London’s best street food stalls.

We have one of the best jobs in the world here at London Bites. We don’t just run food tours but we also need to go and test out as many different food stalls as we can in order to make sure all of the tours visit the best places possible.
There’s thousands of amazing street food vendors in London and we keep finding new and different flavours.
Here, we explore some of the best street food stalls in the city that promise to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Borough Market: The Heart of Food Lovers

Borough Market, located near London Bridge, is a historic market that has become a haven for food enthusiasts. Among its many stalls, Kappacasein Dairy stands out with its legendary cheese toasties. Made with Montgomery cheddar, onions, and leeks, these toasties are grilled to perfection, resulting in a gooey, crispy delight that is simply irresistible. There’s always a big queue though so prepare yourself.

Another must-visit at Borough Market is Portena. We visit here on our food tour and it’s a really popular stop. They make fresh empanadas daily in their small stall on Stoney street. Classic fillings like ham and cheese or tomatoe and beef go really well with a cold beer on a summers day.

Maltby Street Market: A Hidden Gem

Tucked away in Bermondsey, Maltby Street Market is a smaller, more intimate market compared to Borough Market, but it packs a punch with its eclectic food offerings. Mooncheese toasties is a standout here, serving up some of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in London. Using locally sourced cheeses, their sandwiches are gooey, cheesy, and utterly delicious.

Once you’ve had your lunch you can then enjoy an afternoon on the Bermondsey beer mile.

Brick Lane: A Flavor Explosion

Brick Lane is famous for its vibrant street art, bustling markets, and a plethora of food stalls offering flavors from around the world. Beigel Bake, a 24-hour bakery, is an institution in itself. Known for its salt beef bagels, this iconic spot serves up soft, chewy bagels stuffed with tender salt beef, mustard, and pickles. It’s a must-visit for anyone exploring Brick Lane. It isn’t a street food stall but you can’t really come to Brick lane without paying a visit here.

Southbank Centre Food Market: Riverside Delights

The Southbank Centre Food Market, located along the River Thames, is a bustling hub of food stalls offering an array of international cuisines. The Frenchie is a popular stall here, known for its gourmet duck confit burgers. Served with truffle mayonnaise, melted cheese, and rocket in a brioche bun, these burgers are a decadent treat that should not be missed.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, head over Choco fruit. It’s actually a bit healthy as there’s plenty of fruit which is then drizzled with the most delicious belgian melted chocolate.

Camden Market: A Street Food Paradise

Camden Market is a street food paradise, offering a wide variety of food from different cultures. Three Uncles is definitely worth a visit. Cantonese roasted meats. think Charsiew pork, roasted pork belly and duck. It’s really popular but the queue does move quick.

Another good spot is Tropidog which knocks out amazing gourmet hotdogs. Great to eat as you wander around the market.

London’s street food scene is a reflection of its rich cultural diversity, offering a myriad of flavors and culinary experiences. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, exploring these street food stalls is a gastronomic adventure that will introduce you to some of the best bites the city has to offer. From the historic Borough Market to the eclectic Camden Market, each stall offers something unique and delicious. We could write millions of blogs like this and hardly even touch the sides. There’s so much great food to discover. So, grab your appetite and embark on a street food journey through London that you won’t soon forget.


We run daily food tours in London. Each tour explores either Borough market or the East End. We try some amazing dishes from our local vendors on the tour supporting the local food and drink community.
You can find out more here.

Camden market food stalls

Christmas in London

Christmas in London has always been a special time, especially in the East End.
The area is well known for that tightknit community feel and no season shows this more than Christmas.
Famous for it’s Dickensian cobbled streets the area takes on a character of its own at this time of year.
Here we take a look at what Christmas was like in Victorian times here in the East End.

In the 19th century, London embraced the Christmas season with a blend of nostalgia, elaborate decorations, and heartwarming traditions that have left an indelible mark on the way we celebrate Christmas today.

Carol Singing

In Victorian London, the air on Christmas Eve was filled with the harmonious voices of carol singers. Groups would traverse cobblestone streets, spreading holiday cheer with timeless carols like “Silent Night” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” The tradition of caroling was not only a form of entertainment but also a way to foster a sense of community and unity during the festive season.

Christmas decorations by gaslight

Though Christmas trees had been introduced to England by Queen Victoria’s German husband, Prince Albert, it was during the Victorian era that they became a popular feature in London households. Streets were adorned with festive greenery, and shop windows were meticulously decorated to create a magical atmosphere. The soft glow of gas lamps added an ethereal quality to the city, casting a warm light on the snowy streets and contributing to the enchanting ambiance.

