The people's 101: attractions

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



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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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  1. Burlington Lane, W4 2RP
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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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  1. Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE
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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 (winner of a Time Out Eating and Drinking award for 'Best park cafe' in 2011). 
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  1. Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, SE24 0PA
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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).

  1. Ham St, Surrey, TW10 7RS
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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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  1. Hampstead Heath, NW5 1QR
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Wander Kew Gardens

  • Critics choice

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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  1. Kew Rd, TW9 3AB
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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. Read more about Little Venice

  1. between Blomfield Rd, Warwick Avenue and Warwick Crescent, W9 2PB
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Discover London's best street art

There was a lot of enthusiasm for the London Detours street art tour, an erudite and ever-evolving journey through the outdoor galleries otherwise known as Shoreditch and Brick Lane. 
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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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  1. London Fields Westside, E8 3EU
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Get wet with London Kayak Tours

For waterborne trips, London Kayak Tours got a lot of name-checks for its paddling expeditions along the Thames, some of which include a glass of bubbly. 
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Enjoy the view at Monument

You want views? The Monument’s got views! Vast panoramic ones of the Big Smoke in all its glory. And you can enjoy them for just £3. The only catch? You have to reach the 61 metre-high summit the old-fashioned way, by climbing 311 steps. 
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  1. Monument St, EC3R 8AH
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Take stock at Postman's Park

The home of the humbling Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice is, according to John Diss, ‘a peaceful spot to sip a coffee and take stock’. Of what, we’re not sure. 
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Sink a pint in Richmond Park

Team West London joined forces to boost another of their favourites on to the 101. According to park regulars, after enjoying the wide open spaces, checking out the rhododendrons and azaleas in the Isabella Plantation and mooning over the baby deer, you should grab a pint at the White Cross, a handsome nearby boozer. 
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  1. Kings Rd, Surrey, TW10 5HS
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Take five at Thames Barrier Park

  • Free

One unexpected addition to the list was the Thames Barrier Park: a visit to the capital’s premier flood prevention unit, says Tim Taylor, ‘is brilliant when you need to get some space and put things in perspective’. 
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  1. North Woolwich Rd, E16 2HP
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Take a leisurely ride on a Thames Clippers boat tour

Judging by the aquatic theme of many of your responses, Time Outers love nothing better than an afternoon jaunt along Old Father Thames. Top nominations included jumping on the Thames Clipper from Canary Wharf to the stop right underneath the London Eye
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Get back to nature at Vauxhall City Farm

  • Free

A slice of inner-city countryside tucked just behind one of London’s busiest traffic junctions, Vauxhall City Farm boasts an excellent riding school offering lessons for children and adults, and is filled with pettable animals. 
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  1. 165 Tyers St, SE11 5HS
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Cruise on WPSA river boats

More water-bound fun was recommended in the form of WPSA river boat cruises, which head from Westminster to Kew. 
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Enjoy a wonderful city walk

Regent’s Canal kept popping up in our poll as a fine place to stretch your legs. About half the votes were for walks on its western side, the picturesque stretch that starts at Little Venice and curves around the northern edge of Regent’s Park, but just as many readers suggested walks on the canal’s eastern side, from Limehouse Basin past Victoria Park through to Hoxton. There were also plaudits for The New River Path, an epic walk which takes you from Islington right out to Hertford. 
Read our guide to walks in London

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