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Things to do in London

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts



Best of the best

869 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Columbia road flower market has to be witnessed. Every Sunday morning the street is transformed into oasis of foliage and flowers. Everything from bedding plants to 10 foot banana trees are up for ... read more

735 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Once collectively known as the Tate Gallery, London's two Tate galleries - Tate Britain and Tate Modern - comprise one of the world's most important art collections. Opened in 1897 as the basis of ... read more

643 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Its a really nice big park right in the centre of London covering an area between Bayswater, Mayfair and Kensington/knightsbridge. Perfect if you like picnics outside on summer days or a little tas... read more

Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Hyde Park, one of the capital's eight Royal Parks. Hyde Park covers 350 acres and is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpenti... read more

London's Hyde Park is one of the greatest city parks in the world. Covering 142 hectares (350 acres) and with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens, there’s a good ... read more

867 local Airbnb hosts recommend

For east London’s fashionably attired food-lovers, there's no better Saturday destination than Broadway Market. Quaint cafés, pubs and indie music shops line the street, but the real star here is t... read more

One of the coolest streets in East London best on a Saturday ( quieter the rest of the week) as the street market starts early in the morning lasting all day it is a magnet for the hippest people i... read more

Our favourtie place is Broadway Market- a shopping street nestled in the heart of Hackney, East London. Established on an old drovers root into the city, Broadway Market has been home to market tr... read more

556 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Victoria Park is one of London’s most important historic parks and its oldest public park, visited by millions of Londoners for nearly 170 years as a place of healthy recreation, sports, play and r... read more

Victoria Park is one of London’s most important historic parks and its oldest public park, visited by millions of Londoners for nearly 170 years as a place of healthy recreation, sports, play and r... read more

338 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Old Spitalfields Market is one of the finest surviving Victorian Market Halls in London (built 1876). Stalls sell antiques, food and fashion, varying from distinct and quirky creations from up-and... read more

Redevelopment has seen this East End stalwart combine the refurbished 1887 covered market with a modern shopping precinct. Around the edge, enthusiastic stallholders sell grub from just about every... read more

233 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cool independent Cinema chain, showing a great mix of blockbuster and arty films. Excellent bar and cafe open all day. Also music & comedy evenings upstairs. Lots of kid-friendly shows

Opposite Hackney Town Hall. Independent cinema showing mainstream to foreign films, with an all-day cafe bar. Again check the website.

Independent(ish) cinema, nice big seats, full bar and more culture than you can shake a stick at. Shows all the new releases and has comedy nights, acoustic performances, film festivals and the lik... read more

237 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Inspired by the Irani cafés of late twentieth-century Bombay, Dishoom balances a mixture of authentic Bombay dishes as well as a few modern creations. Make sure you sample some of Dishoom’s delicio... read more

Buzzy destination for Indian street food in Old Irani cafes. Bombay-style digs with vintage decor & upscale touches. Bus 205 to Shoreditch High Street station 20mins.

Based on the traditional Irani cafes of Bombay, Dishoom is not only one of the best Indian restaurants in the UK, it is one of the best restaurants in the UK full stop. Don't believe me? It was vot... read more

214 local Airbnb hosts recommend

London Fields – The Lido and Broadway Market London fields and Broadway Market is a top hipster hang out. Nonetheless, there are great restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. Market day is Saturday. G... read more

Great local park for walk, jog, kids play-park & paddling pool, picnic, bbq (in permitted area), dogs allowed off lead, watch cricket, basketball court, tennis courts, table tennis, outdoor yoga & ... read more

London Fields – The Lido and Broadway Market London fields and Broadway Market is a top hipster hang out. Nonetheless, there are great restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. Market day is Saturday. Go... read more

206 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Modern restaurant amazing brunches, lovely lunches food in the evening is still great but more expensive. Yotam Ottolenghi is one of London's star chefs and for good reason! People travel far and w... read more

The restaurant is named for its iconic owner - the chef Yotam Ottolenghi, who has a recipe column in a national newspaper here and is very much associated with North London. We've had guests come t... read more

