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Do you live in London or have been too many times? Had enough of Big Ben? Then you’re in the correct place.

London is undoubtedly the best city in the world. Well, I may be biased, but it is pretty awesome. Part of its awesomeness is that there are unlimited things to do which range from simply the unknown to the most ridiculous. Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of non touristy things to do in London. The list is never ending: as soon as I experience more non touristy things to do in London, I will include them here, so remember to pin this post.

1. Have afternoon tea at a Cat Cafe

If you don’t know it already, Cat cafes are a thing. And London couldn’t be left behind in this feline trend. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium offers a chance to have tea with kittens roaming around. To add more to the fun, it’s vegan friendly! Just remember to book in advance.

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Cat Cafe
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winter lights canary wharf

It’s freezing in London, but that didn’t prevent the Canary Wharf Winter Lights guys from creating free entertainment for Londoners. Canary Wharf Winter Lights features 30 amazing light installations throughout Canary Wharf: sculptures, structures and installations from some of the most innovative artists and designers worldwide. It is actually really cool so get your warmest coat and get ready for a 1-2 hr stroll full of light! Do hurry as it is just two weeks long.

How much: It’s FREE, ain’t London cool?

When: Until Friday 27th of January 2017, from 4pm to 9pm

Where: Canary Wharf tube station Jubilee Line. See map of attractions below:

canary wharf winter lights map

Favorite installations:

Ovo: egg shaped sculpture that shoots of vapor – great photo material

Angels of Freedom: Lighted angel wings that change their color and make a nice postcard

The garden of floating words: the name says it all

Light bench: another self explanatory name

Cathedral of Mirrors: 12 towers with moving lights that respond to visitors using sensors

Water wall: a mist screen with constantly moving objects, also allows visitors to interact and paint on the mist canvas by moving

Huge Reeds: vertical tubes with light sapping top to bottom


Horizontal Interference: horizontal lighted straps linking trees in a psychedelically marvelous way

Bloom: cute little balls of light and sound which coordinate themselves with changes in ambiance

DON’T MISS THIS! If you did, were curious about it and got this far, I hope you’ve enjoyed the review. And hey, you’ll make it next year! I’m sure there will be another one. Last year we had Lumiere in Kings Cross in January, this year Winter Lights at Canary Wharf…we’ll need to wait until 2018 then!

If you want to see the full list of installations/sculptures you can always visit the Official website.

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