30 Best Things To Do in London

With a history spanning back to the Roman Empire, London has been rebuilt and reforged countless times throughout its lifetime. Nowadays it’s one of the most forward-thinking cities in the world, with an ever-changing skyline and a diverse population. Each of its neighborhoods boasts something unique, and the city manages to strike a balance of ultra-modern and proudly historic. While the skyscrapers and driverless trains have moved in, the red buses, royal palaces, historic cathedrals, and old markets are going nowhere. 

With over 2,000 years of history, London is full of places to visit and things to experience. It could take a lifetime to see it all, so begin with the top 30 things to do during your time in London.

The best things to do in London by neighborhood

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Camden Town

Camden Market

Regents Canal in Camden

Suggested time: 2 hours

Nestled between Chalk Farm Road and Regent’s Canal, Camden Market has over 1,000 different independent shops and food stalls.

With its colorful, eye-catching buildings and traditional cobblestone streets, merely walking through Camden Market is an experience you won’t want to miss. Enter through the gates and take in the history. Once a network of horse stables, tunnels, and saddlers’ workshops, it is now a bustling community of street food chefs, artists, and alternative fashion designers.

Once you’ve found your feet, take a moment to immerse yourself in all the sounds and smells this market has to offer. Head to The Cheese Bar for one of their famous grilled cheeses. Be swayed by Chin Chin Labs and indulge in a scoop of their liquid nitrogen-made ice cream. Whatever your taste, Camden Market can accommodate it.

Spend the remainder of your day listening to the latest up-and-coming bands in the timber yard-turned music venue, Dingwalls Dance Hall, found at the very back of the market. With its long history in the British music scene, you might end up watching the next chart-topper live. 

Local Tips: After enjoying your time in the market, head out the back way down the stairs and start your walk along Regent’s Canal.

Regent’s Canal and Little Venice

Regents Canal in Little Venice

Suggested time: 2 hours

Winding its way past London Zoo, and through the Maida Hill Tunnel, Regent’s Canal offers a leisurely trip to Little Venice. With 8 miles of stunning canalside scenery, it’s entirely your choice how you travel it. Will you take a guided water bus tour, sailing by unique houseboats, past Camden Market, and on to Regent’s Park? Or will you walk along its meandering bank, losing yourself in the tranquility, away from the bustle of the city?

Originally built to provide a link between the River Thames and the Grand Junction Canal, a stroll or cruise along Regent’s Canal serves as a peaceful respite to the busy city; somewhere to clear your head, and spend time with a friend. 

Local Tips: If you’re starting in Little Venice, head towards Camden Market and end your stroll with some delicious street food. If you’re an art fan, seek out the original Banksy on Oval Road. Just head up a set of stairs located across the canal from The Pirate Castle, and take in the artwork.

Regent’s Park

Giraffes at London Zoo

Suggested time: 2-4 hours

One of the Royal Parks, and once the private hunting grounds of Henry VIII, Regent’s Park has changed immensely over the years. You’ll discover a landscape of picturesque scenes, featuring a boating lake, Victorian-style gardens, and tree-lined walkways. 

Whilst in Regent’s Park, be sure to visit Queen Mary’s Garden, which is home to the largest collection of roses in London. Over 12,000 roses line the serene walkways. Bring a picnic, and you can spend an entire day here, or head to Primrose Hill, just north of Regent’s Park, for an amazing view of the London skyline.

In the afternoon, be sure to book a ticket to the world’s oldest scientific zoo, London Zoo, with 673 species of animals to see. And if you stay in Regent’s Park until the evening, you can enjoy incredible performances at the park’s Open Air Theater. 

Local Tips: Open Air Theater is only open during the summer months (May-September) and is one of the most magical venues in London. If you’re around during opening days, do your best to catch a show. 

Greenwich

Maritime Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum

The Cutty Sark in Greenwich

Suggested time: 1.5 hours

One of the best loved things to do in London is a visit to the center of time and space. That’s right, this small London borough quite literally decides the time for the rest of the world. At the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll discover its history and learn how this seemingly insignificant place changed the world forever. 