Christmas food and drink

Christmas feasting in Victorian London was a lavish affair. Families would gather around tables laden with roast meats, mince pies, and plum puddings. The aroma of spices, roasted chestnuts, and mulled wine wafted through the air, creating a sensory delight. Wassailing, a traditional practice of toasting to the health and prosperity of the household, was a common occurrence, bringing together friends and family in shared celebration.

Christmas Gifting

The Victorian era witnessed the popularization of gift-giving as a central Christmas tradition. Exchanging handmade gifts and small tokens of affection became customary. However, the spirit of Christmas extended beyond personal exchanges, as Victorians embraced charitable acts during the festive season. Inspired by the charitable themes in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” many Londoners took this time to support local causes and extend a helping hand to those less fortunate.

Pantomimes

Theaters in Victorian London flourished during the Christmas season, offering a variety of festive performances. One of the most enduring traditions was the Christmas pantomime – a lively and often humorous stage show that blended fairy tales, music, and audience participation. The pantomime became a cherished part of the holiday experience, providing entertainment for families and adding a touch of whimsy to the Christmas celebrations. If you have never been to one we would higjly recommend you do, they’re great fun. This year at the Palladium Jennifer Saunders and Julian Clary star in Peter Pan. You can get your tickets here.

Victorian London set the stage for many of the beloved Christmas traditions we hold dear today. From the timeless melodies of carol singers to the festive decorations adorning the streets, the Victorian era shaped the way we celebrate the holiday season. As we bask in the warmth of our own Christmas traditions, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the nostalgia and charm of a Dickensian Christmas, where the spirit of generosity, community, and festive joy took center stage in the heart of Victorian London.
Come and explore Christmas in the East end of London on our Eat the East End food tour.

You can even gift a loved one a food tour voucher this Christmas. Click here to buy a gift voucher.

Christas decorations in London

How to visit Borough Market.

Borough Market is one of the oldest markets in London. It’s an absolute must do when in London and is our most popular food tour. Here we give tips on how to visit Borough market, including what to eat and when to go.



So how do you visit Borough market?

Well the obvious answer is to join one of our food tours of course. We run smaller group tours (no more than 10 people) so you can get closer to the action and experience the market like a local. If you don;t have the time to join our tours here’s some tips to get the most out of your visit to the market.

How to get to Borough market.


The market is right at the south end of London Bridge. London Bridge station is right next to the market itself and provides fantastic transport links to the rest of London. If the weather allows a really cool way to arrive at the market is to walk over London Bridge. The reason that Borough market is where it is is due to this bridge. The first to cross the river Thames and as a result the location of all the trade and activity back in London’s early days.

When to visit Borough market.


The market is open Tueaday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. We highly recommend getting there at opening times as the place does get crowded. Like many inner city markets it’s a labrynth of alleyways and passages. It’s really easy to get lost and not actually see a lot of the market. If you arrive early then you can at least beat some of these crowds.

What to eat.


We could talk for days about the amazing food on offer at the market. One must try would be the sausage rolls at Ginger Pig butcher. These guys were one of the first vendors to open up here in Borough and they pride themselves on farm to table produce. Another place we love is Juma kitchen which is a really cool Iraqi cuisine hut. They have won numerous awards including being finalists in the BBC’s food and farming awards.

What to buy.


The market itself has a small souvenir shop which a lot of our guests enjoy popping into. On the outskirts of the market are smaller, local vendors selling produce that you can take away. Don’t miss Pate moi who have a delicious mushroom pate which they claim is the wolrd’s most addictive. Also Bath soft cheeses sell amazing cheese that you can take home and enjoy with a nice glass of wine after your day of exploring.

Of course we’d love to host you on our Borough market food tours. We keep the groups small so that there’s less stress and everyone can feel involved. We also visit a few places not mentioned here and not that well known. You can book by clicking here.

Guests on our Borough market food tour

The best markets in London

Some of the best markets in the country can be found in London. We are really lucky to be able to enjoy amazing art, antiques, fashions and no forgetting food right on our doorstep. Many guests who come on our food tours ask us what are our favourite markets in the capital so here’s a list of our top 5.

