Field Day 2015
Photo: Field Day 2014 via the festival
London is a feeding ground for the discovery of cutting-edge new artists, and Field Day Festival is a testament to their taste in quality music. The two-day event, hosted by Eat Your Own Ears, Bugged Out!, and BleeD/Lanzarote, is considered by many to be much more than a music festival, but rather a celebration. Held every summer in London’s stunning Victoria Park, Field Day attracts fans with its forward-thinking artist lineup, sack race challenges, and tug of war.
Since its inauguration in 2007, the exceptional festival has been celebrated for fostering a village fete mentality as well as for showcasing the most innovative musicians in the industry. From Mumford & Sons and Phoenix to Grimes and The xx, Field Day continues to surprise us and keep the party going year after year.
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- How do I get to and from London?
- What neighborhood is the festival in? How do I get around the area?
- What time does it start and end?
- Is reentry allowed?
- Are there any prohibited Items?
- What's the deal with food and beverages?
- What do I need to know about money?
- What will the weather be like?
- What should I wear?
- What should I bring?
- Does the festival have a mobile app?
- What are the ticket options?
- Anything else I need to know?
How do I get to and from London?
If you're flying in, the most accessible and well-known airport would be Heathrow. This massive airport handles more international passengers than any other in the world, making it quite a UK landmark to visit. From the terminal, your most efficient way into the city is by train. There are the Heathrow Express (15 minutes) and Heathrow Connect (27 minutes) trains to Paddington station, and the London Underground Piccadilly line (40-50 minutes), each respectively priced.
Alternatively, you can also fly into London’s lesser-known, major airports. These include the Gatwick Airport (29.5 miles away), London Stanstead (30 miles away), and London City Airport (very small but 6.9 miles away); all providing available train transportation into the city.
If you are traveling by train, EuroStar is your best bet. The train takes you to St. Pancras International, with direct access to the Underground. You can use the Eurostar Trip Planner to determine your journey, and we suggest booking early because train prices rise quickly.
If you prefer to travel by bus, Europe offers many affordable connections into London. Two reliable routes are through Eurolines and National Express, both accessing central stops throughout the city. However, the real steal is traveling with Megabus, which can offer you a ride as low as £1.50.
If you are driving to London, there’s one important thing to keep in mind: that the Brits drive on the left side of the road. If you think you can manage that, the U.K has an easy highway network – with the M1, M2, M3, M4, M11, M20, M23, M25, and M40 motorways providing entry to the city.
What neighborhood is the festival in? How do I get around the area?
Victoria Park is located in Tower Hamlets, in the east end of London. There is no parking in or around the grounds, so driving is not suggested, but the city has an extensive public transportation system.
Metro: The Underground, commonly referred to as “The Tube”, is the fourth longest metro system in the world, so getting around is no problem. The tickets can be a bit pricey, at £4.50 for a single ride, but the secret is to buy an Oyster Card in the station. The card is the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on public transportation. Oyster Card or ticket, be sure to keep it on you at all times because you’ll need it to exit the station as well. The Underground operates from around 5am until around 1am - but some lines stop earlier, so be sure to check the schedule of your route.
Double decker buses are also viable (not to mention fun!) options for getting around. Try to grab a seat on the top level for an impromptu tour of London. An added bonus is the 24-hour operation, with no one judging you for snoozing off on the bus in the wee hours of the morning.
Biking: Finally with London’s Barclays Cycle Hire, biking is an easy and enjoyable way to travel around the city. With docking stations positioned on basically every corner, you pay a £2 fee plus an hourly rate. If your ride is under 30 minutes, it’s free and all you pay is the fee. Locals and tourists both have access, so all you have to do is rent a bike and drop it off at a dock when you reach your destination.
Getting to Victoria Park: By the tube, take the Central Line to Bethnal Green or Mile End. You can always also check out the Transport for London Journey Planner. By bus, routes: 8, 277, 309, 339, 388, D3, D6, S2 all pass close to the park.
What time does it start and end?
