Things to Do in London: Girls Weekend Guide

How to Spend a Girls Weekend in London

Looking for ideas on how to spend a girls weekend in London – you’re in the right place!

Here is my sample itinerary to snap the tourist hot spots and have fun filled weekend:

Day One:

Start the morning with a stroll around Camden Market and the quaint shops in Primrose Hill – hit up one of the boutique cafes for brunch or grab a croissant to go.

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The views from the top of Primrose Hill are amazing – Camera at the ready!

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Passing through Primrose Hill, continue walking to Regents Park. Why not visit London Zoo, or hire a pedalos on the Boating Lake!

Spend the afternoon lost in the museums! A hidden gem is the Wellcome Collection (conveniently located by Euston Station, or a short walk from Regents Park). Jump on the tube across to The V&A and explore the impressive collections of sculptures, painting, jewellery and exhibitions.

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In the evening, I suggest grabbing some last minute tickets for a theatre show! I’v watched Wicked and Matilda, equally a enjoyable.  I love the Today Tix app for buying last minute theatre tickets  (P.S. use my refferal link for £10 off, and I also get £10 credit .

Day Two:

Start your morning with a spot of shopping on Oxford and Regent Street.

Treat yourself to lunch with a view – make a reservation at Aqua Shard or Madison. If Afternoon Tea is more your thing, check out Sanderson for the Mad Hatters Tea Party.

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Or jump on this vintage London bus for afternoon tea with a twist.

Late afternoon, make your way to Greenwich to explore the market, and if the sun is shinning check out The Gipsy Moth for a glass of wine overlooking the Cutty Sark.

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In the evening, take a boat cruise departing from Greenwich pier. This two hour cruise, passes under Tower Bridge, and along Westminster (Big Ben) to Battersea, before returning at 9pm. What an excellent way to end the weekend!

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My boat trip was super lucky, and witnessed tower bridge being raised!

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Feeling more active, I’d highly recommend a bike tour! It’s an easy and fun way to take in London sights.

Looking for more ideas, check out my alternative weekend itinerary, evening guide or the ultimate London Bucket List.

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London Bucket List: Things to Do in London 2017

The Ultimate 2017 London Bucket List

London Bucket List

So I’m certainly not one to sit and let life pass me by, and I started the year with a personal ‘ London Bucket List‘. Whether it be on days off, after work or quick lunchtime visits I’v been working my way through the list to see and experience everything London has to offer!

The ultimate London Bucket List.

I hope the list is useful to others visiting or living in London. I will update the post accordingly as I add, or complete items. Here goes (Drum Rolllll)In no particular order…

#1 British Museum ✓

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#2 Tate Gallery ✓

#3 National History Museum ✓

#4 Science Museum

#5 Imperial War Museum ✓

Imperial War Museum 🛩 #londonmuseum

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#6 British Library ✓

#7 Wellcome Collection ✓

#8 Saatchi Gallery ✓

#9 Big Ben ✓

#10 Westminster Abbey ✓

#11 Tower Bridge

#12 Tower of London

#13 London Eye

#14 Climb Monument

#15 St. Pauls

#16 Changing of the Guard

#17 Buckingham Palace tour ✓

#18 Kensington Palace

#19 The Globe Theatre

#20 See a West-End ✓

#21 Comedy Show ✓

#22 Royal Opera House

#23 Bike Tour ✓

#24 Thames Kayaking ✓

#25 Boat on The Thames ✓

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#26 Emirates Cable Car

#27 Up at The O2 ✓

Say cheeseee 📸 #upattheO2

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#28 Swim in a Lido

#29 London Zoo ✓

#30 Primrose Hill ✓

#31 Hampstead Heath ✓

#32 Kew Gardens

#33 Richmond Park ✓

#34 Hackney City Farm

#35 Regents Canal – Little Venice ✓

#36 Hyde Park Pedalos

#37 Leadenhall Market

#38 Camden Market ✓

Camden ✌🏻📸 #camdenlock

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#39 Borough Market ✓

#40 Malby St ✓

#41 Columbia Road Flower Market ✓

#42 Brick Lane Curry ✓

#43 Junk Yard Golf

#44 Bounce

#45 Flight Club

#46 Proud Cabaret Show

#47 Kensington Roof Gardens

#48 Notting Hill ✓

#49 Harrods ✓

#50 Henley Regatta ✓

#51 Royal Ascot ✓

#52 Polo in the Park

#53 Wimbledon Tennis ✓

Before we sprayed it everywhere 🍾#henmanhill

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#54 Sketch

#55 Bob Bob Richard

#56 Lunch at The Ritz ✓

#57 Bottomless Brunch @ BungaBunga ✓

#58 Mr. Foggs Cocktails

#59 Sushi Samba ✓

#60 Burger & Lobster ✓

#61 The Ivy

#62 Sky Garden ✓

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#63 Peggy Porschen Cakes ✓

#64 Champagne Brunch at The Landmark ✓

#65 The Colour Run ✓

#66 Gordons Wine Bar ✓

#67 Madison’s Rooftop ✓

#68 Winter Wonderland ✓

#69 Greenwich Observatory

#70 The V&A

Sightseeing Saturday ☀️👌🏻

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So there we have my ‘ work in progress’ bucket list.

