Dine at the highest restaurant in the UK
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Located 40 floors above ground, Duck & Waffle serve classic British and European cuisine – think smoked mackerel and baked haddock – with great views over the city. The restaurant is open 24 hours, so you can drop in for the most sumptuous midnight snack you can imagine.
Visit the Tate Modern
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There’s no shortage of art galleries in London. Sitting on the banks of the Thames, the Tate Modern’s permanent collection includes works by 20th century icons like Picasso and Warhol as well as current art superstars like Anish Kapoor.
Indulge at Borough Market
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The Borough Market is jam-packed with stalls, where traditional British fare sits side-by-side Ethiopian curries, empanadas and mouthwatering jerk chicken. Some of the city’s best takeaway fish and chips can be found at the Fish! Kitchen.
Catch a West End show
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With more than 40 theatres in London’s West End there’s always a stellar mix of musicals, plays and comedies to choose from – with highlights including Billy Elliot, The Book of Mormon and War Horse. Discounted tickets can be found at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square.
Stumble upon a "hidden" bar
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Unmarked entrances and hidden stairways give way to some of the coolest drinking dens in the city. Seek out Nightjar, Happiness Forgets or Portside Parlour, the latter of which is revealed by entering a cubicle and pulling on the loo chain!
Splurge at boutique shops
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Yes London is famed for its beautiful department stores such as Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, but head to East London’s Shoreditch for a slew of hipper-than-hip boutiques. Don’t miss Labour and Wait, O’Dell’s and Aida.
Explore Notting Hill
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It may play the set for a famous movie, but Notting Hill also boasts fantastic shopping, Michelin-starred dining (make reservations at The Ledbury) and Europe’s biggest street festival every August bank holiday weekend.
Hang with the cool kids at Brick Lane
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Hoards of people flock to Brick Lane at weekends for its bric-a-brac markets and to devour an exotic lunch at The Boiler House Food Hall. Don't leave Brick Lane without trying the Instafamous Rainbow Bagel from the Beigel Shop.
Take in the city sights
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Spend the day visiting London’s historic sights of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, Tower of London, London Bridge and Buckingham Palace. Changing the Guard takes place daily from April through July and on alternate days throughout the rest of the year.