There are tons of amazing things to do in London that not everyone would think of. My list is long. I was in love with the city way long before I moved in and have never stopped exploring since. Of course Big Ben and London Bridge are must dos, but if you landed here, you might be looking for new ideas and random things that only a Londoner can think it of – Given that I can be considered as a real London – Which I think I can after 5 years?..

Anyway, Real Londoner or not, I have lots of ideas to share.

Here you go:

My list of things to do in London

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• Walk by the Southbank, from London Eye to London Bridge or the other way round. Classic but gorgeous, peaceful and beautiful.

• Take a picture of the view of Big Ben from the Waterloo Bridge, by day and/or by night. Best view.

•  Go on top of Primrose Hill, preferably when it’s sunny, sit down, and enjoy the view.

•  Go for English Breakfast of course. The Parlour has a great one. Even better if you can enjoy the beer garden at the back. Or for Fish and Chips in a gastro pub or at Poppies in Camden.

•   Stroll in Portobello Road market in Notting Hill

•  Explore East London from Shoreditch to Hackney

•  Get some Ben’s cookies as soon as you walk across a shop. Even if you don’t like cookies. Best thing in the world. You can find them in South Kensington and Covent Garden.

Click here to take a look at the 10 unmissable things to do in London sans faute.

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• Start with my selection of best places to eat and drink in London. Updated as I find out about new hidden gems.

• Go for brunch at Milk in Balham, my absolute favorite place for brunch in London.

• If you’re looking for a healthy versions, go to Wild Food Café or 26 Grains in Neal’s Yard.

• During summer in London, make the most of the rooftops. Queen of Hoxton, Frank’s Café in Peckham or Boundaries in Shoreditch.

• If you fancy some bubbles, head to the Harrod’s Champagne bar, or even better, the Vertigo 42, for a glass of Champagne and the best view on the city. Highly recommended during Sunset.

• For a girl’s weekend in the City, try all the secret gardens, starting with Metro Garden in Clapham. My favourite and not well known at all. Clifton Nurseries and Petersham Nurseries are great options as well.

• For a trendy cocktail bar in the heard of Shoreditch, go to the Hot Polloi, the cocktail bar of the Ace Hotel. Best place to meet some creative and inspiring brains.

• The ECC (Experimental Cocktail Club) in Soho is also one of the best place for good cocktails in a chic and super cool atmosphere

• If you fancy some good red meet, go to Flat Iron, Hawsmoor or l’Entrecôte.

• For the best curries, go to Tooting, south of the northern line (only 15 minutes from Waterloo) and pick any of the restaurants in the main high street.

• On a sunny day, try to get a seat in the back garden of the Ivy Chelsea Garden. SO beautiful.

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• When you go to Covent Garden, stop at Neal’s Yard, one of the most colourful street in London

• No matter the season, take a look at London from above in one of the bars with a view. Sky Garden or Sushi Samba are my favourites.

• Speaking of view, don’t miss the view from the Shard, most impressive view over the city.

• For some fun and happiness go for a musical. You won’t feel like the same person afterwards. (Kinky Boots is super highly recommended!)

• Stroll by the canal in Little Venice. Absolutely Magical

• Go graffiti hunting in East London. SO colorful, artistic and inspiring!

• In the summer, go to Mayfield Lavender Farm, a gorgeous lavender farm by Croydon. Surprising!

• Go aboard the BB Bus for an afternoon in a old route master bus driving around London. Definitely a must do for a change!

• If you’re a Zen type, wake up early and go for Yoga by the sunrise at Sky Garden. Incredible experience.

• During April / May, go to Isabella Plantation in Richmond, for the most colorful park you’ll get to see in London.

• Go to Greenwich Park by boat from London Eye or London Bridge. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

• Buy a book at the bookshop below the Waterloo Bridge. Coolest book shop of the City.

• Admire the sunset on London from one of the hill, view bar or simply from London Bridge. So beautiful.

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• Stop at Neal’s Yard Remedies for the best organic skincare

• Go to Liberty, the famous and beautiful department store by Regent’s Street

• Find the best Vintage hidden gems in Brick Lane

• Even better, take a look at Judy’s Vintage fair for vintage clothing by the kilo. Click here for more details.

• Feel like in the “Made in Chelsea” TV Show and stop at King’s Road for some unlimited budget shopping. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Made in Chelsea Budget, there is a ZARA as well ;)

• Stroll by the antique shops in Portobello Market

• Take a look at Oliver Bonas or JOY, my favourite British brands. Careful though, you WILL want to buy something.

