London

Reasons to go

1. London neighbourhoods
2. Museums, exhibitions and art
  • Obvious ones are The British Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Sir John Soane’s Museum - the house of one of the greatest English architects, kept as it was at the time of his death in 1837. It displays his collection of antiquities, furniture, sculptures, architectural models and paintings. It is full of curiosities and surprises. Free.
  • Tate Modern - worth a visit even if you don’t like modern art. The building is an old power station and you get access to the observation deck on level 10 with amazing birds eye views of London. Free.
  • Sculpture in the city - an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, new sculptures every July.
  • Free exhibitions in Mall galleries.
3. Events
  • Open House every September - celebration of London’s housing, architecture and neighbourhoods.
  • London Gallery Weekend every May/June - a weekend when private art galleries open to the public, a great opportunity to visit many galleries with no expectation of buyig anything.
  • Winter Lights (every January) and Summer Lights (August?) in Canary Wharf. Check website for details.
  • Check [Londonist(https://londonist.com/things-to-do) and Secret London lists of events.
4. Cocktails
  • Near Liverpool Street: The Gibson (if you only have time for one, make it this one; best to book, even on Monday nights), Lounge Bohemia, Nightjar (best to book, even on Monday nights), Looking Glass, Silverleaf.
  • Near London Fields: The Last Tuesday Society
  • Near Highbury and Islington: Little Bat
5. Cuisines of the world

Modern European:

  • Silo London - zero-waste restaurant with a great tasting menu. They mill their own flour and make their own butter. They aim to eliminate food waste, so expect icecream made from leftover sourdough bread. Booking required.

North Indian:

  • Dishoom King’s Cross - I’m not sure why there is so much hype about this restaurant chain, but this specific location is truly special - a warehouse where goods and spices arrived from Bombay in 1930s.

South Indian:

  • Chettinad Restauran - not amazing, but I’ve not yet found much better places.

Middle Eastern:

  • Bubala Spitalfields - tasting menu, booking required.
  • Berber & Q Grill House - amazing restaurant run by a great team. Also check out their Berber & Q Shawarma Bar.

Ethiopian:

  • Laza Eritrean Ethiopian Restaurant - daily homemade injera, wonderful owner.

Chinese:

  • Tofu Vegan Islington - best vegan Chinese restaurant in London.

Italian:

  • Zia Lucia - great pizzas, including their famous charcoal crust.
6. Misc
  • Kew Gardens - one of the best botanical gardens in the world. Arrive at opening time, as one day is not quite enough to see everything. Check events to pick the best day to visit. Don’t miss Marianne North Gallery! And visit Shirley Sherwood Gallery if you have time.
  • Street art around Shoreditch neighbourhood.
Just outside London
  • Seven sisters hike from Seaford to Eastbourne along the coast.
  • Amazon fulfilment center tours - free, booking required. I learnt a lot from my visit to LTN4.