I’d love to hear you thoughts and suggestions in the comments…

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Things to Do in London: A Weekend Itinerary

Things to do this weekend in London

So you have just 48hrs in London and want to get the most out of the time.

Here is my sample itinerary to snap the tourist hot spots and have fun weekend:

Day One:

I’m a big fan of running – why not take a morning run or stroll along the Thames. Alternatively take a cycle tour for a fun way to see all of the top sights. I took my sister on a cycle tour with BrakeAway Bike Tours, even though neither of us had cycled in years – it was super easy and fun!

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Lunch? As much as I adore Borough Market, for something a little different head to the nearby Maltby Street Market.

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Take a walk through Regents St and Oxford St, and visit the British Museum (its free!). 

 

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Stroll to Covent garden, make sure you snap a photo in colourful Neals Yard! Indulge in an ice cream from Milk Train, were they wrap the cone in candyfloss.

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In the evening, I suggest grabbing some last minute tickets for a theatre show! I’v been to see Wicked and Matilda both of which I enjoyed. I love the Today Tix app for buying last minute theatre tickets  (P.S. use my refferal link for £10 off, and I also get £10 credit).

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Day Two:

Start your day with a morning stroll from Little Venice along Regents Canal, which is lined with colourful boats.

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Ending in Camden, explore the busy market and pick up some breakfast. Cereal Killer Cafe boasts an impressive list of over a hundred cereals, and you can even opt for a cereal cocktail.

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Camden is home to quirky pop up stalls and the side streets are scattered with street art.

Walk along to Primrose Hill, this affluent area is home to quaint coffee shops and beer gardens. Passing through Primrose Hill, continue on to Regents Park. Why not visit London Zoo, or hire a pedalos on the Boating Lake!

Head to a rooftop bar or restaurant for amazing city views. Check out this roundup of London’s best rooftop bars. Alternatively prebook tickets for the Sky Garden.

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In the evening cosy up in Gordons ,London’s oldest wine bar, with a bottle of red and some Charcuterie.

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Still looking for something to do? Check out my guide to the best girly weekend in London, or cheap date night ideas.

I’v also created my Ultimate London Bucket List!

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London: 12 Ideas For a Cheap Night Out

Ideas for a cheap date night in London

Things to do on a cheap night out in London

London is so much fun on an evening! I have listed my 2017 round up of fun things to do and places to visit for a cheap night out.

1.Head to Drink, Shop, Do in Kings Cross, for some super fun activities. Who wouldn’t want to pimp their own Hip Flask, papier mache a monster or learn a new dance routine!

2. Free Live Music  – Check out some live music at Ain’t Nothing But… (Blues Bar) situated on the popular Carnaby Street. Hit up The Blues Kitchen with venues in Brixton, Camden and Shoreditch, with free entry on most nights.

3.Comedy Clubs  – Go get your laughter fix at one of London’s Comedy Clubs. Free comedy shows are on offer at London venues, try Angel Comedy and Top Secret Comedy Club.

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4. Seek out a rooftop bar for sundowners, you can’t beat the view at Aqua Shard or Madison. Alternatively head up to the Sky Garden. Booking is essential and free tickets are released two week ahead.

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5. Royal Opera House has standing and last minute tickets from as little as £6.

6. Theatre –  I love the Today Tix app for buying last minute theatre tickets, especially on week nights when prices are as little as £15. (P.S. use my refferal link for £10 off, and I also get £10 credit to go watch a show).

7. Shakespeare’s Globe is perfect for summer months, standing tickets are only £5!

8. Head to Shoreditch, check out the street art, grab a curry on Brick Lane or go golfing at Junkyard Golf

9. London Zoo Nights is lots of fun, and tickets are discounted on the normal entry costs.

Blending in at the Zoo 🦁🐯 #londonzoolates

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10. Check out one of the Museum Lates 

11.Thames River Cruise Take an evening river cruise from only £8! I recently bought some tickets bargain tickets on Groupon

12. Why not take an evening Walking Tour such as the free Jack the Ripper tour, or  Ghost tour priced at £10.

I’v not even scratch the surface, with what London has to offer. It’s worth looking at Timeout for listings of free weekly events or ticket offers!

Have fun!

Looking for ideas on how to spend the weekend, check out my girls weekend guide.

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London on a Budget: Top Things To Do For Free

Things to do for free in London this week

Looking for something free to do in London? You’re in the right place!

Free Things to Do in London

London can be an expensive city, but also offers a huge selection of activities for free.

