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London – Cool Things To Do

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London is home to a melting pot of bustling shopping districts, cultural hotspots, heart racing sports activities and much more. It’s quite easy to get sucked into some of the touristy traps.  Not a terrible idea for first timers, but we’re just so much cooler than that. Check out our selection of the best off the beaten track activities and places to go to. cool things to do in London if you ever should find yourself in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

FOOD

As the capital of England, one of the biggest tea drinking nations across the globe, you are spoilt for choice with some of the plushest afternoon tea venues. Claridges and The Grosvenor Hotel are some faves. But why not pop over to the Langham Hotel. At this lovely place we interviewed Zoe, founder of facevaluebeautyblog.co.uk. For the grungier crowd, try The Breakfast Club, just off Spitafields Market in the East End.

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SPORTS

The Lee Valley White Water Centre was originally opened as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. However, it still remains open to the public, offering jam packed sports activities like kayaking, canoeing and white-water rafting. These adrenalin-packed activities are available to those at all levels from beginners to more experiences thrill seekers.

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Boris Johnson certainly has many critics of his eccentric and at times downright bizarre behavior. His bicycle sharing scheme however, will always remain one of the highlights of his career.  The scheme essentially allows you to rent a bike from one of the hundreds self-service locations dotted across London (using a debit or credit card). Undoubtedly a brilliant way to explore the city. We’d recommend a ride in Hyde Park and the Fulham/Chelsea area.

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CULTURE

There’s no better way to take in the sights of London than from one of the many skyline bars and restaurants.  At the top of the list is the Shard which boasts a breathtaking view from the restaurant and a spectacular high atrium bar. If you’d prefer not to part with £25 per person to visit, why not try the Sky Garden? With equally jaw dropping views and no entry fee, this is one of the coolest skyline bars to be seen at.

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For fans of the world’s natural wonders, why not spend a night at the Natural History Museum? A stupendous museum. It is also home to research scientists and boast some of the world’s largest insect and plant specimens. A night at the Natural History Museum isn’t a dull geek fest. Aside from overnight access to all the galleries, be prepared for stand-up comedy, drinks tasting, edible insect tasting and a three course dinner.

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SHOPPING

No real traveller would go to London and not check out the mind boggling range of shops and shopping districts. Here you can bag yourself some of the trendiest (or classic if you prefer) threads straight off the catwalks of London, Milan, New York and Paris. Oxford Street and Brick Lane are some of the preferred locations for newbies in London. But why not try some lesser known but equally fashionable areas like Marylebone. This is where we met with Anneli Bush, founder of AnneliBush.com..or Dover Street Market for some cool, understated style inspiration.

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Unfortunately the common perception of London weather as grim is largely true. The weather tends to vary from downright awful to mildly depressing throughout the year. Why not capitalise on this and head to James Smith & Sons and arm yourself with some of the most stylish and high quality wet weather gear. Smith & Sons have kitted out a Prime Minister or two with their wet weather accessories and the jaw dropping Victorian style interior is definitely worth a browse even if you end up buying an umbrella from one of those dodgy street vendors. We’ve all been there.
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With all our tips, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time! And who knows.. you might even have a thing or two to share with any Londoner friends you may have!

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