Get down with the dinosaurs at a world-class museum
Chances are you’ve already seen the Natural History Museum on film, in Paddington and, erm, Jupiter Ascending. Regardless, it’s a first-rate museum with some of the finest specimens of rare plant and animal life on the planet, housed in an imposing Victorian-era building. Of particular note is the dinosaur collection, complete with a mildly terrifying animatronic T-Rex. Oh, and like most museums here, it’s free.
Listen to live jazz in Camden
The leather threads, spiky hair, and Dr. Martens on show will tell you that Camden Town is still very much a punk pilgrimage site, but the music scene is actually much more varied. Traditional and modern jazz acts play at the intimate Jazz Cafe, while it’s all about soulful blues at the Blues Kitchen. When you’re not dancing, nosh on some southern comfort food (and some Southern Comfort too, if you want).
See a show outside the West End
London’s Broadway-equivalent is the West End, but some of the city’s best theater experiences lie further afield -- try the Bridge Theatre, the Old Vic, and Shakespeare’s Globe, all in the borough of Southwark. There are countless pub venues too, where you can catch small-scale performances. The Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and the Pleasance Theatre in Islington are two lesser-known favorites that host plays as well as comedy from top British names, including Jimmy Carr and Graham Norton.