...apart from eating quinoa and registering at an expensive gym that is! Okay, so there's absolutely nothing wrong with a health kick, eating raw or getting fit- but this is something slightly different for those living in the big smoke, and most of them don't involve giving anything up (accept a few £££'s if you fancy seeing a great show or film)! After picking out a select few of my favourite central past times, I've popped them in a pick-me-up mini guide to exploring the capital in the greyest month of the year- so hopefully if you're ever stuck for ideas these may help! I'd love to hear your favourite things to do too!

Buy fresh, and get cooking...
Lina Stores London Lina Stores London
Lina Stores in London is without a doubt one of my favourite places in the world. Perhaps it's the fact it's solely dedicated to both fresh and imported Italian treats (including some of the most gorgeous packaging ever) or the fact that their fresh foccacia sandwiches rank #1 in my imaginary 'quick lunches in London list' but Lina is the perfect place to pick up some fresh ingredients to prepare a home cooked meal (and put any old recipe books to good use on a chilly Januray afternoon)!

Visit: 18 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SH

See a (potentially) award winning film...
Curzon Cinema London Curzon Cinema London Curzon Cinema London With award season looming on the horizon, one thing January brings is the promise of a bloody great selection of films out there. So far I've seen The Theory of Everything (completely brilliant, mind blowing and tear jerking), Testament of Youth (a beautifully acted film based on Vera Brittain's stunning, and deeply sad war memoir) and Paddington (which, in, short is adorable and hilarious)- and I still have a few to tick off! My only tip would be to, if you can, try and visit some of London's amazing independent and art house cinemas. Two of my favourites are the Curzon in Soho (they also have other locations) and the Prince Charles on Leicester Square (who also do amazing sing and quote along films)- the perfect way to while away an afternoon.

Visit: Curzon- 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY, Prince Charles: 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY

Eat brunch in one of the most famous parks...
Inn the Park London Inn the Park London Inn the Park London If a Sunday morning stroll around a park is one way to clear the cobwebs, sitting and overlooking one whilst eating pancakes and waffles is definitely another. One of London's most hidden gems and not-so-secret secrets is probably Inn the Park. Huddled in the centre of St James Park, you'd be forgiven to think that this cabin-style-cafe would solely be home to bacons sarnies and builders brew. Inside it's another tale, hosting home to a delicious Peyton & Byrne menu, with everything from steak, salmon and afternoon tea available- with beautiful decor and romantic views that are worth every bite.

Visit: St James's Park, London SW1A 2BJ

See some comedy- and have a giggle...
Soho Theatre London Soho Theatre London Soho Theatre London If London is famous for something, it's being home to some exceptional comedy- something I don't take advantage of half as much as I should. With pubs, theatres and clubs holding host to amazing talent, both new and old- it's not hard to find somewhere to sit back (or y'know, get picked out) and have a laugh. This evening Joe and I visited the Soho Theatre to see comedian Tony Law's new show, Enter the Tone Zone- which equated in tears (of laughter, fear not), aching faces (again, through laughter) and the urge to see him again- just to absorb it all. One of the most fun evenings in a while (he's resident at the Soho Theatre throughout January, so I seriously recommend a trip) - and shows are rarely longer than an hour, so you can make an evening of it too.

Visit: 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE

Appreciate the brighter things in life...
God's Own Junkyard London God's Own Junkyard London Only on until the 18th, Lights of Soho is currently home to the late, and wonderful Christopher Bracey's God's Own Junkyard. A space fuelled and filled with vintage, reworked and rescued neon lighting from all walks of life (that you can even buy to take home), it's certainly a space that'll brighten up your day (see what I did there?), and if you miss it this month, you can also head to Selfridges to visit the pieces there too.

Visit: 35 Brewer Street, London


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...apart from eating quinoa and registering at an expensive gym that is! Okay, so there's absolutely nothing wrong with a health kick, eating raw or getting fit- but this is something slightly different for those living in the big smoke, and most of them don't involve giving anything up (accept a few £££'s if you fancy seeing a great show or film)! After picking out a select few of my favourite central past times, I've popped them in a pick-me-up mini guide to exploring the capital in the greyest month of the year- so hopefully if you're ever stuck for ideas these may help! I'd love to hear your favourite things to do too!

Buy fresh, and get cooking...
Lina Stores London Lina Stores London
Lina Stores in London is without a doubt one of my favourite places in the world. Perhaps it's the fact it's solely dedicated to both fresh and imported Italian treats (including some of the most gorgeous packaging ever) or the fact that their fresh foccacia sandwiches rank #1 in my imaginary 'quick lunches in London list' but Lina is the perfect place to pick up some fresh ingredients to prepare a home cooked meal (and put any old recipe books to good use on a chilly Januray afternoon)!

Visit: 18 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SH

See a (potentially) award winning film...
Curzon Cinema London Curzon Cinema London Curzon Cinema London With award season looming on the horizon, one thing January brings is the promise of a bloody great selection of films out there. So far I've seen The Theory of Everything (completely brilliant, mind blowing and tear jerking), Testament of Youth (a beautifully acted film based on Vera Brittain's stunning, and deeply sad war memoir) and Paddington (which, in, short is adorable and hilarious)- and I still have a few to tick off! My only tip would be to, if you can, try and visit some of London's amazing independent and art house cinemas. Two of my favourites are the Curzon in Soho (they also have other locations) and the Prince Charles on Leicester Square (who also do amazing sing and quote along films)- the perfect way to while away an afternoon.

