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Best things to do in London during the lockdown that are fun and safe

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Alright, bad news everyone, since the 5th of November, we are all in the lockdown again. However, being in a lockdown doesn’t mean that you need to sit at home 24/7. So here are the best things to do in London during a lockdown that are fun and safe. Obviously, if you’re in a high-risk group, it’s safer to avoid going out. And needless to say, pay attention to the Government guidelines!

Without further ado, let’s get started with the best things to do in London during the lockdown that are fun and safe.

Best things to do in London during the lockdown that are fun and safe

1) Hire a bike and cycle around

Most of the boroughs in London have installed a big range of LTNs that are perfect for cycling. Take advantage of the initiative and explore London by bike. If you don’t own a bike already, you can hire a bike from Lime, Santander Bikes or a few private companies that rent bikes for a day or two. By hiring a bike, you can combine daily exercise and transportation, as you can actually cycle pretty much anywhere in London.

During the first lockdown, I celebrated my birthday by hiring a bike and cycling all the way to Kensington and discovered the best spots to see Wisteria blossom in the city centre.

2) Try the best takeaways in London

Alright, they closed all restaurants, but luckily, we still have takeaways!

Some of the takeaways won multiple awards, so why not explore the award-winning takeaways of London. If you can get there cycling – that’s amazing. You can also drive, and if you don’t have a car, perhaps, you can take an Uber?

Here are just some award-winners that you can definitely check out (some of them are restaurants but most are open for takeaways):

British kebab awards winners 

Best curry awards winners

Best fish & chips restaurants

Plus, excellent restaurants such as Tandoor Chop House, Hoppers, Shoryu, Bone Daddies, Burner & Lobster and more do takeaways!

Fabulous Instagrammable restaurants in London - best spots for foodies

3) Explore local parks and woods in your area

Another thing you can do in London during the lockdown is exploring the parks and woods in your borough. I used to live in East Finchley and didn’t know that we have a wood 10 minutes walking away! It wasn’t on Google maps, but it was on Apple maps. So check the map for exciting finds! By the way, this wood, Coldfall Wood, became my favourite wood in the entire London!

4) Walk the Capital (London) Ring Walk

Capital Ring Walk is a massive circular walk through the green belt of London. Actually, completing the London ring walk is an achievement and no, you can’t do it in one day! Hence, you need to complete the London Ring Walk in multiple parts. You can read more about Capital Ring Walk and the route on the official website. We’ve only done two parts so far, but I’m eager to complete it when the weather permits!

5) Explore hidden pathways in London

London is full of secrets, and many of them are only known to locals. There are many fantastic nature walks in London, and most people have never heard of them! Some of my favourites are Parkland South Walk that connects Highgate and Finsbury park through an old railway that is now a park and Dollis Brook walk that connects Moat Mount Open Space, High Barnet and Hampstead Garden Suburb! It’s a lovely walk that follows the Dollis River, and it’s a perfect activity for a day walk in London that is safe and fun do to during the lockdown (and any time, really)

There are plenty of other walks including bits of the Thames Path and Lea Valley walks!

6) Walk all the way to the city centre

Another thing you can try to attempt to do at least once during the lockdown is walking to the city centre. Depending on where you live, it can take from 15 minutes to almost 4 hours. We used to live just 1.5 hours away from the city centre (walking), however, since we moved to Southgate, it’s taking significantly longer! However, it’s fun and you should try it at least once.

7) Make your own list of the prettiest streets in London

London has some fabulous streets! When the weather allows, head to the city centre and explore some of the most beautiful streets in the city. Start with Kensington and Chelsea and continue exploring in Belgravia, Mayfair and even Islington.

8) Discover the largest supermarket in your area

When everything is closed and you still want to go out, you can explore supermarkets. I’m sure you’ve been to your local supermarkets a trillion times already, but what about exploring the biggest supermarkets nearby that you haven’t been to? For example, we didn’t know that we had a huge Waitrose in North Finchley just 35 minutes walking away!

9) Start home renovations (or do a home makeover on a budget)

If you own a home, lockdown is an amazing time to start home and garden renovation. Most of the DIY stores like B&Q and Builders Depot are open, so you can buy whatever you need for your renovations. If you’re renting, there are still some things you can do yourself (e.g. arranging the space differently, upcycling your furniture and changing decor). Or, perhaps, you can even chat with your landlord and agree on some renovations your landlord wouldn’t mind?

10) Discover the best and the worst areas of London

Another thing you can do in London is to discover the best and the worst areas in London! London is such a huge city, and I’m sure that there are places you haven’t visited (yet). If you’re into posh areas, you can explore Chiswick, Fulham, Hampstead, Highgate, Balham, Wimbledon, Richmond, Cockfosters and many others.

11) Go on a day hike in London or close to London

Finally, you can also go on a day hike in London or very close to London. During the first lockdown, we’ve completed a few trips like that and it was fun! For example, we discovered the best hike near London – Sevenoaks circular hike that passes through some of the prettiest places. We also went on a couple of other fun hikes – Ashridge Estate Hike, Chesham to Amersham and many more!

Summary of the best things do in London during a lockdown.

Alright, so here were some of the best things to do in London during a lockdown that are fun and safe for everyone! I hope you guys stay safe and we will survive these tough times (everything will get better soon).

Some of posts about London that you might like:

Best things to do in North London

Best things to do in South London

The most Instagrammable places in London

Hidden gems and non-touristy places in London

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