Borough Market

Known as one of the best street food markets in the UK a visit to Borough is a must for every food lover visiting London. Situated at the south end of London bridge the market is also one of the oldest in London dating back over 1,000 years. We host food tours on market days (Wednesday to Sunday) where we explore the market as well as the fascinating surrounding areas. Highlights of our tastings include freshly baked empanadas, traditional fish and chips and some of the best cheese in the country. Don’t miss it, book your spot here.

Alfie’s Antique Market

This is a really unique experience. Alfies is located in Marylebone and is open Tuesday to Saturday. If you are an antiques lover you’re in the right place. Spread over 4 floors there are over 100 dealers selling everything from old electronics to period furniture. It’s a great place to stroll around even if you aren’t buying anything.

Broadway Market

Hosted on Saturdays this Hackney market is for the hip and trendy. A traditional fruit and veg market has been here since the late 19th century but now it is the home of organic food, vintage clothing and books and gifts to tempt you in parting with your cash. It’s a great spot for food as well with some really good stalls but also some great restaurants in the local area.

Columbia road Flower Market

Get the instagram ready for your photos. Columbia market is hosted every Sinday just off the main drag of Shoreditch. The street is transformed with the coloruful plants, bulbs, flowers and trees on sale. It gets really busy so give yourself plenty of time to wnader the street and it’s surrounding area. There’s some great little coffee shops along the road as well so even if you go on a non market day, you’ll find something good there.

Greenwich Market

This indoor market dates back to the 18th century. There’s a great selection of gift stalls, including lewellery and other nic nacs. Theres even some popular furniture sellers based here. You are very close to the river so during the summer it’s a good market to visit with the breeze. There’s also some good street food to sample while you’re there.

Are you planning on coming to London in 2023? If so we’d love to show you around on one of our food tours. Explore London’s east end or Borough market with us.

People enjoying lunch at Borough market

Christmas in London

Christmas in London is a magical time. The shops are all decorated with colourful lights. The bars and restaurant are full of revellers and the mood across the city is one of excitement and fun. We always say that there’s no bad time to visit London but really one of our favourite seasons is the run up to Christmas.
So what can you do in London at Christmas. Well a festive food tour of course. But apart from that here’s a list of some of our favourite activites.

Christmas Markets.

All across the UK November brings the arrival of Christmas markets. Cities across the country are flooded with small stalls selling all sorts of wierd and wonderful things. From unique gifts for family and friends to some amazing food selections. Mulled wine and traditional german sausages are always high on the menu. London is no different. You can explore the christmas markets in Covent Garden, Leicester square and the Southbank centre as well as many other sites across the capital. Be warned though, they are a bit expensive.

A trip to the theatre.

One of everyone’s favourite christmas films comes to the west end this year. Elf the musical runs from 14th November to 7th January at the Dominion theatre and promises to be a treat for all the family. You could also try and catch the always popular Lion King which is on at the Lyceum theatre or Frozen at the Theatre Royal on Drury lane.

Christmas Lights tour.

You can take a tour of the Christmas lights with our friends at Visit London Taxi tours. You’ll explore Oxford street, Regent street and Mayfair just to name a few. And all from the comofrt of your own private London black cab. If you want to stop off at some Christmas markets along the way, no problem.

Try your hand at Ice Skating.

Whenever the temperature drops in the UK we like to challenge ourselves to a bit of ice skating. This probably dates back to the 1984 winter olympics when Torvill and Dean won gold at figure skating. Ever since then we’ve been a nation of wannabe ice skaters. Most of us fail miserably and to see this in action, or evben to join us in our falling and sliding about you can visit any of the pop up ice skating rings that appear over the christmas months. One of our favourites is at Hampton Court where you can skate away in Henry the 8th’s back garden.

Whatever you decide to do, London is an amazing city to visit at Christmas. We’d of course love to show you some of our favourite spots as well as food stalls this December. So if you’re visiting London get in touch and join our food tours.

Christmas lights in London

Team bonding food tours.

Over the past few months our team bonding food tours have been very popular here in London. We’ve enjoyed hosting teams from local offices as well as those visiting us for conferences and events. Food is always a great reason to get people together. After the covid pandemic it has never been more important to strengthen your work teams bond. And what better way to do it than on a food tour. Sampling some of the best bites in London and learning about some great stories along the way.

So what exactly is a team bonding food tour?

