Being a born and bred Londoner, I often get asked by my friends and family from further afield what they should be doing when they come to the Big Smoke to visit. I find this such a form of flattery and I take it very seriously as I want anyone visiting London to love it just as much as I do. When handing over their list of things to do in London this weekend, I want to ensure they’ve got an array of classical tourist treats so they don’t miss out, but also a handful of things to do that are off the beaten track so they really get to experience London as I see it; the best city in the world!
Over the next few weeks there are some great events happening in London, so if you’re coming to visit you’re in for an absolute treat!
Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival is one of the biggest events that London hosts and I don’t just mean size wise, I mean big on tunes, big on costumes, big on dancing and big on fun. For some people, it’s all about getting into the crowd and getting fully emerged. Others, like myself, like to have a plan of action, and for those kind of people there’s events such as Sunday West Soundsystem at Loft from 4pm to 3am!
If you’re looking for something a little more sit down and watch, like the theatre, then you’re never short of a show in London. Whether it’s a comedy, something hard hitting, a horror, Shakespeare, a musical or even a dance show, Skiddle will help you find the best tickets for shows with seats available. I would personally recommend ‘The Play that goes Wrong’ or ‘Mrs.Doubtfire’.
Hands on Fun
You can’t beat a bit of hands on fun and there is so much of it in London. A favourite of mine was the immersive Tomb Raider experience in Camden where I go to live out my childhood dream of becoming Lara Croft. And I am always down for social bingo at the likes of Dabbers City; there’s never a dull moment and you could even win a holiday!
London is filled to the brim with markets, but if you want a truly East End experience head down to Columbia Road Flower Market that opens at 8am on a Sunday morning to people watch. Or if you’re looking for antiques, a souvenir to take home or something a little quirk, try Portobello Road Market; the market stalls stretch for a mile all the way down Portobello Road and round the corner into Golborne Road. If food is more your thing, then head over to Borough Market and taste your way around the myriad of stalls.