As part of the World Heritage site, you’ll soon be drawn to the free-to-enter National Maritime Museum, where you’ll learn about the area’s 2,000 years of history; from the ancient Romans’ landing place, to the birthplace of Henry VIII. Be sure to stay on the lookout for Lord Nelson’s Naval attire – the same uniform he wore during the battle of Trafalgar. If you look closely enough, you’ll see the entry hole of a fatal bullet.

Local Tips: You can get to Greenwich with a quick Tube ride, or you can take your time and witness the views of London from the River Thames on a one-way or return cruise from Westminster to Greenwich.

The O2

Up at The O2

Suggested time: 1.5 hours

The best way to see London is from above. And what better way than with a guided roof walk atop the 8th largest building in the world (by usable volume)? Up at The O2 allows you to see London from a completely unique perspective, and admire the breathtaking 360-degree views of the city while standing on the roof of the O2. 

Inside the arena lies the world’s most popular music venue, where the biggest names have all played. If you aren’t lucky enough to hold a ticket to a sports game or performance, The O2 is home to countless entertainment options every night of the week, from cinemas, bowling, and trampolining to designer outlets and no less than 40 bars and restaurants. 

Shoreditch, Spitalfields, and Hoxton

Brick Lane and Spitalfields market

Street art off Brick Lane

Suggested time: 2 hours

Brick Lane is an energetic cultural hub and one of the most popular streets in London’s East End. This vibrant street is packed with vintage shops, markets, street art, and more. 

Its famous bagel shops and mouth-watering curry houses are a treat for foodies. Check out Beigel Bake, and order the salmon and cream cheese for one of the best beigels (a more traditionally made bagel) you’ll ever eat. It’s open 24/7, so you won’t miss out. 

Only a 5-minute stroll away, you’ll come across Spitalfields Market, known as the traditional heart of London’s East End. Founded in 1666, after the great fire of London, it’s been operating ever since and is now home to a stellar line-up of independent designers, artists, jewelers, and makers.

At the end of Brick Lane is Shoreditch High Street. Shoreditch has been frequented by some of the world’s most famous street artists, including Gregos, who installed 3D face sculptures throughout the high street. Be sure to check out the buzzing Boxpark, home to bars and restaurants and created from repurposed shipping containers.

Local tip: Book a street art tour to really get to know the area’s history and how it’s evolved into this multi-cultural artsy space. Visit nearby Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday mornings for its grand flower stalls and bright selections.

Whitechapel

Whitechapel has a buzzing restaurant scene

Suggested time: 1.5 hours

Packed to the brim with history, Whitechapel has seen some drastic changes in the years since Jack the Ripper stalked its streets. This diverse and multicultural neighborhood features lively cocktail bars, contemporary art galleries, and numerous restaurants. 

Take a look inside the Whitechapel Gallery, set in a historical building just a short walk from Spitalfields Market. This smaller off-the-beaten-track gem punches well above its weight when compared to the larger heavy-hitting art galleries in London. 

In the evening, take a trip to the old Truman Brewery, now a revolutionary arts and media quarter. Be sure to stop by the Ninety One Living Room bar, and experience a night of great food, and live jazz. 

Local tips: The Whitechapel Gallery has attracted the likes of Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo, as well as more current artists including William Kentridge and Cindy Sherman, who have premiered work here. It has a brilliant bookshop and restaurant and often has free temporary exhibitions and screenings.

Belgravia, Kensington, and South Kensington

Hyde Park

Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner

Suggested time: 2 hours

Although famous as one of London’s Royal Parks, Hyde Park is an important place to visit in London for another reason. Speakers’ Corner can be found to the northeast edge of the park, nearest to Marble Arch and Oxford Street, and is an area where free speech has been famously practiced and encouraged since 1872. 

Karl Marx, Christabel Pankhurst, and George Orwell all spoke on this corner, and to this day it’s a hub for new and radical ideas. Be sure to go on a Sunday morning to hear debates and people’s passionate beliefs as they expound them to the gathered crowds and passing tourists. One of the more unique things to do in London. 

Once you finish listening to the speakers, walk to the Italian Gardens, an ornamental water garden created in 1860. Bring a picnic and spend the afternoon in this tranquil location. 

Local tips: Rent a local ride-share bike and see how much of the park you can explore.