We’ve all done those team building afternoons where half of the office don’t want to be there. Perhaps its a physically challenging exercise or it’s just not interesting.
By using food as the main subject you automatically include everyone. We all need to eat, we all have memories of food (good and bad). Everyone has an opinion of food and as such your team bonding event is guaranteed to be more inclusive and memorable.
A typical team building food tour takes about 3 hours. As each group is private we are very flexible with the time of day we host the events but we find many people enjoy an afternoon session.
Over the course of 3 hours we explore an area of London and visit approximately 6 locally run, independent food businesses. At each business we enjoy a dish or a drink (sometimes both) that each establishment is famous for. Again, as each corporate group is private we tailor the dishes to suit your dietary requirements.
Our expert food tour guides will lead the way, sharing stories and fun facts throughout the tour.

Who would benefit from a corporate team food tour?

Well the simple answer is anyone looking to do something different with their team. Something inclusive that everyone can enjoy. Something memorable but also with a social conscience. By taking a team building food tour you are supporting at least 6 local food and drink businesses. It doesn’t need saying that at the moment many of these businesses are doing all they can to survive so it’s great that we can help them whilst enjoying our tour.

How to reserve your teams food tour.

It’s as simple as sending an email to our corporate team james@bitestours.com
We’ll arrange a quick call with you to find out your needs, number and possible dates. We’ll create a few otpions for you and from there we’ll go forward and tailor make the perfect team event.
We can’t wait to show you all around some of our favourite areas of London and especially our favourite food stops.

A group on a team bonding food tour in London

Where to Find London’s Best Fish and Chips?

Whether you eat them out of the paper on the way home or on the wall outside the shop, nothing beats a good fish and chips. This iconic British meal is a delicious reward at the end of a long day or ideal to soak up the aftermath of a night out. 

At London Bites, we love a good chippie tea any day of the week. But with all of London to find your new local, where should you begin? We’ve rounded up our reliable faves across the city’s four corners so you don’t have to! From classic chips to vegan flavours, we’ve got you covered.

Exploring the city through its dishes is our method of choice. If you need advice on where to wow your tastebuds, get in touch. From our East End Food Tours to our local expertise, you won’t find better guides to the capital’s unique culinary scene. 

Poppie’s, Various London Locations

Poppie’s is a popular tourist destination, but it’s genuinely worth the hype. With restaurants dotted around the city at Soho, Camden, and Spitalfields, Poppie’s combines fifties aesthetic and nostalgic flavours — we’re looking at you, jellied eels — with local fish from Billingsgate Market. 

The owner, Pat ‘Pop’ Newland, knows a thing or two about this delectable dish. He started his career at the age of 11 cutting up old newspapers to wrap chips. Now, over 50 years later, his chain of chippies is a huge success.

If you want your saveloy with a slice of East End living history, Poppie’s is the place for you.

The Golden Hind, Marylebone

Nestled in the heart of Marylebone Village, The Golden Hind is not strictly a chippie, but this friendly west London pub serves a cracking dish of fresh fish. Established in 1914, the pub has become one of the premier places for this potato-based dish.

Offering several types of fish either fried in groundnut oil or steamed with olive oil and oregano, this LGBTQ-friendly pub has been updated to meet modern tastebuds. The Golden Hind is great for large servings under £20. Not bad for west London!

Fish Lounge, Brixton

This south London chippie is a hidden gem. Spotlessly clean and the cheapest on our list, you can dine in at Fish Lounge without worrying about your wallet. The small dining area is a welcome retreat from the bustling Brixton Hill road and the staff is incredibly welcoming.

Just a 13-minute walk from Brixton tube, it’s a nice little spot to pop into after a few pints. With fresh fish that is sustainably sourced, this local chippie does what it says on the tin. No frills, just the straight-up classic.

close shot fish & chips

Gigs, Fitzrovia

Smack bang in the middle of a historical hub, Gigs fish and chips bring a flavour of their own to London’s streets. Offering a Cypriot twist to the traditional dish, the staff at Gigs have been using their Mediterranean methods of cooking dishes over natural wood charcoal since 1958.

Gigs is located in central London, just five minutes from Goodge St and Warren St station. It’s a great place to refuel after visiting the British Museum or strolling around the streets of Bloomsbury. Gigs has been going strong for 60 years and at £15.50 for a big portion, we’re not surprised!

Bikes & people infront of BT Tower, Cleveland Street, London

Sutton and Sons, Various London Locations

Heading a little further to the northeast of London, our final fave is Sutton and Sons. With more than 20 years of experience serving fish and chips in Hackney, this chippie branched out into vegan food in 2018. 

