‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’
It’s no secret that London is expensive – luckily, they haven’t figured out a way to charge you for looking at things yet…
London has more museums and galleries than anywhere else in the country… and unlike in many other capital cities, the majority of them are free! If you have a bit of spare time Sunday morning, take a look around…
There’s nothing better than a good shop – especially in London, which has some of the best shopping streets in the world. If you’re looking to pick up a bargain or a quirky, individual find, it has to be a market. Some of our favourites are…
Borough Market - It’s a gourmet’s paradise, and a great spot to pick up some lunch on the go.
Brick Lane - Almost anything you can imagine will be found here, but it specialises in antiques, clothes, and general oddities.
Camden Lock - For the alternative, the artsy, and the plain odd. Incredible food, incredible stalls, and one of those rare streets where you feel out of place if you don’t have at least one facial piercing.
Covent Garden Pretty, touristy, and quintessentially London, there’s a mix of jewellery, soaps, handbags, clothes, candles, and a lot of other handmade goods. There are usually few good buskers around too, if you want some entertainment whilst you shop.
Portobello Road - One of the oldest markets in London, it’s main wares are antiques and arts, with some fantastic vintage pieces for the practiced market-rummager to find.
January: London Art Fair, London Boat Show
February: London Fashion Week, Chinese New Year
April: London Marathon, The Boat Race, London Book Fair
May: Chelsea Flower Show
June: City of London Festival, Pride London, World Naked Bike Ride, Trooping the Colour, Wimbledon, Ascot
July: Camden Fringe, Hampton Court Flower Show, Hard Rock Calling, Wireless Festival, Tour de France
August: The Proms, Notting Hill Carnival, Great British Beer Festival
September: London Design Festival
October: London Film Festival
November: Lord Mayor’s Show
December: Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree