1. Victoria & Albert Museum
An remarkable building full of incredible objects, the V&A houses every imaginable form of human creativity, from art to architecture, stone work, jewellery and an impressive cast room full of famous monuments from around the world.
2. Royal Opera House
If you love your opera and ballet, book yourself some tickets and settle down into a red velvet seat at the Royal Opera House. Home to the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet, this is the place for world-class performance.
3. The ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art)
One of the capital’s most exciting gallery spaces: It holds fantastic free exhibitions, evening events (many involving DJs and dancing late into the night) and has a cinema showing arty films.
4. Shakespeare's Globe
The famous reconstruction of William Shakespeare’s classic theatre. Come and see everything from Shakespeare’s plays to more contemporary productions in a great spot beside the Thames. Standing tickets are just £5!
5. Shoreditch galleries
Head to Shoreditch on the first Thursday of each month to visit the multitude of independent galleries in this cool area of east London, from Whitechapel Gallery to Victoria Miro Gallery. It’s great for picking up work by up-and-coming artists.
6. Barbican Centre
Theatre, music, exhibitions: the Barbican is a fantastic space that puts on all of these events and more, generally with an edgy, international twist. Always worth checking out what’s on here when you visit London.