Umbraco UK Fest Places to Visit in London


There are endless things to do, places to eat and drink, and sites to see in London. So to narrow it down and give you some city pointers, we’ve put together some top things to do during your Umbraco UK Festival visit!

Day One: Central to Southbank  

Tower Bridge, on the Southbank

 To do: Culture 

Want to explore some of the capital’s culture? Take a walk from St Paul’s to Southbank to take in London’s skyline on the Jubilee footbridge, then head down to one of the city's arts and culture hubs on the Southbank.

The Tate, The Southbank Centre, National Theatre, will give you plenty of exhibitions or shows to pop into.

To drink: Coffee stop

If there’s one thing you’ll never be short of in London, it’s coffee. Independent roasters, concept cafes and quirky cuppa stops are all over the city. Here are a few suggestions within walking distance from this year’s Umbraco UK Festival location:

Prufock Cafe on Leather Lane: A super modern cafe serving locally roasted coffee with a pretty good all day menu too.

Look Mum No Hands on Old Street: A cycling cafe 5 minutes walk from Old Street Roundabout, you don’t need to be on a bike to enjoy the the good coffee and quirky interior of LMNH.  

To eat:
Breakfast or Brunch

EC1 brings you endless eating and drinking opportunities and like most other places, brunch is the city’s favourite meal. Whether it’s a full English fry up or a lighter bite you’re after, here are some of our top Cog choices:  

Ozone on Leonard Street: Just a few minutes from the Barbican, Ozone does the best Eggs Benedict. 

The Breakfast Club on Rufus Street: It’s a classic: bacon sarnies or a tower of sticky toffee decide. 

Day Two - Head East

Super colourful streets: Shoreditch fruit markets.
Image Gary Knight via Flickr

If you want to keep it local then spend a day exploring East London. 

To do: East Markets 

Brave the chilly autumn air and start in Shoreditch to check out the graffiti-covered walls, grab a coffee at one of the many cafes and wander through Spitalfields or Brick Lane markets.

Heading further east? You’ve got Broadway Market with over 130 stalls to browse. Another classic not to be missed is Sunday’s Columbia Road flower Market.
To eat: Brick Lane Bagels

You’ll find pretty much every type of restaurant in East London. Hoxton Square is a nice option for a sit down meal, but if you want to try some real London grub, get down to Brick Lane for a famous salt beef bagel (and it’s 24 hours…).

To drink: Take your pick...

If it’s craft beers or cocktails you’re after then you can’t get much better than East London. You’ll find yourself amongst the city’s night-time crowds with endless pubs and bars, so here’s a few drinks options:

For a classic pub, The Crown and Shuttle on Shoreditch High Street. For a unique bar, the Magic Roundabout at Old Street (take the underground and find this drinking spot in the middle of the roundabout). Or for a few cocktails in a tucked away bar, book online at NightJar.  

Other things to do...

Get the tube to Umbraco UK Festival?

The sights:

From the London Eye to Oxford Street the tourist spots are aplenty. Hey, you could even do an open top bus and really see it all!

Borough Market:

If you haven’t had enough of the city’s markets already then Borough Market is definitely one to see, with street food galore and some of the best produce stalls around.

A walk in the park:

If a winter-wander around London is what you’re after, grab a hat and scarf and head for a crisp walk through one of London’s beautiful parks.

Whether it’s pubs or markets, that’s two days in London sorted, keep your eyes peeled for the official festival hashtag #umbUKfest across our social channels, where we’ll be sharing some more Umbraco UK Fest tips and exclusive info!

We’ve got a host of interesting talks and Umbraco workshops planned this year, there’s still time to buy your Umbraco UK Festival tickets!