Guess what?! WorldCon and Nine Worlds are both in London! That's pretty damn awesome and, as a result of this consolidated awesomeness, lots of you are coming from non-London places to attend.
As your hosts, we want to make sure you leave the convention centre and enjoy the [greatest] city [in the world].
We asked a host of Londoners to suggest a few of their favourite places in the city - chosen because they're fun, accessible, not-break-the-bank-expensive and very London-y:
1. Start your South Bank adventure off at the London Eye. Book your tickets early (the VIP tickets are well worth the price, since you don't have to wait in line with all the plebs) and go early in the day or at sunset. Be prepared for loads of tourists, especially if you go anywhere from 11 am to 6 pm.
2. Then amble east, past the South Bank Centre and the Royal Festival Hall, and enjoy the views. Eventually you'll hit the Tate Modern (you can't miss it; it's a gigantic red brick building with a super tall chimney-thing). Most of the exhibits are free, so wander around to your heart's content. Then pop up to the bar on the top floor for a drink and an unbeatable view.
3. Continue east along the south bank. You'll pass Shakespeare's Globe, which has a cool museum and an even cooler shop.
4. Keep going. The path will detour away from the river and suddenly you'll find yourself in a magical part of London. Walk past the Clink museum and turn right onto Stoney Street. If it's Thursday, Friday or Saturday, you've just found Borough Market, aka Disneyland for foodies. Go on Thursday or Friday and wander around the stalls, sampling the freebies and arguing with yourself about what you're going to wind up eating. You can go on Saturday, of course, but you'll be there alongside nine hundred thousand other people, so go early. (Like, 8 am at the latest.) Hot tip: Neal's Yard Dairy for all the finest cheese in UK.
5. For some non-south bank fun, hit the National Portrait Gallery off Trafalgar Square. It's free AND less crowded than its neighbor the National Gallery and much more interesting, being full of portraits of Henry VIII, his wives, his children, and everyone else who's ever anythinged an anything in the last five hundred years. Friday nights the museum stays open late and you can check out the galleries while listening to live music. It's great fun!