Places to go in London

Museums

  • National Portrait Gallery
    Famous portraits by famous artists
    Area: Trafalgar Square
    Closest underground station: Charing Cross
  • The National Gallery
    Major art from 13th to 19th centuries
    Area: Trafalgar Square
    Closest underground station: Charing Cross
  • Tate Modern
    International modern art
    Area: Bankside/Southwark
    Closest underground station: London Bridge
  • Natural History Museum
    Right next to the Science Museum and Victoria&Albert museum
    Area: South Kensington
    Closest underground station: South Kensington

Markets

  • Camden Lock Market
    Bit touristy, but lots of small fun shops and some food places
  • Spitalfields Market
    Market hall with stalls, some nice restaurants in the area
  • Southbank book market
    Nice outdoors book market, open daily from 10am to 6pm, right under Waterloo Bridge on Queen’s Walk

Breakfast/Lunch

  • The Breakfast Club
    Mostly American-style breakfast and lunch
  • The Book Club Hackney
    English breakfast
  • Laxiero
    Spanish
  • Rossopomodoro
    Italian and salads
  • Serata Hall
    Italian, salads and sandwiches
  • Keu
    Vietnamese Bahn-mis (baguettes)
  • BunBunBun
    Vietnamese

Dinner

  • Franco Manco
    Great, affordable pizzas
  • Pizza East
    Fancy pizza place with great starters
  • Dishoom
    Best Indian food, but usually with a wait of about 45 minutes, no reservations
  • La Pantagonia
    Argentinian
  • Morito
    Tapas
  • Le Mercury
    French
  • Flatiron
    Steakhouse
  • Haché
    Amazing vegetarian burgers
  • Wagamama
    Always good for a quick dinner with Japanese-inspired dishes

Drinks

  • The Bikeshed
    American-style bike shop with comfortable seating area (also does food)
  • Boxpark
    Center of Shoreditch, lots of life. Not much place to sit, however
  • Black Rock
    Whisky bar
  • Ace Hotel
    Cocktails
  • Blues Kitchen
    Live music on weekends
  • The Earl Of Essex
    Lots of different types of beer, also does good pub food
  • CitizenM London Bridge
    Upstairs lounge with a nice view over the city

Coffee

  • All Bar One
    Has locations all over London, usually much space to sit during mornings or afternoons on weekdays. Avoid around lunch time
  • Serata Hall
    Usually lots of space, very close to Old Street Station
  • The Book Club Hackney
    Chill coffee spot