Only got 1 day in London? Here are our favourite alternative things to do. From the most amazing views to quiet church gardens right in the city, street food and wine bars. Join us on a 24-hour journey!
Start at King’s Cross Station, and end your day at Haggerston (Shoreditch). The rough budget for the entire 12-hour day, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, is 45£ per person. Get yourself an Oyster card if you haven’t got one yet!
9:30am: Have London’s best breakfast at Caravan King’s Cross
Start your day bright and early in one of London’s best breakfast places, Caravan in King’s Cross. With an outdoor terrace right onto the lovely Granary Square, this is the perfect spot to have freshly roasted coffee accompanied by the most tasty English breakfast you will ever try! We love the ‘golden spiced yoghurt’ and the ‘smashed avocado toast’!
10:00am: Take a walk from Granary Square to Camley Street Natural Park
Stroll along Regent’s Canal to Camley Street Natural Park. This park is an urban nature reserve in the heart of King’s Cross. Right by the canal, old warehouses were transformed into hip bars and restaurants. And since this is one of the neighbourhoods with a ton to discover, why don’t you go ahead and play the The Secrets of London’s King’s Cross. This game will show you King’s Cross’ hidden gems!
12:00pm (noon): Have fabulous street food at Camden Market
Worked up an appetite? Head down to Camden Market, one of the most famous London markets and best places to eat street food. With more than 1000 stalls selling music, fashion, art and food, this is THE place to grab lunch from the best street food vendors – and find that trinket you always wanted at a bargain.
1:30pm: Enjoy the amazing views from the top of Primrose Hill
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Camden Market and take a walk to Primrose Hill for one of the greatest views of London. We definitely recommend renting a bike at Santander Cycle Hire to explore Primrose Hill Park as well as Regent’s Park. Or take your time and take in the lush green by food. If you’re going into Regent’s Park during Springtime, don’t miss Queen Mary’s Rose Garden – it’s stunning!
3.30pm: Visit the colourful Chinatown
Now that you are rested and relaxed, time to emerge yourself in the colourful Chinese culture – head to Chinatown! A treat to your Instagram feed, Chinatown has its buildings and streets decorated with Chinese symbols, such as stone lions and Chinese lamps on the edge of buildings. Don’t forget to pass by Chinatown’s new fourth gate, the largest Chinese gate in the country, on Wardour Street.
4.30pm: See the gorgeous gardens of St Dunstan-in-the-East and the famous London Bridge
Hop on a bus from Trafalgar Square to St Dunstan-in-the-East. Here you’ll find a mesmerising ruined church surrounded by greenery. Grab a coffee and take your time to surround yourself in its serenity. Since you’re around the corner, don’t miss out on the opportunity to catch a glimpse of London Bridge over the Thames River.
6:00pm: Go for a (romantic) walk along the Thames and stroll around theSt Katharine Docks Marina
Enjoy a walk along the river from London Bridge to St. Katherine Docks Marina, a quiet hidden gem behind Tower Bridge. Grab a pint at the Dickens Inn here, an 18th century warehouse transformed into a unique pub. Add it to your list of unusual things to do!
After a refreshing beer, continue to Wilton’s Music Hall, the world’s oldest and last surviving grand music hall. Maybe even go in for a show? Yep, this is among our best London tips!
8:00pm: Wander around hipster Shoreditch and have dinner at The Blues Kitchen Bar
Dinner time! Head over to Shoreditch and admire some of London’s best street art. Check out Redchurch Street and Shoreditch Triangle, where the most wicked murals come together. If street art is your thing, you’ll also love Brixton and our city discovery game there.
Next, get ready for the best dinner experience at The Blues Kitchen Bar. With daily live music, The Blues Kitchen offers an immersive dining experience and brings Texas closer to London – their menu is all Texas BBQ! Yum!
10:00 pm: Have a drink at Sager + Wilde Wine Bar
Whilst in Shoreditch, check Sager + Wilde, a wine bar offering way more than just wine! This is the kind of pub that you think of when picturing English men drinking. It has that typical English vibe… You will thank us later.
Written by travellers Joana Antunes and Maria Nunes.
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