As one of the world’s busiest capital cities, London always has something going on. Whether it’s a music festival, street food market, parade, museum or tour, the action never stops, meaning there really is no excuse to ever be bored here. However, with so much going on all the time, choosing from the array of options before you can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately for you, we have made the entire process that much easier for you by choosing what we believe are some of the top ways to spend a day in London and compiling them in to a manageable list for you. So without further ado…
Bond in Motion
Whether you’re a James Bond aficionado or you just think Daniel Craig is yummy, the Bond in Motion exhibition is a great day out. The exhibition consists of dozens of cars that have been used in all of the films, dating all the way back to Dr. No and progressing through right up until Spectre. You’ll learn a bit about set design, a lot about cars and next to each vehicle they even have the clip where the vehicle features most prominently projected on the wall, playing on a loop.
Shops, restaurants and plenty of entertainment
A shopping haven and one of the most iconic buildings in Central London, Covent Garden is an excellent choice for anyone with time to kill and money to burn. Buskers often perform outside, occupying the crowds who need to take a break from shopping and a number of gourmet restaurants ply them with tantalising treats. The entire area is a hive of activity and an absolute must for people looking for an authentic London experience.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Learning has never been this fun. From the world’s ugliest man to whale foreskins to a mirror labyrinth, the Ripley’s museum is an absolute treat for all who enter. Drawing from the books, which detail the most extreme things and people from around the world, the gallery spreads itself across 6 floors of amusement and wonder and will entertain, excite and even educate everyone who pays its hallowed halls a visit.
What better way to learn about a city than to be taken through its streets by someone who knows every nook and cranny intimately? With so much history, Soho was bound to make a good story and fortunately some clever clogs has capitalised on that and created the ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll‘ walking tour, which covers everything from politics to celebrities. The tour is free but participants are expected to cough up a generous tip for the 2 hours of enlightenment they receive.
See a Film
With 3 major cinemas right in the heart of Leicester Square and another couple on the fringes, there is almost too much choice when it comes to seeing a film around here. Check out a Q&A session at the Curzon or go see a blockbuster at the Empire. Whatever you fancy, you’re sure to find it here at the heart of the London film scene. You might even catch a couple of celebs at a premiere if you’re lucky.
The hub of all things Japanese in London, this place sells Japanese food and drinks as well as cooking equipment, tea sets and various gift-esque items. They also have sushi making masterclasses and a range of other events. If you’re looking for a touch of the Orient during your day out in London, the Japan Centre is definitely a good place to start.
Situated right in the heart of London’s West End, Carnaby Street is jam packed with high end and high street boutiques and an assortment of restaurants and cafes. It is also the home of the world famous Liberty, the ultimate for fashion and fabrics. Food-lovers pay attention as well because Carnaby Street will be hosting a street food festival on July 23rd and with cuisine from 30 different countries, live music and free entry, it is set to be a top day out.
Chocolate Ecstasy Tour
At £40 a head, this gluttonous tour might seem a little steep, but trust us when we say, it’s absolutely worth every penny. Chocoholics get guided through Mayfair and Soho as they are taught about the history of the chocolate industry in this area and get to sample some of the area’s finest delicacies. Both educational and unfathomably delicious, there’s no good reason why everyone shouldn’t dedicate some of their time to this.
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