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Things to do in City of London

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Castle
“Spend the day at one of the United Kingdom’s most iconic castles. Learn about Britain’s Kings and Queens, the castle’s dark bloody past and see the Crown Jewels. ”
  • 469 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Amazing play art gallery with different exhibitions, if you go to the pyramid building thing and go to 10th floor you will see amazing views of London for free”
  • 487 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An amazing collection of Modern art much of which can be accessed for free.”
  • 345 locals recommend
Church
“If you’re looking for a beautiful and photogenic landmark St Paul’s Cathedral should be on your list, especially if photographed from One New Change. The reflections in the shiny mirror-like windows of the mall add to the Instagrammability of the shot. Once you’re done taking photos you can either visit the inside of one of the largest and most famous cathedrals in England, or go shopping in One New Change. A perfect Instagram photo location that also caters to all types of tourism!”
  • 322 locals recommend
Flea Market
“The original East London marketplace with loads of retailers, restaurants, market stalls and food traders. Open 7 days a week, a great day out for all ages!”
  • 367 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Shoreditch is an arty area adjacent to the equally hip neighbourhood of Hoxton. Young creatives and trendsetters fill the fashionable clubs and bars that surround Shoreditch High Street, Great Eastern Street, and Old Street, while an eclectic dining scene features everything from trendy chain restaurants and smart gastropubs to artisan coffee shops and noodle bars. Vintage and design shops are plentiful.”
  • 271 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“The art centre, theatre, cafe, bar, great architecture, really nice garden. One of our favourite places in London.”
  • 273 locals recommend
Bridge
“Getting around Tube: Borough Tube station is on the Northern line in Zone 1. London Bridge and Elephant & Castle tube stations are nearby and offer access to the Bakerloo line, the Jubilee line and the Waterloo & City line. Rail: Borough residents benefit from easy access to two of London’s major railway intersections, London Bridge and Waterloo. Bus: It is possible to travel to almost every corner of London by bus from Borough. The 40 (to Dulwich), 35 (to Clapham or Shoreditch) and C10 (to Victoria) all run regular services throughout the day. Several night buses also pass through Borough. Cycle: There are Boris bike docking stations on Southwark Street and Park Street. River: Half hourly river boat services run to Canary Wharf and Greenwich from London Bridge pie”
  • 109 locals recommend
Theatre
“The Globe Theatre hosts the most accomplished Shakespearean actors to be found in the world, and is only fifteen minutes' away. The venue is small, but tickets are often available at late notice and at a surprisingly affordable price - especially if you are willing to stand. Just be aware that longer productions can turn into a marathon when not sat - especially in the summer heat!”
  • 190 locals recommend
History Museum
“Great with kids: The Museum of London documents the history of the UK's capital city from prehistoric to modern times and is located in the City of London on the London Wall, close to the Barbican Centre and is part of the Barbican complex of buildings created in the 1960s and 1970s to redevelop a bomb-damaged area of the City.”
  • 124 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Sky Garden pairs epic views with tasty cocktails and an indoors garden, how can you not love that? Sky Garden has a 360° view all around London and a number of different bars and restaurants inside it. Access to Sky Garden is free but you have to book in advance if you want to skip the queues, don’t worry if you forget about booking, you can still access Sky Garden but you will have to wait a little longer before taking your perfect Instagram shots. While prices of food and drinks are on the higher end it is also the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the view, not just snap photos. ”
  • 125 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Easy access to 4 different tube lines (Central, Hammersmith + City, Circle, Metropolitan), national railway and trains to and from Stansted Airport. It's a 10 minute walk from the flat, and the Central tube line also runs all night on Friday and Saturday.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“The views here are totally insane very sophisticated & romantic be sure to make a reservation ”
  • 134 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you fancy something a bit more fancy try the famous duck and waffle restaurant giving you an insane view of London. Or if you don't fancy dining there, simply go for a drink in their cocktail bar and enjoy the view! ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Just loads and loads of everything! Shops, food, markets, artisan goods, restaurants, art, music etc! This place is always entertaining...”
  • 129 locals recommend
Bar
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“Hawksmoor is a British steakhouse and cocktail bar chain. The original establishment is in Spitalfields, near to where the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor built Christ Church.”
  • 70 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Scenic Viewpoint
“Sky Garden pairs epic views with tasty cocktails and an indoors garden, how can you not love that? Sky Garden has a 360° view all around London and a number of different bars and restaurants inside it. Access to Sky Garden is free but you have to book in advance if you want to skip the queues, don’t worry if you forget about booking, you can still access Sky Garden but you will have to wait a little longer before taking your perfect Instagram shots. While prices of food and drinks are on the higher end it is also the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the view, not just snap photos. ”
  • 125 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“The views here are totally insane very sophisticated & romantic be sure to make a reservation ”
  • 134 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you fancy something a bit more fancy try the famous duck and waffle restaurant giving you an insane view of London. Or if you don't fancy dining there, simply go for a drink in their cocktail bar and enjoy the view! ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Bar
“Hawksmoor is a British steakhouse and cocktail bar chain. The original establishment is in Spitalfields, near to where the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor built Christ Church.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
“In my opinion, the best fish and chips in the area! Definitely worth the visit, either lunch or dinner time. Better to make a reservation as it's become very popular.”
  • 75 locals recommend
English Restaurant
“Whitewashed ex-smokehouse where Fergus Henderson pioneered the resurgent interest in offal dishes. St. John in Clerkenwell is a special place. It’s often referred to as an institution. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“This place is royalty! It has fun themed nights and a great roof terrace and is worth including in your night on the town”
  • 55 locals recommend
Restaurant
“It has the best view of London on 8th floor. Situated directly on the Thames, see St Paul Cathedral and the city to the East and London Eye to the west.”
  • 57 locals recommend

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