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If you can, don’t hesitate to take a look at what’s going on around London. Always surprising how close a luxuriant countryside or blue sea and never ending beaches are from the city.

• Go for cycling in Richmond, the biggest royal park of London, so close and yet it always feel like we’ve gone somewhere far.

• An other lovely place to feel far while still staying near the Tube is Highgate. The Waterlow park offers a stunning view on the city and the Highgate cemetery a mystic and beautiful experience. Such a lovely place.

• For fish and chips by the sea, easy: Go for a day in Brighton.

• Other unmissable are the beautiful cities of Oxford and Cambridge. The quintessence of Britishness.

Some of the best places for a day trip around London.

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Things to do in London during Christmas

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Christmas in London is magic. It is such a special time of the year, if you’re around, you have to make the most of it.

• During Christmas in London, you have to go to Winter Wonderland, a massive Christmas fun fair. It can be pretty packed but it’s always worth it.

• The hipster ones might prefer Winterville in East London

• Iceskating in Somerset House is an other magic thing to do.

• The Christmas market at the Southbank is an other must do. It has such a lovely and happy vibe.

• Go Christmas decorations hunting from West to East. London is so bloody beautiful during Christmas.

• Go shopping at Selfridges or simply take a look at their windows, designed by creative geniuses every winter.

• Go for mulled wine and mince pies. The lovelies/most British thing to do during Christmas in London.

• Buy a Christmas Jumper. The uglier the better. And shiny clothes. The shinier the better too.

• Stop when you hear Christmas carols, dispatched all over the City.

• Go for drinks by the fireplace in London pubs. Such a great winter moment.

• “Binge-eat” Christmas Sandwiches. There is a tough competition out there so they just get better and better every year.

• Get your coffee from Starbucks, just for the pleasure of having a red cup.

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Elodie

Elodie, happy "French londonienne" for almost 4 years. I share my London discoveries, expat life thoughts and reflexions on beeing a 30 year old. “Les petites joies de la vie londonienne” means “The little joys of London” so let’s make sure we make the most of this incredible city.

Comments (21)

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    celine

    Super bons conseils :)
    Merci

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    Gaëlle

    1 mois et demi à Londres l’été passé, et je n’ai pas fait la moitié de la liste ! Je veux y retourner ! Là, maintenant, tout de suite ahah

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      Elodie

      Haha moi ca m’a pris 2 an 1/2 alors tu vois… Il n’y a qu’une solution.. revenir! :)

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    Diane

    Merci pour ce très bon résumé :) !

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    MAEVA

    Je note, j’en ai fait pas mal déjà mais je compte bien en faire plus lorsque je serais expatrié !
    Super liste :)
    Des bisous
    Maéva
    http://www.maevaandlondon.com

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    Coraline

    Merci beaucoup pour ces idées ! Moi qui compte y retourner bientôt pour y faire autre chose que des visites bien touristiques ça m’aide beaucoup ! Alors merci :D

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      Elodie

      :)

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    Marine

    Super liste!! Merci :)

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    Kenza

    Hello !

    Je viens de regarder ton article car je pars étudier à Londres !

    Beau travail j’ai pu prendre pleins de petits conseils pour m’organiser un petit peu. :)

    http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.fr/

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    E

    Top ! De nouvelles idées ! On est là depuis 6 mois, donc on a déjà fait certaines choses…mais on va pouvoir continuer la découverte ;)
    Nb : J’ai 2 Xmas Jumpers !!!! Ah ah !

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    Starwalker

    inintéressant, commercial, vulgaire et superficiel: juste pour la bouffe et les fringues… :)

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      Elodie

      haha on voit bien que tu n’en as pas lu la moité et encore moins compris l’idée même du blog ;)

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    Eli

    Hey ! Je pars pour londres vendredi !
    Je suis tombée sur ton blog et je me réjouis de tester tout cela ! Merci!!
    Bisou !

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    Jessica

    Merci beaucoup pour tes précieux conseils! Je regrette même d’avoir acheté un guide! Je n’aurai jamais assez d’une semaine pour tout faire!!!

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    vigeon

    Hi, Hi,
    Je viens passer 4 jours (j’accompagne ma copine au mariage a Harry et Megan)… alors enfin de vaireir les plaisirs…. je cherche un club de Jazz, vous auriez une adresse a ma proposer?

    Merci

    Romain

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      Elodie

      Pas très sûre désolée! Bon séjour!

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    Clémentine

    Tes articles sont de vraies petites mines d’informations. Découvert par hasard, ton blog va grandement m’aider à préparer mon futur voyage à Londres. Merci beaucoup :D

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