After trialling vegan options to the menu at the original Stoke Newington store, the Hackney branch now serves vegan food only. Rather than the classic tofu for ‘tofish’, Sutton and Sons opt for banana blossom as a base for their fish and chips

So why not try a refreshing plant-based version of this classic, without sacrificing any of the flavours?

Fish & Chips red neon Sign
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Whether you prefer your fish and chips with pickled egg, pickled onion, or pickled nothing, we hope this list will have you keen to find your new favourite fish and chip spot. Have we missed your lovely local? Let us know! We’re always happy to wrap our tastebuds around more chip-shop chips.

While London Bites calls the East End home, we’re always exploring the streets to find the best local businesses. If you’re keen to explore our home patch, try our London East End Food Tour! Or, if you’re looking for something further afield, get in touch and we’ll whip up the best recommendations for your delicious day trip.  

Fish & Chips red neon Sign

How to Spend 48 Hours in London on a Budget?

The weekend’s finally here and it’s time to make the most of those precious days away from your desk. With plenty of excitement and activities — many of which are free — London is a great place to make the most of your 48 hours of freedom!

At London Bites, we know how important it is to enjoy the weekend without breaking the bank. As locals living in the capital city, we’ve compiled our favourite places to visit in a limited amount of time.

We love exploring the city through our stomachs, so we’ve included some tasty food recommendations alongside each place. Our Foodie Tours of London are a wallet-friendly, fun way to sate your hunger for culture and lunch! 

Each of our tours is customisable to suit your walking needs and food tolerances. If you need a little more information about what we do, why not get in touch? We’re happy to share our history and unique way of navigating London’s bustling streets.

Explore the East End’s Criminal Past and Culinary Delights

London’s East End is one of the most famous parts of the city. Beyond the trendy streets of Shoreditch, the East End is a culinary melting pot of South Asian, Jewish, and Vietnamese food. The cuisine reflects the diverse history of this vibrant area and the communities living here.

One of our favourite Sunday morning activities is to head to Columbia Road Flower Market and pick up a new plant pal. After you’ve squeezed your way out of the colourful street, stroll down the road to Brick Lane and grab a bagel from one of the oldest Jewish bakeries in Britain.

Head further into Whitechapel to discover the grizzly past of Jack the Ripper and the Kray Twins. The Kray Twins regularly frequented The Blind Beggar pub, where you can have a pint, chat with the locals, and hear stories of the infamous crime duo. 

If you want to explore this buzzing inner-city through your tastebuds, our London East End Food Tour runs every Saturday. Stopping off at six of our favourite locally-run businesses, our tours pepper history alongside delicious bites, giving you a full flavour profile of the East End.

Brick Lane Bagel Shop window

Marvel at Greenwich’s Maritime History and Food Market

Famous for its naval history and sprawling green spaces, Greenwich is a lovely south London spot to visit if you only have 48 hours. Located along the River Thames, visitors can pay to step aboard the 19th-century clipper, the Cutty Sark, and learn about its role in shipping tea.

There’s also a covered food market where you can sample all kinds of world food. We like to pick up a snack and head to the river to watch the world go by. Sate your need for all things green in Greenwich park, which covers 74 acres and has beautiful panoramas of the whole city.

Busy Greenwich street, London with Cutty Sark in the background

Soak Up Some Free Art at the Tate Modern

If you want a double dose of iconic buildings, we recommend starting at St Paul’s Cathedral and crossing the Millennium Bridge to see the permanent, free collections at the Tate Modern. From the bridge over the Thames, you can turn your head to see both the iconic cathedral dome and the imposing former power station that is now the Tate.

With five floors full of art from sculpture to surrealism, this bastion of modern art is a must-see for any culture vulture. The views from the top floor are also stunning. After you’ve walked around the museum, visit the viewing platform to see the iconic City of London skyline.   

The Tate Modern is round the corner from the delectable Borough Market that’s open almost every day of the year. From tacos and butchers to organic wine and tapas, this London staple has a flavour for everyone.

Tate Modern, London

Breathe In the Fresh Air on Hampstead Heath

This north London spot is one of natural splendour. The ancient heath spans 320 hectares and is one of the highest points in London. The length runs from Hampstead to Highgate – home of the famous cemetery. So if you want to visit Karl Marx’s grave on your London weekend, this is the place to be!

If you want to indulge in a spot of wild swimming, Hampstead is home to three natural bathing ponds and a lido. After a dip, walk up Parliament Hill via the food market for a snack to accompany a stunning view of the city.

