Here are the best things to do in the Big Smoke
Rowans Bowling is tacky and we love it. You can expect sticky floors, crap lager and food you wouldn’t put a fork into. But it’s cheap bowling and cheap booze, what more do you need for a good night?!
Stroud Green Road, London N4 2DF, United Kingdom -
Finsbury Park Finsbury Park
The best way to escape the madness is to take a walk along the abandoned railway track in Harringay. Stretching from Ally Pally to Finsbury Park via Highgate and Muswell Hill, you’ll discover old platforms and tunnels.
Florence Road, London N4 3EY -
Yauatcha do some of the best dumplings in town and is the place to go for Chinese grub. From the venison puffs and lobster rolls to the king crab xia long bao, they’ve really nailed dim sum and you’ll wanna eat it all.
Broadwick Street, London W1F 0DL, United Kingdom -
For the times when you have to play tour guide for a weekend, or you just wanna reacquaint yourself with the city, the B-Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, which servers a boozy G&T afternoon tea whilst touring London’s biggest landmarks, is the one. Think traditional afternoon tea vibes, Hayman's Gin cocktails and a whizz round Big Ben, The London Eye, The Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey all on a vintage bus.
164 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9TP, United Kingdom -
Even if you don’t own a record player you could spend hours trawling through the vinyl at Rough Trade East. And with lots of free gigs and a cafe, there’s plenty to make you stay here all day long.
Rough Trade East, Brick Lane, London, United Kingdom -
Shoreditch High Street
It’s balls galore at Bounce and we love it. Bounce is the home of ping pong and whether you’re super competitive or just wanna hit a few balls whilst holding a cocktail in the other hand, Bounce will ping your night to a whole new level.
Bounce Ping Pong, Holborn, London, United Kingdom -
Woodberry Wetlands feels a million miles away from London, but it's actually slap bang in the middle of Hackney. With 17 acres of reed-fringed ponds, dykes and scrapes, this place is filled with wildlife and you’ll forget you’re in London until you see the tower blocks behind you.
Woodberry Wetlands, New River Path, London, United Kingdom -
The CLF Art Cafe a.k.a the Bussey Building is an 120-year-old warehouse in Peckham that hosts events in music, theatre, art, film, comedy and more. Whether you wanna get your dancing shoes on for Soul Train, pick up some vinyls and comics at Rye Wax, catch a film on the roof or enjoy some grassroots comedy, you’ll never be bored here.
The CLF Art Cafe, United Kingdom -
Genesis Cinema is an independent arthouse cinema that does flippin’ cheap films. Showing everything from blockbusters to shorts by local filmmakers, Genesis do it all and even have a boutique screening room with armchairs and a bar. With cocktails, Rinkoff cro-doughs and hot dogs, they’ve got everything you could ever want.
93-95 Mile End Rd, London E1 4UJ, United Kingdom -
In the summer there’s nothing better than a dip in the pool and Brockwell Lido takes some beating. Sitting on the corner of Brockwell Park, the lido has been there since 1937 and is surrounded by an Art Deco building that houses a bloody good cafe - perfect for that post-dip snack.
Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, London SE24 0PA, United Kingdom -
The Barbican Conservatory is a hidden tropical oasis right in the middle of town. Home to tropical fish and over 2000 exoctic species of plants and trees it's a proper little gem and the perfect place to escape the city (without leaving it).
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, United Kingdom -
Gods Own Junkyard will light up your world. The neon jungle contains everything from Chris Bracey’s signage for Soho sex clubs in the 60s to movie props. It’s blindingly good and worth a trip just for an insta.
Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, London E17 9HQ, United Kingdom -
Walthamstow Central Walthamstow Central
After a little touch-up in 2017, London Fields Lido is better than ever. It's the perfect place to come for a dip as the 50m Olympic sized pool is heated all year round, so you can swim in the middle of winter or cool off on those few days a year we get a heatwave.
London Fields West Side, London E8 3EU, United Kingdom -
From rooftops to hot tubs, there are now loads of places around London where you can watch a movie without having to step foot in cinema, but Secret Adventures have taken it to a whole new level (literally) with their Adventure Films Underground. Their screenings of award-winning adventure films take place in the Brunel Museum Shaft under the Thames. And you can forget stale popcorn as well; snacks and drinks here include street food, wild cocktails and honey beer, which can all be enjoyed around a campfire at the Brunel Roof Garden before and between the films.
Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, London SE16 4LF, UK -
Columbia Road Flower Market is an East End stalwart and although it’s probably a bit (A LOT) fancier than it was back in the day, you still get the proper cockney banter and can grab a dirt cheap bunch. Even if you’re not buying it’s worth it just for the atmosphere.
Columbia Road, London E2 7RG, United Kingdom -
If you grew up in the 90s it was probably your dream to play the Crystal Maze and now you can. Expect lasers, barrels, blinding masks and tricky puzzles in four zones; Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic. And of course THE Crystal Dome. Mumsie would be proud.
10-14 White Lion Street, London, United Kingdom -
Taking you from top to bottom in 40 seconds, the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide will have you hitting speeds of up to 15mph. Standing at 178m tall it’s the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide, and even has a corkscrew - it’s really not for the faint hearted.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, United Kingdom -
Stratford Stratford Stratford Stratford
If you’re after a GINNY good time, spend a night at The Distillery A.K.A The Gin Hotel. The rooms come with their own cocktail bar and a record player, and if that doesn’t keep you entertained you can always make your own blend of gin at the Ginstitute, that's gin school peeps.
186 Portobello Road, London W11 1LA, United Kingdom -
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