The people's 101: attractions

Discover the best things to do in the capital as recommended by real Londoners

After creating our own list of 101 things to do in London we decided to let you have your say. We asked Time Out readers, Facebook fans and Twitter followers to tell us their top things to do in the capital. Kayak tours, daytime clubbing, rooftop cinema and candlelit gigs – Time Outers named it all. Check out the people's 101 and explore this city like a true Londoner.

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Attractions and days out in London

Wander in flowers at Chiswick House

A powerful west London voting bloc saw the lovely Chiswick House – an elegant neo-Palladian villa whose grounds allegedly helped inspire New York City’s Central Park– shimmy its way on to our list. 

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Chiswick

Have a kickabout on Clapham Common

You can play football with Venezuelans or tennis with toffs on this verdant chunk of south London that saw off competition HydeRegent’s, Green and St James’s parks, but a large group of the Clapham Common recommendations were for simply having a lazy drink on the grass outside The Windmill, queen of the South Side’s watering places. And we’re not going to argue with that. 

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Clapham

Take a dip at Brockwell Lido

It figures that ‘Brixton’s Beach’ would in fact be a lido in Brockwell Park. But what a lido it is, with a 50-metre Olympic-sized pool housed in a Grade II-listed art deco building, which is also home to the Lido Café.

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Brixton

Ride on Hammertons Ferry

A short boat trip that pleases West Londoners is taking the Hammertons Ferry from Marble Hill Park to Ham House and heading to Petersham Nurseries (‘Pastoral bliss for the city-weary refugee’ says Elle Smith).

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Twickenham, Middx

Swim at Hampstead Heath Ponds

Head to the north of the capital and take at dip at Hampstead Ponds. The men's and ladies' are open all year round but to use the mixed pond in the winter season you must join the Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club. With green and leafy surroundings the ponds make for a serene swim, but be warned: even in the summer the water is chilly. 

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North London

Wander Kew Gardens

Attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, the magnificent Kew Gardens isn’t shy of supporters. Time Outers offered plenty of highlights, including Roseanne Jameson’s ‘beloved Palm House, surely the most perfect building in London’. 

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Kew, Surrey

Visit Little Venice

There was a flurry of affection for the waterside haunts of Little Venice, with two readers separately recommending 8pm on a summer’s evening as the perfect time to visit.

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Little Venice

Bathe at London Fields Lido

Another outdoor swimspot making it on to the 101 is London Fields Lido. A dogged 18-year campaign by the London Fields User Group saved this 50-metre lido from demolition, and it reopened in 2006. This popular lido is heated and open year-round. 

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London Fields
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