Gates to the festival grounds open at 11am and will close as soon as the last performer leaves the stage.
Is reentry allowed?
Reentry is not allowed, but why would you want to leave?
Are there any prohibited Items?
Animals, alcohol, drinks, bottles, cans, weapons and illegal substances are barred from the event. However, a small sealed bottle of water up to 1L is permitted. You should expect to be searched at the entrance.
What's the deal with food and beverages?
There will be many food and drink concession on the grounds selling a variety of nourishments, including vegetarian options. Onsite water is also available, so take a look at the festival map for tap water whereabouts.
What do I need to know about money?
Cash machines will be available onsite, but we’d suggest taking out money before to avoid pesky transaction fees.
What will the weather be like?
The average May weather in London ranges from 60°F-66°F (15.6°C-18.9°C), but always plan for anything in the unpredictable city. Within a few hours, it might be bright and sunny one moment, and gray and raining the next. To be best prepared, do it like a Londoner and carry an umbrella around at all times.
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What should I wear?
As ever with music festival events, it’s best to master the art of achieving both comfort and style. Jeans, shorts, and dresses are always some go-tos, along with colorful jewelry, hair decorations, and a cool pair of shades. But given the erratic London weather, be sure to pair your outfit with a sturdy jacket/coat.
What should I bring?
Things to have at hand include sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and an umbrella in the event of a downpour. A camera is always a good idea to document all the fun, so stop by the Lomography Store to give your shots an even greater effect. A cell phone, cash to avoid ATM lines and service fees, and a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated are all great things to bring into the festival grounds.
Does the festival have a mobile app?
Field Day does not currently have a mobile app.
What are the ticket options?
Anything else I need to know?
For cool parents who like to expose their children to great music, the kids will have to sit this one out. The festival is an 18 and over event.
In addition to a packed day of music, Field Day features a Village mentality area on The Village Green. Here festivalgoers can expect side stalls and fete games ranging from the traditional - tug of war and sack races - to the unexpected - tea bag tossing and winkle picking contests.
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British food is often...misunderstood. There's no denying the deliciousness of a full English breakfast or the charm of tea time, but some might find Marmite and Shepard's Pie to be acquired tastes. However, what London lacks in its national dishes, they make up for with unbeatable international cuisines. Explore bites from India and Thailand to Africa and Australia, and make like you're a cultured world-traveler.
Eating out is a fun way to get to know a city, but the U.K pound can start to hurt your pockets after a while. Luckily, groceries in London are way cheap so stop inside a Sainsbury's or Tesco every now and then.
- 13 Charlotte Street
- London W1T 1SN
- +44 20 7637 3347
Lantana is a quaint little café with a breakfast that boasts huge flavors. Tucked down a narrow lane off Goodge Street in central London, you could be waiting a good 30 minutes or more for entrance into this trendy local café – but it is well worth it. Choose from delights like brioche French toast, the Scottish smoked salmon and poached eggs, or Boston baked beans. Better yet, take one bite of the popular toasted banana bread and see why people can’t stop coming back for more.
- 8 Southwark Street
- London SE1 1TL
- +44 20 7407 1002
Don’t go to London without stopping at one of the largest and most vibrant food markets in town. The city’s premier foodie destination offers picture-perfect views of the London Bridge and is steps away from the Tate Modern Museum. Be sure to take a tour of the place and grab some samples before jumping at the first delicious vendor you see. With everything from duck sandwiches, authentic paella, and even ostrich burgers, there’s a lot to choose from.
Back in 5 Minutes (Behind Ante Clothes Shop)
- 224 Brick Lane
- London E1 6SA
- +44 75 0775 4318
The folks behind the Disappearing Dining Club bring you one of London’s best-in-know destinations. Founded on the idea of bringing people together over great food and drink, the restaurant offers an extraordinary private dining experience. Every Wednesday night is their Dinner Club with 30 available seats and Thursday-Saturday is the regular restaurant menu. Hidden behind the Ante clothes shop, just walk through the store, down the stairs, and behind a curtain to be greeted by a Grey Goose Le Fizz on arrival.