Kensington Palace

The Cupola Room inside Kensington Palace

Suggested time: 2 hours

Over the Serpentine lake, to the west side of Hyde Park, you’ll find Kensington Palace and Gardens. Once part of Hyde Park, the gardens feature many famous memorials of past royals. Book a tour and look out for the Albert memorial, which is one of London’s most ornate monuments, commemorating the death of Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. 

The Palace itself has been home to numerous royals over the years but is currently the official London residence of the Prince and Princess of Wales (William and Kate). For the complete tour, you’ll need to purchase an entry ticket, but certain areas are open to the public and the Sunken Garden is a must-see. As well as a statue of the palace’s most famous resident — the late Diana, Princess of Wales — it includes stunning water features and over 4,000 plants.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum

Suggested time: 3-6 hours

Home to over 80 million specimens, the Natural History Museum is one of three major museums found on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. Marvel at the ornate architecture of Hintze Hall, and walk beneath the skeleton of the largest animal on Earth — the blue whale.

Be on the lookout for the oldest exhibition in the hall, a space rock older than the solar system itself — the 4.5 billion-year-old Imilac meteorite. Journey through the exhibitions and you’ll discover one of the most complete fossils to ever be found in the UK, as well as learning the ancient history of mankind. 

If you want to get the most out of the museum and have access to all the insider knowledge, be sure to book a self-guided audio tour.

Local tips: Below the elevator in the Earth Hall is a beautiful moon specimen brought back by the original Apollo 16 mission. To make sure you get the most from your visit, study a map before your visit and make a checklist of the departments you want to spend most time in. There are a few different entrances too. 

Buckingham Palace

Horse Guards outside Buckingham Palace

Suggested time: 1-3 hours

Buckingham Palace is one of the best-known residences in the world. It’s a working royal palace and has been the home of Britain’s kings and queens since 1837. But that doesn’t mean it’s off-limits to visitors — you can walk right up to the palace gates.

Be sure to time your visit with the Changing of the Guard ceremony, which takes place at 11:00 AM most days. Book a guided tour for help finding the best place to watch this 45-minute ceremony that dates back almost 200 years. 

In summer, Buckingham Palace opens to visitors and you can take a tour of the State Rooms, which include the throne room and the ballroom, where the royal family welcomes world leaders, entertains guests, and performs official ceremonies. 

Westminster and Waterloo

The London Eye

The London Eye

Suggested time: 1 hour

It’s almost impossible to go to London and not visit the London Eye. It’s one of the iconic features of the London landscape, and while some might consider it a tourist trap, it’s still one of the best places to view London from up high. 

At 443 feet tall, this Ferris wheel will offer you the chance to see almost 15 miles in any direction, from Big Ben just across the River Thames to Wembley Stadium in the north of the city. 

Take some time to pick out some landmark spots, and even plan where you’ll go next. The queues can get long, so be sure to purchase a ticket in advance, and skip the long lines

Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey

The Palace of Westminster

Suggested time: 30 minutes-4 hours

Just across the river from the London Eye is the heart of the British government, the Palace of Westminster. Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords meet within the palace. 

The Palace of Westminster takes its name from the nearby Westminster Abbey, which has been the site of coronations, royal weddings, and royal funerals for almost 1,000 years. View the imposing gothic architecture from the outside, or book a tour to view inside both of these historic buildings. This is one of the top things to do in London if you want to explore the city’s fascinating history. 

On your way out, be sure to pass by Big Ben, undoubtedly the most famous clock tower in the world. Officially named the Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben is actually the name given to the heaviest of its 5 bells that ring on the hour. It stands proudly on the northern end of the Palace of Westminster, and the best angle is from Westminster Bridge. 

Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms

Suggested time: 2.5 hours

Hidden underneath the Treasury building in Whitehall are the Churchill War Rooms. Once the epicenter of government command during WWII, where Winston Churchill directed the war efforts. The rooms were recognized for their historical importance and preserved for future generations to visit and explore. 

You’ll visit the map room, where leaders collated the most important information about the war and sent it directly to Churchill and the king. Visit the Cabinet rooms and stand inches away from the spot where leaders made every major decision about the war. Book a guide to get the most out of your visit, and immerse yourself in the history of these rooms.  

Local tips: Churchill War Rooms are a popular exhibit so we suggest you purchase tickets beforehand and show up 30 minutes before your entry time. To get the full historic experience, book a tour through Westminster and the Churchill War Rooms. 

