Morning - get active in the AM
Once you’ve eaten breakfast, you’ll want to get out and see the city. The morning is a great time to strike out into the wilds of an urban jungle just waiting to give up its secrets. Here are a few ideas to get you going:
1. Reconnect with nature at the Barbican Conservatory. Alive with tropical plants, trees and fish you’ll feel like proper explorers in a paradise set in amongst the sprawl of a big city.
2. Get dazzled by the intoxicating floral colours and aromas at the Columbia Road Flower Market. This is a great place to earn some brownie points with your partner (hint).
3. Bored of the normal run-of-the-mill midmorning coffee spots? Re-fuel in a renovated Victorian public toilet. Don’t worry, it’s nicer than it sounds.
4. For staggering views of some of London’s lesser-spotted residents, search for deer in beautiful Richmond Park.
5. If you both love history and culture why not watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. It’s a great opportunity to get some unique snaps of London’s Beefeater guards in action.
Brunch and Lunch - are you hungry yet? You should be.
After a morning full of activity, it’s probably time to find a cool spot to brunch or lunch. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to locating somewhere interesting to eat but we’ve found some particularly good places to try:
1. Dine in style at the lavish Dean Street Townhouse, Soho. Set in a Georgian townhouse built in the 1730s this classy establishment serves traditional British food using locally sourced ingredients.
2. Famous for serving delicious fresh food from all over the world Granger & Co’s restaurants are renowned for just how good their dining experience is. Dotted across London, you can find them in Chelsea, Notting Hill, Clerkenwell and King’s Cross.
3. If you fancy thin-crust Roman-style Pizza fire-baked to perfection look no further than Pizza Union. You’ll be able to find a local branch at all four points of the compass across the city - Aldgate, Dalston, Kings Cross and Spitalfields.
4. Have lunch on the river in a permanently moored barge. The uniquely rustic marine style of the restaurant and a reputation for serving nautically inspired food makes Barge East a must-visit.
Afternoon - there’s even more to see
London's impressive collection of world-famous museums, interactive tours, stylish stores and beautiful parks will see you through an interesting afternoon. Experience natural beauty and see notorious crime spots famed for their depravity...all in one afternoon.
1. If you’re looking for Great British history, the Imperial War Museum boasts 400 exhibits, including a Spitfire and a Harrier fighter jet.
2. If you want to go back a lot further, the Natural History Museum’s earthquake simulator and T-Rex skeleton will transport you to a land before time.
3. St James’s Park is a popular spot for wildlife enthusiasts, with woodpeckers, water birds and even pelicans - which you can watch being fed at 2:30pm every day.
4. Delve into London’s macabre history and visit Soho’s Murder Mile for a guided tour of the district’s most notorious crime cases.
5. God's Own Junkyard shines a light on London's DIY culture, housing over 37 years worth of neon art made from retro displays, reclaimed signs and movie props. This is a must-see if you’re a fan of the unusual.