- 23 Wilcox Road
- London SW8 2XA
- +44 20 7720 1480
If there’s one thing London knows how to do well, it’s Indian cuisine. Why else would the foreign minister hail chicken tikka masala as a national dish of Britain? Take it from the locals and get your curry and lamb dopiaza at Hot Stuff for a seriously tasty meal. It’s affordable and a good place to come with a group to try a lot of dishes… Did we mention the BYOB?
- 135 Wardour Street
- London W1F 0UT
- +44 20 7478 8888
Take a walk down Wardour Street in SoHo and you’ll come across a sleek Italian pizzeria with clientele just as stylish as the décor. This is Princi, a place where hand-rolled dough is tossed in the air and placed in a wood-fired oven until perfection. Upon approaching the long counter, you can choose from an array of bread and classic Italian selections, like prosciutto, beef tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and artichoke. Grab a friend, dare to have a share of the monstrously spicy Diavola pizza, and find yourself in a little slice Milan.
- 8 Hanway Place
- London W1T 1HD
- +44 20 7927 7000
No one does high-class dim sum better than Hakkasan, and Hanway Place is the original location of this world-ranked restaurant. A major player in London’s elite dining scene, the sexy atmosphere and quality food live up to the legend. Situated off of Oxford Street, navigate your way down the narrow lane and find the black door along the gray marble wall. Dine À La Carte or try the three course set lunch for £29, which includes the delicious smoked duck pumpkin puff and the rich Chilean sea bass with Chinese Honey.
- 1 Green’s Court
- London W1F 0HA
- +44 20 7287 7663
Everything about Yalla Yalla is fantastic. This hip West End restaurant serves up delectable Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine at inexpensive prices. At this lively little spot, choose from ‘Beirut street food’ delights like falafel, shawarma, and charcoal-grilled minced lamb skewers. Take a seat at one of the rustic wood tables or choose a ready made wrap to go.
Burger and Lobster
- 29 Clarges Street
- London W1J 7EF
- +44 20 7409 1699
If you're looking for a place that takes the trouble out of ordering, Burger and Lobster is the place for you. This wonderful surf and turf restaurant has carved down its menu to two unbeatable staples: burgers and lobster. At £20 a person, both are accompanied with a big bucket of fries, salad, and melted garlic butter for the lobster. The burger is wonderful, but to take full advantage the price, we recommend getting whole Canadian lobster.
- 366 Bethnal Green Road
- London E2 0AH
- +44 02 7729 5783
One of the most beloved eats in London is Nando’s, home of the famous Portuguese flame-grilled ‘peri-peri’ chicken. This casual dining chain specializes in chicken dishes with out-of-this-world marinades, from mango and lime to extra extra hot peri-peri. For those that don’t know, peri-peri is an African Bird’s Eye chili that gives off some kickass flavors for the perfect balance of fire and deliciousness. There are locations peppered (pun intended) throughout the city. We’ve provided the one closest to the festival grounds because you’ll certainly be feigning for some after a full day of music.
Busaba Eathai (Soho)
- 106-110 Wardour Street
- London W1F 0TR
- +44 20 7255 8686
Busaba Eathai brings you wonderful, modern Thai food on the cheap. Gathered around large, dark-wooden communal tables, sharing comes easy and interaction with your neighbors is inevitable. The calming ambiance is right on point with the excellent Thai dishes. Go ahead and order a mélange of entrees between your friends, because you’ll want to try everything once.
Seeing as how Field Day is only a two-day event, it's not of the utmost importance to sleep close to the grounds. A hotel in London may not be cheap but it's all about location, and being near the city's attractions will make your stay easier. You can venture out of the central zones but it will cost you more in terms of transportation. The Underground Tube closes rather early, so you don't want to have to cut the fun short in order to catch the last train home.
