8) Stratford, east London. There's more to Stratford than the Olympic stadium – there's the bus station, too. Stratford is also where Shakespeare lived and it’s in the dead centre of London’s cultural life. From Westfield shopping centre to the other shops that aren't in Westfield shopping centre, the things to do are endless.
7) West End. When you are bored with Stratford, why not check out its poorer cousin, the West End. Board a bendy bus via the rear doors to see London for free or just relax with a KFC bucket somewhere.
5) Theatreland. They say that if Shakespeare were alive today he’d be adapting Footloose from a film into a show. So, whether it’s Dirty Dancing or Flashdance, catch a musical and bask in the Bard!
4) Buckingham Palace. Make sure to stop here and watch the royals in their observation enclosure. Get there very early (7am at the latest) to stand a chance of meeting the Queen. She will only greet the first 200 people through the doors.
3) St Paul’s Cathedral. Climb to the Whispering Gallery and play your iPhone music against the wall, then hear it echo back to you. Just as Sir Christopher Wren envisaged. Don’t miss the wide forecourt outside, where dozens of protesters once camped out until their demands were met. Their demands were so secret that even they found it hard to say what they were exactly.
2) Wood Green. The jewel in London’s crown. If you love sport, you’ll be at home here as Wood Green residents are nearly always wearing sportswear lest some sporting opportunity suddenly presents itself. And visit the spot where hundreds of brave young people banded together to protest at the death of respected drug dealer Mark Duggan, a tragic incident which sparked the London riots.
1) The Tube. If you are arriving on the platform and see the train doors shutting, make sure to run for it at full pelt, especially if you are in a large group who are lagging behind. There might not be another train for up to two minutes so really go for it.
And when walking through the pedestrian subways, do so in a line to slow the London commuters walking behind you. They will appreciate the chance to chill out at a more relaxed pace.Tweet