Thames River Cruise

Tower Bridge from the River Thames

Suggested time: 30 minutes-1 hour

Hopping on a Thames river cruise will allow you to view London from a unique perspective as you meander along the second-longest river in the United Kingdom. At over 200 miles long, it flows through the south of England, from the Cotswolds all the way to London, and splits the city in two. 

You’ll pass by some of the most famous landmarks in London, from the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral to Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern. You can admire some of the city’s most iconic and groundbreaking architecture, as well as passing under London Bridge, Millennium Bridge, and Tower bridge. 

Local tip: The Thames river cruise runs all year round, but summer is the best time to go, especially on a sunny day when you can truly enjoy the upper deck and sights. 

Soho, Covent Garden, and Central West End

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

Suggested time: 30 minutes

Piccadilly Circus and the West End theater district are the entertainment hearts of the city, and visiting them for a show or night out is one of the best things to do in London. The iconic video displays and neon signs make it London’s answer to Times Square, but its neighboring theater district far predates Broadway’s.  

Piccadilly Circus itself is an iconic hub of London’s busy locals and awe-inspired tourists. It’s one of the busiest places in London, seeing close to 100 million people per year pass by on foot or on the roads. Because of this, there are many shops, restaurants, and bars lining the streets, welcoming in the many visitors. Here you’ll find the Anteros statue, often wrongly named Eros, and the Criterion Theatre, which is almost entirely underground, except the box office. Catch a comedy show or play here, or book tickets for a show at one of the 38 different theaters in the West End. You need to book weeks in advance for the most popular shows. 

Trafalgar Square

The National Gallery on Trafalgar Square

Suggested time: 45 minutes

Named after the Battle of Trafalgar, where Lord Nelson led the British to victory against Napoleon, Trafalgar Square is a busy hub of art and culture and a center of democracy and protest. 

In the very center of the square sits the iconic Nelson’s Column, built as a memorial to Lord Nelson who died shortly before the end of the decisive battle. Attend one of the square’s surrounding galleries and museums, or take in the Fourth Plinth, the base of an unfinished statue that exhibits a different piece of contemporary art regularly. 

If you’ve got some spare time, you’ll want to search for London’s smallest police station in the southeast corner of the square. Built within a hollowed-out lamp base, it housed a telephone line to the nearest police station and little else, and was used as a base to monitor the frequent protests in the square. 

Local tips: If you’re interested in catching a special performance, debate, or another event, you can find the event calendar on the Mayor of London’s website.

National Gallery

Inside the National Gallery

Suggested time: 1-2.5 hours

The National Gallery overlooks Trafalgar Square and is one of the most visited museums in the world. With over 2,300 paintings dating from the 13th century to the end of the 19th, the gallery features art by some of the world’s most famous artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Picasso, and Leonardo da Vinci. 

While the museum is free to enter, with so many paintings and pieces of art to see you might find yourself overwhelmed, especially if you have limited time to take it all in. A guided tour will take you through the many rooms of the gallery, showcasing the hidden gems and offering historical insights into the many masterpieces.

Local tips: Booking a ticket online will help you avoid the longer queues. Visit in the morning to take in your favorite paintings away from the crowds.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden's market

Suggested time: 1.5 hours

Since the 1600s the cobbled streets of Convent Gardens have been host to street performers and craft markets. And it’s now a spot for shopaholics, theater goers, Londoners, and tourists alike.

From homemade crafts to the biggest upscale fashion and beauty boutiques, Covent Garden’s market offers something for everyone. When you’ve finished shopping, pay a visit to the Royal Opera House, where you’re in with a chance of seeing a free lunchtime recital. 

The nearby London Transport Museum offers an extensive look into the city’s impressive transportation past, including the history of the oldest subway system and the famous red double-decker buses. 

Local tips: If you’ve got the time, the London Transport Museum sometimes offers a chance to explore some of the dark and dusty disused underground stations. Here you’ll get the chance to walk along the spooky labyrinth of passageways once used by the public.

The British Museum

The Great Court at The British Museum

Suggested time: 1.5 hours

The British Museum offers perhaps the best place on earth to view wonders from around the world. With over 8 million unique artifacts, it houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in existence, from ancient British axe heads and Anglo-Saxon weaponry to Egyptian mummies and ancient Greek sculptures. 