- 1 Suffolk Place
- London SW1Y 4HX
- +44 20 7470 4000
This stunning and stylish hotel is located in the heart of London’s theatre district, just steps from Trafalgar Square and St. James Park. Surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and attractions, the hotel offers luxury on a large scale. It’s not everyday that you get anti-misting mirrors and a swimming pool with a nightclub-worthy bar. The lobby itself gives contemporary art galleries a run for their money.
Amenities: 24-hour room service, WiFi, flat screen TV’s, iPod docking stations, swimming pool, theatre packages, gym, spa center, DVD library, restaurant and bar.
Dean Street Townhouse
- 69-71 Dean Street
- London W1D 3SE
- +44 20 7434 1775
No stay in SoHo beats one in the fashionable Dean Street Townhouse. The four-story townhouse is rich in history and Georgian architecture, as it was once home to the legendary Gargoyle Club. With rooms charmingly categorized as Tiny, Small, Medium, and Bigger, indulge in the hotel’s vintage atmosphere and modern art.
Amenities: Flat screen TV, free WiFi, room service, iPod docks, meeting room, and breakfast.
- 109 Mile End Road
- London E1 4UJ
- +44 20 7790 0259
Located in vibrant East London and within walking distance of the festival park, 40 Winks offers an experience all about ambiance and atmosphere. Exuding a fair share of chic and charm, the rooms are often the backdrops for creative types. With gilded bathrooms and no televisions, 40 Winks delivers a one of a kind experience and promotes an exploration of the city. However, the hotel only has two rooms available, so it’s advised to book early.
Amenities: secret TV in the drawing room, WiFi, and breakfast.
Charlotte Street Hotel
- 15-17 Charlotte Street
- London W1T 1RJ
- +44 20 7806 2000
Charlotte Street is a charming and beautiful hotel located in the equally enchanting Fiztrovia neighborhood. Around the corner are the Lantana Café and London Cocktail Club, or take a nice walk to SoHo or Primrose Hill. The rooms are furnished with classic English décor and indulgence, while the Oscar restaurant and bar attracts a cool crowd.
Amenities: 24-hour room service, WiFi, flat screen TV’s, iPod docking stations, swimming pool, gym, spa center, DVD library, and restaurant and bar.
The Zetter Townhouse
- 49-50 St. Johns Sqaure
- London EC1V 4JJ
- +44 20 7324 4567
This boutique hotel in London’s hot Clerkenwell neighborhood is quite a treat. A 13-bedroom Georgian townhouse, the quirky and fun designs couple with top service for a luxurious retreat. British flags adorning your bed, personally selected classic novels in the dresser, and old style telephones are just a few of the amenities permitting a distinctive experience. Should the rooms be all booked, just 21 steps away is the Zetter Hotel.
Amenities: 24-hour room service, free WiFi, flat screen TV’s, iPod docking stations, game room, swimming pool, local gym, local spa center discount, and complimentary bikes.
Dorset Square Hotel
- 39-40 Dorset Square
- London NW1 6QN
- +44 20 7723 7864
Bold colors and global art define the Dorset Square hotel in the Marylebone neighborhood. World-class galleries and restaurants surround this exciting residential area. The interiors of the boutique hotel are intriguing, and many of the rooms look out onto the green courtyard garden.
Amenities: 24-hour room service, WiFi, flat screen TV’s, iPod docking stations, and restaurant and bar.
Number Sixteen Hotel
- 16 Summer Place
- London SW7 3EG
- +44 20 7589 5232
The white terrace façade of this boutique hotel oozes sophistication, and is just a short walk to the beloved Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, and Harrods. The 41 rooms are individually outfitted in much detail and dramatic patterns. The sense of staying in a private home is aided by the exquisite garden that offers a calming seclusion from the bustling city.
Amenities: 24-hour room service, WiFi, flat screen TV’s, iPod docking stations, conservatory, and DVD library.
- Terminal 4, Heathrow Airport
- London TW6 3XA
- +44 20 7100 1100
For those taking the one-day aspect of the festival to heart, Yotel just might be the perfect solution for you. Located in both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, you can go to Field Day, party all night, then sleep at Yotel for a few hours before catching your morning flight. The first-class, futuristic cabins are bookable by the hour with totally flexible check-in and out times. It’s everything you’d find in a luxury hotel in 10sqm.