Known for his taste-bud exploding mix of spices, herbs and I-don’t-know-what-that-ingredient-is, Yotam Ottolengi has established himself as a foodie guru and his fans flock to his cafes and restaur... read more

475 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Westfield London is a pioneering shopping and leisure destination to shop, to eat, and to meet. Find your department store giants Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser and Debenhams alongside speciali... read more

Westfield London is the best leisure destination to shop, to eat, and to meet. Find over 265 luxury, premium and high street retailers from more than 15 different countries within the architectural... read more

A true shopping, entertainment and food mecca. This award winning mall has it all, even an ice rink in winter. Anything from high street to haute couture under one roof, amazing cinema. Alongside -... read more

326 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Lovely planting and riverside and canal side walks. Fantastic park, developed in the grounds/by the venues of the London 2012 Olympics. Two fab playgrounds, water fountains, cafes, sandpits, love... read more

The home of the 2012 Olympics. Only 5 stops on the tube. There is a huge Westfield shopping centre, as well as the opportunity to swim in the olympic pool, take a cycling lesson in the velodrome or... read more

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is free to visit every day of the week. It’s home to the London Stadium, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the London Aquatics Centre, the Copper Box Arena, Lee Valley VeloPark ... read more

543 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors. Admission and opening times Free, open daily 10.00–17.30 The Museum is closed 24, 25 and 26 December an... read more

The British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture, and is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest an... read more

214 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Like it or not, Oxford Street is the main artery of London shopping. It’s not the place to head for independent shopping, as only massive brands can afford the rents attached to Oxford Street premi... read more

Iconic Oxford Street, get the 6 bus from Kensal Rise and jump off after Edgware Road at Marble Arch. Sneak a peak at the comings and goings outside the Savoy Hotel, continue down Oxford Street, pas... read more

The heart of London shopping, bustling Oxford Street has more than 300 shops, designer outlets and landmark stores: here you can find some of the best shopping in London. Home to the legendary Self... read more

398 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brick Lane Market on Sundays is within walking distance of the Columbia Rd Flower Market, but is a whole other scene. The flower market is quaint and quirky, but Brick Lane is loud, eclectic and f... read more

Brick Lane Market is growing faster than your waistline after a Bengal curry. Formerly just a trail of bric-a-brac and a smattering of fruit stalls, the now sprawling market has a buzzy new append... read more

The best day to visit Brick Lane market is on Sundays, though the shops and restaurants are open every day. On Sundays the streets are lined with people hawking their second-hand wares, with some g... read more

210 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Westminster Abbey is in the heart of London - next to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Closest tube stations are St James' Park and Westminster.Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiat... read more

Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. Every year Westminster Abbey welcomes over one million visito... read more

480 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Natural History Museum in London is a museum of natural history that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of time. Children and adults delight in the fantastic exhibitions... read more

The Natural History Museum in London is a museum of natural history that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three major museums on Exhibition ... read more

Always a great time at Natural History Museum! The building in itself is beautiful, the big hall with the steps and the dinosaur.... Amazing! Free entry, be early if you want to avoid the crowds. I... read more

183 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Electric Cinema is a movie theatre in Notting Hill, London, and is one of the oldest working cinemas in the country. Lovely double sofa,foot rest,side tables and blanket all to ourselves and at... read more

Why just serve sodas when you can serve cocktails, wine, beer & champagne? Why only serve snacks, when you can serve hot food & amazing burgers? Why offer just comfy seats, when you can offer beds?... read more

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Tayyabs

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 83-89 Fieldgate Street·Map·Hours·Website·

223 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Founded in 1972 Tayyab’s is a family owned and run business in Whitechapel serving the finest in Punjabi cuisine. From exquisitely spiced curries to our world renowned mixed grill and sizzling lamb.

Famously London's best curry, this family run Punjabi restaurant is always busy so recommend arriving before 7pm! Don't forget it's BYO and make sure to try the lamb chops!

