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Top 10 fun things to do in London

With more and more places starting to open up again in London and great deals on offer, it’s now the perfect opportunity to rediscover the thrills of the capital. Check out our top 10 list of things to do in London to make the most of your time in the capital.

Whether it’s climbing the o2, taking a thrilling ride down the Thames or chilling out at a rooftop bar with friends simply enjoying the spectacular cityscape, there are lots of fun things to do in London to keep everyone happy.

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1. Climb the o2

Get high above Greenwich and see the city landscape beyond by climbing up one of the best known venues in London. Look over historic Greenwich, The Olympic Park and Canary Wharf as you marvel at the 360 degree views on offer and on a clear day, you can see up to 15 miles into the distance. Climbs can be booked for any time of day so whether you want  to climb up as the sun goes down for a romantic sunset scene, or you’re a night owl wanting to see the city at twilight, you’re sure to be amazed.

  • Located at Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0DX

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2. Wander around a museum

There are so many museums around London preparing to open their doors to visitors in May. Head over to the The Natural History Museum for a jaw-dropping “whalecome back”  from their resident blue whale Hope and wander round the extraordinary exhibits from all over the world. After that, head down the road to the Science Museum and their Wonderlab, a new immersive exhibit that is sure to reawaken your curiosity as you discover the incredible ways science and maths shape our world. If you’re more into art and design, then the V&A is just the place for you. It’s the worlds largest museum of it’s kind with it’s origins based on The Great Exhibition of 1851.

  • The Natural History Museum is located at Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD
  • The Science Museum is located at Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
  • The V&A Museum is located at Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

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3. Explore London’s heritage

As well as London’s museums opening in May, you can also get back out and be immersed in it’s rich history too. Head South West to Rochmond to see the impressive Hampton Court Palace, the 16th Century former home of King Henry VIII. See the intricate clock Henry designed himself, and peek into the huge original Tudor kitchens and marvel at the stunning Great Hall. In central London, the 1000 year old fortress, Tower of London sits proudly beside the river and offers a fascinating insight into London’s history and tradition. Take a tour with a Yeoman Warder, keep an eye out for the resident ravens and even have a peek at the Crown Jewels themselves.

  • Hampton Court Palace is located at Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU;
  • Tower of London is located at St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB

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4. Take in the London landscape

One of the many great things about London is that whether you’re on the ground or high above there’s always a great view to greet you. Both the Shard and the London Eye are opening in May so you can get an effortlesly great panoramic view of the city. However, for the highest view in London, the Shard is your best bet. Standing 306 metres tall amongst the cityscape, this iconic building is well worth a visit. As well as a great view on offer, there are six bars and restaurants for you to treat yourself to some amazing food and drink. Did you know that it takes 17 cleaners 3 months to clean the whole building!

  • The Shard is located at 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG;
  • The London Eye is located at Riverside Building, County Hall, Bishop’s, London SE1 7PB

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5. Try some beach side yoga

Enjoy the thrills of the beach in the capital at Neverland. The Fulham beach club is decked out with all the beach essentials from the sand, to day beds, beach style bars, douzens of seating areas such as beach bubbles, and even beach huts. There’s something for everyone here from relaxing sandy weeekend yoga sessions from the Pop Up Yoga Club, to energising games such as shuffleboard and table tennis. There’s also a decked pergula where you can brunch with your friends and soak up the amazing city views.

  • Located just over Wandsworth Bridge at Wandsworth Bridge Rd, London SW6 2TY

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6. Unleash your wild side at London Zoo

Animal lovers- rejoice! Nestled in the middle of Regents Park, the manajorie at ZSL London Zoo have been waiting patiently to welcome visitors back and now their doors are back open. There are dozens of animals from all over the world to see and lots to explore. For those travelling to the zoo from Notting Hill there’s lots of street art and statues you can admire on your route from Banky’s mural on Portobello Road, to the rainbow crossing in Camden.

  • Located in Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY

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7. Admire the skyline at Busseys south London

Sitting high atop the Bussey building in Peckham is a tropical oasis, Bussey Rooftop Bar offering mouth-watering food and drink with 360 degree views of the city skyline. Book a table, grab a couple of friends and enjoy this colourful South London spot. Bussey’s rooftop comedy events bring extra entertainment with side-splitting routines from some of the UK’s favourite comedians including Simon Amstell and Ed Gamble taking centre stage. As well as sharing some laughs, you can share some feel good pizza as Bussey have teamed up with Share a Slice who offer great tasting pizzas with money going to help feed someone in need.

  • Located at 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST

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8. Soar through London on a Thames Rocket

For a fast track, adrenaline fueled way to see and experience Central London, hop aboard a Thames Rocket. Starting from the London Eye, you’ll speed your way down the river to Canary Wharf passing some of London’s most iconic sights on the journey. Ranked the number 1 on TripAdvisor things to do in London, this is certainly a must try activity and one you’ll never forget.

  • Located at Boarding Gate One, The London Eye Millennium Pier, London SE1 7PB. Some boat trips start further down the river, see the Thames Rocket website for details

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9. Rediscover the magic at Warner Bro Studio

After months of waiting, from May, you’ll be able to return to the magic of Hogwarts with a visit to the Warner Bros Studio Tour– voted as TripAdvisors Travellers Choice for 2020. Journey from the iconic Great Hall and be amazed as you wander through the hundreds of props and sets and discover the behind the scenes wizardry that brought the J.K. Rowling story to life. Pay a visit to Privet Drive and take a selfie by the front door of the Dursley’s, take an immersive trip down Diagon Alley and see the Weasleys Wizard Wheezes shop on the corner, and wave off the iconic Hogwarts express as it departs Platform 9 and 3/4.

  • Located at Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR.

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10. Get back to the big screen at a drive in cinema

Recreate the old American pasttime of the drive in cinema, a contact free and novel way to your big screen favourites and live performances. Drive In London brings the nostalgic drive in theatre experience to your front seat complete with cinema snacks and drinks such as popcorn, hotdogs, burgers and loaded fries. Shows to look forward to include Dinosaur World Live, Horrible Histories while the film selection includes Joker, Star Wars Episode V and Back to the Future.

  • Located just off the North Circular (A406) at The Drive In, Troubadour Meridian Water, Harbet Road, London, N18 3QQ.

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