“The best things in life are free. The second best things are very, very expensive.”

Coco Chanel.

Here is my round up of the best things to do for free in London:

Museums

Museums are your new best friend.  London has an abundance of museums to keep you entertained.  My top picks:

Imperial War Museum

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Natural History Museum

V&A

British Museum   

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Parks

Walk around the parks, or rent a Boris Bike! Pack up a picnic, grab some friends and enjoy brave the British Weather!

Regents Park is my favourite! Amazing views from the top of Primrose Hill, and the beautiful Queen Mary’s Rose Garden. Nestled amongst the park, is an Open Air Theatre and London Zoo – you can even get a sneak peak at the Giraffes.

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Try Hyde Park for a central location, they even host free events throughout summer.

Head to Green Park for views of Buckingham Palace, and take a stroll along The Mall to Trafalgar Square or onto Big Ben.

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Escape the city and head North to Hampstead Heath, you won’t regret it. If your feeling adventurous you could even brave one of the swimming ponds, or opt for the more inviting Lido. 

Window Shopping

Willpower at the ready… London has some fabulous stores you must visit.

No London trip would be complete without visiting Harrods & Selfridges. Fortnum and Mason is an English icon – make sure you’re outside as the clock chimes on the hour to see Fortnum & Mason!

Explore Instagram hot spot, Notting Hill! Wander the colourful streets, shop at Portobello Market, check out the Biscuiteer & stop by The Churchill Arms for a drink.

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Camden Market is food heaven, I recommend a walk along Regents Canal to Little Venice. You could even jump on the Waterbus if you have some cash to spare.

Check out the Street Art in Shoreditch

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Soak up the atmosphere around Covent Garden, and stop by Neal’s Yard.

If your in town on a Sunday check out Columbia Road Flower Market.

All of the colours 💐🌸#columbiaroadflowermarket

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Why not skip on The View for The Shard, and opt for the free Sky Garden. Booking is essential and tickets are released two week ahead.

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Walking Tours

What better way to tick off the top London sights than with a free walking tour. I can highly recommend Sandmans tours, this 2.5hr tour includes landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace & Trafalgar Square.

(Although the tour is free, tips are highly encouraged as the tour guides earning are solely through tips)

Hopefully this will inspire you to explore London without spending a penny!

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The Best Free Fitness Classes in London

Here’s my round up of the best FREE fitness classes in London

London’s Best Free Fitness Classes

If you hadn’t already guessed, I’m a fitness addict! I love exploring London’s latest classes, hitting the trendiest gyms or pounding the pavements. Sadly, this often comes at a (ridiculously high!) cost.

However, staying fit doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

Here’s my round up of the best free fitness classes in London. Whether you’re living in London or simply visiting , there are plenty of free London workouts to keep you in shape.

15 Free Fitness Classes in London

  1. Project Awesome  “Free, fun, badass workouts in your City” Set the 6AM alarm, for an awesome early morning workout.
  2. Never Stop London The North Face hosts challenging group workouts, monthly trail runs and climbing session. Be quick, the spaces fill up fast!Free London Fitness Class
  3. Nike Nike offers a selection of running, strength and mobility classes open to all abilities. Often held in the idyllic London parks, this was my go to when I first moved to London.
  4. Adidas  host a jam packed schedule of free classes. Mixed weekly runs, in addition to  women only  events taking place at their East London studio. Not only are classes free, they often collaborate with top brands to offer free snacks, with sessions led by top athletes and influences. Use Facebook messenger to book.
  5. Lululemon offer in store classes and hold inspiring talks. I was lucky enough to grab a spot on a recent talk that included Clean Eating Alice!
  6. Tribe  Aside from tasty training snacks (Check out the Vegan protein – it’s my go to!). Tribe host a range of fun free events.You can get your first Tribe box for only £1 – with my referral link!
  7. Mile27 Super quirky Coffee shop (/bar!) serving as a hub for runners, and hosting free weekly runs. This is top ↑ of my to do list thumbnail_FullSizeRender
  8. Air Conditioned Check out the views from Primrose Hill ⇑ whilst working up a sweat
  9. Reebok FitHub Check out Reebok’s free in store classes.
  10. Sweatshop  You can join a host a weekly Sweatshop runs across London.
  11. New Balance   One of my favourite sportswear brands, offer a weekly run club from there new(ish) flagship store on Oxford Street.
  12. Sweaty Betty   Sweaty Betty free classes include Circuit Training, Yoga and Barre.
  13. WMNRUN   Weekly runs, open to everyone. Connecting and inspiring women across London ⇓ Free womens running club london
  14.  BMF  Why not give this bootcamp class a try – first class is free
  15.  Arcteryxpiccadilly Hosting runs, workshops and talks.

A quick mention to Eventbrite , you can find listings for pop up fitness events and weekly clubs.

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Do you know a free fitness class in London? If it’s missing from the list let me know.