It’s been a long time since London felt “normal”. Since the pandemic forced the world into lockdown in March, the streets and tourist attractions that were once buzzing and overflowing have become eerily silent. As long as anyone can remember, London’s never been this still.
The lockdown has put a temporary halt to any London activities such as exploring and enjoying the incredible city, for would-be tourists and Londoners alike. While staying safe at home, many of us miss exploring London more than anything.
But, lockdown will end someday. And, when it does, Londoners and tourists will be able to return to the streets with a whole new appreciation for the city’s magic. So, we thought we’d share some of the things that we’re most looking forward to doing in London as soon as lockdown is over.
Sipping on a coffee in London’s most colourful courtyard
Neal’s Yard is one of central London’s best kept secrets. This small, quaint courtyard is home to a handful of independent shops and cafes, and is adorned with colourful buildings and blooming plants. Bursting with vibrancy and character, this is a special corner of London that is perfect for lazy coffees, or pleasant strolls.
Exploring London’s most iconic bridge
Tower Bridge is one of London’s most iconic structures, and never ceases to impress locals and tourists alike. As the most famous bridge on the River Thames, exploring the landmark from the inside and outside is a breathtaking and memorable experience. This is an unforgettable historical thing to do in London.
From the inside, you can take a lift that leads to the top level of the bridge, allowing you to marvel over the river traffic from the glass floor panels. From the outside you can enjoy the incredible structure in all its glory while enjoying a drink at one of the nearby cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Marvelling at the expositions at the Tate Modern
There’s always something new to see at London’s Tate Modern - which means once you’ve been, there’s always a reason to return!
From world famous exhibitions by globally recognised artists, to smaller, more niche and intimate exhibitions by local contributors, it’s no wonder the Tate is the world’s most visited contemporary art gallery.
Talking a Walk on the South Bank over to Charing Cross
London’s South Bank is a quintessential, exciting part of the city. Boasting an electric, festive atmosphere, there’s never a dull moment when sitting here. It’s also the perfect place to start an afternoon stroll through London’s centre and is a great thing to do in London for free.
Starting at one of its most famous landmarks, the London Eye, you can enjoy a slow wander up the bank, eventually crossing the bridge and heading towards Charing Cross. Once there, you can rest your weary feet in Gordon’s Wine Bar with your preferred vino of choice. Bliss.