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    100 Things Everyone Should Do In London At Least Once

    If you're visiting London, you can't afford to miss these sights.

    1. Head up to the public roof terrace of the One New Change to admire the view of St Paul's Cathedral.

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    It's one of the best views in London that you don't have to pay for.

    2. Take a picnic to Primrose Hill and drink wine as you watch the sun set.

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    Once it's dark, wander down Regent's Park Road and find a pub to sit in.

    3. Go for a dip in the ponds at Hampstead Heath, and then walk to up Parliament Hill to admire the view.

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    Nothing beats a summer evening dip in the Ladies' Pond.

    4. Go vintage shopping on Brick Lane and head into the foodhall for lunch at the weekend.

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    If you're in the area at night, go out for a curry.

    5. Buy gins in tins and rent pedalos on the Serpentine in Hyde Park.

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    If you're feeling brave, you can also swim in the Serpentine.

    6. Get last minute tickets to a West End show.

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    TKTS in Leicester Square sells on-the-day tickets.

    7. Visit the National Portrait Gallery on a Thursday night: They're open late, there's always a DJ, and the wine is £5 a glass.

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    The BP Portrait Award exhibition is always worth seeing.

    8. Visit both the Tate and the Tate Modern by getting a boat between them.

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    Get to the Tate Modern by walking over the Millennium Bridge and remember to go up to the viewing terrace for gorgeous views over the Thames.

    9. Spend an afternoon eating your way through Borough Market.

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    You'll wind up trying so many samples that you won't even want lunch!

    10. Get dinner at Padella. Just remember to arrive early and get your name on the list.

    11. Go for a dip outdoors at London Fields Lido.

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    Sunrise at the lido is one of the most magical things.

    12. Get the boat from Westminster to Hampton Court Palace and then get lost in the maze.

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    Remember to pack lunch for the boat journey!

    13. Rent a bike and cycle up the Lee Navigation.

    14. Visit the deer in Richmond Park.

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    Richmond Park is home to 630 deer.

    15. Get the train to Watford and spend the day at Harry Potter Studios.

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    Just make sure you book in advance because tickets sell out early.

    16. Visit the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes.

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    If you're lucky, you might even see a wedding.

    17. Go for a walk in Epping Forest.

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    It's one of the most gorgeous places to walk in London.

    18. Get cheap tickets to see an opera at the Royal Opera House.

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    Cheap tickets are released every Friday at 1pm and you can book through their website.

    19. Visit the flower market on Columbia Road on a Sunday. Get a Sunday roast at the Marksman on Hackney Road afterwards.

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    It's open from 8am-3pm, and everything gets discounted towards closing time.

    20. Get a £5 standing ticket to a play at The Globe.

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    And if you don't want to stand, seated tickets start at £15.

    21. Get a salt beef beigel from Brick Lane.

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    It's unmissable.

    22. Get drunk on £6 Negronis on the roof of a multistory carpark at Franks Cafe in Peckham.

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    And make sure you Instagram the millennial pink stairwell.

    23. Get off the DLR at Island Gardens, walk through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel under the Thames, and up to the observatory to enjoy the view.

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    Sit at the front of the DLR to feel like you're the driver!

    24. Spend an evening beside the river at Gordon's Wine Bar.

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    Watch all the couples meeting up for first dates.

    25. Visit the William Morris Gallery and wander round Lloyd Park afterwards.

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    If you have time, get a scone in the tearooms.

    26. Do the Parkland walk from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace.

    The walk follows the path of a disused railway and it's gorgeous.

    27. Spend an afternoon in Liberty. Make sure you don't miss the stationery room.

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    Get a scone with clotted cream and jam from Arthur's before you leave.

    28. Start the evening with drinks in the Coach and Horses before heading out for the evening in Soho.

    29. Have a proper pub lunch at the Smokehouse in Islington.

    30. Get breakfast at the Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park. If the weather's nice, row out onto the boating lake afterwards.

    31. Wander around the rose garden in Regent's Park.

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    The smell is out of this world.

    32. Cycle from Hammersmith to Chiswick. Turn it into a pub crawl and visit the Crab Tree, the Blue Anchor, the Dove, the Black Lion and the Old Ship on your way.

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    And pack snacks with you for the journey.

    33. Go to an exhibition at the British Museum.

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    Drop into the London Review Bookshop for a slice of cake afterwards.

    34. Get proper fish and chips from your local chippie.

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    You want them wrapped in paper, with mushy peas on the side.

    35. Eat dim sum in Chinatown.

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    It's the perfect pre-theatre meal.

    36. Visit Brompton Cemetery.

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    It's a lovely afternoon out.

    37. Go visit the Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden.

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    And make sure you eat at Shayona afterwards.

    38. Go for a swim in the London Aquatics Centre.

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    Go get a drink at Here East afterwards.

    39. Wander down the Southbank.

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    If it's winter, get a glass of mulled wine. And if it's summer, get some Pimms on the Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden.

    40. Spend the day at the Hive in Kew Gardens.

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    It's 17 meters tall and it's well worth a visit.

    41. Spend an afternoon window shopping in Covent Garden. Pop into Neal's Yard for tea when you get tired.

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    Covent Garden is busy, but it's a million times better than Oxford Street.

    42. Go see a singalong movie at the Prince Charles Cinema in Soho.

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    There's always something great on and annual membership is only £10.

    43. Go to the V&A for lunch in their café.

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    It's one of the prettiest places in London to eat and it's not expensive at all.

    44. Get Vietnamese food on Kingsland Road.

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    Sông Quê Café is my favourite but you'll get good food pretty much everywhere.

