With winter coming our way, we have put together some ideas of how to spend your time out and about in London. You will never be stuck for choice with places to see or things to do in London, as there is just about everything for everyone - even in our strange times.
Check out the best views in town
Although we’ve been lucky to be able to continue to explore London on foot and by bike during lockdown, something special about rooftops is looking down on the city from above. The Seabird rooftop (Southbank), Coq D'Argent (Bank) and The Garden at 120 (Fenchurch Street) boast sprawling views of London. It’s not been your average jet-setting holidays, but you can still recreate some holiday vibes on the seventh floor of glossy new hotel The Stratford at Allegra. Taking inspiration from a picturesque winter forest, Pergola Paddington is opening up their fully alfresco upper deck with cocktail bars and street food vendors, launching on the 12th November.
Immerse yourself in the latest exhibitions
Even though we're living through weird times, for London's museums and galleries it's (almost) business as usual. Some may now require booking for shows and almost all of them have changed their opening hours. Either way, check the gallery websites before heading out:
Titian: Love, Desire, Death (National Gallery)
Steve McQueen: Year 3 (Tate Britain)
Summer Exhibition (Royal Academy)
Paradise Lost (Kew Gardens)
Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers (Design Museum)
Eat out at these London hot-spots (until 10pm of course)
London has a plethora of some of the best restaurants, so here are just a few of the places we recommend checking out...
Mayfair sushi spot Taka, has opened a second restaurant, this time in Marylebone. They’ll be serving sushi, and hot plates which includes fried chicken wings stuffed with truffle and potatoes, kani croquettes, and mochi flat breads.
The New Orleans inspired spot Louie is now open in Covent Garden, and they’ve got an oyster bar, an actual bar, and a lounge where there will be a live jazz pianist and DJ.
Take a break at these cafés
The Pantechnicon, a five-storey Japanese and Nordic themed shopping and dining centre has opened in Belgravia. Inside, you will find Café Kitsuné, as well as two restaurants, and a roof garden where you can drink cocktails on the terrace.
Abasto blends the twin passions of coffee and food to create a unique slice of Argentina in London. It is a great spot for anything - a coffee, cake, wine or even an empanada.
Hidden behind Portobello Road, the beautifully rustic and bohemian Farm girl cafe serves fresh and nutritionally nurturing ingredients.