Amenities: Free WiFi, TV, work station, food to go.
- 33 Roland Gardens
- London SW7 3PF
- +44 20 7370 6701
Blakes Hotel is 5-star status and credited as being one of the first boutique hotels in the world. To put it simply, the place is pure decadence. Each room is individually inspired by far off lands, from Russia to India. It’s the London base for many actors and musicians, which means providing guest privacy is of the utmost importance. It’s super-chic and perfect for a high class stay in London.
Amenities: Breakfast, room service, free WiFi, spa center, gym, restaurant, and bar.
Town Hall Hotels & Apartments
- Patriots Square
- London E2 9NF
- +44 20 7871 0460
Town Hall Hotel is architectural splendor in the East End. The cutting-edge and contemporary loft chic decor offers one-of-a-kind rooms, furnished with designer kitchens and bathrooms. Housed in a town hall originally constructed in 1910, the hotel reflects the peak of Edwardian architecture and British power. If you're not yet sold, you can have a private chef cook dinner in your room.
Amenities: Room service, free WiFi, private chef, Town Hall Tea Lady cocktails, entertainment center, spa center, gym, restaurant, and bar.
Known for being one of the leading capitals in innovative fashion, the Brits don't just dress well; they dress smart. Both men and women alike are usually seen on the streets looking sharp and rocking the most creative looks. It is no surprise the vast selection of boutiques, vintage shops, and department stores are what keep them looking dapper and hip.
- 87-135 Brompton Road
- London SW1X 7XL
- +44 20 7730 1234
Luxury, beauty, and fashion all meet at the chicest department store in London. The stunning building holds 330 departments that offer anything you could possibly want, from electronics and sporting gear to high fashion clothes and beauty products. The shop also houses 32 restaurants, so stop for some high tea or tapas in between a spa treatment and shopping at Louis Vuitton.
- 79-81 Ledbury Road
- London W11 2AG
- +44 20 7313 9031
This style boutique in Notting Hill is the up and coming shop for the fashion conscious. With a mix of vintage and contemporary clothing, the conceptual Village Bicycle has attracted the likes of top models such as Cara Delevingne and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The prices can range from £2 steal to a £2,500 splurge. The website is also a great way to stay updated on the latest fashion news and the best parties, so be on the look out.
- 55-59 Hanbury Street
- London E1 5JP
- +44 20 7377 0730
Think vintage store on crack. Let’s just say that Macklemore would have a field day in Blitz, London’s first vintage department store. Just off of Brick Lane, the store is set up in an old warehouse and spread over five rooms and two floors. You could happily hunt for hours in this vintage haven, searching through clothing, designer wear, accessories, luggage, bikes, and furniture. In fact, Blitz encourages you to make an experience of it, as the shop also includes a little bookstore and café.
- 52 Lamb’s Conduit Street
- London WC1N 3LL
- +44 20 7831 7244
Darkroom is a concept store heralded as one of London’s fiercest design shops. The place comes together with a powerful visual scheme and carefully selected products. They curate an eclectic ensemble of designer fashions, interior furniture, and lifestyle accessories alongside innovative art and sculptures. Bags are hanging off meat hooks, and scarves are knotted into installations.
Fortnum & Mason
- 181 Piccadilly
- London W1A 1ER
- +44 84 5300 1707
Believe it or not, some people regularly grocery shop at this grandiose central London store. We’re a bit jealous too, because going into this store is like stepping into Alice and Wonderland. The theatrical oasis not only has a food hall adorned with chandeliers, but also five restaurants, a delightful ice cream parlor, and department store staples. It is the perfect place to pick up a gift, from teas to perfumes that all come exquisitely packaged.
