We’re celebrating a whole 50 years since the opening of Phase 1 of the Victoria line: from Walthamstow Central to Highbury and Islington. To mark the occasion, we’ve picked our favourite places along the whole line! Let us know your favourite spots in the comments! 👇
Plus, if you travel around London at weekends, on bank holidays, between 9:30 and 15:59, and after 19:00 on weekdays (off-peak), you’ll get the best value for your fare.
God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow Central
This spot in North East London is a neon paradise of lights, 💡 disco balls and retro signage is guaranteed to dazzle anyone who stumbles across it. ✨
William Morris Gallery, Blackhorse Road
Find out more about the life of radical Victorian craftsman and designer, William Morris. The Georgian house was home to William Morris’s family from 1848 until 1856 and was opened to the public in 1950 by Prime Minister Clement Attlee. 🖼
Tottenham Marshes, Tottenham Hale
Covering over 100 acres, the marshes were originally the flood plain of the River Lea. The marshes were also the first home of football club Tottenham Hotspurs in 1882! ⚽️
Ghost signs walking tours, Seven Sisters
If you’re interested in social history, this is the one for you. Find out more about the hand-painted advertising of North East London on a walking tour. 👻
Rowan’s Ten Pin Bowling, Finsbury Park
For late-night bowling 🎳 and karaoke, 🎤 there’s only one place to go. This North London bowling alley has been around since 1913 and it actually played host to a gig by The Beatles back in 1963!
Union Chapel, Highbury and Islington
Music, performances and cinema: just a few of the things you can see in this working church and unique events space. Why not take a look at what’s going on this month? 🎶
British Library, King’s Cross St. Pancras
Visit the largest National Library in the world, in terms of the number of items catalogued. 📚The library adds 3 million items every year, requiring an additional 6 miles of shelf space.
Wellcome Collection, Euston
Browse 19th-century collector Henry Wellcome’s medical antiquities, plus hi-tech modern displays and art. 🎨
BT Tower, Warren Street
When it was built in 1962, only St. Paul’s Cathedral stood taller. Nowadays, the BT Tower is dwarfed by the Shard and the Gherkin, but it’s an iconic London landmark well worth taking a look at from the ground! 📍
100 Club, Oxford Circus
This central London venue has been hosting live music since 1942. Everyone from Bowie to Oasis to Sinead O’Connor have played in this historic venue, so why not head down and see who’s billed! 🎶
Royal Academy of the Arts, Green Park
The Royal Academy of Arts was founded through a personal act of King George III in 1768 in order to promote the arts through education and exhibition. Today, the Royal Academy hosts a range of exhibitions, including the Summer exhibition of new art, where anyone is welcome to submit pieces for display. 👨🎨
Buckingham Palace, Victoria
A must for any visitor to tick off their London bucket list is Buckingham Palace. 👑 Why not head down for the Changing of the Guard ceremony?
Tate Britain, Pimlico
Dating back to 1897, this art gallery is situated on the site of the former Millbank Prison. Known as the home of British Art from 1500 to the current day, you’ll be amazed by what you see. 🎨
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall
Known as the beating heart of Vauxhall and a leader in alternative entertainment, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is a South London must. Expect drag, cabaret and lots of fun! 🏳️🌈
Stockwell Skatepark, Stockwell
One of London’s oldest skateparks, this spot doesn’t feature your typical skate obstacles. 🏄 With a long, wide snake run, spend an afternoon watching boards, blades and BMXs carve along the concrete!
Brixton Market, Brixton
A community market run by local traders with all sorts of bits to see and explore! 🛍
In need of a little more inspiration?
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