London is Europe’s most visited city with a vibrant and international culture; but if you’re looking to escape the tourist crowds and explore the city like a local, here’s our list of very British things to do in London.
When in doubt, have a cup of tea, politely queue when you need something and always pack an umbrella!
Photo: Greta’s Travel
London’s most photographed phone box
Poor Big Ben might not look its best these days but the scaffolding around this famous London landmark, shouldn’t stop you from taking a picture in what is probably London’s most photographed phone box. Join the queue to get into the phone box (a very British thing to do as well) and take home a picture of two things that ARE London: A red phone box and Big Ben.
Fish ‘n’ Chips
A visit to the local ‘Chippie’ is the best place to find the world-famous UK national dish of Fish and Chips. It is believed that the first Fish ‘n’ Chips shop opened in 1860 and ’till today is one of the most popular takeaway foods of the nation. But with so many chippies in London, where does one go for a traditional fish supper? Foursquare City Guide compiled a list of London’s top places for Fish and Chips.
Perhaps the only thing more British than fish and chips is the famous afternoon tea, a social ritual dating back to the 1800s. Tuck into cucumber sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and an array of deliciously moreish cakes.
For some high-end options for this tradition, check out Vogue’s best places for afternoon tea in London
Full English breakfast and Sunday Roast
A full English breakfast and traditional Sunday Roast are Britain’s favourite. Most respectable eateries in London will serve a hearty Full English (complete with English Breakfast Tea) any day of the week to get you fuelled up for the day ahead. But the Sunday Roast is usually only available on a Sunday.
Please ask our Concierge team for their best choices near your Cheval Residence.
Lunch at the Royal Parks, the British way
Head out on a sunny day one of London’s beautiful Royal Parks. Discover green spaces, wild areas, lakes and plenty of leisure facilities, from boating to family activities. And if you need a pick me up, why not opt for a very British lunch: pick up a sandwich and a pack of salt and vinegar crisps (or chips for the rest of the world).
London’s red double-decker bus
London’s red double-decker buses are one of England’s national symbol. Travel like a Londoner and see the Capital from the top deck of the red bus. Our Concierge team at your Cheval Residence can assist you in finding your best route through London.
Mind the gap
Taking the world-famous Tube, London’s underground train system is a must do and the fastest way to get around the city by avoiding the road traffic. You’ve seen them in the movies, now take a trip yourself!
You can plan your journey below.
Shop like the locals
From Spitalfields, Portobello Road, Borough Market to Maltby Street; London’s markets sell everything from food to flowers, antiques to contemporary art, high-fashion clothes and vintage.
See below Time Out London’s picks of the best markets in the capital.