We have crowdsourced a personalised list of tried and tested pubs, restaurants and days out in London. Many hours of testing have gone into this process to discover the finest eateries, watering holes and exhibitions for an indecisive person with excellent taste. Check out all the suggestions on the map, with links and short reviews below.
- Union Chapel is an amazing venue for music or comedy.
- Little Venice where you can have brunch on a canal boat
- Soho Theatre for some quirky theatre productions and the bar is great to hang out at whether you’re at the theatre or not
- Putt in the Park is fun in the summer
- The Hippodrome Casino.
- Greenwich Park (and the observatory) are absolutely beautiful in the Summer, and feel a little off the beaten track for somewhere so central (see blog post)
- Late nights at the Science Museum!
- Also: https://secretldn.com/2017/02/26-handy-life-hacks-will-save-london/
- Sunday Papers Live where you can sit in your slippers, have a great roast dinner and be delivered all the normal Sunday papers features in the MOST entertaining fashion.
- Get free drinks and art every first Thursday of the month
- Boxpark have something free usually every Thursday (Shoreditch)
- TIP: If you find an Oyster card you can hand it in and get £5
- Get the Dojo and fm apps for things to do
- Go to the Top Secret Comedy Club
- Head over East to Hackney and visit the Olympic park grab some pizza and beer at the breweries (Crate & Howling Hops).
Fun fact: 80,000 umbrellas are lost annually on the London Underground.
- The Horniman museum in Forest Hill which has like massive stuffed dead animals in it (a bit like Oxford Natural History Museum, but I’d say better)
- Bloomsbury Bowling: you can pay to go bowling, have a karaoke booth, or just drink and dance to music – ALL IN THE SAME PLACE
- And also, best theatre Shakespeare’s Globe in London, and still £5 for some tickets
- Experiential museum by Liverpool Street: Dennis Servers House
- Sunday morning at Columbia Road flower market for the banter of the East End
Fun fact: Philosopher Jeremy Bentham left his entire estate to UCL in 1832 on condition that he be stuffed, dressed in his finest clothes and mounted in a chair from where he would continue to attend the annual meeting of the university’s board of governors. His figure is still brought out to preside over an annual debate.
- Postman’s Park which has a memorial for heroes (also features in the film Closer with Natalie Portman)
- Hidden City for Text message treasure hunts round London
- Shitfaced Shakespeare
- Book a free trip to the Sky Garden
- Wellbeing Kitchen is a tiny place near Tottenham Court Road Station that does the most amazing value for money Korean/Asian food if you’re hankering in central London.
- Ethos – vegetarian and vegan food, pay by weight – incredible
- Ottolenghi for amazing food, salad, meat takeaway or sit in
- Jam Tree in Clapham is really good for bottomless prosecco brunches (good at not enforcing the timings!)
- Regency Cafe The GREATEST caf in London, best cup of tea of your life and bacon sarnie!
- Bone Daddies My favourite ramen place in Soho
- Takahashi Incredible sushi and Japanese food place in Wimbledon – set up by the ex Head Sushi Chef at NOBU…
- Bread Ahead for DOUGHNUTS: (Borough market and Covent Garden)
- Abbeville for Sunday Roast in Clapham
- Chiveche – some of the best (and sadly most expensive) food I have eaten in 2017. But they do Goat Roast Sunday’s.
- For a snack: Konditor and Cook
- For a post work burger and show – Mernier Chocolate Factory
- For the best Eastern European food: Baltic (near Southwark) : peirogi and vodka heaven
- Goddards at Greenwich for Pie & Mash (get double pie and double mash) then have a wander around the park and along the river or go to the market
- The Breakfast Club any of them, always a big queue, but also an insane breakfast choice/menu
- The Chicken Shop -best chicken I’ve ever had in my life. Actually drool when thinking about it.
- The Begging Bowl (Peckham) amazing Thai restaurant, Salon (Brixton Village) brunch, Pachamama (central) Peruvian restaurant, Flat Iron (central) amazing steaks, Silk Road (Camberwell) amazing chinese, Rum Kitchen (Notting Hill) amazing Caribbean.
- Kricket – amazing Indian fusion small plates
- Gino D’campo for good pasta (Euston Square)
- Look Mum No Hands Cool cafe hang out – peach smoothies areamazing!
- The Sunday roasts here are pretty epic…http://www.thequeenadelaide.co.uk/food
Fun fact: In 1938 a pedestrian was killed by a stone phallus that fell from a statue on the Strand.
- My favourite hidden haunt is the ‘Cittie of York‘ pub in Holborn – small exterior but inside a massive drinking hall (there from as a long ago as 1415) – very cheap and the ale comes from giant oak barrels.
- Franks (Peckham) rooftop bar, Peckham Springs/Bar story (cool outdoorsy bars),
- This in my fave beer garden in North London http://falteringfullback.com/
- Tiroler Hut yodelling with steins of beer and fondue
- 241 Bermonsey for an after work gin – this gin specialist cocktail bar
- Shaken not stirred – a martini where Ian Fleming wrote Bond – Dukes
- The best speakeasy in town – Experimental Cocktail Club followed by Dim Sum in China Town
- When you want to pretend you are in Cannes: visit St Katherines Dock
- Wiltons music hall for some old school charm
- Big Chill Bars in Kings Cross is my fave
- Simmons (bars) Scala (club)
- Tonight Josephine: a very Instagram friendly cocktail bar
Fun fact: It is illegal in London to have sex on a parked motorcycle, beat a carpet in a public park, or impersonate a Chelsea pensioner – the latter offence is still theoretically punishable by death.
- Gordon’s Wine Bar is a cavernous wine bar near Embankment, you can literally go in and feel like you’re sitting in a cave
- Yumcha for the most hipster coffee hang out
- Hootananny’s – live music, great beer garden with epic food, pool tables. So many good nights here.
- Pub on the Park -great for summer.
- Balham Bowls Club one of my favourite pubs
- Bunga Bunga for apparently stupendously drunken bottomless brunches (haven’t been, but I’ve heard)
- Bounce (Ping Pong): a drinking, eating and playing table tennis bar place (you need to book a table but is muchos fun)
- Dinerama in Shoreditch and Pop in Brixton (both outdoor, split-level, warehouse-type drinking places (with a lot of yum food too))
- Good coffee place – Tap Coffee
- Midnight Apothecary @ Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden – Fridays and Saturdays, tickets are £5, really lovely location and you can toast marshmallows, drink botanical cocktails and visit a very large lift shaft on a balmy summer night
- Great place to meet for a cup of tea and a sandwich in Central London is the Cafe in the Crypt near Trafalgar Square
- Scooter cafe, Lower Marsh Street (near Waterloo) for some quirky drinks with the resident cats and a vespa
- Vaulty Towers & The Vaults for a quirky drink, check out the graffiti in the tunnel in Leak Street
Fun fact: Harrods sold cocaine until 1916.
The best old pubs in London:
- The George Inn – London Bridge area
- Ye Old Cheshire Cheese – Blackfriers area old, wooden, not too full of
- The Mayflower Pub
- And a list of London pubs with historic interiors