So you’ve got a free day in London: whatcha gonna do? Go shopping on Hell on Earth Oxford Street or get your pocket picked in Leicester Square? Of course you’re not. London is too awesome and life is too short for you to spend your precious time in a Gourmet Burger Kitchen or dicking around Buckingham Palace. Also, that shit is expensive.

This blog is about my ongoing quest to uncover the best stuff to do in London without getting swarmed by day-trippers or swindled by rip-off tourist traps. I’m up for literally anything: flying trapeze, taxidermy and being beaten with twigs by burly Russians. But London is a big place, so my partner-in-crime Carla Juniper is also on board, blogging specifically about vegetarianism and healthy living in The Big Smoke. You can find all her posts here.

In February 2014 Curious London was featured in The Evening Standard‘s top twenty London blogs. The full list is available online here. Since then, I’ve written up my thoughts for Time Out London, Metro Online, xoJane and The Debrief, and produced content for multinational brands such as Jeep, Barclays, Housetrip and Christies. (Upshot: I am available for hire, so if you like what you see, get in touch and we’ll make some beautiful music together.*)

*That’s a figure of speech. I am singularly untalented when it comes to musical instruments, and I can’t sing for shit. BUT I reckon we could churn out some good words.

I am best contacted via email or on Twitter.


  1. newsrecordco
    30th October 2014 @ 6:09 pm

    Hey Curious London, good articles. I work at Record and we’re currently looking for freelancers. I think you’d be a nice addition to our roster.

    We pay our freelancers 70% of the advertising profit that their articles generate. If you’re interested, send your info at http://www.newsrecord.co/opportunities. If you mention that I commented on this article, you’ll be accepted right away.



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  3. Anthony Moor
    25th April 2016 @ 2:43 pm

    But, Emily, Spanish food is stunning. Try Iberian Ham – Pata Negra, (the pigs have black feet) and spend their happy little live running semi wild around the oak forests eating acorns. If you can get the one that has been cured for 48 months, it will be an experience you will never forget. Likewise, the city of San Sebastien (yes I know that it is nowhere near London but……) it is just around the corner from here in the SW of France, it has more top flight Michelin starred restaurants than any where in the world.

    Some of their wine is worthy of a second gulp as well.



    • Emily Gibson
      3rd May 2016 @ 10:26 pm

      Yes, I am fast realising the error of my ways! 🙂


  4. Nesta
    23rd September 2016 @ 5:15 pm

    Hi. Please help! I’m coming to London from Bristol on Saturday 8th October 2016 with 7 girlfriends. 8 in total. What can we do that is preferably free or small charge? I’m looking for something that’s fun (I don’t really want to do museums) and perhaps could involve a little drink! I feel like I’ve been searching for ages. I’ve tried the SkyGarden but they are fully booked! Please help…..


  5. Grant Barratt
    1st November 2016 @ 8:38 am

    Emily, I just read your article on the ridiculousness of luxury food gimmicks in Time Out today (1.11.16) and just wanted to say that I really enjoyed it. Well written, funny and (as much as I hate to admit it around certain friends of mine) pretty much exactly what I opinion on the subject is (£6.75 for a box of crisps and 3 dips – WTF!!?) Anyway, keep up the good work. 🙂


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