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Best things to do in Essex

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Mall
“A great place to spend some money, plenty of shops and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat.”
493 locals recommend
Rock Climbing Spot
“The site of the 2012 London Olympics. Good places to eat and picnic in summer. Also look out for events. Great for cycling. ”
344 locals recommend
“Wonderful royal park with great rose garden, cricket pitch, tennis courts, deer, playground and Queen Victoria’s ancient oak tree that she used to play in. Overlooking the River Thames and home to one of London’s most iconic views, Greenwich Park is an amazing mix of 17th century landscape, stunning gardens and a rich history that dates back to Roman times. The park’s 183 acres has something for everyone. Stand on the Prime Meridian, the reference point for the rest of the world, and visit The Royal Observatory. Follow in the footsteps of England’s kings and queens with a walk through Greenwich’s ancient trees. Visit the tranquil flower, herb and orchard gardens then stop for tea at the Pavilion Café.”
316 locals recommend
Music Venue
“The O2 is home to the world’s most popular music, sport, comedy, entertainment and so much more. With premium outlet shopping at ICON Outlet, bars and restaurants, a multi-screen Cineworld, Oxygen Freejumping trampoline park and 12-lane Hollywood Bowl, it’s the ultimate destination. See a different side of the city by climbing the famous roof at Up at The O2 and experience incredible 360-degree views of London.”
308 locals recommend
“Home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the Prime Meridian of the world and London’s Planetarium.”
251 locals recommend
“ While at Greenwich, visit Food Market, walk around Greenwich Park and take few pictures of the splendid views of Canary Wharf skyscrapers, afterwards walk down to Trafalgar Tavern - Victorian riverside pub where the Thames laps up at the windows, with cobbled outdoor drinking area. Get your smartphone ready and discover Greenwich's most Instagrammable spots, including Greenwich Park, Cutty Sark and the Prime Meridian line.”
199 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“A great place to shop and eat, so many unique stalls selling food, fashion, art and crafts. One of my personal favorites is the pie & mash shop a must for locals and tourists. ”
213 locals recommend
History Museum
“The National Maritime Museum is a maritime museum in Greenwich, London. The historic buildings form part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, and it also incorporates the Royal Observatory and 17th-century Queen's House”
143 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Curry Sark is a museum ship located near the centre of Greenwich, in South East London, close to the National Maritime Museum and Greenwich park.”
140 locals recommend
“The London Stadium is opposite the building but you'll need to walk around through Hackney Wick to get there. It's a huge space to explore. You can either take a leisurely walk around and take in the sights and various venues from the 2012 London Olympics or you can book activities like swimming, BMX cycling, velodrome and many more. ”
77 locals recommend
Convention Center
“ExCeL London is a £500 million international venue offering an incredible 100,000m2 of flexible event space, including London’s International Convention Centre (ICC London ExCeL). ICC London ExCeL includes the UK’s largest auditorium (up to 5,000), London’s largest banqueting hall (3,000 guests) and a stunning, multi-function conference suite with fabulous reception and registration areas (2,500 delegates). The ICC is seamlessly integrated with ExCeL London’s existing meeting and exhibition space, including fully appointed meeting rooms, a self-contained conference facility and expansive Event Halls, ideal for large-scale events. ExCeL London has 7 on-site hotels, ranging from luxury to budget, offering 1,400 rooms between them. In addition, there are over 10,000 hotel rooms within 20 minutes of ExCeL London. The venue boasts excellent transport links for both national and international visitors with 3 onsite DLR (Docklands Light Railway) stations, easy access to London Underground, onsite parking for 3,700 cars and London City Airport just 5-minutes away. The venue is positioned in the heart of London’s ‘events district’, with great hotels, shops, bars and restaurants all ideally located within close proximity of Canary Wharf, The O2 and the Olympic Park.”
79 locals recommend
Cable Car
“Enjoy impressive views across London from our only cable car. Go during sunset for the best view. You'll need to purchase a ticket to ride, which is around £3 with an Oyster card”
71 locals recommend
“Huge zoo in Stanway, Colchester, just half an hour drive from Maldon. Get there early on busy days such as school holidays and sunny weekends. ”
19 locals recommend
Electronics Store
“Huge shopping mall with loads of designer and all the high street shops in.”
109 locals recommend
Cable Car
“Although not as well known as the beloved London Eye, this relatively new attraction gives stunning views of London over the Thames. For the best experience I'd suggest going in the evening (after 7) for the extended Night Flights, which feature music and videos in the cabin to accompany the vibrancy of London after dark.”
67 locals recommend
Convention Center
“One of the busiest International hub, Excel is the London award winning convention and events venue also offers a comprehensive selections of food on site. Excel address:Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL Getting to Excel: Custom House Station by DLR”
33 locals recommend