Nerdy Things to Do in London: A Geek’s Guide to the City

London is a paradise for nerds of all shapes and sizes.

Whether you’re a history buff, science enthusiast, anime nerd, transport loving dork, or comic book aficionado, the city offers a wealth of attractions and activities to satisfy your inner geek.

As a money saving nerd myself, I’m interested in saving money and free stuff, so I’m going to make sure I include tons of budget friendly activity options in this guide!

Here is your ultimate guide to the top nerdy things to do in London…

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Nerdy Things to Do in London: A Geek’s Guide to the City

1. Visit the British Museum

The British Museum is a treasure trove of historical artifacts from around the world. 

Marvel at the Rosetta Stone, admire the Sophilos Vase, and appreciate the elaborate Piranesi Vase, among various other ancient treasures.

The British Museum is a must visit for fans of mythology and ancient history, and the extensive collections provide endless hours of exploration.

Best of all, it’s free to visit too!

Being one of the oldest and most visited destinations in the world, London is full of famous historical landmarks and attractions. The Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum and the Cutty Sark are all spots to add to your list if you are a history enthusiast.

2. Explore the Science Museum

The Science Museum in South Kensington is an absolute must-visit for science geeks for all ages.

Discover the wonders of space travel, marvel at the history of computing, and get hands-on with interactive exhibits. 

Make time to visit the IMAX cinema within the museum too, which shows fascinating documentaries on everything from the natural world to outer space.

The Science Museum also host monthly adults only Museum Lates, themed around different topics (past themes include xxx). Wander the exhibitions at night, enjoy a cocktail, take part in a science themed pub quiz, and more.

The Museum Lates events are free to attend; a bargain night out with pals or fun date night idea if you’re looking for something a little different.

3. Tour the Harry Potter Studios

For fans of the wizarding world, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour (which is situated around 20 minutes outside of central London) should be top of your list! