Travel guide for a weekend in London including food, art, walks and parks, from someone who was once a local. This guide takes you through a bit of South, East and West London.

Friday afternoon

South London

Start at St. Pauls, and if you want an impressive view of the city go to (a mall across the road), take the elevator to the top floor. From there, you can almost walk a straight line via the , crossing the Thames.
🎨 You’ll end up at the on Southbank. The permanent collections at the Tate are free, but the paid exhibitions are usually worth it. After the Tate you can head down to , a wine bar and dining room that's been around since the 60s.
🍻 If you're looking for something more lively than make your way down to Brixton. For more people watching, and outdoor food and drinks check out . So much good food here, fun music and a lively crowd. Check out the neighborhood while you're here including Brixton Market, or go to for a beer.


East London

Definitely aim to visit at least one Market when you’re in London. I would recommend going to on Saturday which has great food stalls surrounded by good cafes and a few interesting shops. You can combine it with a walk along Regents Canal and talk a stroll through London Fields park after.
My recommendations for snacks at the market are: the scotch eggs stall in front of Cat & Mutton, the brownie stand Bad Brownie right next to it (try the salted caramel brownie with a sign ‘voted best brownie’), the mushroom risotto place is also good. The market continues in the inner court of London Primary School, which is not totally obvious so make sure you check that out too. There’s also a nice flea market very close called with a few more food stalls (try a place called Bao for buns).
Afterwards you can head down to , there are buses that go there or you can take the overground. Now you should basically explore the triangle between Old St, Great Eastern St and Shoreditch High St.
🛍 I would recommend going down Old St and making a right on Curtain Rd. There are some interesting shops to browse around there like SCP and Good Hood. For more shops, walk back down Shoreditch High St and towards Redchurch St. You’ll find lots of little stores to explore here, including: Labour & Wait (household). If you need a coffee break, make sure to grab one at .
🍽 For dinner, you can't go wrong with , a popular Indian restaurant with Locations in London. For meat lovers, is a very London spot. You can also try , a great Peruvian restaurant on Redchurch St. Good food options around here are (korean buns, you will likely have to wait, but it’s worth it) and (Pizza, casual). is a good option for a £10 steak.
🍻 If you're feeling thirsty and ready for a cocktail, we like or . For a beer, pretty much any pub will do but isn't a bad option, or for a craft beer.
💃 East London on a Saturday is a great place to go out. Any bar or pub will be crowded in Shoreditch or Dalston. We recommend in Haggerston for a larger club-like scene, or in Dalston for a more intimate dance party.
From here you can continue to Brick Lane - where you can find market stalls, asian food and vintage shopping.


West London

Begin your day at for a coffee, and then head for a walk in . The parks in London are iconic. You can try Regents, Hampstead Heath or Hyde Park depending on where you are staying.
After Regents Park, take a walk down Marylebone. Take a peek into the , a design shop with a few floors worth just browsing. Continue down the street to , a famous bookshop that specializes in travel books.
If you're looking for a classy break, then we recommend , the museum cafe of the . It's in a bright inner courtyard with a glass roof, and afterwards you can check out the art collection for free. If tea time is not you're thing, you can try lunch at , a tasty taco chain, near Oxford Circus
By now you should be feeling rested and ready for crowds and shopping, which is what the next part of West London, Oxford Circus, is known for.
🛍 Five minutes down from the Wallace Collection, is the next stop: , a luxury department store complete with a cafe, bar and all the hip and luxury brands. Even if you don't buy anything, it's worth a look if you're at all interested in clothes, shoes and the like. After head down to Carnaby street, beginning with another famous department store: . Set within a Tudor style building, the architecture is the more interesting part of this store. Continue down Carnaby St, if you want to check out other shops. If you're looking for a snack try , there's usually a giant line but it's worth it.
🎨 Skipping shopping is also an option. Instead you can check out some art galleries including: , and .
🍽 For dinner, there's no better place or more crowded than Soho. Even if the lines are long and it's basically impossible to get a table, it's still fun to try. We like for Sri Lankan food, while you wait you can grab a Cocktail at .
If you don't feel like waiting in line then try closer to Oxford Circus. It's a French style bistro with a cheap but tasty steak. Or if you want something extra classy and instagrammable then we highly recommend it's perfect for a special occasion.


Trendy peruvian
Trendy and amazing indian
On the Bap
Super tasy baos, no regrets
Fabrique Bakery
Bakery, cinnamon rolls!
Berber & Q
Middle eastern, grilled veg and meats yum
Fried chicken
Black Axe Mangal
Classy and simple italian
Duke of Cambridge
pub w/organic food
bakery with sandwiches and coffee during the day
Trendy taqueria
London Fields
Fish House
Classic fish & chips spot
Covent Garden
Wait in line for a dope ramen


Tate Modern
Very big, very cool modern art museum next to the river. Free exhibitions.
White Cube Gallery
Small contemporary art gallery. Free.
Whitechapel Gallery
Medium contemporary art. Usually paid exhibitions.
Welcome Collection
Science and archival themed museum. Large free exhibition.
West London
Hauser & Wirth
Swanky art gallery.

General advice

If your VISA card has NFC you don’t need an Oyster card to use any bus or subway(!)
Wave the bus down - it won’t stop at the station otherwise
If you’re out’n’about and you need a quick snack go to a kiosk and get a meal deal: sandwich, bag of crisps and drink for £3
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