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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.



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620 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

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

848 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Broadway is less a market than a meeting place for winsome young men sporting Lord Kitchener moustaches and fey-looking girls armed with the Saturday style supplements and the odd chocolate éclair.... read more

Broadway Market is 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 traders since the 1890s... 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

225 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Lovely cinema showing the latest blockbusters and art house films. Also has an attic with a range of events including spoken word, story telling, life drawing, music...lots to do and see there.

235 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Feels like being transported in a Bombay cafe back in the 70s. Dishoom is an experience more than just a restaurant. Do not be put off by the queue, there will always be one. Whenever they say the ... read more

212 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

This is one of the few parks in London where you can have a BBQ, there is a designated area for that. If you get off at London Fields or Hackney Central Overground Station, there are a couple of sh... 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

201 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

391 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

This is a great spot for food markets, shopping, eating, drinking and taking in the culture. Famous for their indian restaurants and bagel shops. Check out: Dark Sugars chocolate shop. Poppies fi... 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

466 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Europe's largest inner city shopping mall. Tax free shopping for foreigners. It has a whole section devoted to designer boutiques plus everything else you could wish for from Apple to Waitrose, T... read more

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

206 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

469 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.... 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 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

#11

Tayyabs

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

220 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.

Legendary exceptional quality pakistani curry. Due to popularity expect to queue for 10 minutes. Or venture to nearby lahore or needoo grill. Order the mixed grill, its not on the menu. £15 BYOB!

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!

#12

Harrods

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109-125 Knightsbridge·Map·Hours·Website·

408 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

262 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

The O2, Greenwich peninsula, South-East London is a state-of-the-art arena. It also includes a bowling alley, clubs, cinema, exhibition spaces, bars and more. You can even climb over it if you dare!

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

#14

PIZZA EAST

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

156 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Probably the best pizza in London. Quite pricey though, so the best thing to do is go on a Monday, where the whole bill is half price with our Pizza East keyring!

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

195 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A wonderful recreation of Shakespeare's own theatre on the South Bank. Worth a tour in it's own right, but if you fancy a bit of theatre, they run an interesting programme of both classic productio... read more

Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for ... read more

Whether it was to bring the audience closer to the action or just because they hadn’t invented chairs yet, back in Shakespeare’s day theatregoers would spend performances on their feet. At the Glo... read more

140 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Local cool hangout! Great for Avocado on toast or muesli breakfasts, healthy lunches, fab pizzas and lovely suppers. Another great local in the hub of Goldbourne /Portobello roads.

Spread over two floors of a restored Georgian Pub in Portobello is Pizza East - one of the best Pizza restaurants in the city. Their dessert is to die for, their ice creams in particular.

Split-level Italian with stripped interiors and pavement tables, serving antipasti and rustic pizza. Great atmosphere

139 local Airbnb hosts recommend

2 Michelin stars. Chef Brett Graham's innovative cooking, paired with fine wines in a smart, modern setting. And remember Get the passionfruit souffle

Chef Brett Graham's innovative cooking, paired with fine wines in a smart, modern setting. -

For those looking for something a little bit special and wanting to sample some of Britain’s most prized gastronomic delights, book a table at the two Michelin starred Ledbury restaurant. Head chef... read more

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E&O

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$$$· 14 Blenheim Crescent·Map·Hours·Website·

129 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great restaurant and bar, go there for weekend cocktails and asian fusion dinners, booking preferable for dinner thurs - sat

Perennially trendy, this corner restaurant off Portobello Road serves up posh asian fusion food - the salt and pepper squid and pad thai are both must-trys.

Pan-Asian restaurant/cocktail bar for brunch, tempura and sushi, with counter seats in the window. 14 Blenheim Crescent.

322 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

331 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Camden is a brilliant place for diverse shopping. Ethnic, hippy, punk, it's all here. If you're in to the club scene or even if you're not it's worth checking out Cyberdog in the market for a taste... read more

London's most popular open-air market area with stalls, shops, pubs and restaurants. Around 200 stalls jostle for space in the narrow alleyways off Camden High Street/Chalk Farm Road. This market... read more

The famous Camden Market is a diverse community of creative sellers, street food traders and independent stores next to the Regent’s Canal. Open every day, there are over 1,000 places to shop, eat,... read more

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Electric House

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$$· 191 Portobello Road·Map·Hours·Website·

124 local Airbnb hosts recommend

French-flavoured American diner with all-day menu, long bar, exposed bricks and red leather booths.

