Five things to do in London with friends

Guest blogger Anita Dykstra is a travel writer from New Zealand. You can read her great blog on her website.

Leicester SquareThere is an endless amount of things to do in London, which is even more exciting when you’re travelling with a group of friends. There are some incredible food trucks, bars and lots of historical importance that cannot be missed on your trip here.
From the trendy east to the sophisticated west and all the quintessentially English buildings in between, it’s no wonder London is one of the busiest cities in the world. Here’s our pick of some of the city’s best.

Walk the Roman Wall

altA big part of London’s history still stands today but is often missed by visitors. London’s Roman city wall was built in 200AD and stretches for two miles from Tower Hill in the east to Blackfriars station in the west. It’s a fantastic option to stretch those legs and explore the city by foot while following one of the most historical sites in London. The construction of the wall was considered the largest construction project in Roman Britain, so it’s pretty iconic.

Check out the Borough Markets

Borough MarketsOne of the most renowned markets in London is the Borough Markets, located at London Bridge. It’s been running for over 1000 years, which makes it London’s oldest food market. It has everything from fresh fruit, an abundance of cheese, freshly cooked slices and cakes, fresh seafood and food trucks providing great lunch options for the London population. The Borough Market is a bucket-full of colourful produce, beautiful smells and people genuinely enjoying themselves whilst walking around one of London’s historic markets. The full market can be seen Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am until 5pm (6pm on a Saturday). You can also visit on Monday and Tuesday, but the not all of the market will be open which means you won’t get to experience the full effect of this fabulous market.

See a West End show

West End ticket officeYou simply cannot visit London with friends and not go to a West End show. It’s a great chance to see an award-winning and hilarious show that you are guaranteed to never forget. The West End is full of beautiful old theatres and buildings. Five musicals that we can definitely recommend as West End classics are The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mamma Mia and Thriller. There are many discount sites where you can purchase the tickets, or you can ask the booths that are located around the theatres and see if they have any discounted tickets for that day. Quite often they’ll sell tickets really cheap if they need to fill the seats.

A bar where cocktails are free…

Want cocktails but don’t want to pay London prices for one? Then you need to go to B.Y.O.C., where the cocktails are free! Okay, they’re not quite free but all you have to do is pay £25, reserve a table, bring your preferred bottle of spirit and they make cocktails for you to your taste and liking. Sittings last two hours, which is plenty of time to try a few different cocktail variations. There’s three of these candle-lit bars around London, all regarded as secret hideaways so shhh, don’t tell anybody else!

View the city from above

The view from the ShardTo get one of the best views in the capital make sure you get tickets to go up the tallest tower in Western Europe, The Shard. With stunning 360° views, it’s one of the best vantage points to see all the iconic attractions. Make sure you book a ticket in advance so you get 15% off. At the top, there’s also a bar if you fancy relaxing and having a drink.

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Thanks to Jennifer Boyer, Giovani Racca, Garry Knight, Paul Hudson and Ilkka Harmanen for use of their great images under the Creative Commons license.

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