Shakespeare's Globe is London’s world-renowned performing arts venue; the cultural attraction is a reconstruction of the historic Globe Theatre, for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays. The venue offers a range of performances to see and much more; enjoy a guided tour, listen to one of the many talks, or take the family to a fun educational workshop.
Nine Lives is a hidden gem, giving you a taste of California in a Victorian basement on Bermondsey Street. This neighbourhood bar serves up some great cocktails along with its lively atmosphere and music. If you're hungry, we recommend trying their seasonal and sustainable seafood tacos from the taco truck found in their outdoor area, cooked up by their legendary chef, ‘El Tigre’ of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Sat on the Thames between two of London's icons, London Bridge and Tower Bridge, Gaucho Tower Bridge offers panoramic views of the historic London skyline. This steak restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails and a delicious meal at sunset. Their wines are renowned, and if steak is not your thing, there is also a great range of Latin American-inspired food on the menu.
Gaucho Tower Bridge, 2 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AP
Visit London’s first sustainable community market that combines great food with a drive to support local communities and protect the environment. Discover over 40 food and drink businesses, a locally sourced delicatessen, a unique cinema experience, a communal kitchen and even a Bavarian micro-brewery. Having only launched in 2016, Mercato Metropolitano is already having a huge impact on local urban areas.
Stayo recommends this lesser-known rooftop just down the road from the Sky Garden, where no pre-booking is required unless you are a group of 12 or more. The Garden at 120 is the City of London’s largest public rooftop, and it is also free. There is no time limit, so you can stay and watch the sun go down for as long as you please amongst the Italian wisteria trees, flowing water feature, seating area, and new coffee hut. It’s a hidden gem that can’t be overlooked!
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Here you will find a hidden Royal home in Kew Gardens. Kew Palace reflects the intimate personal and domestic life of Georgian kings and queens as they used it as a weekend retreat from their public lives in the city. Today the interior of this tiny, atmospheric palace tells the powerful story of George III, his mental illness and the members of his family who lived and died here.
This old Georgian coaching inn just next door to the Gardens has been restored to become a long time favourite with Kew residents and visitors. Enjoy great ales, wines, craft beers and delicious pub classics in this cosy spot, the fire is lit in Winter and seasonal specials are waiting for you!
Take the family to Kew Gardens to experience what it's like to step inside a real bee hive and learn about the important role that bees play in protecting our planet. The Hive is filled with hundreds of glowing LED lights and vibration sensors from inside a real bee hive that trigger the sound and light systems. Listen to the activity of worker bees going about their business, every visit sounds different depending on what the bees are up to!
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Broad Walk, Richmond TW9 3AB
The Temporate House is the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse home to 1500 species from all over the world. The iconic glass structure opened in 1863 and took decades to build. Today, the conservatory works to rescue plants under threat and find solutions to some of the planet's most pressing natural issues such as climate change.
This is a charming pub on the riverside in Chiswick, The Bell & Crown in the perfect combination of country pub in an excellent London location. Enjoy superb food, fresh real ales and friendly service right on the banks of the Thames.
11-13 Thames Rd, Strand-on-the-Green, London W4 3PL
Explore over 185 acres of parkland, discover the interactive museum, enjoy the brand new sports facility and for when you get hungry you can visit the pop-ups serving all your favourite treats. Gunnersbury has everything you might need for the perfect day out.
Gunnersbury Park Museum, Gunnersbury Park House, Popes Lane, London W5 4NH
This beautiful Bamboo Garden contains 130 bamboo species from China, Japan, the Himalaya and Americas, making it one of the largest collections in the UK. As you wander between the fronds, the Minka house will come into view, a feature of Japanese heritage, rebuilt by a team of Japanese carpenters and British builders, some of whom had worked on the Globe Theatre – creating an unsung architectural gem in the heart of London.
In Kew Gardens you will find the Marianne North Gallery, home to more than 800 remarkable paintings. Marianne North travelled the world on her own to record the tropical and exotic plants that intrigued her, challenging the traditions of Victorian painting and capturing colourful landscapes years ahead of the invention of colour photography. North's work is exhibited in exhibited in geographical order for you to follow in her footsteps.
Syon is one of the last great houses of London, and has belonged to the family of the present owners for more than 400 years. The House is the last surviving residence of a Duke complete with its country estate in Greater London. You will be in disbelief that you are in the city as you wander through the beautiful Park and Gardens and the interiors will inspire you with its wealth of art.
Ave Mario is a contemporary Italian restaurant, matching the culture and energy of Covent Garden and inspired by a "crazy day in Florence". Choose from a brand new menu serving ‘biga’ pizzas, giant carbonara ravioli and a 60cm tall Gelato Tower.
The Lamb and Flag in Covent Garden was once a favourite watering-hole of Charles Dickens and stands as one of London's oldest pubs. Eat and drink surrounded by history, the venue was once host to bare knuckle prize fights. It is no surprise the pub draws locals and tourists alike.
This traditional pub lies on the doorstep of some of London’s best-known sights and serves up great home-cooked food and a range of real ales and foreign beers. When the sun comes out, the outdoor area becomes a Covent Garden must-visit.