Trees in Hampstead Heath, London

Live Your Neon Dream at God’s Own Junkyard in Walthamstow

While this is no longer one of London’s best-kept secrets, God’s Own Junkyard is well worth the tube ride to the north end of the Victoria line. The proprietor, Chris Bracey, has been collecting and procuring neon signs for over 37 years, with many recognisable highlights in the gallery. 

Film fans can see the signs from Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and the 1989 Batman. After you’ve snapped your next profile pic, drop into the Junkyard’s cafe – The Rolling Scones Cafe/Bar for a drink. And best of all, this neon wonderland is free to enter!

God's Own Junkyard, Walthamstow neon signs

We hope our recommendations have inspired you to cram as much into your 48 hours in London as possible. The city is full of fun activities and flavours. From free museums to our London East End Food Tour, we guarantee you’ll have a great weekend whatever you choose. 

If you’re finalising your quick trip to London or need a little more help finessing the details, why not get in touch with us? As local Londoners, we know the city like the back of our hand and are more than happy to provide some delicious recommendations!

Tate Modern, London

What are London’s Top 10 Date Spots?

So you’ve scrolled through the apps or caught someone’s eye on a night out – congratulations! It’s date time, baby. But with all of London as your oyster, where are the best date spots for you to take your love interest? 

Don’t worry, London Bites has got your back. Our list of London’s top 10 list date spots will fire up your appetite for exploring the city and make you look super cool. And we’ve thrown in some tasty food recommendations for good measure.

As local Londoners who love exploring the city, we find that the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomachs. Ask anyone who’s been on one of our food tours! If you need our help to cook up something special for a date, get in touch and we’ll start planning.

1. Admire the Barbican’s Brutalist Architecture

This sci-fi 80s dreamscape is a great date location to feel like you’ve gone back to the future. Take in the Barbican water garden’s climbing trees and bubbling fountains with a coffee from the cafe. It’s the perfect place for a chill chat.

If plants make your pulse race, head to the Conservatory on the top floor. It’s the second biggest in London and serves some serious Jurassic Park Lost World vibes. The plants are carefully tended but roam free, coiled in the concrete. Make sure you book in advance!

Downstairs, the Barbican Centre offers a plethora of entertainment. The Curve is a particular highlight for rotating exhibitions in the Centre’s unique architecture. Its intimate walls are the perfect backdrop for cosying up. 

This is all accessible from the Barbican tube station, making for an easy rendezvous location.

Barbican water garden

2. Go Boating in Hyde Park

Believe it or not, this beautiful green space is in London’s city centre! Hyde Park is the largest of the four Royal Parks with many entrances. You can arrive via Marble Arch on the central line or Hyde Park Corner on the Picadilly line.  

The park’s 350 acres are packed full of great date spots and activities. If you’re after a secluded spot, hire a boat and sail around Serpentine Lake. As you glide along, see who can spot the most parakeets hopping between the trees!

The Serpentine Galleries are located on either side of the lake and are free to enter. If you want to continue walking arm in arm under the trees, keep your eyes peeled for the many statues and monuments throughout Hyde Park.

Hyde Park in London

3. Camden Market

If your potential new partner is a mod, rocker, punk, or pop lover, Camden’s music scene is an eclectic mix with sounds for every taste. This north London hotspot is buzzing every day of the week with crowds of people enjoying the scene. Hold on to each other tightly!  

The indoor covered market is a must-visit for any Camden-visiting couple. Whatever your style, you’ll be sure to find the perfect accessory or unusual clothing item to remember the date.

After taking in the sights and sounds, check out the food stalls. After you’ve sampled some souvlaki and bubble tea, sit by the lock and people-watch along the canal.

Camden Market

4. Soak up Soho’s Atmosphere

If you’re seeking neon-lit nightlife, Soho has more bars and theatres than you can shake a stick at. It’s a perfect date spot for culture, good drinks, and strolling around the pulsing streets.

By day or night, Soho is an iconic location to celebrate loving who you love. Home to some of the best queer bars in London, it’s such a colourful place to take your date. Check out The Yard for a quiet place to chat or head to G-A-Y and dance the night away!

If it’s a special occasion, try Brasserie Zédel to treat your date to some Parisian glamour. Both affordable and atmospheric, the Brasserie is like stepping into your own Wes Anderson movie. 

Bon appétit, mes amours!

Soho's atmoshphere

5. Chow Down on Brick Lane

Brick Lane is an east London cultural staple. It just is. 

