There is so much to see and do in London with history and culture lurking around every corner. But with so many popular sights to see it’s sometimes easy to forget some of the smaller things to do in London, things that make the city what it is.

The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection

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A museum and gallery hidden away in an historic town house. Through 25 galleries there is an unsurpassed display of paintings, furniture and a world class armoury. A museum that is often forgotten and passed over for the National Gallery, come here for something a bit off the radar. Explore the collections, try on some armour and stop off at the stunning courtyard restaurant for a bite to eat.

The British Library

This is no ordinary library. Elegantly displayed in a floor to ceiling glass cabinet is the Kings library, a beautiful collection by King George III. It’s also home to the original Magna Carta. The library regularly has exhibitions varying in topic and when you have had your fill of literature and history you can stop at the delicious Peyton and Byrne Café.

Go to a car boot sale

Car boot london

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London has many a car boot sale throughout the summer months. It’s common knowledge that its impossible to visit without buying things you never needed and probably don’t want, but it’s also a great place to pick up some bargins.

Southbank Book Market

The famous book market in Southbank

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One of London’s best kept secrets, hidden under Waterloo Bridge is the Southbank book market. It’s a graet place for a walk along the river and browse through piles of books

Go to a lecture

Free lecture at the British Museum

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Most of the big museums and galleries, including the British Museum and Museum of London offer free or cheap lectures during the day or in the evenings. It’s a great way to learn a bit more about a subject that interests you.

Eat cake at the cinema

The Curzon cinema in Soho has one of the best Konditor and Cook cafes in London. Decadent cakes, a cup of tea and a great film, now that is time well spent.

Stroll along the Regents Canal

Stretching from Little Venice all the way to Limehouse, this walk is a hidden London gem. You pass the quirky barge homes, walk right through the middle of London Zoo, stop for a drink at Camden Locks and explore the rejuvenation around St. Pancras Station.

A Beefeater tour around the Tower of London

The Beefeaters live on sight and have incredible knowledge of the Tower and its history. There is no better way to see one of London’s best and most iconic sights. Did we mention it’s free?

Walking across the bridges of London

Walk across a London bridge

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You get some of the best views of the city, day and night.

Visit Clapham Common

This little south west gem is a great outdoor space in London, with ponds, all weather game areas, tennis courts, a skate park and children’s playground. The common has an historic bandstand, cafes and ecological areas. It’s a great space to relax in summer or walk in autumn. It’s also flanked with plenty of excellent pubs, shops and tempting ice cream parlours.