Travel·Updated on 5 Dec 2019100 Things Everyone Should Do In London At Least OnceIf you're visiting London, you can't afford to miss these sights.by Tabatha LeggettBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Head up to the public roof terrace of the One New Change to admire the view of St Paul's Cathedral. Flickr: rebeccaswift 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. Flickr: bensutherland 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. Flickr: 34517490@N00 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. Flickr: eguidetravel 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. Flickr: garryknight If you're feeling brave, you can also swim in the Serpentine. 6. Get last minute tickets to a West End show. Flickr: luc-mechelen 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. Flickr: andyhay The BP Portrait Award exhibition is always worth seeing. 8. Visit both the Tate and the Tate Modern by getting a boat between them. Flickr: sunface13 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. Flickr: tonysphotos 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. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The £6.50 cacio e pepe is the absolute best. 11. Go for a dip outdoors at London Fields Lido. Flickr: davidsingleton 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. Flickr: katedahl Remember to pack lunch for the boat journey! 13. Rent a bike and cycle up the Lee Navigation. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The canals around Homerton and Hackney Wick are especially lovely. 14. Visit the deer in Richmond Park. Flickr: bobbygiggz Richmond Park is home to 630 deer. 15. Get the train to Watford and spend the day at Harry Potter Studios. Flickr: sackerman519 Just make sure you book in advance because tickets sell out early. 16. Visit the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes. Flickr: londonmatt If you're lucky, you might even see a wedding. 17. Go for a walk in Epping Forest. Flickr: marshallpinsent 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. Flickr: mika 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. Flickr: aguichard 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. Flickr: 125701341@N07 And if you don't want to stand, seated tickets start at £15. 21. Get a salt beef beigel from Brick Lane. Flickr: johnrobertshepherd It's unmissable. 22. Get drunk on £6 Negronis on the roof of a multistory carpark at Franks Cafe in Peckham. Flickr: markdodds 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. Flickr: timokoo 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. Flickr: olenkaolja Watch all the couples meeting up for first dates. 25. Visit the William Morris Gallery and wander round Lloyd Park afterwards. Flickr: kotomi-jewelry If you have time, get a scone in the tearooms. 26. Do the Parkland walk from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace. en.wikipedia.org 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. Flickr: joeywan 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. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com If you're vegetarian, go upstairs for a great veggie pub. 29. Have a proper pub lunch at the Smokehouse in Islington. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The food is to die for. 30. Get breakfast at the Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park. If the weather's nice, row out onto the boating lake afterwards. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Their veggie fry up is delicious. 31. Wander around the rose garden in Regent's Park. Flickr: seanoneill 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. Flickr: 55935853@N00 And pack snacks with you for the journey. 33. Go to an exhibition at the British Museum. Flickr: mdpettitt Drop into the London Review Bookshop for a slice of cake afterwards. 34. Get proper fish and chips from your local chippie. Flickr: bazzadarambler You want them wrapped in paper, with mushy peas on the side. 35. Eat dim sum in Chinatown. Flickr: rosietulips It's the perfect pre-theatre meal. 36. Visit Brompton Cemetery. Flickr: eskimo_jo It's a lovely afternoon out. 37. Go visit the Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden. Flickr: belowred And make sure you eat at Shayona afterwards. 38. Go for a swim in the London Aquatics Centre. Flickr: oobrien Go get a drink at Here East afterwards. 39. Wander down the Southbank. Flickr: mikeeshowbiz 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. Flickr: dyntr 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. Flickr: garryknight 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. Flickr: achimh There's always something great on and annual membership is only £10. 43. Go to the V&A for lunch in their café. Flickr: anotherphotograph 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. Flickr: jwmoz Sông Quê Café is my favourite but you'll get good food pretty much everywhere. 45. Go ice skating at the Natural History Museum. Flickr: chubbybat 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. Flickr: eskimo_jo Get lunch in the café afterwards and sit out by the water. 47. Go to the Horniman Museum. Flickr: teflon It's one of London's most lovely museums. 48. Spend a Saturday afternoon people watching in Camden Market. Flickr: rogersg It's a teenager's paradise. 49. Visit a City Farm. Flickr: silverfox09 We have city farms in Hackney, Vauxhall, Kentish Town, Spitalfields, Mudchute, Stepney, and more. 50. Visit Highgate Cemetery. Flickr: eskimo_jo Loads of famous people, including Christina Rosetti, are buried there. 