The melting pot for many cuisines, including more than 20 curry houses and two Jewish beigel shops (institutions, really). A great date spot day or night, the beigel queues alone belie how good they are.

Brick Lane is also home to Rough Trade. Flick through the stacks of records and pick up a new favourite together. Then grab a pint at the Old Truman Brewery, now converted into several bars, restaurants, and quirky shops.

At London Bites, we are in love with Brick Lane and its myriad flavours and histories. Our London East End Food Tour is an immersive date experience, with 10 tasting opportunities from locally run food businesses.

Our food tour is a perfect date idea. It lets you try a whole host of new cuisines without having to research extensively. Because we’ve done that part for you! Our connections with the local area mean you’ll be getting the best of the East End with no hassle.

Beigel Bake

6. Stroll Along the South Bank

A vibrant London date spot at dusk (and other parts of the day, but this is our favourite), the South Bank’s twinkling lights and food markets are the perfect place to lose hours on a date.

While there are traditional excursions like the London Eye, the Sea Life Centre, and the London Dungeon, there’s also a thriving food market behind the Southbank Centre. 

Grab some churros and a coffee and stroll along the Thames to the pop-up book stands beneath the bridge. 

The South Bank is a real hub of activities, there’s even a popular skate park to watch bladers and skaters perform drop-ins and ollies. Plus, the free Tate Modern is just downstream from Shakespeare’s Globe! 

You could visit the South Bank for five dates and still have attractions left over!

London South Bank

7. Rock Down to Electric Avenue in Brixton

Brixton is one of our favourite date spots in London. Home to rich cultural heritage, fantastic food, and an ace music scene, it’s a must-visit at any stage in your dating life.

Once the home of David Bowie, Skin from Skunk Anansie, and Brit Award winner Dave (among many other famous musicians), this south London borough has music in its veins. 

For music fans, the O2 Brixton Academy is a leading institution for all kinds of acts.

The Black Cultural Archives is also an excellent heritage museum honouring the Windrush generation and people of African heritage in the UK. Featuring a calendar full of events, the Archives are a wonderful place to explore Brixton’s culture.

Now for something completely different. If the weather is behaving itself, check out Brixton Windmill and park. You read that right, a windmill! In London! Book a place on a free tour, available every second week of the month from April to October.

Brixton Windmill and Park

8. Take a Self-Guided Tour of Bloomsbury

If you and your date are literary lovers, why not conduct your own walking tour of Bloomsbury? Use the English Heritage blue plaques as your guide, which mark the former residences of Virginia Woolf and W.B.Yeats, among many other famous writers.

Nearby, you could drop into the British Library – another fantastic bookish date spot – and see Jane Austen’s desk and handwritten manuscripts from famous writers including the Brontë sisters, Sylvia Plath, and Andrea Levy.

Top off your date with a drink and discussion in one of the area’s several famous pubs. The Museum Tavern is a hot date spot, particularly for Karl Marx fans. He was a regular due to its proximity to the Library!

British Library

9. Revel in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

The beauty of Kew Gardens speaks for itself. Whether your date is green-fingered or has a graveyard of houseplants, this world-famous garden is a beautiful date spot all year round. Tickets are available online and the nearest tube stop is Kew Gardens. 

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to more than 50,000 living plants! So, regardless of how your date goes your oxygen levels will be fit to burst. 

Sneak some kisses in the wooded area and challenge each other to practice your balance on the natural log trail. 

The Temperate House is also a must-see. This world’s largest Victorian greenhouse is home to 1,500 species of plants from across the world. Plus, it’s very Instagrammable if you want to debut your babe on the grid.

Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

10. Be Buoyed Up at Trinity Buoy Wharf

Sorry for the pun, but Trinity Buoy Wharf is London Docklands’ most thriving arts quarter, making it a perfect place for a dreamy date. 

Situated in Canning Town, the Wharf is full of free, brilliant art exhibitions (both indoors and outdoors) to explore. 

The area is also the site of an Experimental Lighthouse built in 1864. If you want to impress your date with your architectural knowledge, take them to Container City 1 and 2 to show off the merits of living in recycled shipping containers. 

Seriously, they’re very cool.

Trinity Buoy Wharf

So, which of London’s top 10 date spots will you choose? Whether it’s expanding your foodie horizons through our London East End Food Tour or revelling in free arts and culture, we hope you love exploring our home city! Feel free to contact us for more details to plan your delectable date with London Bites. 

Hyde Park in London

When is the Best Time to Visit London?