The Lomography Gallery Store
- 117 Commercial Street
- London E2 0RU
- +44 20 7426 0999
This East London shop is a sanctuary for devotees of analogue photography. Located on the corner of Spitalfields Market, stop by the Lomography Gallery Store to capture your Field Day adventures in vibrant colors, deep saturations, and vignettes. The store offers a full range of Lomography products, film development, and cool workshops and events.
- 214 Oxford Street
- London W1W 8LG
- +44 84 4848 7487
This British retailer is a must for those looking for a vast volume of super fashionable and reasonably priced finds. The largest store in the country is found on the bustling Oxford Street in central London, and even includes a nail and hair salon and Vespa delivery service for your purchases. Although the Kate Moss collection is long gone, you can always find a fashion forward steal at this stylish mecca.
- 140 Shoreditch High Street
- London E1 6JE
- +44 20 7033 0500
Present just might become your new favorite spot for menswear. Based in Shoreditch, it a clothing store and coffee shop that houses international products and designers. While you get wired up on grade-A coffee, browse the clean white space for collections from Commes des Garcons Play to Billionaire Boys Club. The vibe is a hipster dream, with a well-organized selection of menswear, magazines, and designs.
- Carnaby Street
- London W1F
Discover the charm of the lively Carnaby Street, with its countless boutiques, global fashion brands, concept stores, and popular restaurants. It is one of London’s most popular and distinct experiences, making it the go-to shopping destination. As touristy as it may be, we love it and so will you. You’ll find yourself in a high-end store one minute, and in a lesser known-gem the next.
- 2-4 Bethnal Green Road
- London E1 6GY
- +44 20 7033 2899
Marketing itself as the “world’s first popup mall," BOXPARK is a retail shop with character. Constructed of stripped shipping containers, the store is a mix of fashion and lifestyle brands, galleries, and restaurants. The eccentric place doesn’t house your everyday mall finds, but rather features innovative global brands. The concept is simple and imaginative, and you certainly won’t walk away empty handed.
Partying and having a good time in London is just something that cannot be avoided. From hitting the closest pub as soon as the clock strikes 5pm, to dancing until dawn with the newest groundbreaking DJ, there's no excuse for staying in.
Each neighborhood attracts its own distinct crowd, like the indie Shoreditch district or vibrant and chic Soho. Wherever you go, you'll find London to be a big melting pot of cultures all looking to enjoy themselves.
Another thing to note, London is known for its many members' only clubs. Don't be surprised if you venture into one, only to get turned away. We've provided a bar that allows non-members only during certain hours. However, check out any other nightspots your interested in beforehand to avoid disappointment at the door.
- 129 City Road
- London EC1V 1JB
- +44 20 7253 4101
This ‘hidden slice of old-school glamour’ transports you to the seductive and daring time of speakeasies. Located on City Road, you’ll have to pay close attention to discover the clandestine door positioned between a café and a cafeteria. Behind this door is Nightjar, a cocktail bar with live jazz and cocktails that will make you believe in magic. The gifted bartenders make imaginative creations served with absinthe smoke and dry ice, so its always a show when your drinks arrive.
Qui Qui Ri Qui
- 184 Hackney Road
- London E2 7QL
- +44 79 4646 1616
If tequila is your choice of drink, take a new step and venture into London’s first Mezcal bar. Located at the bottom of a stairwell, the atmosphere oozes with authenticity and attracts chill people looking to have a good time. The strong liquor tastes as if it were taken straight out of Mexico, and it’s served with oranges sprinkled with chili for smooth sailing. The only non-Mezcal drink is Mexican beer, so by the end of the night you’ll be screaming qui-qui-ri-qui (Spanish for cock-a-doodle-do)!
- 32-37 Cowper Street
- London EC1A 4AP
- +44 20 7354 9993
XOYO hosts some of the top acts in music, from AlunaGeorge to Breakbot, but it is foremost a club. The vibrant atmosphere and ample dance room make this Shoreditch venue a favorite for Londoners. Music fans pile in every weekend to hear cutting-edge music, while the club manages to maintain its golden status between underground and mainstream.
