Annie Mole’s London Underground Tube Diary is our favourite spot for transport tales of the city. Here she gives us her favourite things to do in London, both under and over ground (and on water)…
1) Go on a Duck Tour
Of all of the touristy things to do in London, this is the one I think is most fun for Londoners. One minute you’re on land in a big, yellow duck-shaped bus, the next it turns into a boat and you’re cruising down the Thames. It’s like ‘Inspector Gadget’ meets those Big Red Sightseeing tours.
2) Have a Chinese afternoon tea ceremony in Teanamu
Learn how to serve and drink tea the authentic Chinese way. Tell Pei Wang how you’re feeling and he will ‘diagnose’ the tea to suit your mood. Snack on delicious vegetarian dim sum and chinese petit fours at bargain prices too.
3) Watch the pigeons get on and off the Tube at Hammersmith station
Go to Hammersmith station at the end of the Hammersmith & City Line – you will see pigeons bold as brass jumping on and off the tube.
4) Buy books at Southbank Centre’s Book Market
One of the few outdoor second-hand and antique book markets in southern England perfect for browsing while enjoying views of the River Thames.
5) See the Alfred Hitchcock Mosaics at Leytonstone tube station
Even better than the mosaics at Tottenham Court Road. Alfred Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone in the East End of London in 1899, and in 2001 a series of mosaics illustrating his life and scenes from films were installed at Leytonstone Tube Station. They’re rather badly lit, but a fascinating glimpse of some of his most famous films.
6) Visit Postman’s Park
This green space in the City just off Little Britain (the street not the TV series) is home to walls of decorative tiles, recording the heroic deeds of ordinary Londoners who lost their lives saving others. Erected to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. Great spot to spend an hour or so, even if not you’re not fans of Jude Law or Natalie Portman (it was their meeting place in the film ‘Closer’).
7) Visit Kew Gardens
More than 300 acres of land and 250 years of history. Climb to treetops, delve into rainforests, explore greenhouses or just sit and enjoy the serenity one of the world’s most famous gardens.
For more things to do in London, see the full people’s 101 list.