Don’t get me wrong, the tourist attractions in London are amazing, Big Ben, Westminster, Camden Market, Tower of London, the list goes on and on. But sometimes, you just want a break from the tourist hotspots and to experience the city like a local. To help you do this, I’ve put together a short list of activities my friends and I actually do around London so you can get in on the fun.
Enjoy a Sunday roast
Don’t leave London without doing this! Meeting friends for a Sunday roast accompanied by loads of red wine is a tradition and one you shouldn’t skip if you’re lucky enough to be in town on the weekend. The photo below is from one of my favourite roast spots called The Beast of Brixton which is also featured in my Top 5 London Pubs post.
Take a dance class at Pineapple Dance Studios
Get in a fun workout at the world famous Pineapple Dance Studios in Soho. Classes run all day everyday and range from hip-hop to ballet to Bollywood. Drop-in classes are £11 (£4 for one day membership and £7 payable to the instructor). It’s cheaper to buy a monthly membership pass if you’ll be in town for a while.
Join a pub quiz at your local pub
Pub quizzes are a fun way to spend a weeknight with a group of friends after work. There’s usually a small fee to play but it will go into the prize money awarded to the winning team at the end.
Sing-along to your favourite movie at the Prince Charles Cinema
Prince Charles Cinema is a small theater located in Soho and they put on regular “Sing-A-Long-A” events where the audience literally sing along with a the movie as it’s being played. My friends and I went to the Spice World event (classic) but the movies on offer change every month so check the website for their schedule.
Participate in a local Parkrun
A great way to see the green space at your local park. Per their website, Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.