*Disclaimer: I was gifted a FitBit in exchange for writing about the Explore the City tool.
The below opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.
John Lewis have launched a great new #ExploretheCity tool designed to be used with your activity tracker and get you out and about racking up those steps while you explore your local area. There’s not a whole lot to do in my area of London but I’m just one stop away from North Greenwich so I thought I’d see what the area has to offer beyond my usual cinema haunt. So what is there to do? Where should you go? My things to do series is here to help with a full days itinerary all mapped out for you. Follow it religiously or pick and choose the things that suit your schedule – it’s up to you! Just be sure to have fun exploring.
Up at the O2
Why not start your day by getting your adrenaline pumping and climbing right to the top of the
millennium O2 dome itself. For the last few years the top of the building has been used as an observation deck for tourists to get some great views across the city and the only way up is your own two feet. I’ve not done it myself yet but from what Milly says about the experience it’s akin to walking on a trampoline at quite a steep angle. You can read more about her visit here.
Lunch at Yalla Yalla
There are a ton of places you can choose to grab lunch within the O2 itself and just outside it but my favourite (for now at least) has to be the Yalla Yalla pop up just opposite the underground exit. You’ll recognise it from the bright yellow exterior and while it looks like it offers takeaway only if you keep walking past you’ll find a sneaky little indoor seating area where you can enjoy full table service and a slightly extended menu. If you want to know more about the food on offer check out this post about their Soho branch.
Activity trackers are all about getting us to move more right? So if the climb over the top of the O2 wasn’t too much for you why not try a different kind of sport. There’s Hollywood Bowl right inside the dome itself where you can hit up one of their 12 state of the art lanes for a game or two or just a few minutes away is the fantastic Greenwich Peninsula driving range where you can get a bucket of 120 balls for just £12.00!
Take the Emirates Airline
One of the most fun methods of transport in London is the Emirates cable car – sure it’s pretty useless unless you have a reason to visit the Excel centre from the O2 but you do get some killer views and it’s a relatively cheap form of entertainment running right through until 11pm most nights. You can find more details about the cable car here.
See a gig or take a trip to the cinema
The O2 arena has played host to some of the biggest names in music in the past so it’s highly likely you’ll be visiting to see your favourite artist in the flesh. As well as the main arena the O2 is also home to Indigo at the O2 for smaller acts and if blockbusters is more your thing there’s also an 11 screen Cineworld with super screen right in the middle! Check out some of my tips on how to save money on cinema tickets to make your visit even cheaper.
For post-gig/cinema convenience book yourself a stay at the luxurious Intercontinental Hotel O2 which has its own private walkway directly from the arena to the hotel itself. If your budget can’t quite stretch that far then avoid the crush at the underground station by hopping back on the cable car and staying in the pocket-friendly Good Hotel where not only will you have a great nights sleep but you’ll help the local community too. They source as much as they can locally from ingredients in their food to materials and staff as well as donating money to charity with every booking made directly on their website!