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24 Hours in London: What to Do Every Hour of the Day

When visiting London, it’s hard to find yourself running out of things to do. You pop from Paddington to Soho to Hackney, down to Peckham, and over to Brixton. This multicultural cosmopolitan is where the old rubs shoulders with the new, where the high-density environment values the high land. This ever-changing city is one you’ll never entirely be able to put your finger on, but with our help, you may graze the surface. See what you should be doing in one of the most vibrant and bustling European cities at all hours of the day and night. 


00:00 – 03:59

The pubs have begun emptying out, and the crowds are moving. If you’re big on nightlife in any city, you’ll know what comes after the beer taps out. Where to move to, you wonder?

1. Corsica Studios (Elephant And Castle)
2. Egg London (Camden)
3. Phonox (Brixton)

04:00 – 05:59

Usually, you’ll only be out at this hour if you’ve got a specific event you’re attending. We recommend using the applications Shotgun and DICE to find tickets for the best upcoming live music events.

06:00 – 07:59

At this hour, clubs and events are beginning to run dry, and you don’t want to go home. The city feels even more alive now that the sun has started beaming its light into the sky. We recommend walking or taking a Santander bicycle to your closest body of nature to watch the glow of the sun blaze through the darkness. Here are three of our recommendations for the most amazing peaks around London:

1. Primrose Hill (Camden Town)
2. Parliament Hill (Hampstead)
3. One Tree Hill (Lewisham)

08:00 – 08:59

Two words: Greasy and Spoon. A greasy spoon, by definition, is a cheap, run-down cafe or restaurant serving fried food. As appealing as that already sounds let me sell you just a sentence more. This is an authentic and local experience that will provide you with a cozy home feel that goes hand in hand with a traditional full English Breakfast. Here are our greasy spoon recommendations:

1. Truly Scrumptious Cafe (Camden Town)
2. Andrew’s Restaurant (Farringdon)
3. The Corner Café (Lambeth)

09:00 – 09:59

Time for your first coffee to keep you going. Luckily for you, coffee shops may be something that London has too much of. Here are our favorite spots around town:

1. Allpress Espresso (Shoreditch and Dalston)
2. Fowlds Cafe (Camberwell)
3. Flat White (Soho)

10:00 – 10:59

This is the best hour to visit Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Both open at 10 am, and it’s always best to avoid the hectic crowds, especially when trying to engage in analyzing works of contemporary art that require a bit more intimacy. The exhibition of 2023 is A Year In Art: Australia 1992, so make sure to catch a glimpse of it before May 14th, 2023.

Tate Modern

11:00 – 11:59

While you’re already around, you might as well wander around the River Thames for some beautiful scenery and an assortment of different snack options right by the tide. By walking along the southern border of the river towards the West (with Tate as the starting point) you’ll find some food trucks for your “aprés-art” cravings. Settle down near the water for a calm energy or stumble upon the Southbank Skate Space, a skatepark located on the banks, for an exciting display of tricks (and falls).

12:00 – 13:59

A quick trip to London necessitates a trip to some of the most iconic food markets for your brunch cravings. In these locations, you’ll find hotspots of all types of cuisine of rich and diverse street food, restaurants, and bars. You’ll also be able to find stalls of traders that are filled with artists and jewelers.

1. Spitalfields Market (Spitalfields)
2. Covent Garden Market (Covent Garden)
3. Greenwich Market (Greenwich)

14:00 – 15:59

Once you’ve got your midday energy, let’s move on down to the iconic Brick Lane located in Shoreditch. Here you have your pick of an assortment of different thrift shops ranging in styles and prices that will have something for everyone. These three thrift shops listed are our favorites:

1. The Brick Lane Vintage Market
2. Backyard Market
3. Rokit

While you’re around, you should also consider stopping over at the Beigel Shop in Brick Lane. It was founded in 1855 and is considered a landmark institution of historic tastes and traditions.

Spitafield Market

16:00 – 16:59

After all the window shopping (or actual shopping), it’s time to unwind, and maybe touch some grass. Here are some of our favorite gardens that keep us grounded. Take a stroll, a jog, or a picnic:

1. Queen Mary’s Gardens (Kings Cross)
2. Chelsea Physic Garden (Chelsea)
3. Kensington Gardens (Hyde Park)

17:00 – 18:59

The nine to five has made its cycle, and offices are emptying out into the streets for after-work drinks. Here’s what we recommend for a quick open-air aperitivo:

1. The Ship Wandsworth (Putney)
2. Boxpark (Shoreditch, Wembley, Croydon)
3. Bar Elba (Waterloo)

19:00 – 20:59

It might be time for your final meal of the day. After a loaded afternoon of activities, here are the three dinner spots we at Enfnts Terribles recommend for your 24 hours in London:

1. My Neighbours The Dumplings (Clapton or Victoria Park)
2. Buvette London (Notting Hill)
3. Mare Street Market (Hackney)

20:00 – 21:59

There is no British influence quite like a pub. They are chatty, chaotic, and a bit tipsy. A pub is a pub; it never fails to produce a good night or afternoon. The impact of pubs has you blubbering from all hours of the day, so it is a bit debatable to put pubbing at this time slot when it could be every hour of this entire article. Nevertheless, here are our top three recommendations for your authentic London experience:

1. The Lamb And Flag (Covent Garden)
2. Elephants Head (Camden Town)
3. Wetherspoons (Multiple locations)

Ozone Coffee

22:00 – 23:59

Time to get your feet moving and warmed up for the long night ahead of you. To ease your way into it, we recommend you find yourself at a Blues Kitchen. There are three of these located in London. One in Brixton (South London) and the other in Camden and Shoreditch (North London). It’s here you’ll find live blues, soul, and funk music from early in the evening until late at night every night. We also recommend Colour Factory in Hackney for some live music that varies in its genres if Jazz isn’t your go-to.

You’ve done it: you’ve survived twenty-four hours in London. This itinerary is not for the faint of heart. If you’ve done even one of the activities listed on this route, make sure to shoot us a message of your experience on any of our social media. And if you’re yet to attempt this trip grab an extra coffee at our very last recommendation: Ozone Coffee Roasters (Shoreditch).

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