In a city all about member’s clubs and drinks at pubs, picking the right spots in London can be all too bewildering. We know you only have 24 hours, and we couldn’t bear to think that you’d have to figure out what to do with your time all by your lonesome, so we did a little something to sort you out.
Here’s our pick on what to do every hour, on the hour, plus a map to help you get around.
6AM: Sunrise Sips
Whether the night is ending, or the day is beginning, take in sprawling city views with champagne in hand and food to the face at Duck & Waffle‘s 24/7, 40th-floor eatery.
Sweat away last night’s sips and sustenance with a much-needed detoxing session at the refreshing Triyoga Studio.
8AM: Let’s Get Baked
We can’t resist the freshly baked bread, jelly-filled doughnuts, and classic mince pies at Bread Ahead, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
9AM: Regents Rendez Vous
Have an impromptu rendez-vous in Regents Park; a picturesque, flower-filled oasis that hosts Frieze London & Regents Park Open Air Theatre.
10AM: Fashion First
Entertain your design curiosities at Dover Street Market, home to all of the latest contemporary designers from apparel to accessories.
11AM: Stop at Saatchi
A trip to London would be incomplete without a short stint at Saatchi Gallery, a famous Chelsea institution for contemporary art and design.
12PM: Bite Me
Roasted aubergine, truffle polenta chips, and chickpea pancakes are calling your name at the always chic Ottolenghi, with flavours from around North Africa and the Middle East.
1PM: Hunger Comes Here
Not sure where to eat? Head to Exhibition Rd for a browse around some of the neighbourhood’s best restaurants. Our pick: Casa Brindisa!
2PM: All In One
3PM: Tea Time
Ah afternoon tea, the perfect segway into a spontaneous evening ahead. Have yours at the oasis that is Fortnum & Mason‘s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.
4PM: Design Daze
Take a break between daytime drinks for a stop at the buzzed-about Design Museum. Pics or it didn’t happen!
5PM: Best of Broadway
Indulge in all of Broadway Market from shops to pubs, cafes and, of course, stalls for fresh produce and authentic street eats.
6PM: Electric Feel
Impromptu date night? Take a stroll down Notting Hill’s colorful and boutique-lined Portobello Road before ending at Electric Cinema, one of the oldest and most romantic working cinemas in Britain.
7PM: A Pint and the Park
Thought you were going to London without going to a pub? Think again! Head to the locally adored Pub on the Park in London Fields.
8PM: Eats Everywhere
There’s a little something for everyone at Dinerama; a global street food market housing a cluster of stalls and bars. Go for the yumplings!
9PM: Dish Out
A trendy locale for Indian street food in Bombay-style digs, you should definitely dish out for all of the delicious dishes at Dishoom.
10PM: Got Milk?
Get yourself to Milk & Honey, a three-floor cocktail bar accessible through reservations only, and equipped with intimate booths and lounge drinking.
11PM: Doing it Right
Look at you, all swanky and cozy sipping on a crafted cocktail at the Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown. Good on you.
12AM: Speakeasy Central
1AM: Let’s Drink
The former residence of Mr. Phileas Foggs, the eccentric British adventurer, Mr.Foggs serves up otherworldly libations in a cozy and an ornate setting.
2AM: Sixes and Sevens
Let things get a little topsy-turvy during a late-night live music session at Ronnie Scott’s, showcasing the world’s top jazz musicians since 1959.
3AM: Munch at Maroush
A London late-night staple since 1981, nothing cures tomorrow’s hangover like having Maroush’s Lebanese bites tonight.
4AM: Outside The Box
Nothing about The Box, one of London’s wildest nightclubs, is ordinary. That’s all we’ll say, you’ll have to discover the rest for yourself.
Open since 1977, Beigel Bake is the oldest bagel shop in London; it churns out up to 7,000 bagels every day, 24 hours a day.