Time to pop the bubbly – the countdown to the royal wedding is almost over! If you’re one of the lucky ones who will be in London for the festivities, expect us (along with the rest of the world) to be living vicariously through you. If you can’t make it there yourself, however, you can follow us to London for our guide on the best of what to eat, see, and do in the historic capital of England, you know, just in case you happen to find yourself there soon.
Best Restaurants in London
Traditional British fare gets a modern makeover at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Rabbit. Dinner offers quirky takes on centuries-old dishes, complete with historic dates — one dessert dates back to 1390! Go ultra-luxe and book the chef’s table (for four to six people), where you’ll enjoy an intimate look inside the kitchen, as well as a custom tailored menu and your own sommelier. If you can’t be at the royal wedding, you might as well pretend like you are.
London is known for its insanely good Indian food and Talli Joe has put a new spin on the classics. Enter shareable plates because seriously, who wants to commit to one dish per meal? Whichever plates you choose, order a side of blue cheese garlic naan to sop it all up.
Another London classic, the Sunday roast dinner, has been given an update for modern diners (and Prosecco aficionados). OXBO Bankside’s take on the weekly meal includes an array of unlimited starters, a selection of rotating seasonal mains, and unlimited desserts and cheese plates. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the Prosecco. For just £12, add unlimited bubbles to your new favourite tradition.
“The Coach and Horses is worth visiting for many reasons. First, it’s one of London’s most famous local pubs and the one at 5 Bruton Street definitely brings you back in time as it retains most of its original details including ultra-tight space, stained glass windows, and definitely VERY OLD LONDON vibes! Being a pub, you can expect to have some of the best local draft beers here and also our most famous international cuisine — fish and chips! It’s made using traditional beer batter, so it’s extra crunchy! They also have other interesting burgers and dishes on offer like pie and mash!” – Flytographer Jimmy
Must See Attractions in London
Anyone with even a remote interest in British history should have Westminster Abbey at the top of their must-see list. The building itself, over 700 years old, has seen its fair share of kings, queens, nobles, and even famous criminals walk through its doors. Attend the Abbey’s Wednesday Lates, when tickets are half price after 4:30 pm and you can go on a self-guided tour of the Abbey’s greatest treasures, such as the Coronation Chair and the Poets’ Corner. Cap your visit with dinner in the monks’ cellars, now known as the Cellarium Café.
For a fresh change of pace from the royal scene, head to Shoreditch and you’ll find endlessly changing, splashy street art almost everywhere. While away an afternoon exploring each vibrant corner or busy yourself perusing the hip neighbourhood vintage and design boutiques. While you’re there, don’t miss the Old Spitalfields Market.
Tate Modern’s immense galleries are chock full of impressive works of art, including pieces by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Kandinsky, and Anish Kapoor, all free to visit as part of the museum’s permanent collection. Download the Tate app before your visit and it will feel like you’re back in college with your own personal art history teacher in your pocket.
“Shad Thames is one of my most photographed places in London, yet not many visitors know about it even though it’s right next to London’s famous City Hall and Tower Bridge. Walk underneath Tower Bridge and immediately, you will be greeted by this distinctive place full of character, which was known for its tea trade during industrial London times.” – Flytographer Jimmy
Things To Do in London
The historic open-air Globe Theatre sits right on the River Thames, just a few hundred metres from the site of the original building, which was partly owned by Shakespeare. Upcoming performances include Shakespeare classics As You Like It and Hamlet, and the rarely played Sir Thomas More, a part of the Read Not Dead series, in which actors rehearse the play on a Sunday morning and present it to an audience later that afternoon. Most of the plays included in this series were censored at the time they were written.
Afternoon tea gets a serious shake-up at Dandelyan’s Wyld Tea. The space gives off sultry ’70s vibes and serves as a hint that the menu will draw its inspiration from the era, as well. Sink deep into that pink cushioned sofa and enjoy retro sweets and savouries served alongside thoughtfully paired cocktails.
“Visit the Shard, the tallest building in London. It’s new and gives you a super tall view of our famous city, day and night. I would advise booking tickets ahead of time online so you can choose the golden hours, just after sunrise or just before sunset. If you fancy, you can also visit some of the elegant restaurants in the building. They are on upper levels, so you can get the view of London this way also. Many celebrities and politicians dine there — see if you can spot any. Again, booking in advance is essential in these places.” – Flytographer Jimmy
“The best way to enjoy London is to walk it. It’s not as big as you may think, but wearing comfortable shoes and clothing will ensure you have an enjoyable experience. London is famous for its unpredictable weather, so be prepared and check the forecast. Enjoy!” – Flytographer Jimmy