Things to do if you’re new to London

Moving to a new city can be extremely daunting, especially to London as it’s a big old baffling place. When I moved back from home from Leicester everything I knew had  completely changed. There are a thousand and one things to do here and here’s my list of fun ideas and some advice on how to fit in and feel at home in the capital.

Tweet me at @anna_boast or @activeinldn if you try any of them out!

 

Walk Everywhere 

It’s seriously the best way to orientate yourself in London. The tube map is incredibility misleading and most station are only a stones throw away from each other. Use Transport for London’s walking tube map to discover how near or far stations really are. Since I got my FitBit I walk everywhere and I can’t wait to move out of the suburbs so I can run to work.

Catch London’s Cheapest Bus Tour 

So, walking isn’t your thing. That’s fine, how about a tour of London’s major sites for just £1.50? Hop on the number 11 bus and you’ll get to see some of our most-loved landmarks. It travels from Liverpool Street to Fulham Town Hall, taking you past the Bank of England, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

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Don’t go up The Shard 

Seriously – don’t. It’s a complete rip off at £30. Instead head to the Walkie-Talkie building and visit the Sky Garden which is completely free! Avoid the queues and book into one of their early morning yoga sessions. Nothing beats watching the sunrise over London.

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Go for a £10 Steak

There are few places where you can get a cheap steak dinner, but Flat Iron serves up the best. Their menu is incredibility simple and some of their branches are attract queues of up to two hours. Luckily, they work the queue with an app so you can have a few pints at a pub nearby whilst you’re waiting.

Wander along the South Bank 

It’s home to dozens of street performers, the National Theatre, outdoor food markets and second-hand book stalls. Borough Market is a must see, it’s got every type of food and drink you could ever possibly dream of.

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Attend a Supper Club 

Turning up solo in a restaurant can make a lot of people anxious, so why not book a supper club instead? The goals is to bring strangers together over food. London Pop-ups have a great list here of the regular and best supper clubs in town.

Try a new Exercise Class 

It’s the perfect way to find a new gang of workout buddies, plus London has heaps of unique and insanely fun workout options. I’ve recently tried 1Rebel and Another Space and I can’t wait to go back.

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Flat Iron: Steak for £10

Good steak in London can cost a fair bit of money, but at Flat Iron you can get a generous serving for just £10!

It’s a very popular, small, no-reservations restaurants – so queuing is inevitable. It’s originally a Shoreditch pop up and you can really tell this from the décor. It’s rustic and basic, with bare brick walls, but also welcoming and homely. They’ve got 3 restaurants now in total, and Scott and I visited their branch near Tottenham Court Road.

If steak isn’t your thing, don’t bother going as it’s the only thing on the menu. You can have it cooked to your liking (but they suggest medium rare) and it comes with a little dressed side salad. You simply just need to choose any other sides or sauces you desire.

They don’t do starters but when you’re seated they will bring you a small pot of complimentary popcorn.

Flat Iron Popcorn

Last week, their special was a burger which Scott went for (have I mentioned his love for burgers?) and I stuck to the steak. It was cooked to perfection and was served on a chopping board with a mini-cleaver. The bearnaise sauce went wonderfully with the dish and I also got a side of beef dripping chips.

Flat Iron Steak

I totally understand the appeal of this place and at these prices, there can be no complaints.

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Flat Iron, 9 Denmark St, London WC2H 8LS