Visitors need to know about the climate when travelling to certain countries. From hurricane seasons to arctic-like winter conditions, some holiday destinations present holidaymakers with challenging conditions requiring specialist clothing and strict safety procedures.

Fortunately, those heading to London can expect reasonably mild winters and temperature weather summers! Sure, you’ll need a raincoat (this is Britain, after all), but tourists are unlikely ever to find their plans significantly disrupted by the weather.

So, when is the best time to visit London? Well…our answer might frustrate you. Ultimately, there is no best – it all depends on the holiday you want to enjoy!

As we’re often asked questions about the notoriously inclement British weather, we thought we’d set the record straight and outline how, apart from some downpours, you’ll find it easy to enjoy a trip to London at any time of year! We’ll also highlight some of our favourite activities for each season. 

And, while you’re here, be sure to check out our range of Foodie Tours of London – there’s no better way to unlock a culture than through its cuisine, and London offers a truly exciting, diverse culinary scene.

cycling in London

London in Spring

You can generally expect favourable weather when travelling to London in the spring. Spring runs from March to May, and temperatures average between 6°C to 13°C. Bring with you at least one warm jacket and some sweaters, so you’re ready if the temperature falls. As an old British saying goes, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”

The tourist season tends to get into its stride during the spring, so expect to see London bustling with fellow travellers.

Our Choice for What to Do During Spring in London

According to the official government website for London, the city possesses a remarkable 3,000 parks! Put simply, London is a delightfully green city, and it’s only getting greener. Apparently, if the entire population of central London (almost 8.5 million people) decided to climb a tree, they’d have one each. 

For those of you travelling to London during springtime, we recommend exploring the city’s gardens and green spaces. For peace and quiet in an expansive green space, choose Richmond Park. To explore an iconic London park in the heart of the city, try Hyde Park – be sure to check out the heated debates and sermons on the famous Speakers’ Corner.

Don’t miss the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew to appreciate beautiful flowers and plants. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic Kew Gardens are home to over 50,000 plants.

Tower bridge London

London in Summer

London’s summers run between June and August and are defined by an exuberant festival spirit. High temperatures generally reach about 23°C, and lows rarely sink below 15°C. Expect to be comfortable in light clothing, but come prepared for cooler evenings – and always carry a trusty umbrella or packable rain jacket.

Our Choice for What to Do During Summer in London

London summers are alive with people enjoying beer gardens, following the summer’s sporting events (such as the tennis at iconic Wimbledon), and generally enjoying some much-deserved rays of sunshine!

We recommend summer travellers benefit from the sunnier days and explore London’s fantastic food and drink scene! Get out, sample street foods on Brick Lane, and then treat yourself to a refreshing drink. Once suitably revitalised, go and explore the city’s many amazing markets!

Timeout London has helpfully compiled a couple of guides you should really get to know:

National history museum

London in Autumn

Those arriving between September and November can expect a colder, quieter London. The autumn weather often hovers around 10 to 12°C and is the city’s wettest season. However, it’s not all doom and gloom! You get a city with fewer tourists, and accommodation costs are considerably cheaper. Traditional British food and drink also tend to lend themselves to the colder days – find a cosy spot to enjoy a cask-drawn ale and some pie and mash.

Our Choice for What to Do During Autumn in London

Autumn is the ideal time to explore London’s world-beating selection of art galleries and museums. There are more than 170 museums in London, many of which are free to enter!

The jewels in London’s cultural crown would have to feature the British Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, and the V&A

London in Winter

Okay, so travelling to London in winter will require woolly hats and a thick coat! However, you also get to enjoy the city at perhaps its most romantic season. It’s also pantomime season, so those travelling with children can head to the city’s famous West End to catch an evening show. 

Temperatures will range from about 5°C to 10°C, you can excerpt rain, and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a truly Dickensian season blanketed in snow. 

Our Choice for What to Do During Winter in London

Alongside heading to the theatre, winter is a good time of year to treat yourself to some shopping in London (an early Christmas present for yourself, perhaps?).

Visit Convent Garden to soak up the festive atmosphere and get yourself into Christmas cheer! Not only is Convent Garden excellent for some winter shopping, but it’s also home to a beautiful Christmas tree each year, and plenty of mulled wine can be imbibed.

A trip to the historic department store Fortnum and Mason is also a top choice for those who can’t contain themselves when Santa is on his way!

This brings to a close our discussion of when it’s best to visit London. As you can see, every time of year offers something unique. If you have any questions at all, please get in touch