The Prince Alfred
- 5A Formosa Street
- London W9 1EE
- +44 20 7286 3287
The Prince Alfred is royalty among London pubs. The favorite among locals and visitors, the unassuming place offers classic pub grub and an extensive drinks list. Located in the charming Little Venice of London, the pub has a striking façade and is fashioned in beautiful Victoria designs. On a sunny day, you’ll find customers crowding the sidewalk outside with beers at hand, and having lively conversations.
Milk & Honey
- 61 Poland Street
- London W1F 7NU
- +44 20 7065 6840
One of the best bars in London is without a doubt Milk & Honey. Enjoy the highest quality cocktails under dim lights and surrounded by beauty people. The intimate Soho bar also operates on a set of unusual house rules such as “If a man you don’t know speaks to you, please lift your head slightly and ignore him." Also note: although it is a members bar, but you can book a table in advance for early in the evening (9pm-11pm).
- 8-9 Hoxton Square
- London N1 6NU
- +44 20 7613 0325
There’s no other bar in London that can put a smile on your face and do away with your woes like Happiness Forgets. It might be fabulous bartenders, the spectacular cocktails, or the warming atmosphere, but they’re doing something right. Down some stairs and in a basement, the bar is a bit tiny but that makes it all the more cozy. The music playlist never disappoints and the mixed crowd keeps the night filled with only happy times.
Experimental Cocktail Club
- 13 Gerrard Street
- London W1D 5PS
- +44 20 7434 3559
Despite the name, Experimental is not a members club like many London nightspots. However, getting behind the nondescript door and stone-faced doorman is no easy task. Once inside, the cocktails are remarkable and the social scene is charming. The mood lighting and detailed ceilings make for truly beautiful surroundings.
- 11-12 Walker’s Court
- London W1F 0SD
- +44 20 7434 4374
It may be seedy but if it’s good enough for the Prince of England, it’ll do. The Box is a risqué theatre club that puts on some of the most explicit shows in town. What goes on inside can shock the toughest of audiences, but that doesn’t keep the socialites from partying here until the wee hours. The erotic entertainment is not for everyone, but will certainly be quite the experience for those who dare.
- 149 Curtain Road
- London EC2A 3QE
- +44 20 7739 6471
Known in London as the host of the dubstep FWD>> parties, Plastic People is a nightclub housed in a tiny basement in the heart of Shoreditch. Regularly featuring techno, house, hip-hop, and experimental music, it’s a night of dim lighting and loud music. The doormen are even nice –a rarity these days– so take full advantage and hit up this awesome club for a night.
- 77A Charterhouse Street
- London EC1M 6HJ
- +44 20 7336 8898
Fabric is an electro club that showcases the best DJs in both the underground and international scenes. Featuring high profile guests like Craig Craig and Allen Allien, it has twice been voted the number 1 club in the world in DJ Magazine. One of the three rooms even has a vibrating floor, called the “bodysonic” dance floor. Dance the night away on grounds that are attached to 400 bass transducers emitting mind blowing bass waves.
- 3 Varnishers Yard
- London N1 9FD
- +44 20 7841 7331
Discover a taste of Andalucia in a small sherry bar tucked away in a rustic courtyard. The size adds to its intimate appeal, and the place features 15 sherries that span all types. Try the brusque manzanilla or one of the sweeter, fruitier styles. If sherry is completely new to you, ask the bartender for recommendations and he'll give you a detailed explanation of the wine's rich history. Better yet, you can sample a variety of flavors by buying a sherry flight for around £8.
There is so much to see in London that it can feel overwhelming at times. The Big Ben and London Bridge are classics, but not necessarily attractions that you'll want to dedicate your days to. Instead, it might be better to shortcut your list - take a snap of the bridge on your way to the Tate Modern after lunch at Borough Market.
The list that we've provided for you to explore is compiled of must-sees but also places that might be overlooked in your everyday tour guide. Visiting the Buckingham Palace is a given, but the amazement of seeing the view atop of Primrose Hill or riding along Regent's Canal is an insider exclusive.