Phone (Box Office) Tel: 020 7908 9696- In February 2011 the Electric Cinema turned 100 years old. The interior of the Electric reflects the cinema's long history. Sixty-five leather armchairs

The Electric is a bar/diner where you can grab a quick bite or a drink with friends. Even better, the Electric Cinema has fab movies you can watch on squishy sofas with a glass of champagne in hand.

486 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Coming to London and not seeing Tower Bridge would be like going to Italy and not eating gelato and pizza! This iconic London landmark is accessible to the public at all times. What most visitors... read more

With its views of the Tower Of London and The Shard, Tower Bridge offers one of the best vantage points in the city from its spectacular glass walkways, elevated 140ft above the Thames. The East Wa... read more

Panoramic views from high level walkways and behind-the-scenes access to original lifting machinery. Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built in 1886–1894. The bridg... read more

#23

Towpath

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36 De Beauvoir Crescent·Map·Hours·Website·

117 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is amazing. Good food (from breakfast/brunch/lunch/tea) right on the tow path of the regents canal. I love this cafe. Super friendly owner (ex food writer for New Your Times) and staff! Bit ca... read more

Honest high quality food Owned by food stylist & food photographer. Idylllic spot by the canal, sit in the sun watch the world go by, or rather cyclists, runners, dog walkers, house boats...

Only open in the summer, this is a little cafe in four old industrial units, with tables on the canal. Come here for breakfast and the menu will usually include fried eggs on toast or granola with... read more

#24

LARDO

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$· 201 Richmond Road·Map·Hours·Website·

109 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Italian restaurant. Industrial-style pizzeria with a disco ball oven. Good for brunch and Italian small plates.

Hip, industrial-chic pizzeria with a 'disco ball' oven, for brunch, drinks and Italian small plates.

I love this place, it is certainly busy and would not recommend it for Friday and Saturday nights. I think you would enjoy it more on a laid back Thursday when it's quiet. The environment is so bea... read more

#25

The Cow Pub

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$$· 89 Westbourne Park Road·Map·Hours·Website·

114 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Perennially popular pub (ooh, catchy phrase!), only a few minutes’ walk from Portobello Road. High praise from all guides, the pub was founded by Tom Conran of Conran family fame. Irish pub.

This traditional, small pub is run by Tom Conran (Son of Sir Terence Conran) serves a fab guinness with oysters and a good, basic dinner menu. Occasional star spotting!

Hidden away just 5-10 minutes walk away , The Cow is a n traditional Pub which prides itself in its ethos "eat heartily and give the house a good name" A gastro pub serving fine real ale and th... read more

114 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Seriously cool no reservations brunch place - decked out in homage to 1980s America and with giant and affordable American brunches. Staff all appear to be models. Take 141 or 21 bus for 10 mins

The most amazing breakfasts. American pancakes, waffles, smoothies, and a full English are all options. Prepare yourself for queuing - it's THAT good, people will queue to get a table !

English and American breakfasts, plus comfort foods and burgers in cheerful, quirky surrounds.

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Franco Manca

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$$· 52 Broadway Market·Map·Hours·Website·

112 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just recently discovered this gem....absolutely delicious pizza, salad and organic wine. The cheapest pizza is £4.50......amazing value and right on Broadway Market. Very popular so good for lunch.

Neapolitan-style sourdough pizzas with organic ingredients, plus real lemonade, in a tiled interior.

Cheap but tasty sourdough Pizza. Broadway Market and London Fields can be walked to along the canal from Shoreditch - go to the market on a Sunday

289 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Science Museum is a major museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London. It was founded in 1857 and today is one of the city's major tourist attractions, attracting 3.3 million visitors... read more

Attracting over 3 million visitors every year, this is one of London's major tourist attractions. A vast treasury of science and invention, famous for its state of the art interactive exhibits.

The Science Museum is a major museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London. It was founded in 1857 and today is one of the city's major tourist attractions, attracting 3.3 million visitors... read more

121 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing restaurant in a converted warehouse. Bit pricey, but worth it. Their brunch is great, book a table for Sat or Sun and enjoy the pianist playing old pop songs. Good cocktail bar too.

2-minute walk. Modern European classics in a trendy loft-restaurant with cocktails and stage shows downstairs.

Modern European restaurant in white-painted converted warehouse, with bar & private dining room.

110 local Airbnb hosts recommend

On the 42nd floor of the new Heron Tower you have Sushi Samba for 24 hour drinking and eating - London's beautiful people can be found there on Fridays and Saturdays. Beware, its not cheap.

Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian sushi in cool design setting with 38th-floor Heron Tower views.

Upmarket restaurant with amazing views of London. Requires booking well in advance, but you can go for drinks. Smart dress code. Also see Duck and Waffle in the same building. Buses 205 or Whitecha... read more