10 local things you should do in London with the family
LONDON, To do
Whether you are a local or you want to get off the tourist trail, these ten things are a must because Londoners love doing those in their own city.
Top things to do, see, eat in London. All the main attractions and shows. Do this and do that. The capital has lots to offer. But you know what – there is more. Once you are done with all the ‘musts’ we recommend these fun London local things to do.
These are local things that even people who live here for a while might miss out on. Far away from the main attractions and standards you find in every tourist guide!
Let’s discover a different side of the city. Take note and start working on this list over the upcoming week end:
+ Barbican Conservatory: Glass-roofed, leafy sanctuary that features tropical plants and trees, bird life and exotic fish. The tropics in the heart of London. Free entrance!
+ Mayfield Lavender Farm: 25 acres of Lavender fields that open to the public during their beautiful, purple summer months. Picturesque and Instagram perfect!
+ Sunday roast at the pub: A Sunday roast “with all the trimmings” at a friendly locals’ pub. Basically as local as it gets!
+ City farm: Take your kids to one of London’s city farms and visit sheep, goats, pigs and rabbits. Nobody really knows that the city has quite a lot of farms and you can surely find one in your borough too!
+ Stand on the Meridian Line: GMT= Greenwich Mean Time. Stand on the historic Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the home of Greenwich Mean Time. Extra: Its path is illuminated overhead at night! From the top of the hill in Greenwich Park towards the London Skyline and you will know exactly where to stand with this.
How did you enjoy the first five ideas? Already making plans?
+ Football match: The Gunners, the Blues, Spurs… big clubs in the capital and you surely have a football fan in your family too! Try and get tickets or watch a game in a local pub or sports bar. Otherwise you can also go on an official tour of one of the stadiums and take a peek behind the scenes.
+ Ride the Kennington Loop: Leave Kennington station on a tube train and re-enter the same station a couple of minutes later.
+ Have a picnic on Primrose Hill: With that view it would be a shame to miss out on this one. Maybe the first thing of this list to tick? One you can do this week end with the beautiful weather ahead! You can even get your picnic from one (or many) of the local shops if you feel like it…
+ Museum lates: London has many fantastic museums but they are often busy with tourists as well. Did you knwo that you can visit them after hours? Even have a drink, listen to talks or enjoy a film screening. Your children are not sleeping early with this heat anyway, right?
+ Visit a lido: Heated lidos, outdoor pools or natural ponds. Who says London is missing a beach?