A market once took shape at the foot of London Bridge and in 1756 moved to a new location where you will now find Borough Market. Get wonderfully lost in the historic passageways, you never know what you might find; from tableware to beer soaked cheese, it has products from all over the world. Learn from the fascinating traders about what you buy and where it comes from.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
The Making of Harry Potter preserves and showcases the iconic props, costumes and sets so that Harry Potter fans can experience the magic of filmmaking first-hand. Set adjacent to the working film studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made, the Studio Tour offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breathtaking special effects.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Studio Tour Drive Leavesden WD25 7LR
Enjoy a great day out in one of London's most iconic buildings and find answers to your big nature questions. Delve into the Museum's collections and research and uncover the history of life on Earth, from the smallest insects to the largest mammals. Visit the famous ice rink at the museum this Winter for the last time after 16 years.
The Coal Shed celebrates Persian inspired, coal roasted rare breed heritage meat and South Coast seafood. Located moments away from Tower Bridge, the restaurant offers a seasonal sharing fish and meat dishes, an award winning Sunday sharing roast and a top cocktail bar.
Ognisko serve sophisticated Polish Cuisine in a beautiful South Kensington townhouse. Enjoy an extensive, alternative menu and Ognisko’s exotic drinks will introduce you to some exciting new flavours. On a clear evening, wrap up on the terrace and enjoy overlooking the gardens. Alternatively, the restaurant’s interior exudes charm and elegance making you feel like royalty.
Enjoy a warm cup of organic coffee on Exhibition Road next door to South Kensington's most iconic museums. This rustic, community based and Belgian inspired bakery serves handmade bread, a tasty menu of light lunches as well as delicious coffee.
15-17 Exhibition road London, Greater London SW7 2HE
Visit one of Soho's most lively and characterful areas. From bakeries to bars and restaurants to reflexology, Chinatown is a thriving hub of Oriental wonder. Wander through the streets and absorb the atmosphere or enjoy a spread of authentic, delicious Chinese cuisine.
Choose to eat in the sophisticated main restaurant, the terrace overlooking the bustling Covent Garden Piazza or a private dining room - the Ivy Market Grill offers a beautiful array of Modern European cuisine in the heart of Covent Garden. Look out for the elaborate entrance way adorned with a Peacock design.
The Ivy Market Grill 1a Henrietta Street Covent Garden London WC2E 8PS
Lower Marsh Market is one of London's oldest and best-loved market streets, featuring some of the capital's most fascinating independent shops and restaurants. During the week, dive into a diverse range of street food, from Italian classics to sushi sandwiches, there is always a new cuisine to try. Head on a Saturday to explore the Flea Market brimming with Bric-a-brac and handmade goods.
Circolo Popolare is a sunny, Sicilian trattoria just a short walk from Evelyn Yard. Enjoy an authentic Italian menu under the starry ceiling, in an opulent setting. We recommend tackling the carbonara served in a pecorino wheel. Book in good time as tables book up fast!
With 250 shops plus 70 places to dine, Westfield Stratford City is the largest shopping mall in Europe and the new lifestyle destination for East London. From Stayo Barking, the centre is a 20 minute drive. Enjoy endless family entertainment such as luxury bowling or a fully immersive baseball simulation. Westfield is a great day out!
Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1EJ
Covent Garden has recently seen the opening of AIRE Ancient Baths. Experience a journey of relaxation in a candlelit historical building. Tour through the baths, all at different temperatures and feel revitalised whilst being immersed in ancient culture.
Here is the most delicious independent cafe and deli located in the bustling heart of South Ken. Brompton Food Market has evolved from its inception in 2014 as a grocery, fishmonger and butcher to a large cafe and deli with terrace and garden. You will indulge in seasonal food, served up for brunch, lunch and even through cocktail hour.
This lovely Salon de Thé is just down the road from No.2 Queensberry Place. Sit outside the cafe, adorned with bouquets, with a cup of tea and watch South Kensington go by or try their delicious Middle-Eastern inspired menu.
We love this picturesque Elizabethan house set in tranquil gardens in the heart of Barking. The history of the house spans over 450 years and today it houses a number of art, educational and community activities.
One of London’s oldest markets, Berwick Street Market dates right back to 1778. Now a bustling foodie destination it still hosts traditional fruit, vegetable and florist stalls too. Here you will find an inspiring mix of food from Caribbean to Egyptian all in the heart of Soho.
One of Britain’s greatest music venues; The 100 Club, is right off Oxford Street. The iconic club has been open since 1942, playing host to many legends of music along the way. The stage has been graced by the likes of BB King, The Who, Sex Pistols, The Clash and Oasis making it an institution for bands today.
We're huge fans of this recently opened market! Combining fresh local produce and a plethora of street food traders in one amazing historic building. Did someone say cheese conveyor belt? Pick & Cheese did... and we love it!
One of our favourite streets in London, the incredibly pretty Neal's Yard is not to be missed. You'll find amazing food like Homeslice and a wide range of shops committed to sustainability with plenty of chances for the perfect Instagram shot.