Visit: Curzon- 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY, Prince Charles: 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY

Eat brunch in one of the most famous parks...
Inn the Park London Inn the Park London Inn the Park London If a Sunday morning stroll around a park is one way to clear the cobwebs, sitting and overlooking one whilst eating pancakes and waffles is definitely another. One of London's most hidden gems and not-so-secret secrets is probably Inn the Park. Huddled in the centre of St James Park, you'd be forgiven to think that this cabin-style-cafe would solely be home to bacons sarnies and builders brew. Inside it's another tale, hosting home to a delicious Peyton & Byrne menu, with everything from steak, salmon and afternoon tea available- with beautiful decor and romantic views that are worth every bite.

Visit: St James's Park, London SW1A 2BJ

See some comedy- and have a giggle...
Soho Theatre London Soho Theatre London Soho Theatre London If London is famous for something, it's being home to some exceptional comedy- something I don't take advantage of half as much as I should. With pubs, theatres and clubs holding host to amazing talent, both new and old- it's not hard to find somewhere to sit back (or y'know, get picked out) and have a laugh. This evening Joe and I visited the Soho Theatre to see comedian Tony Law's new show, Enter the Tone Zone- which equated in tears (of laughter, fear not), aching faces (again, through laughter) and the urge to see him again- just to absorb it all. One of the most fun evenings in a while (he's resident at the Soho Theatre throughout January, so I seriously recommend a trip) - and shows are rarely longer than an hour, so you can make an evening of it too.

Visit: 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE

Appreciate the brighter things in life...
God's Own Junkyard London God's Own Junkyard London Only on until the 18th, Lights of Soho is currently home to the late, and wonderful Christopher Bracey's God's Own Junkyard. A space fuelled and filled with vintage, reworked and rescued neon lighting from all walks of life (that you can even buy to take home), it's certainly a space that'll brighten up your day (see what I did there?), and if you miss it this month, you can also head to Selfridges to visit the pieces there too.

Visit: 35 Brewer Street, London


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36 comments:

  1. Isn't God's Own Junkyard the best?! I also love cooking (well, baking) in the winter, such a good way to pass a dark, damp evening...

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  2. I miss London! Nice to do list!

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  3. Thanks for sharing, those are some really lovely recommendations! That's what I love about London- you can write a dozen posts about different must-see locations and there will still be so many left as there's always something interesting to do. I especially love that brunch place and the cinema, I definitely need to consider going there next time I'm in London x

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  4. Definitely remembering these for when I am back in London, walked past In The Park but never went in so need to

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  5. I love London, I'll have to go to some of these places next time! x
    cherieedle.blogspot.com

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  6. Cooking is something I plan to do a lot more of this year :) X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  7. London looks gorgeous right now, I wish I didn't live so far away! Definitely adding these to my 'to do' list when I eventually return :)

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  8. Thanks for these! I'll definitely pop into one of these when I visit London!

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  9. aah i need to move to london asap! these sound like such amazing things to do!

    Rachel // Style Soup

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  10. There are so many fun and diverse things to do in London! Adding these to my list for my trip!

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  11. The recycled lights look so fun all thrown together!

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  12. I must say I am LOVING your city guides, Liv! I'm certainly putting some of these London spots on my list for when I'm home. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder and I miss all of the quirky, independent places in the big smoke!

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  13. I would love to go to London
    xo
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  14. I'll surely put these on my list the next time I visit London. Great places!

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  15. Oooh nice list, I may have to consider this when going to london for my birthday tehe!
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  16. I'd love to go see movies in London! We have the worst movie theaters where I live :p
    <3 Katie
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  17. Incredible places! I'll check them out if I ever get the chance to go to London! With love,
    Vera

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  18. Some wonderful suggestions, if only I lived in London *sigh*. Brunch in St. James' park sounds just perfect as do the independent cinemas. xx

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  19. A great list! Lina stores looks amazing - must visit it :) xxx

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  20. Brilliant list! Lina looks all too tempting! Definitely adding these to my to do list. Thanks Olivia!

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  21. Brilliant, going to London in the next couple weeks, so this should be perfect!!

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  22. The cafe in St. James Park looks really lovely! Never heard of it before but I might actually try it this weekend with my friends. Thanks for the tip!
    Love,
    Svenja

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  23. Amazing tips and pictures, Olivia! Can't wait to visit London soon! =)

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    Jessica

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  24. There's one great thing about London - you can always have something to do :)

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  25. So fun! My best friend is studying abroad in England this semester - I'm definitely going to send this to her.xo

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
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  26. The food store and Inn The Park both look so lovely, I'll have to head on over next time I'm in the city! A great roundup of things to do outside the cliche sights

    Lauren x
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  27. The Curzon is brilliant. And there are so many good looking films out that I need to see this month!
    Nice Post x
    Amalia
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  28. Lovely recommendations, I've had lunch at Inn the Park! It's so lovely ! I'm definitely going to check out Lina's :-) x

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  29. I'm obsessed with your blog! The photos are definitely my favourite part x
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  30. I wish so bad I lived closer to London! http://lauratalksout.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. Lovely recommendations. I will try them!!

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  32. I have never been to London, but this post has definitely inspired me to do so. Especially that brunch spot at the Inn at St. James, looks so cute!

    xoxo Nicole

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  33. I will try these when I go to London! x

    Blog Marjorie

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  34. London a place I hope to visit one day; thank you for this post.
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  35. I take living in London for granted.... need to explore it more.

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