This piece of public art, constructed by French sculptor Pierre Vivant, is an arbor-ish arrangement of 75 computer-controlled lights. While its wild blinking wouldn’t do much to direct traffic, it’s a memorable “tree” to select for shaded reading.
Both of these food-focused bazaars are packed with stands offering fare from around the world, ranging from produce and cheese to wine and street food. Borough Market is the famous one, but the fried chicken sandwich and “artisanal” donuts at Broadway Market are out of this world, and worth the trek to East London.
Listen to the rapping of great spotted woodpeckers, and admire the dazzling hue of bluebell blossoms at this 40-acre woodland garden.
Dress well, then sneak into Soho House
Everyone knows members-only clubs are where you rub elbows with London’s upper crust, but getting into these hugely expensive locales is another story. Here’s the trick for Soho House: Show up very late -- as in after midnight -- and chat up the paparazzi. Find out who they’re waiting to take a picture of, then go to reception and insist you’re part of his or her party. Act important (read: rude) enough, and they won’t ask questions.
This clandestine foodie operation hosts a secret meal somewhere along the East London Line (which they dub the Ginger Line). To attend, you have to wait at a designated train station before you’re led to a highly hush-hush eatery somewhere underground. The first & second rules of the Gingerline are the same as in Fight Club.