Top 5 ‘British’ things to do in London

With every country, there are always the ‘must do’s’ which often involve taking Instagram-worthy pictures with statues or in museums that you won’t probably even remember in a few years. So I’ve compiled a list of my Top 5 British things to do whilst you’re living/visiting London which will hopefully leave you with good memories and a much loved Instagram photo to accompany.

High Tea

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There are dozens of places in London which offer high tea from the low range starting at just under £20 to the higher end going for over £70. So what is high tea? It usually sits somewhere between the time period of lunch and dinner and involves indulging yourself in endless sandwiches and pastries and of course, tea.

TOP TIP: A few of the high tea places offer unlimited food and drink AND takeaway, so be sure to ask about this beforehand so you can stock up for the week!

Click here for discounts on afternoon tea

 

West End Theatre Show

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Probably one of the most well known places in the world to watch a musical is the West End in London. From classics such as Les Miserables & Phantom of the Opera to the more contemporary such as Book of Mormon & Wicked, there’s something for everyone on the West End. The great thing is there is usually a show on at least 5-6 nights a week.

TOP TIP: Monday-Thursday are usually the cheapest especially if you book an afternoon session (usually around 2pm)

You can always get discounts to these shows whether it’d be at the stands near Piccadilly Circus offering ‘Discount Theatre Tickets’ or on the following sites: Last Minute, Love Theatre & Cheap Theatre Tickets

 

Royal Ascot

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In Melbourne we have the ‘race that stops the nation’ also known as the ‘Melbourne Cup.’ In London, it’s the Royal Ascot – the race that doesn’t quite stop the nation, but like the Melbourne Cup, it’s a well celebrated event involving elegantly dressed men and women drinking a little bit too much and passing out within the first few hours of arriving (well maybe that’s just me…). Oh and the Queen makes an appearance too!

This needs to be booked in advance so to avoid disappointment, keep an eye out on the ticket release dates and get on it!

https://www.ascot.co.uk/Royal-Ascot

TOP TIP: Each person is allowed to bring in ONE bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne each

 

Sunday Roast

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So you’ve got to give this a go at least once while you’re in London. It’s perfect on a cold day in London (i.e. everyday) especially if you can find a pub with a fireplace. Sunday Roasts are often a family occasion but definitely a thing you can enjoy with a few good friends. Often the more popular pubs are booked out, but more often than not if you’re a small group you can probably squeeze in without a booking.

You’re looking at £15-£25 per dish and make sure you soak up all the gravy with the delectable Yorkshire pudding …yum!

Take a look at the Londonist & TimeOut who have listed their top Sunday Roasts in London.

 

Football

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Whether you’re a football fan or not, it’s worth attending a game just for the atmosphere. The Brits are probably some of the most passionate sporting fans you’ll ever see which is sometimes a good thing and a bad thing. Now to get tickets to a game is not an easy task and there are plenty of SCAM ticket websites out there so please be careful and do your research before handing over your money

Stubhub is a legitimate re-sell site which I have purchased from – they sell tickets for all sorts of events at varying prices.

If you want to go to a few games and you’re not too fussed about the teams, I’d recommend signing up for a low-tier membership and from there you can utilize their Ticket Exchange where you can buy cheap tickets off higher-tier members that can’t attend a game. We purchased an Arsenal Red membership for £30 and have been to a few games now for about £37 per ticket.

TOP TIP: BYO snacks as they can be pricey in the stadiums

 

This is clearly not an extensive list and there are plenty more British things to do in London so feel free to let us know of others you think are worthy of the list 🙂

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