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Heading To London This Year? Here Are 11 Things You Need To Do While In The City

Here's why you're going there for your next weekend getaway...

There's so much to love about jolly old London.

With so many things to do, and so nearby, every Irish person needs to pay this great city a visit at least once in their lifetime.

Boasting a population of nearly nine million people, you better believe this metropolis is positively brimming with spectacular sights, sounds and activities.

So many, in fact, that's it's hard to know where to begin — and that's were this list comes in.

1. Stroll around Brick Lane

You simply can't come to London without paying this uber-cool area a visit.

Located in the East End, here you'll find everything that makes the city great in one convenient spot: vibrant markets, colourful local characters, edgy art galleries and trendy bars galore.

For more info, click HERE.

Brick Lane London

2. Cycle through Hyde Park

There's no better place to be on a sunny day in London, where you can rent a deck chair and enjoy the rays.

Rent yourself a bike and take in this 350-acre park, which boasts an abundance of iconic sights, such as Speakers' Corner, the Serpentine Lake and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.

For more info, click HERE.

Hyde Park London

3. Catch a musical in the West End

Seeing a West End show shouldn't be on your London bucket list, but on your general bucket list too.

This is where the world's greatest shows end up, often with some of the best stars of stage and screen. I mean, who wouldn't love to see Disney's The Lion King, The Phantom Of The Opera or Harry Potter & The Cursed Child in London?

For more info, click HERE.

Cursed Child

4. Take a cable car across the Thames

Here we certainly have a novel way to take in all the sights the city has to offer.

The Emirates Airline cable car can be accessed at Greenwich Pier, where you will be taken above the River Thames and given stunning views of the O2 Arena, the Olympic Park and London’s skyline.

For more info, click HERE.

Cable Car Thames

5. Wander through the British Museum

Lovers of history and self-proclaimed nerds will know that no holiday is complete without a trip to a fascinating museum and this might just be the best in London.

There are a number of free and paid exhibitions, and anyone who adored ancient Egypt as a kid will love this place and its enormous Egyptian collection.

For more info, click HERE.

British Museum

6. Go to a gig at Union Chapel

To make your stay a little more exciting, you're gonna wanna catch a show — and venues don't get much better than Union Chapel.

To pay for conservation works on this historical religious building, the chapel is now being used to hold gigs for musicians and comedians, putting its wonderful acoustics to excellent use.

For more info, click HERE.

7. Rave at Brixton Jamm

If you love a good party, Brixton Jamm has got your name written all over it.

Over the last 10 years, the music venue has become hugely popular in Brixton and South London, known for its club nights, delicious food and buzzing outdoor terrace.

For more info, click HERE.

Brixton Jamm

8. Have a spot of proper afternoon tea

When in London, do as the Londoners do... or something like that.

Some of the most notable spots for the traditional English experience include Seymour's Parlour and Dandelyan — to name but a few.

Afternoon Tea

9. Visit The Brunel Museum

An educational charity run by volunteers, The Brunel Museum is open seven days a week and celebrates music, theatre, and historical feats of London engineering, like the Thames Tunnel.

If that sounds like a bit of a peculiar mix, that's because this is a bit of a peculiar place, but well worth a look.

For more info, click HERE.

Brunel

10. Jump around at Oxygen Freejumping

If you have any excess energy you want to burn off, head to Oxygen Freejumping and leap around like a lunatic.

Here you're surrounded by trampolines, where you can spin and somersault to your heart's content and treat your inner child to the day out they've always deserved.

And it's not just freejumping you can look forward to. Other activities include dodgeball, freerunning and fitness classes.

For more info, click HERE.

Freejumping

11. Enjoy The View at The Shard

Now this is what we call the high life (sorry).

Located at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard, you'll find a venue that boasts of range of awesome activities for you to enjoy: the Day & Night Experience, Sky-High Yoga Class, Champagne Experience, and the weekly Silent Disco.

For more info, click HERE.

The View

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Seán Kenehan

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