It was also the first public museum in the world, and is quite the spectacle regardless of its artifacts. The domed glass roof of the Great Court at the center of the museum makes it the largest covered public square in Europe, and the 43 Greek temple-inspired columns that make up the front of the building are as imposing as they are magnificent. 

Local tips: Entry to The British Museum is free, except for special exhibitions, but it is advised that you book a free timed-entry ticket. For one of the most British things to do in London, enjoy an afternoon tea under the glass domed roof at the Grand Court Restaurant after a tour around the museum. 

Chinatown

Chinatown has over 100 restaurants

Suggested time: 1.5 hours

With nearly 100 restaurants, bars, and cafes offering authentic Chinese cuisine, you could spend your entire time in London exploring and experiencing Chinatown. Nestled between major attractions like M&M World and Piccadilly Circus, it’s the prime place to grab a bite to eat before catching a show at one of the many nearby theaters in the West End. 

One of the best things to do in London is to explore the rich history of its many cultures. Try rustic street food at the Baozi Inn, or delicious dim sum at the Golden Dragon. Once you’ve eaten your fill, you’ll be able to take part in one of the many celebrations and events that go on throughout the year, like the Chinese New Year parade in late January.  

Local tips: Chinatown’s residents go all out for Chinese New Year. If you’re in London in late January, make sure you take in the huge parade and many delicious foods. The parade travels from Shaftesbury Avenue all the way down to Trafalgar Square.

The City

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral

Suggested time: 20 minutes

Opened at the turn of the millennium, the Millennium Bridge is a purely pedestrian bridge connecting the City of London with Bankside. Don’t worry about its nickname, “the Wobbly Bridge” — after 2 years of extensive modifications starting in 2000, it is firmly stable today and a stunning piece of architecture. 

Millennium Bridge is deceptively long so you’ll have plenty of time to take in the sights of some of London’s most iconic landmarks. With St Paul’s Cathedral at one end and the Tate Modern at the other, be sure to pass over it at some point during your trip to London. 

Local tips: Less-than-famous local artist Ben Wilson has been turning gum litter into little pieces of art all along the bridge. While you walk across, search for your favorite one along the walkway. They are small but truly remarkable.

Tower of London

Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London

Suggested time: 2 hours

Standing firm since the 11th-century, you’ll struggle to find a place in London with as much history packed into one building as the Tower of London. Tour the famous castle which has been a prison, a palace, the Royal Mint, and even a zoo throughout its lifetime. Today it is home to the Crown Jewels. 

If you take the time to explore the site, you’ll even find exotic animal sculptures commemorating this one-time menagerie. With so much history on offer, your best bet will be to book a guided tour led by one of the Yeoman Wardens. These ceremonial guardians offer unique historic stories of the 1,000 years of history housed within the tower

Local tips: Every evening at exactly 9:53 PM, the gates of the Tower are closed and locked during a ceremony called the “Ceremony of the Keys”. During the 10-minute long ceremony, 62 rounds are fired while the Chief Beefeater locks the gates. It has been in practice for over 700 years and can be quite popular, so book your free tickets (£1 transaction fee) well in advance to see it.

St Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral altar

Suggested time: 1 hour

St Paul’s Cathedral is the second-largest church in the UK, and was designed by famous architect Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London destroyed much of the older structure. Before that, there is evidence to suggest that a church honoring St Paul has existed on this site since the 7th-century. 

Building requirements based on old building laws in certain areas of London require the cathedral to be visible through protected view corridors. These corridors allow you to take in picturesque views of St Paul’s Cathedral from all around the city.

Local tips: Entry to St Paul’s cathedral is free if you are attending a service, however, a ticket is required if you wish to view the crypts or galleries, or go inside the dome.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge at sunset

Suggested time: 40 minutes

Although often confused with the comparatively boring London Bridge, Tower Bridge is the most iconic Thames crossing and a must to add to your list of things to do in London. Built in the late 19th-century, this neo-gothic suspension bridge is one of the most recognizable landmarks in London. 

Both of its grand towers house museums detailing the construction of the bridge and its continued maintenance. In the north tower, you can even watch films made during the time the bridge was built — a unique look into the London of past centuries. 

