Take inspiration from my anniversary day out in “the Big Smoke”, to discover some of the top things to do in London!
My boyfriend and I took a little day trip to London to celebrate our 2 year anniversary in August 2018. We travelled by train, and spent the day exploring the British Museum. We then had dinner at a restaurant which we spotted nearby, before we enjoyed a West End show.
This was a full day of education, learning, fun, and food, so I thought I’d tell you a little about what we got up to to. Perhaps this might give you some inspiration for some unique things to in London for a special occasion with a loved one.
Historical Things to do in London: The British Museum
One of the great things I like to check out in London are the museums. Normally, they’re one of the free things to do in London, which makes them one of the few cheap things to do in London out there. They also make for a fantastic day activity for some things to do in London this weekend.
So, when first we arrived in the big city, we took a short walk to the British Museum. It was a really grand building, as you can see from the images of the foyer, above. Just walking inside, you couldn’t helped but look up; it was truly mesmerising. This definitely left your imagination to run wild with the things to come, and we weren’t disappointed…
Not only was the building inundated with Hellenistic and ancient Greek sculptures, but we also got a look at some ancient Egyptian mummies. I always find these to be some of the most exciting pieces in museums, so it was really cool to see.
We also got to see some really amazing columned buildings, which depicted statues of sea nymphs, shown cloaked in sheer garmemts. As you can see, from the image below, there really were some picturesque moments:
I didn’t take many pictures here, as I really just wanted to take it all in, but I found these sculptures particularly interesting. They show off the female body a lot more than I am used to seeing in classical Greek sculpture (I study Ancient and Medieval History at uni, so I love this sort of thing).
I thought that, perhaps due to the fact that these statues show sea nymphs, so they are not human, the idea of the pious and chaste woman is less emphasised, thus the exposed bodies. I also enjoyed the Roman statues, as there were a lot of faces I recognised, including Augustus, Livia, and Tiberius.
Things to do in London This Week: Wild Wood Restaurant
Afterwards, we had to make a short trip through the rainy streets, and found a small, independent restaurant to enjoy some dinner. It was a restaurant of about 10-15 tables, with a minimal menu.
We ordered some beer and wine, and got a starter of a meat board, bread, and pickled onions. I ordered the hoisin duck pizza as a main (a strange choice, I know, but I loveeeee hoisin sauce and really fancied a pizza!), and my boyfriend ordered a pulled pork pasta. They were both delicious.
Finally, we both ordered the sticky toffee pudding, with vanilla ice cream. Trust me, this was the best STP I have eaten in my entire life!
Heading to a restaurant is one of the great things to do in London any time of day. With such an array of restaurants to choose from across the city, you’re definitely not limited by choices!
Things to do in London at Night: Chicago, Phoenix Theatre
Then, after a day of exploring and eating, we took our seats in the Phoenix Theatre to watch the main event – Chicago, at the West End. We ordered our drinks when we got in (a large wine and a beer), and ordered the same for the interval to pick up easily during our break.
I have to say, I loved the film Chicago, so was extremely excited to watch the show, however, I was admittedly a little disappointed. It was certainly an enjoyable show, with lots of songs, and having the band on the stage with the cast was brilliant, but it was a little underwhelming. Nonetheless, I would still encourage any Chicago fans to go and see it if they want, as it’s still worth a trip!
Top Things to do in London: Endless Possibilities
There are so many different activities to do in London, and obviously this trip was tailored to history nerds and musical theatre lovers. That said, for those of you who find these trips fun, I would definitely recommend the places we visited, particularly the restaurant!
Have you ever been to any of these three landmarks? I’d love to know what your thoughts were on the history, the food, and the entertainment.
Or, if you have some alternatives ideas for things to do on a day out in London, send them my way in the comments below. I’m always open to suggestions!