So you’ve come to London and suddenly realised that social activities generally revolve around drinking? Never fear. I am here to tell you it doesn’t need to be like this.
Here are a few fun weekend or Sunday Funday recommendations if you want to take a healthy break from drinking.
#1: Explore Covent Garden and specifically Neal’s Yard
A colourful oasis nestled in the heart of Covent Garden is Neal’s Yard. This tiny alley opens up to a courtyard filled with a range of shops and cafes. Try Wild Food Cafe ( a raw-centric plant based eatery) if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to drinking.
#2: Eat lunch or dinner at Sushi Samba rooftop restaurant
This is one pricey joint, but the skyline views of London on the 38th floor alongside the perfect blend of Japanese, Brazillian and Peruvian infused cuisine offered here is worth your money.
#3: Borough food and drink market
Renowned as an international food market, it is also one of the oldest in London. Most of the market is open from Monday to Saturdays, attracting the largest crowds over the weekend. If this isn’t your jam, wander over to Maltby street market just 15 minutes away. Definitely, my preferred out of the two and nestled right underneath a railway.
#4: Eat one of the best cupcakes in the world from Peggy Porschen
Located just a short walk away from Sloane Square, this perfect pastel pink cake shop is every Instagrammer’s dream.
#5: Weekend getaways to another village
One of my favourite weekends away was just a two-hour train ride out of London down South in Salisbury, Dorset. This region is so lush and green with many quaint villages and rustic vibes. Pictured below is Shaftesbury, home of the cobbled Gold Hill made famous by the ‘Hovis bread’ advert.
However, if you’d much rather visit the seaside, head to Seven Sisters cliffs from Seaford to Eastbourne and walk along the majestic chalk cliffside boasting some of the best views I’ve witnessed in the UK.
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#6: Countryside walks and lavender fields
Don’t be fooled by thinking you can’t escape that city life. Just a 1-hour train ride from Central London is Kent, home to “The Garden of England.” But if cute cottages, green valleys, nature and castles are calling your name, why not give it a go? We took on the Darenth Valley walk from Shoreham to Eynsford, stopping at Castle Farm, home of the aromatic Lavender fields.
#7: Have a high-tea and then head over to Kew Botanical Gardens, Richmond
My first high tea was at Newens, the OG of tea room bakeries since 1850 which really kick-started our day exploring Kew Gardens.
Kew Gardens is also London’s largest UNESCO world heritage site and houses the most extensive botanical collections in the world with a wide range of impressive and beautiful glasshouses.
#8: Walk down Portobello Markets, Notting Hill on a Saturday
Easily one of my favourite markets on a Saturday. It’s also one of the largest antique markets around selling glass, crystal, books etc. The further you walk down the path, the closer you’ll get to the food market offering delicious hot foods from around the world.
#9: Visit Camden Market on a Sunday
#10: Lose yourself in one of London’s Independent bookstores
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