There’s loads to discover when you’re in London and it’s hard to pinpoint what you really can’t miss out. I’ve been to London a fair share of times. These are the things I enjoyed most. From eating, to shopping, to doing all the artsy-fartsy musts, here’s a list of 20 things you have to do in London!
1. Shop in Carnaby Street
If you’re tired of the ever-crowded Oxford Street, opt for the lesser-known Carnaby Street instead. Carnaby Street is home to a bunch of independent fashion boutiques but also includes shops like: Muji, The Kooples, Benefit and Camper. If you’re heading back to Oxford Street, don’t forget to make a stop at Liberty!
2. Have ramen at Bone Daddies
Ramen restaurants are all the rage these days in London. I wrote about Bone Daddies already in this post. Even if you’re not familiar with Japanese ramen, do go and try it. You don’t need reservations. Just make sure you don’t go in during lunch or dinner time; the place will be packed! Other ramen restaurants you could try: Shoryu Restaurant or Koyu Restaurant.
3. Visit the National Gallery
And be inspired by paintings like..
4. Be a tourist!
Be a tourist at least once in London and go do all the touristy things! Visit the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and all that!
And don’t forget Westminster Abbey..
..where, I’m sure, you’ll take fabulous pictures like this!
5. Have a stroll through St. John’s Park
St. John’s Park is a great escape from the city centre. You’ll walk through it in no more than ten minutes (it’s quite small). Nevertheless, take a break here and don’t forget some bread to feed the birds!
6. Enjoy a fancy dinner
London is home to many Michelin star chefs and their restaurants. Reserve a table at Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner by Heston, Gordon Ramsay’s Gordon Ramsay, Helene Darroze’s The Connaught or Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche. Be sure to reserve a table well in advance – restaurants are booked full quickly!
7. Or enjoy dinner in Chinatown
It’s inevitable – every visit to London is not complete without at least one meal in Chinatown. Enjoy the Korean, Japanese, Singapore, Indonesian, Mongolian, Malaysian, Indian and many other Asian restaurants Chinatown/Soho has to offer. For Chinese food, we recommend Cafe TPT or Hong Kong Diner.
8. Visit the Saatchi Gallery
Don’t be a daft and hit at least one museum before you leave London. My favourite had always been Tate Modern, but after my last visit I think Saatchi Gallery (read all about it here) is the one that has my heart. The exhibition on now is Post Pop – East Meets West. Be sure to check it out before the end of February 2015! The best thing about London museums is most of them are free – Saatchi Gallery included!
9. Visit a musical
We didn’t do it this time around, but we certainly recommend it! It was in London where I fell in love with the opera musical the Phantom of the Opera. Musicals you want to check out now: Les Miserables (which now features a younger cast, including Youtuber Carrie Fletcher as Eponine and our own Dutch Celinde Schoenmaker as Fantine) and the Book of Mormon.
10. Enjoy London by night
Even at night, London is magical practically everywhere you go. Enjoy the Christmas lights now and do some late night shopping. Some stores are open until 9pm!
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for part 2!