE PARK
London is known for it's frequent rain, but when the weather is nice locals take full advantage of enjoying the outdoors. Whether you stroll, run or bike your way around, Hyde Park is the perfect way to get a taste of everyday life in the city. The equivalent of New York City's Central Park, the outdoor oasis is home to beautiful walking paths, open meadows, rose gardens and Princess Diana's memorial fountain.
10. SIP WINE IN AN UNDERGROUND CELLAR
As with any most big metropolises, London has a view hidden gems... including those well below ground. Gordon's Wine Bar a family run wine cellar and one of the oldest wine bar's in the city. The pub provides a one-of-a-kind experience with it's candlelit, cave-like atmosphere and delicious wine and tapas.