Things to do for Backpackers in London 

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  • 41

    Covent Garden Market

    26 reviews

    Street performers, chain stores, and food galore, along with no small bit of London history. Covent Garden is unmissable on any first trip to London, but great even when you live here. Free to wander around and some unexpectedly cheap food options at Food for Thought and the Crepe shop downstairs in the Apple Market.

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  • 42


    3 reviews

    I went to see Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' at this vibrant theatre. It had a very welcoming atmosphere and I found myself talking to the stranger next to me... something that happens probably very rarely in London.

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  • 43

    Broadway Market

    7 reviews

    London's hippest market, Broadway Market fills the east London street of the same name each Saturday. It's hard to tell what's more fun: sampling the many delicacies like cured meats and artisanal chocolates, or ogling the hipster fashion show. Best to go early, when the food is fresher and the crowds thin enough for peaceful browsing.

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  • 44

    Bar Kick

    2 reviews

    matando el hambre con estilo

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  • 45

    Royal Academy of Arts

    13 reviews

    Huge, historic, gorgeous building that houses a permanent collection and some great exhibitions.

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  • 46

    Maritime Greenwich

    15 reviews

    Worth a day visiting Greenwich where you will find the Royal Observatory in Greenwich a visit to include Greenwich Park, National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark (newly renovated), Greenwich Market, numerous pubs and restaurants some overlooking the Thames.To get there from central London take a river ferry or the DLR. Its only a small village but has a lot to keep ...

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  • 47

    Off Broadway

    2 reviews

    These five stars reflect an admitted weakness for anything resembling my old hometown of New York. At Off Broadway, they have great cocktails, and the best margarita I've had in London. They also pour them like normal bartenders instead of the little shot measures they're constrained to use in the rest of London Town. It's also small and cramped, just ...

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  • 48

    Seven Dials

    3 reviews

    Just behind Covent Garden, the area around Seven Dials is great for shopping and restaurants.

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  • 49

    Tanks @ Tate Modern

    3 reviews

    Amazing installation and performance art at the Tate Modern. Summer time only, but well worth checking out. And since the Tate is free... The extra area is just bonus!

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  • 50

    Pride in London

    2 reviews

    The most balls out, glitter strewn, pass-the-poppers party in gay London has to be London Pride. This outdoor parade, which covers much of central London, culminates in a raucous street party that accommodates all the variety of gay life in this incredible city. Of course, one of the great things about the UK is that you can drink on the ...

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  • 51


    3 reviews

    This gelateria is the best ice cream I've had in London. The Italians do it right every time, that's all I've got to say. Fresh, crisp flavours just like my days in Rome.

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  • 52

    Notting Hill

    70 reviews

    Once a rundown bohemian immigrant enclave, Notting Hill is one of London's posher neighborhoods and known for being attractive to Americans after the Hugh Grant/Julia Roberts rom-com of the same title. No guarantees on a fairy tale ending here, but you'll find good restaurants, easy tube access, and Portobello Market all within arm's reach.

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  • 53

    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

    62 reviews

    With 5 pound standing rooms tickets at every show, there's no reason not to check out the often innovative stagings of Shakespeare's work at the Globe. I saw a memorable Midsummer Night's Dream with a general 1920s aesthetic, featuring Puck as a sexy jazz baby in a leotard. Fun!

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  • 54

    Kensington Gardens

    72 reviews

    London has more green space per square mile than any other major city besides Stockholm. The parks here in general are pretty amazing. Kensington Gardens is one of my favorite, particularly in the autumn when the leaves turn brilliant reds and oranges. You can grab some takeaway and some wine from the Whole Foods on Kensington High Street and have ...

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  • 55

    Thames River Boat Cruise

    56 reviews

    There are different companies, and I can't remember which one we took, but I know it was a fun experience. Despite the fact that it was early January and it was freezing on the river, it was a clear blue sky with plenty of sunshine and we had great views of the city and bridges. Our tour guide was hilarious ...

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  • 56


    11 reviews

    Sometimes one of the best things about being a parent is a night off. Shoreditch is packed with bars and clubs. It's long been one of London's hippest neighborhoods and is a great place for a night out without the kids, recommends Jen Howze of Britmums.

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  • 57

    Old Red Lion Theatre Co Ltd

    4 reviews

    The Old Red Lion is a great go-to pub theatre that books interesting experimental programming. A tiny space, it regularly transforms into new incarnations.

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  • 58

    Kensington Palace

    37 reviews

    A royal residence, that is still used by royals today. Visit the wonderful English garden in front, and check out the state rooms which are open to the public. Try a traditional afternoon tea like a true royal at the Orangery.

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  • 59

    Emirates Stadium

    22 reviews

    Arsenal is one of London's big football teams. Game days see hordes of fans bedecked in scarves trekking from the tube to the stadium...and flats in the area are just that little bit cheaper due to the periodic roar of the crowd.

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  • 60

    Southbank Centre

    10 reviews

    The Southbank Centre has loads of interesting performances, many free, and is located right on the river. Bar, cafe, and free wifi inside make it a good stop in central London if you want to hang out somewhere besides Starbucks.

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