Walking around London
I believe the best way to see London (well almost any city) is on foot. It may cut down on how many 'sights' you might visit in a day, but nothing gives you a feel for a city like London unless you walk and see the neighborhoods, people and atmosphere change. I have been lucky and in my last 8 trips, it has never rained once (no I ain't makin it up).
There is so many things to do here
There is so many things that I can list here, the streets, variety of people, records/CD stores, fashion stores, parks, museums, restaurants, theatres, musicals, concerts, pubs & nightclubs
What ever it is you are interested, you can find it in London.
Cross Milennium Bridge
Take a stroll across the Millennium Bridge. Designed by architect Sir Norman Foster the 325m long pedestrian bridge crosses the River Thames, linking St Paul's Cathedral to the Tate Modern Gallery. This impressive steel bridge was the first foot bridge to be built across the Thames in more than 100 years and is a great way to take in a glimpse of London as you work your way across the bridge.
Pearly Kings and Queens
Each London borough have Pearly kings and queens. These people originate from costermongers(street traders) in the 19th century and the costumes - black with pearl buttons sewn on originates from a man called Henry Croft who came up with the design in the 1880s. Henry was a friend of the costermongers and liked their outlook on life and their symbols and slogans one of which was "All for Charity". The costers soon realised that when Henry joined them on their fund raising for hospital charity events Henry drew the crowds with his natty dress style and soon they adopted the dress style that exists now.
The Pearly Kings and Queens collect huge amounts for charity each year - the wonderful McMillan cancer nurses are one such charity they support. There are however bogus Pearlie's who collect purely for themselves - if you give any money always ensure the collection tin has a Charity Commission number on it side.
Pubs! Pubs, and More Pubs!
Pubs are a GIANT part of Londoners daily life. Pubs have a wonderful atmosphere with a much more intriguing aspect about them than any American bar scene. Locals come to relax, unwind with a nice meal, possibly with a good bitter, ale, or lager. Some even drink Jack Daniels (Tennessee Whisky), which REALLY surprised me!
There is definitely an abundance of "Old World charm" in most pubs in England. I am no expert pub crawler, by any means, and actually I am a lightweight when it comes to alcohol, but the attitude just seems to magically transform, almost instantaneously, upon entering a nice, friendly pub.
There is this awesome site I found when searching for the address of Wetherspoons in London. (See Restaurant Tips for info on Wetherspoons). You can search by the pub name, address, postcode, nearest tube station, etc. It is similar to VT as it has ratings and reviews from the patrons who visited the pubs. You may even refine your search to include extras such as Big screen TV's, dartboard, pool table, live music, Sunday roast dinner, car park, etc. The list is extensive, but those are a few basics.
Like VT, it is not neccessary to be a member to view the details. If you are looking for some information about a great pub in London, or anywhere else in the World, this will do all the work for you. All you need do is decide which pub best suits your taste.
P.S. For more details, please see my Nightlife tip.