Climb the north tower and you’ll be able to walk across a 42-meter-high walkway connecting to the south tower. Take in a bird’s eye view of the pedestrians and traffic below, through the glass floor. If you time it well, you’ll be able to watch the bridge lifting right beneath your feet to allow tall ships through. 

The South Bank, Southwark, and Borough

Tate Modern

The Turbine Hall at Tate Modern

Suggested time: 2 hours

The Tate Modern is one of the most visited art museums in the world, with over 1 million visitors in 2021. Housing the very best modern art from the likes of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol, it’s the best place to view modern art in Britain, perhaps even the world. 

Head to the Boiler House to find art from the early 20th-century. Or if your definition of modern art means “made within the last 50 years”, then the Blavatnik Building (aka Switch House) is your best bet. When you’ve finished there, head straight downstairs to the Turbine Hall. This five-story-tall space showcases specially commissioned art projects and is a sight to behold. Book an audio tour to get the most out of your visit.

Local tips: If you’re an art lover and want to visit both the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain take the Tate Boat that runs between the two museums. It runs every 20-30 minutes and you can buy tickets at either of the museums or through the Uber app.

River Thames South Bank Stroll

The South Bank is a great spot to grab a drink

Suggested time: 2 hours

After a few days of sightseeing, slow down the pace and enjoy a more leisurely option from the best things to do in London with a stroll along the River Thames. Start near Waterloo Station or the London Eye and make your way west, towards the Tower of London. 

Pause for a break at one of the many pubs, bars, and restaurants along the way and take in the culture of the city. You’ll pass by everything from skate parks to TV studios, street performers to Shakespeare’s Globe. 

Local tips: Take this walk in the evening and witness London light up along the banks of the Thames. 

The Shard

The View From The Shard

Suggested time: 1-2 hours

The Shard is the tallest building in the UK and a constant icon in the skyline. Designed by Renzo Piano as a modern version of the 18th-century spires found throughout the buildings and churches of the city, The Shard was created to look as if it were a shard of glass emerging from the River Thames. 

The building is a hub of activity and home to restaurants, bars, a spa, hotel and more, but the real experience is at the top. Spending an hour or two here is one of the most glamorous things to do in London. Buy a ticket to head to the 72nd floor, the highest viewing platform in Western Europe. Marvel at the 360-degree views of up to 40 miles on a clear day. You can get a sundowner drink here, or book into one of the many bars and restaurants on floors 31 to 52 for a unique dining experience high above the city streets. 

Local tips: While the best views are from the viewing platform, reservations for the lower down restaurants and bars in the Shard give you free entry to the building. Ask for a table by the window. 

The National Theatre

The National Theatre on the South Bank

Suggested time: 3 hours

With its imposing brutalist architecture, The National Theatre can seem out of place when compared to its more flamboyant and extravagant West End counterparts. It’s home to three different stages, each worth experiencing in its own right.

The architecture offers a view into the sensibilities of the post-war residents of London, where minimalism was favored over elaborate decorations. Book a Brutalist architecture tour and learn why this building is so significant. 

Local Tips: If you find yourself taking public transport, the closest Underground station is Waterloo, which is right next to Leake Street. Packed with incredible graffiti and tasty restaurants, it’s the perfect place to visit before a show. Search it out, and enjoy a tasty meal at Banh Bao Brothers. And if you fancy a souvenir to take home, pick up a jar of honey made by the theater’s 60,000 rooftop bees. 

Borough Market

A stall at Borough Market

Suggested time: 40 minutes

Borough Market is the oldest and one of the largest markets in London. It’s called the same site home since the 12th-century and is buzzing with thriving local restaurants who focus on quality local ingredients.

Legendary cuisine and dishes will beckon you over, from oozing donuts at Bread Ahead, to gooey cheese toasties at Kappacasein. The aromas never cease to amaze, and foodies will keep finding reasons to stay. 

Local tips: To really dive into the food Borough Market has to offer, book a food tour. Alternatively, just turn up hungry and eat your way through oysters, sausage rolls, duck confit, pork pies, fresh bread, artisanal cheeses, and other foods from around the world. This is one of the most recommended things to do in London if you want to immerse yourself in the many cultures that make up the city. Visit during the week for a quieter atmosphere, or brave the crowds on a Saturday when the market is fully open and buzzing with thousands of people exploring the stalls and restaurants.

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