A lot of guests asked me about Indian food. Tayyab is the place to get the best naan bread, and there is always a queue, it has been around for over 80 years, cheap, great food, BYOB place. Get the... read more

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Harrods

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109-125 Knightsbridge·Map·Hours·Website·

417 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Harrods is one of the most Iconic shopping Malls in London, as it is located within one of the world's most affluent street; "Knightsbridge & Sloane Street" They host exclusive branded stores such ... read more

Britain's most famous store and possibly the most famous store in the world, Harrods features on many tourist 'must-see' lists - and with good reason. Its humble beginnings date back to 1849, when ... read more

Located at 109-125 Knightsbridge, London, Greater London, SW1 Known for Shopping Mall Elaborate shopping emporium with glittering Egyptian Room and acclaimed Food Hall. 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsb... read more

184 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A short bus journey from the flat The Proms 2016 from 15 July to 10 September The event returns in 2016 for its 122nd edition with brand new Proms Director David Pickard and plenty to celebrate. ... read more

One of the world's most famous concert halls, the likes of The Rolling Stones have performed at The Royal Albert Hall. It continues to attract the best musicians / acts from all around the world.

257 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A visit to London Zoo is the perfect day out. Set in leafy Regent's Park, it has over 800 animal species and is also a research centre helping conserve numerous species in naturalistic habitat.

Address: London NW1 4RY London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on 27 April 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study

508 local Airbnb hosts recommend

269 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The O2, visually typeset in branding as The O₂, is a large entertainment district on the Greenwich peninsula in South East London, England, including an indoor arena, a music club, a Cineworld cinema

O2 millennium dome is not to be missed - you can oversee both the O2 millennium done, emirates cable cars and the zero degree time line from the east side of the river at the back of the house.

O2 arena, A lot of restaurants, I recomment Jimmys Buffet: all you can eat,dishes from 6, 7 countries includding : thai, Chineese, Mexican, American, Japonneese, Italian, Prices: Lunch Mon - Fri£9... read more

440 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Victoria and Albert Museum (aka the V&A) is part of a South Kensington-based group of museums that includes the Natural History Museum and Science Museum. Founded in 1852, the V&A covers close ... read more

The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A), London, is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It wa... read more

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PIZZA EAST

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 56 Shoreditch High St·Map·Hours·Website·

158 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Housed on the ground floor of the Tea Building, located on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road in East London, Pizza East Shoreditch is a modern take on the pizzeria.

Lively and hip pizza joint with loud music, negronis, wine on tap and inventive pizzas. The salted caramel chocolate pie is a dream. Book ahead at weekends or be prepared to wait (there's a great b... read more

Pizzeria with industrial looks, serving rustic pizza, antipasti, weekend brunch and Sunday roast.

151 local Airbnb hosts recommend

CRATE is Hackney Wick’s first craft brewery and pizzeria, situated canal-side in a former print factory. Where East londoners hang out! From Stratford Station you can either walk via the Olympic Pa... read more

Pub and pizza by the canal, near the olympic park. Its an interesting walk down here through Millfields park then along the canal. Mix of London and countryside. This is just one of the food/drink... read more

438 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Famous for its many Bangladeshi restaurants, the only place to dare anything from a hot and spicy Vindaloo to a creamy Khorma. Brick Lane also offers two very popular bagel shops (open 24/7/265) ... read more

Lots of restauraunts and bars throughout the week, but go on a sunday for the best experience. Start from my place and walk to Columbia Flower Market on a sunday morning (be prepared for crowds) an... read more

218 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Europe's largest multi-arts centre is on your doorstep. The sprawling, brutalist centre presents a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. It is home to the ... read more

173 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rio Cinema is an independent Art Deco cinema. The Rio was named one of London's best cinemas by the Daily Telegraph and best cinema bars by the Evening Standard.

The Rio Cinema is a lovely independent Art Deco cinema in Dalston, about a 15 minute walk from our house, or you can take any bus down Stoke Newington High Street (see bus information). This is a s... read more