In London on business? Have some time to spare? Your business trip might not allow you much time to explore this huge city, but once work is done, London offers many inspiring and stimulating activities in the evenings. To help you use your time wisely when you’re off the clock, we’ve compiled a list of fun things to do in London after work.
Attend a Shakespeare play in Elizabethan setting
The Shakespeare’s Globe is a faithful reconstruction of Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan open-air playhouse associated with William Shakespeare. Today, just a few meters from the original site, the productions are presented in a manner as close as possible to the times of Shakespeare. During the winter months, The Globe offers performance in the adjacent candlelit indoor theater – the perfect thing to do in London after work.
Find the best after work drink spots
Sometimes after a hard day in the office, the best thing to do is to go to the pub for a pint or two. Pair your beer with fish and chips to experience the quintessential London after work. Famous hotspots such as quirky Camden, London’s South Bank and Hammersmith will provide a range of public houses offering lagers and IPAs from across the world.
Enjoy a night at the museum
London is home to some of the most fascinating museums in the world, with many open until late in the evening meaning even if that afternoon board meeting runs over, there’s still chance to discover world-famous masterpieces or ancient relics. Explore modern art at the Tate Gallery or rediscover human history at the British Museum through fabulous objects such as the Rosetta Stone or the thrilling Egyptian mummies.
Go for a run in Hyde Park
Whether you’re a runner or just need a break from the city, head to Hyde Park. There’s no better way to let off some steam in London after work than running through the park. A full loop around the perimeter of the park is around 5km. If your energy levels are high, extend your run to neighboring Kensington Gardens.
Treat yourself to afternoon tea
When the clock strikes four, indulge in the centuries-old ritual of afternoon tea. All around town, you’ll find hotels, restaurants and cafés serving a variety of post-lunch, pre-dinner bites, from finely cut finger sandwiches to mouthwatering cakes and pastry. And of course, enjoy a selection of teas, and even a glass of champagne.
Rock around the clock
From The Rolling Stones and the British Invasion to The Sex Pistols and punk, London is one of the music capitals of the world. Any day of the week you may catch a top-notch show. Check the agenda of world famous venues like the Roundhouse, Academy Bristol or jazz club Ronnie Scott’s. Or simply find a pub where a cover band will likely play your favorite tunes.