51. Go see a cheap play at the National Theatre. Flickr: boyfrom_bare Either queue for returns, or buy £15 tickets online from 1pm every Friday. 52. Climb the Monument. Flickr: thtstudios It's only £11 and the views are great. 53. Admire the view from the Sky Garden. Flickr: levettday Especially if you can make it for sunrise or sunset. 54. Go for a drink in the Shard. Flickr: topaz-mcnumpty 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. Flickr: markusunger Check the website for late openings, which also include music and wine. 56. Go vintage shopping at Portobello Road Market. Flickr: bindalfrodo 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. Flickr: eskimo_jo Pack food and gins in tins if the weather's nice. 58. Meet your friends for a fancy brunch at Berners Tavern. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com It's one of the most elegant rooms to eat in. 59. Get standing tickets for the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. Flickr: sshingler 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. Flickr: diamondgeyser 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. Flickr: g_travels Pop into Mother's Ruin for a G&T afterwards. 62. Get a pie and mash at the Mayflower in Rotherhithe. Flickr: rchappo2002 It's £15 for a pie and a pint, or a glass of wine, every Wednesday. 63. Get afternoon tea at Fortnum & Masons. Flickr: mirka23 The cakes are just delicious. 64. Go shopping on Carnaby Street. Flickr: nevalenx Head into Soho for dinner afterwards. 65. Check out the Harrods window displays around Christmas. Flickr: jp3g They're just stunning. 66. Go to Mayfield Lavender farm and take lots of pictures. Flickr: dgeezer 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. Flickr: mdpettitt So cute! 68. Go see an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. Flickr: jvk Get a curry at Tayyabs afterwards. 69. Get a fancy pre-theatre dinner at Brasserie Zédel. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The Prix Fixe menu is £10.50 for two courses. 70. Walk from Tower Bridge to the Thames Barrier. Flickr: stonechat It's one of the most interesting walks you can do in London. 71. Watch the sun set from the Tamesis Dock. Flickr: garryknight Order chips and wine and stay put for the evening. 72. Get standing tickets to see a play at the Donmar Warehouse. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Standing tickets often go for £10 each. 73. Go to the Science Museum lates on the last Wednesday of the month. Flickr: myfrozenlife It's the best time to explore the museum. 74. Sign up to a Parkrun in Bushey Park. Flickr: pillidgea You can run 5km with other people every Friday morning from 9am. 75. Gross yourself out at the Hunterian Museum. Flickr: 149169960@N04 It's full of preserved anatomical specimens and it's fascinating. 76. Learn about trains at the London Transport Museum. Flickr: smithat 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. Flickr: d-hackert It costs £9.80 and it'll give you a view from 42 meters above the River Thames. 78. Walk around the British Library. Flickr: kappa_ra 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. Flickr: daveograve This is also a fabulous wedding venue. 80. Get the 24 bus from Pimlico to Hampstead Heath. Flickr: zongo 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. Flickr: 93087649@N06 And pop to Herne Hill for a drink in a pub afterwards. 82. Walk along the Thames Path. Flickr: ugardener 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. Flickr: mcdemoura And get lunch at Kensington Crêperie. 84. Pay a visit to Keats' house in Hampstead. Flickr: dgeezer When you're done, go fly a kite on the Heath. 85. Go see a show at the Print Room in Notting Hill Gate. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The building is wonderful 86. Rent bikes and cycle around Hyde Park. Flickr: simmons_tx Boris bikes are £2 for 24 hours of access. 87. Go see an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. Flickr: londonmatt Get cake at the Quaker Meeting House next door afterwards. 88. Visit the Sir John Soane's Museum. Flickr: kotomi-jewelry The house has been left untouched for 180 years. 89. Go watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Flickr: gvillena It's touristy as hell but you've got to do it once! 90. Visit Dulwich Picture Gallery. Flickr: duncan The exhibitions are always good, but the permanent baroque collection is worth a visit on its own. 91. Go visit the Women's Library. Flickr: lselibrary Learn all about the women's suffrage movement. 92. Get lunch at Broadway Market. Flickr: mermaid99 Make sure you pop into Artworlds bookshop and get a pint in the Dove. 93. Go blackberrying along Hackney Marshes. Flickr: woody1969 It's the perfect way to spend an afternoon. 94. Go watch choral evensong at St Paul's Cathedral. Flickr: davidesimonetti It's a great way to get in for free. 95. Walk along the river Brent in Boston Manor Park. Flickr: pixelhut It's a little journey to get to, but it's well worth it. 96. Visit Osterley House. Flickr: mualphachi It's a massive Georgian country estate in London. 97. Go to the Freud Museum. Flickr: londonmatt It's in Freud's old home and it's super interesting. 98. Visit Syon Park. Flickr: simon__syon It's one of London's last great houses and it's wonderful. 99. Go see some dance at the Trinity Laban. Flickr: dgeezer The building was made by architects Herzog and de Meuron and it's amazing. 100. Cycle from Hammersmith to Barnes bridge and back again. Flickr: herry The views are just lovely.