London See + Do
Collected by Emily Mathieson , AFAR Contributor
103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA, UK
It's on again this Spring-- the Cheese and Wine Festival. Spend an afternoon sampling cheese, enjoying delicious food and sipping wine by the Thames. There's loads of food to explore and demonstrations from which to learn, but whatever you do,...
Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
For a memorable afternoon tea, head across the River Thames to the Tate Modern. The modern art gallery, housed in a former power station, stands tall in Bankside and is accessible by the Millennium Bridge. After all that walking and seeing a few...
Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, UK
I took this photo 1 year before going to Easter Island. At the time I had no idea how important this stolen statue is. The Moai statues were part of religious and political lives (Ancestor Cult) of the Rapa Nui people, their lives pretty much...
21 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 3JQ, UK
Away from the fray of central London are the neighborhoods that define capital living. Though Notting Hill has been gentrified, the colored houses and secondhand markets still nod to its genteel bohemia. Start on Portobello Road for some browsing...
18 Folgate St, London E1 6BX, UK
There is no sign for Denis Severs' House. Walk down Folgate Street in Spitalfields, look for a flickering gas lamp over a relatively nondescript door, and knock. Wait. Eventually, someone will come to the door and welcome you into the past. It...
St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK
History comes alive at the Royal Palace and Fortress on Tower Hill. Seeing the armory and the dungeons once used to imprison queens, kings, princes, and the crown jewels elicits some extra-sensory experiences, conjuring voices in the walls as if...
179 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4DY, UK
A lot of visitors miss the chance to see the city from the water, which is still how best to view London's "mighty heart." The fleet of water buses on the River Thames allows passengers to travel easily past all of the city’s major...
20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK
The famous Westminster Abbey is a must-go place in London. It's where the recent Royal wedding taking place in 2011. As their own website described: "Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a...
London SW1A 2BJ, UK
It would be possible to spend all day meandering the paths that link the Royal Parks around Buckingham Palace. St. James’s Park has grassy knolls, hidden ponds and the Horse Guards Parade, plus a good café at Inn the Park, and opens out onto the...
Exhibition Rd, London SW7, UK
You’d be hard-pressed to fit all of Knightsbridge’s Victorian museums into one day, but it is worth knowing that the V&A and Natural History Museum (as well as the Science Museum) are within a short walk of each other in "Albertopolis," so named...
Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U 3BN, UK
This elegant town-house gallery is one of the capital’s lesser-known art spots, but it's simply packed with priceless paintings, furniture and porcelain. Its decorative exhibits range from armor to portraits, and it's a good stop as part of...
31 Carnaby St, Carnaby, London W1F 7DL, UK
Just off the quite massive central shopping district of Oxford Circus is a little place called Carnaby Street. Here you'll find more boutique shops, street performers and smaller crowds. It's a cute place to walk around and grab a drink as well!
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