    45. Go ice skating at the Natural History Museum.

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    And make sure you get some mulled wine in the bar afterwards.

    46. Marvel at the architecture of the Barbican and go to the Conservatory.

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    Get lunch in the café afterwards and sit out by the water.

    47. Go to the Horniman Museum.

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    It's one of London's most lovely museums.

    48. Spend a Saturday afternoon people watching in Camden Market.

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    It's a teenager's paradise.

    49. Visit a City Farm.

    50. Visit Highgate Cemetery.

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    Loads of famous people, including Christina Rosetti, are buried there.

    51. Go see a cheap play at the National Theatre.

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    Either queue for returns, or buy £15 tickets online from 1pm every Friday.

    52. Climb the Monument.

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    It's only £11 and the views are great.

    53. Admire the view from the Sky Garden.

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    Especially if you can make it for sunrise or sunset.

    54. Go for a drink in the Shard.

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    It's expensive, but order the cheapest drink on the menu and admire the views.

    55. Go meet the whale at the Natural History Museum.

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    Check the website for late openings, which also include music and wine.

    56. Go vintage shopping at Portobello Road Market.

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    It's beautiful and you'll find things you didn't even realise you wanted.

    57. Spend an afternoon in the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park.

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    Pack food and gins in tins if the weather's nice.

    58. Meet your friends for a fancy brunch at Berners Tavern.

    59. Get standing tickets for the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall.

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    If you buy them on the day, they're £7.12 a ticket.

    60. Go see some stand up at the Comedy Store in Piccadilly Circus.

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    It sounds like a touristy thing to do, but it's SO much fun and well worth a visit.

    61. Admire the neon signs in God's Own Junkyard.

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    Pop into Mother's Ruin for a G&T afterwards.

    62. Get a pie and mash at the Mayflower in Rotherhithe.

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    It's £15 for a pie and a pint, or a glass of wine, every Wednesday.

    63. Get afternoon tea at Fortnum & Masons.

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    The cakes are just delicious.

    64. Go shopping on Carnaby Street.

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    Head into Soho for dinner afterwards.

    65. Check out the Harrods window displays around Christmas.

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    They're just stunning.

    66. Go to Mayfield Lavender farm and take lots of pictures.

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    It's a little way out of the city but it's well worth a visit.

    67. Visit the pelicans in St James's Park.

    68. Go see an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery.

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    Get a curry at Tayyabs afterwards.

    69. Get a fancy pre-theatre dinner at Brasserie Zédel.

    70. Walk from Tower Bridge to the Thames Barrier.

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    It's one of the most interesting walks you can do in London.

    71. Watch the sun set from the Tamesis Dock.

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    Order chips and wine and stay put for the evening.

    72. Get standing tickets to see a play at the Donmar Warehouse.

    73. Go to the Science Museum lates on the last Wednesday of the month.

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    It's the best time to explore the museum.

    74. Sign up to a Parkrun in Bushey Park.

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    You can run 5km with other people every Friday morning from 9am.

    75. Gross yourself out at the Hunterian Museum.

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    It's full of preserved anatomical specimens and it's fascinating.

    76. Learn about trains at the London Transport Museum.

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    If you're a train nerd, you'll love it.

    77. Get over your fear of heights by walking along the glass floor walkway at Tower Bridge.

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    It costs £9.80 and it'll give you a view from 42 meters above the River Thames.

    78. Walk around the British Library.

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    The exhibitions are always great, but it's also a lovely place to sit and work.

    79. See a concert at Wilton's Music Hall.

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    This is also a fabulous wedding venue.

    80. Get the 24 bus from Pimlico to Hampstead Heath.

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    A single bus fare costs £1.50 and this route will take you past all the sights you'll want to check out.

    81. Get dinner in Brixton Village.

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    And pop to Herne Hill for a drink in a pub afterwards.

    82. Walk along the Thames Path.

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    There are countless Thames Path walks and you can find them all here.

    83. Spend the day on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. You'll be able to visit the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the V&A.

    84. Pay a visit to Keats' house in Hampstead.

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    When you're done, go fly a kite on the Heath.

    85. Go see a show at the Print Room in Notting Hill Gate.

    86. Rent bikes and cycle around Hyde Park.

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    Boris bikes are £2 for 24 hours of access.

    87. Go see an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection.

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    Get cake at the Quaker Meeting House next door afterwards.

    88. Visit the Sir John Soane's Museum.

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    The house has been left untouched for 180 years.

    89. Go watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

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    It's touristy as hell but you've got to do it once!

    90. Visit Dulwich Picture Gallery.

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    The exhibitions are always good, but the permanent baroque collection is worth a visit on its own.

    91. Go visit the Women's Library.

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    Learn all about the women's suffrage movement.

    92. Get lunch at Broadway Market.

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    Make sure you pop into Artworlds bookshop and get a pint in the Dove.

    93. Go blackberrying along Hackney Marshes.

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    It's the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

    94. Go watch choral evensong at St Paul's Cathedral.

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    It's a great way to get in for free.

    95. Walk along the river Brent in Boston Manor Park.

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    It's a little journey to get to, but it's well worth it.

    96. Visit Osterley House.

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    It's a massive Georgian country estate in London.

    97. Go to the Freud Museum.

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    It's in Freud's old home and it's super interesting.

    98. Visit Syon Park.

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    It's one of London's last great houses and it's wonderful.

    99. Go see some dance at the Trinity Laban.

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    The building was made by architects Herzog and de Meuron and it's amazing.

    100. Cycle from Hammersmith to Barnes bridge and back again.

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    The views are just lovely.

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