I recently discovered a part of London I knew very little about. It is good for eating, shopping, dancing and history. These are my top 5 things to do in Farringdon, London…
1. Shopping at Exmouth Market
Exmouth market is a super semi-pedestrianised street full of interesting independent shops and eateries. Restaurants include cuisines such as Italian, Japanese, Middle Eastern and Moroccan as well as quality coffee shops. Shops such as Marby & Elm, Space EC1 and Bagman & Robin are particularly good for gift shopping or just browsing at your own pace.
There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Exmouth Market, Farringdon. They are quite casual and many have outdoor seating as well as indoor. I dined solo at Santore, an Italian restaurant serving amazing wood fired pizzas. I can really recommend it, I can’t remember eating a pizza that good!
If you feel like doing something a little bit different then make a reservation at Dans Le Noir for a unique, sensory dining experience. Led to your table by blind or visually impaired staff you will test your taste buds by dining in pitch darkness. Would you eat what you couldn’t see, not knowing what it was in advance?
This is an ideal solo activity. The Postal Museum is interesting with lots of hands on activities, including a 15 minute ride on the miniature underground train, The Mail Rail. Ride underground through dark tunnels while you learn about the history of the postal system in England. Experience sorting post on a moving train and try your hand at deciphering morse code!
Why not try a dance class? In the church hall in Exmouth Market most Saturday evenings, a Brazilian Forro class takes place. Classes are split into 3 different levels, including complete beginners, so it doesn’t matter if you have never danced before. Dancing is a great solo activity as no partner is necessary. Most people go along by themselves. It is a great way to get some exercise, learn a new skill and enjoy social time after class, practicing on the dance floor with new friends.
If you are looking to stay in London overnight, there is also a reasonably priced Travelodge less than 10 minutes walk away. Review coming soon…
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Things to do in London – Solo activities I can recommend
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