Luckily for those travelers who have already checked the London Eye and Buckingham Palace off their to-see list, there’s no shortage of unique things to experience during a visit to London. Whether you’re looking to shop for delicious gourmet treats or get fit while taking in the city’s most beautiful sights, Savoir Flair’s roundup of the ten best things to do in London has something for everyone.
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Go for a Run on the Embankment
Pound the pavement of the South Bank and prepare to get fit and acquainted with the iconic monuments of London, including the London Eye, Big Ben, and the House of Parliament.
Have Breakfast at Cereal Killer Café
This Brick Lane specialty shop sells all things cereal – 120 different types of all things cereal to be exact. Pair your flakes of choice with any of the 30 different varieties of milk and 20 different toppings available in order to make your sugar rush one to remember.
Tel: (+44) 7943 603517
Shop for Organic, Gluten-Free, and Vegan Goodies at Broadway Market
Situated on an old London track way, this farmer’s style market is brimming with over 80 food stalls. Shop fair-trade, health, and specialty products, ranging from Vietnamese coffee and éclairs to fresh burgers and seasonal salads.
Watch a Movie at The Electric Cinema
Looking for a unique movie experience? From the plush leather armchairs and full bar to the art-house film offerings, The Electric Cinema is not just another cinema to catch an action film in.
Tel: (+44) 207 908 9696
Visit the Saatchi Gallery
After contemporary-art lovers have checked off the touristy Tate Modern from their to-do list, their next stop should be Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery. Free entry, works by international and up-and-coming artists, plus a killer gift shop put Saatchi at the top of our London culture checklist.
Tel: (+44) 207 811 3070
Spend a Saturday at Portobello Market
Antiques, vintage clothes, and fresh fruits – these are only a few of the items you’re certain to stumble upon during a visit to West London’s Portobello Market. The mile-long street market is a treasure trove of knick-knacks and the perfect way to spend a Saturday in London.
Test Your Fear of Heights at Sky Garden
Sky Garden, which is touted as the city’s highest and most buzz-worthy public garden, offers arguably the best views of London. A glass dome divided over three floors, it boasts a bar, a brasserie, a fine-dining restaurant, and an open-air terrace to take in the sights.
Insider Tip: Book your tickets at least three days in advance.
Tel: (+44) 333 772 0020
Pick Up Fresh Blooms at the Columbia Road Flower Market
If you’re more of an I-prefer-my-plants-plucked-straight-from-the earth type of botanist, skip Sky Garden and head to the Columbia Road Flower Market.
Note: The market is only open on Sundays.
Walk Around Hampstead Heath
The North London neighborhood, which is rumored to have the most millionaires in the world per square foot, is a charming place to spend the day. Explore Hampstead Heath Park and work up an appetite for the best crêpes you’ll ever have at La Crêperie de Hampstead before heading south for dinner along the canal of Little Venice.