- Portobello Road
- London W10 5TA
- +44 20 7727 7684
Nothing beats the magic of Portobello Market. You could easily spend an entire day at this enormous antique/flea market, finding vintage clothes, unique jewelry, and eating savory food along the way. The energy at this place is infectious, surrounded by good jams blasting and one of a kind finds. The Notting Hill favorite is a must, and a great place to buy special gifts to take home.
- London SE1 9TG
- +44 20 7887 8888
The Tate Modern is one of the most notable museums in the world, and for good reason. The stunning industrial architecture houses modern artwork that is equally captivating. The renowned Damien Hirst held his celebrated exhibition here in 2012, and up till May 27th, the must-see “Lichtenstein: A Retrospective” will be showcased. Besides certain exhibitions, admission is free, which means there’s absolutely no excuse for you not to go.
Covent Garden Market
- 41 The Market
- London WC2E 8RF
- +44 87 0780 5001
Famous for its shops, bars, and restaurants, Covent Garden has something for everyone. The vibrant London market houses tons of market stalls, a Ladurée, and The Icecreamists—a parlor that once sold breast milk ice cream. Around the cobblestone square, entertaining street performers attract spirited crowds that make for a good time.
- Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park
- London NW1 4NR
- +44 30 0061 2300
“I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill.” These words by William Blake are inscribed at the top of the magnificence that is Primrose Hill. Located in the exquisite Regent’s Park, the spot is occupied at any time of the day by young people picnicking to those just looking for a moment of serenity. It’s also a favorite among runners, who charge up the steep hill to feel a grand sense of accomplishment. The reward certainly is worth it, as it offers one of the most beautiful views of the London landscape.
- Hyde Park
- London W2 2UH
- +44 30 0061 2000
The UK really knows how to make beautiful parks. One of the finest of them all is certainly Hyde Park; the huge, lush, and perfect escape in central London. The park offers lounge chairs and various activities, including boating, cycling, tennis, and horse riding. Basically, what Central Park is to New York City, Hyde Park is to London. Also be sure to stop by the famous Speakers’ Corner, where you’ll hear both crazy and passionate people hold social demonstrations.
V & A Museum of Childhood
- Cambridge Heath Road
- London E2 9PA
- +44 20 8983 5200
Who says that childhood ever dies? There’s no such saying at this museum, where the world’s finest collections of children’s toys, games, and costumes are displayed. Spanning from the 1600s to present day, you’re bound to find something that will warm your heart with nostalgia. There are also lots of hands of activities, giving both kids and adults a fun trip down memory lane.
- 54 Holywell Lane
- London EC2A 3PQ
- +44 20 7422 7505
Village Underground is the stunning arts venue in East London, oozing with creativity and culture. The center is stands out with its recycled train carriages and shipping containers that are tagged in colorful graffiti. These accommodate a plethora of artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers who host exhibitions and live shows.
The National Gallery
- Trafalgar Square
- London WC2N 5DN
- +44 20 7747 2885
This free London gallery houses the national collection of Western European paintings from 13th to the 19th centuries. There are masterpieces from nearly every European school of art, and learn about them with the free guided tours and audio guides. Pass hours in this place and then step outside onto Trafalgar Square, one of the city’s most notable sites.
- Off of Blomfield Road and Edgware Road
- London W2 1TH
Pure dreamlike adventure is the only way to describe the Regent’s canal, one of London’s best-kept secrets. Rent a Barclays bike and spend the afternoon riding along the charming waters for memorable experience. During the weekend, start in Little Venice and end in young and artsy Camden Town to find Banksy graffiti and grab a drink.
- Neal’s Yard
- London WC2H 9DP
Bursting colors of orange, purple, and neon green adorn that buildings that bring life to Neal’s Yard. Discover the discreet garden in central London and be taken in with its winning magnetism and authenticity. Close to Covent Gardens, you could pass by it several times and never even know it. But once you do find it, you’ll love the courtyard bakery, New Age bookshop, and the popular alternative remedies store.