London Guide: The Best Things to Do in London

I’ve collated the best London travel tips from the Blog and added some new tips of my own. There are so many options for what to do in London that it can be quite bewildering deciding on a London sightseeing itinerary. Our London tips will help you get discover some of the best things to do in London. The UK capital is featured in our best cities in Europe to visit post.

Best London Cafes

The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen in Hyde Park is a great spot for soaking up some Summer evening sunshine.

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Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, Hyde Park

Maison Bertaux is a quirky French cafe, with goods baked on the premises in Soho, close to Leicester Square. Penny Golighty took me here as it’s her favourite haunt for fresh cakes.

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Selection of cakes and pastries at Maison Bertaux, Soho, London

Best London Walks

I love walking along the Thames Path. I been along the Tower Bridge to Westminster section twice. It was beautiful in the evening. I’ve also walked along the Battersea Park section of the Thames Path.

The London Eye by night

London Eye from the north bank of the River Thames

I enjoyed walking along a very verdant Regent’s Canal close to Regents Park.

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Regents Canal, London

Best Sightseeing Tours

Thomas Dawson enjoyed his Open Top Bus Tour of London which at a price of £25 for 24 hours (10% off if you book online in advance) included a River Thames Cruise and three London walking tours.

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The Palace of Westminster from the Thames Cruise

Best London Gardens

The Avenue Gardens at Regents Park reminded me of Italian style formal gardens, complete with flower beds, ornamental urns and fountains.

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Avenue Gardens at Regent’s Park

The Dutch Garden at Holland Park was recently renovated and is looking great.

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Dutch Garden at Holland Park

At Chelsea Physic Garden you’ll find lots of plants grown for their medicinal properties, as well as a cafe.

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Chelsea Physic Garden, London

If you love gardens, you should try to visit London in mid June during the Open Garden Squares Event. in June 2010 tickets were priced £7.50, if booked in advance, or £9 if purchased on the day.

Best London Pubs & Bars

Sian reckons that The Clifton in St John’s Wood  is London’s best pub with great ale and a lovely beer garden.

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The  Clifton, St John’s Wood, London by Ewan-M

If you prefer to stick to central London,  Siam gives us her tips for the Five Best Bars in London’s Fitzrovia.

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The Crown & Sceptre, Fitzrovia, London by Ewan-M

Sian also reveals some good Leicester Square Wine Bars. However on her home ground of Greenwich, Sian’s a fan of Oliver’s Jazz Bar and the Greenwich Union.

Best Free London Attractions for Kids

The Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens is such a wonderful place for kids on a dry day.

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The pirate ship at the Diana Memorial Playground, Kensington Gardens, London

Heather’s top three tips for London Museums for families include the Victoria & Albert, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.

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The Science Museum by Heatheronhertravels

We’ve more ideas for Things to do in London with Kids but not all are free.

Best London Food Markets

Greenwich Food Market is Sian’s local for culinary treats.

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Greenwich Food Market, London

Neha’s tip is Borough Food Market referred to as “London’s Larder”.

Borough Market by WordRidden

Best London hotel for free wifi

The Park Grand Hotel in Paddington has excellent free wifi throughout as well as a wired connection in bedrooms. I wish all hotels offered this, many London  hotels charge guests an additional fee of up to £15 a day and/or there’s not always a decent signal.

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View from my room at the Park Grand Hotel, Paddington, London

Best London Restaurants

The Hawksmoor tops  Sian’s list of best London steakhouses, which although pricey, with a burger main course costing around £15, offers excellent quality meals.

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Burger at Hawksmoor, London by Ewan-M

If Spanish style tapas are more to your culinary tastes then Sian recommends the Best Tapas in London.

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Salt Yard, London by Ewan-M

If you have the time and/or inclination to get out of the city, have a look at our Five of the best London day trips.

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