May 20–Jul 14, 2013 Southbank Centre From April through July, comedy fans throughout the UK flock to the annual E4 Udderbelly Festival. Held each year at the Southbank Centre in London, the E4 Udderbelly Festival features a wide range of comedy shows. With a packed lineup ... more
Southbank, London SE1 8YU
Party Earth Review Lavish and extravagant, Harrods is a 4.5-acre shopaholic’s dream in the heart of Knightsbridge. Stylish city dwellers and affluent visitors descend upon the regal department store to scoop up everything from haute couture by the world’s most fashionable designers to top-of-the-line sporting gear – including a £1,000 Moncler ... more
87–135 Brompton Road
Knightsbridge London, SW1X 7XL
Party Earth Review Rimmed by St. Martin's Lane on the east and Drury Lane on the west, Covent Garden is a vibrant shopping and entertainment district that has been drawing shoppers, theatergoers, and lots of tourists for hundreds of years. Every day, its large namesake piazza fills with knife jugglers, sword swallowers, human statues, dance ... more
London WC2E 9DA
May 20–Sep 29, 2013 Southbank Centre Every summer beginning in May, thousands of Londoners head to London Wonderground to enjoy music, comedy, and various forms of live entertainment. Founded in 2012, London Wonderground annually attracts talented musicians and performers ... more
Southbank, London SE1 8YU
Party Earth Review An iconic shopping destination that has been part of the haughty London scene for over a century, Liberty London, despite its name, is a refuge for slaves of fashion. Founded in 1875 by Arthur Liberty, the multi-story mecca to furnishings and fabrics is housed in an imitation Tudor building, largely constructed from a ... more
London W1B 5AH
May 20–25, 2013 Soho Theatre
21 Dean Street
London W1D 3NE
Party Earth Review A destination for angry royals looking to duel, a hideaway for thieves with stolen booty in hand, and even a swampy cemetery for lepers all dot Green Park’s varied past – an ironic twist considering the park now offers a serene escape from London’s mad hustle. Along with Kensington Gardens and the gardens surrounding Buckingham ... more
South of Piccadilly and north of
Buckingham Palace Gardens between
Grossvenor Place and Queen’s Walk
London W1J 7
May 20–Aug 1, 2013 Victoria and Albert Museum The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie - one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times ... more
London SW7 2RL
Party Earth Review The one-time abode of the Prince of Wales – and a former transient hangout until a major cleanup in the early 90s – Leicester Square is now considered the heart of London’s entertainment district and a buzzing hub for theatergoers, tourists, and raucous street performers. Home to some of the largest cineplexes in the city ... more
London WC2H 7
May 20–26, 2013 In the summer, some look forward to blockbusters featured at movie theaters. Others, however, get giddy about the slew of summer performance art celebrations like the Brighton Festival in London. The Brighton Festival 2013 is a three ... moreThroughout the city
Party Earth Review Though actually closer to two miles, the Millennium Mile is a scenic walkway along the south bank of the River Thames that highlights many of London’s greatest attractions and sights. Running from Westminster Bridge to London Bridge, the walk provides magnificent views of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the London ... more
Thames River, South Bank (Waterloo, London Bridge)
As much fun as the nightlife can be, it’s important to note that there is no shortage of things to do in London any time of day. The daytime scene is thriving, from great shopping and bustling outdoor plazas to historical landmarks and spectacular royal parks.
Londoners don’t see the sun as much as they’d like, so they pounce on every opportunity to take advantage of the peaceful, well-manicured parks and their acres of lush greenery – the perfect refuge to enjoy a picnic, get some exercise, recover from the previous night’s partying, or enjoy various events.
Shoppers, meanwhile, will also have more than enough things to do, what with all the world-famous department stores, high-end boutiques, and mainstream retail stores that line the streets, not to mention the city’s celebrated outdoor markets that sell everything from household goods and fresh produce to clothing, jewelry, and antiques.
If that’s not enough, there are plenty of outdoor squares in London brimming with street entertainers, shops, and restaurants, as well as wonderful walks along the Thames and tons of historical sites to see.