Emergency London tourist stuff updated

Tourist Stuff in London

This is an updated version of this list. Thanks to everyone for the comments and suggestions! I also remembered a few more things. In two days we’ve knocked quite a few things off the list. Taking day 3 off to rest though!


  • Tate modern – great building, meh exhibitions
  • Tate Britain – good exhibitions
  • Hayward – free at the moment I believe
  • Victoria and Albert – will miss the next big Friday late, but still good to visit
  • National gallery – lovely art, great buildings, great commentary
  • National portrait gallery – hopefully something photography that won’t piss me off
  • British library – yes, apparently there IS stuff to see
  • Royal Academy – anything free and decent? Worth it if we’re near Fortnum and Mason
  • British Museum – cool stiff we stole
  • Photographers gallery – 50/50 chance of pissing me off
  • Canary wharf (museum) – can double up with Greenwich
  • Museum of London at the Barbican
  • Wellcombe Collection – love this and great café!
  • Geffrye Museum – good when doing the Hoxditch badlands

Historic Buildings

  • Hampton Court Palace – she likes Henry VIII
  • St Pauls – great building, great view from the top
  • St Martin in the Fields – nice café in the crypt
  • Westminster Abbey – never done it. Would be nice
  • Buck House – actually neither of us care about this
  • Royal Albert Hall

Theatre Stuff

  • Avenue Q – yeah yeah. it’s cheap and funny
  • Globe Theatre – bit of culture
  • ICA – I’m a member and they show cool films
  • IMAX – not especially London, but I want to see Harry Potter :)
  • The Proms! – They’re on now!


  • Forbidden Planet – laugh at the nerds
  • Japan Centre – good books, good food
  • Hamleys – just because
  • Harrods – same
  • Carnaby St – not what it was, but Austin Powers


  • Camden Market
  • Spitalfields
  • Brick lane
  • Portobello road
  • Covent garden
  • Chinatown
  • Borough Market
  • Marylebone high street
  • Greenwich – market and park. And the college buildings

Other Random Stuff

  • London zoo
  • Smithfield
  • Tourist bus
  • River bus/tour
  • Primrose hill – view London, nice pubs in the village
  • Tower of London/London bridge – at least look at the outside
  • Cinema Wednesdays – I got her an Orange SIM. Would be rude not to
  • Regent’s Park – my back garden, so rude not to.
  • St. James’s Park – close to the ICA and other tourist stuff
  • Hampstead Heath – handy by bus from Camden
  • Kew Gardens – used to do these as a kid when they we 6d and so see the pagoda


  • Pie and mash eels
  • City fullers- PIE!
  • Teachi – good, cheap dim sum
  • Leongs – Taiwanese food in case she gets desperate for home cooking
  • Crown and goose – my local. Foamy ale
  • Somers Town coffee house – nice pub in an odd place
  • Fish and chips
  • Brick lane curry – people have a big downwer on this. I have one cheap caff style place I love, but otherwise, I agree: meh. For food in the area, definitely the Lahore Kebab
  • Drummond street curry – mmmm…dosa

Other Towns

  • Brighton – English seaside
  • Bath – My old home town
  • Windsor – The Castle!
  • Cambridge – not my thing and packed with tourists

Comments and suggestions welcome!

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2 Responses to “Emergency London tourist stuff updated”

  1. Moon says:

    you should def come down to Brighton for the day!

    preferrably when its NOT raining

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