Take Five: 5 Cultural Things to Do in Central London

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In the series Take Five I always share 5 cultural travel tips with you. From great record shops to special bookshops, good museums, cool neighbourhoods or the best places to sample local cuisine. In this blog post: 5 cultural things to do in Central London!

>5 cultural things to do in Central London

1. Get a taste of British culture with an authentic afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason

‘Where’s the best place to go for an authentic afternoon tea?’ I get this question a lot and it’s quite difficult to answer. There are numerous restaurants and cafés in London that offer a tasty afternoon tea spread. Depending on your preference and budget, you could choose from anything between incredibly decadent to something more playful like an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea. But if you’re after an authentic British experience, I always recommend the classic food department store Fortnum & Mason. You can also buy some great and tasty souvenirs here for friends and family back home (or just to keep for yourself of course).

181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER

5 cultural things to do in Central London // Done That Been There

2. Enjoy a unique cinema experience in Prince Charles Cinema

This really is a cinema like no other! Come here to see a good arthouse film, enjoy a few hour-long film marathon or belt your heart out during one of their famous sing-a-long events!

7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY

3. Read your heart out at Waterstones Piccadilly, Europe’s largest bookshop

Waterstones Piccadilly is the biggest bookshop in London. They even claim to be the biggest in Europe! They sell over 200,000 titles here, spread out over 6 floors. Besides their impressive book selection, you’ll also find several reading areas, coffee bars and a restaurant in the shop. So if you’re a bookworm, you can easily spend hours at end here!

203-206 Piccadilly, W1V 9LW

5 cultural things to do in Central London // Done That Been There

4. Visit an inspiring photography exhibition in the Photographer’s Gallery

This is truly one of my most favourite cultural spots in London. I have a great interest in photography and often come here to be inspired by their topnotch exhibitions.
TIP Free entrance if you arrive before noon!

16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, W1F 7LW

5 cultural things to do in Central London // Done That Been There

5. Music lovers go to Sister Ray Records

This independent record shop first started as a market stall in the alternative area of Camden in the 80s. It’s not surprising the shop is now located in Soho because like Camden, this area also has had a rich musical history. The Sex Pistols and David Bowie are just a few of the musicians that have been associated with Soho. Sister Ray Records Soho consists of two floors and specialises in alternative music, both on CD and vinyl.

75 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8RP

– Bonus tip –
Go out for cocktails in the ‘secret’ cellar of Freud Bar

In case my list of 5 cultural things to do in Central London wasn’t enough for you, I have one more bonus tip for you here!

If you didn’t know it’s there, you would probably walk right past Freud Bar. This cocktail bar is located slightly hidden in a cellar on the super busy Shaftesbury Avenue and is therefore a true insider tip!

5 cultural things to do in Central London // Done That Been There

5 cultural things to do in Central London

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For more tips about London, head over to my London city guide or my website Dutch Girl in London!

Do you have any tips for cultural things to do in Central London you’d like to share with me and other readers? Then leave your suggestion in a comment below!
Thanks so much, Zarina xx

Dutchie in the UK, expat, nomad, culture vulture. Loves kale – on a plate, not in a smoothie – Thai curries (fiery hot please) and Belgian beers. Also blogs on 'Dutch Girl in London' about London, lifestyle, (street) art and culture.


  1. Nice post! I really like that you haven’t just gone for the obvious tourist hotspots. I’ll be looking out for more of your 5 things guides next time I venture anywhere

    • zarina rimbaud-kadirbaks : January 27, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      Ah, thanks so much! I’m trying to avoid the obvious tourist tips indeed, so happy to hear this lovely feedback from you 🙂

  2. Definitely bookmarking this for if we ever travel to London! Such an awesome list!!

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