Wakening up to the sun shining is something that hasn’t happened for months. Since last August to be exact. There’s no better feeling than getting up on a warm sunny morning with nothing to do for the day. And as Spring has definitely arrived, at long last, the sunnie’s has made an appearance again after being boxed up in the glove of my car and it’s actually day light when I’m going and coming back from work.
I think you will agree that when the sun is out and the temperatures are a little higher it’s easier to get out of bed in the mornings and it generally lifts people’s spirits and makes the mood slightly better.
This turn in the climate has made my nostalgic about my lazy London days. If you’re in London there’s so much you could be doing to make the most of your days in this amazing city. Here is a list of my favourite things to do (for free) in London.
Portobello MarketAs you will know there are quite a few markets in and around central London but Portobello is by far the best. It runs Monday to Saturday and covers over 2 miles of road with vibrant shops and stalls. Everything from antique stalls selling glass, crystal and silver to fashion on the Westway area where you can pick up a bargain on vintage bags and fur coats. Make an appearance on a Saturday and you might be lucky enough to see catch new designers showcasing their work or up and coming artists performing on the streets. Europe’s biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Festival is also held here every August.
Camden MarketThis is where all the cool kids hang out. More than 100,000 people visit Camden Market and Camden Loch every weekend. Situated beside the Regents Canal its host’s stalls with everything from bric-a-brac to amazing fast food with a difference. There is also jewellery and souvenir stalls as well as indoor market halls. Stables market is also at home in Camden. This area of London has a very laid back nature and has some amazing bars with roof top drinking areas overlooking the lock. If tattoos and bohemian living is your thing then Camden is definitely for you.
Trafalgar SquareThis doesn’t really need an introduction as it is the landmark of central London. With its famous water fountains, Nelson’s Column and the Lions that are said to protects it it’s a place to get snappy happy and take far too many pictures. Not only does it proudly show off its statues and plinths but it is also over looked by The National Gallery. The underground bar in Trafalgar is great for a having ice cold beers or wine whilst people watching out in the square.
The National Gallery and National Portrait GalleryBoth of these galleries have free entrance to the public. Just off Trafalgar square give yourself a full day to explore these galleries. The Portrait Gallery founded in 1856 is very popular with art and history student and has a fantastic shop selling collectables and memorabilia. The National Gallery was founded in 1824 and is home to every collection under the sun from as far back as the 1200’s.
St James ParkAnybody who’s been here will appreciate what I mean when I say how remarkable it is. All 57 acres of it. This is the oldest of the Royal parks in London and is bound to Buckingham Palace on the West. The lake that runs through it is full of ducks, pelicans and swans as well as squirrels and other wildlife. During the summer months live brass bands play on the bandstand and hundreds of people take time out of the mayhem of London living for the peace and tranquillity that the green and quietness bring. All you need is a blanket and a good book and you could quite easily stay there all day. The walkways are also spotted with coffee baristas and the odd pop up shop selling everything from Panini’s to Pretzels.
There is plenty more of events, outings and attractions that can be enjoyed for free in and around lovely London Town but these few are a great place to start. Enjoy and happy sightseeing! 😉