More of the Best of London Tips

I’ve been to London several times since we published the ‘Best of Things to Do in London‘ on Europe a la Carte. Here are some more London tips, to help you plan your next trip.

Ride the Emirates Air Line Cable Car

I enjoyed my ride on the Emirates Air Line cable car from Royal Victoria Dock to North Greenwich.

emirates cable car above the crystal

 Emirates Air Line cable car

Walk the Regent’s Canal from Mile End to Victoria Park

I walked along Regent’s Canal from Mile End to Victoria Park. There’s a beautiful lily pond outside the Ecology Centre and lots of sculpltures alongside the path.

Lily pond at Terraced Gardens by Regents Canal near Mile End

Lily pond at Terraced Gardens by Regent’s Canal near Mile End

Discover Brixton

I spent most of my time in Brixton in Brixton Village, which has a mix of shops, stalls, cafes and restaurants. It was really hard to decide where to eat, but in the end I plumped for a Mexican restaurant.

Entrance to Brixton Village in LondonEn

Entrance to Brixton Village

Have Fun at Newham City Farm

I had such fun at Newham City Farm between the Kune Kune pigs’ grunting going into overdrive during feeding time and watching Blaze, the shire horse, being shod.

Kune Kune pig at Newham City Farm London

Kune Kune pig at Newham City Farm

Relax in the Italian Gardens in Kensington Gardens

The Italian Gardens were one of the highlights of my evening walk around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

Italian Gardens in Hyde Park London

Fountain at the Italian Gardens

Explore Limehouse Basin

I’d passed Limehouse Basin on many occasions over the years when taking the Dockland Light Railway out to the Workd Travel Market at Excel. I finally got around to having a walk around there when I was staying at in a room in a flat in nearby Stepney, arranged through Roomorama.

Limehouse Basin

Limehouse Basin in East London

Save Money with Free Things to Do in London

I’ve seven tips for free things to do in London including tea tasting at Twining’s in the Strand, the Bank of England Museum and dragon spotting in the City.

Twining's Tea Shop in The Strand

Entrance to Twining’s Tea Room in the Strand

Go Back in Time at the Ragged School Museum

The Ragged School Museum in Mile End gives a fascinating insight into education during the Victorian era.

Victorian school room at Ragged School Museum London

Victorian classroom at the Ragged School Museum

Take in the View from the Shard

The view from the Shard is pretty spectacular, but then so is the ticket price of £25.

View from the Shard London

The view from the Shard

Discover the City’s History at the Museum of London

I can’t believe that it took me so long to get around to visiting the Museum of London.

Museum of London Photo Tour

Selfridges lift at the Museum of London

Take Advantage of the Free WiFi at the South Bank Centre

There’s very good free WiFi at the South Bank Centre with a view over the River Thames. There are often free exhibitions in the foyer.

View from this morning's office at South Bank Centre even has free wifi

Explore Clapham

I thought there were lots of things to do in Clapham in south London. I had a real Greek feast at Sappho’s Meze Bar for only £10.50, discovered a theatre in a pub and a sewing cafe.

sew over it

Sew Over It sewing cafe in North Clapham

Marvel at the Vast Collections in the Victoria & Albert Museum

There’s so much to see at the Victoria & Albert Museum. I decided to concentrate on the glass exhibition on my most recent visit.

Glass exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum London

Glass exhibits at the V&A

Chill Out in Embankment Gardens

I’d never seen Embankment Gardens so quiet, but I was there early on a drizzly Sunday morning. The York Water Gate was originally on the bank of the River Thames until the Victoria Embankment was constructed in the 1860s. I was fascinated by the sculpture in honour of the Royal Camel Corps. There’s also a sculpture of the Scottish poet Robert Burns.

York Water Gate in Embankment Gardens London

York Water Gate in Embankment Gardens