Welcome to London!

We want you to have the best possible experience when you visit London. To make sure this extends outside of the time you spend in our serviced apartments, we've written a helpful guide.

Discover our selection of handy hints, tips and expert advice for exploring the hidden gems in London to make the most out of your time in the capital.

With so many attractions and world-famous landmarks to choose from, exploring London as a tourist can feel overwhelming if you’re unsure where to go.

Away from the busiest parts of the city, you'll quickly find incredible shopping opportunities in some of the most characterful neighbourhoods. Luckily, there are many ways to get around the city from the comfort of your Marlin apartment when you visit London.

Whether you chose a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, a city bike rental, or a walking tour, you'll arrive at some of the best landmarks in no time. To help you plan your trip, we've listed a few of our favourite London activities below.

Our top 3 free things to do in London

Whether you're travelling solo, as a couple or with a young family, it's important to know that a trip to London doesn't have to mean breaking the bank. With that in mind, we've outlined a few of our favourite places to discover in London without an entry fee.

Head to the National Gallery

Centrally located on Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery promises an enriching experience for visitors of all ages. Discover works from some of the most pivotal, era-defining artists alongside contemporary masterpieces in this all-encompassing collection.

Enjoy a view from the Sky Garden

You'll need to book a free Sky Garden ticket in advance, but securing a spot at this impressive viewpoint will guarantee an amazing experience.

Discover panoramic cityscape views from luscious indoor landscaped gardens – or relax on an observation deck with a cool, refreshing drink in hand. The penthouse Darwin Brasserie restaurant offers a fine dining option if you're after a more luxurious visit.

Explore the Natural History Museum

Ideal for families visiting London, the Natural History Museum promises a fun-filled day surrounded by creatures great and small. This immersive, educational museum boasts multiple displays, including those with interactive activities too.

If you're staying at Marlin Waterloo, simply cross the magnificent Westminster Bridge to take the Circle or District Line and you'll reach the museum in under 30 minutes.

Our top 3 places to explore in London


Home to Brick Lane – one of our favourite spots for vintage shopping in London – Shoreditch offers plenty of opportunities for drinking, eating and making discoveries in the capital.

From top-rated curry houses to the most unique retro finds, Shoreditch offers something for everyone. This vibrant neighbourhood is just a 20-minute walk from Marlin Queen Street too.


Best known for its lively atmosphere and abundant nightlife, Soho is a haven for socialising. If you're looking for live entertainment, you'll quickly find some of London's best local music, comedy and theatre acts here.

As you head back towards Covent Garden, we'd recommend calling in at Neal's Yard – a dainty, colourful courtyard filled with inviting shops and independent eateries.

London Docklands

Looking for the best way to spend a relaxing afternoon in London? We love the cosy cafés and trendy stores in the picturesque London Docklands area, ideal for adults and children alike.

When you head to Canary Wharf, you'll find designer brands, artisan coffee and a few hidden roof gardens. And if you're staying at Marlin Canary Wharf, you'll enjoy all of this on your doorstep.

Explore the hidden gems in London with Marlin

Whether you're looking for some retail therapy or you'd like a taste of the most authentic food in the capital, you won't need to look far no matter which of our London apartment locations you'll be staying at. But before you book, it's a good idea to get organised.

To help you reach some of the best independent shopping in London, we've written a couple of handy guides. Discover our recommendations for finding the best vintage shopping and street markets in London below.

A Guide to London's Best Vintage Shopping

London's Best Hidden Markets

At Marlin, we're also proud to offer discounted rates for certain tours – just ask the concierge at your apartment for more information. We can provide comfortable family breaks in London as well as exceptional corporate accommodation, plus a wide range of uniquely tailored stays for our clients.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team if you have any questions about our serviced apartments or the services we can offer.

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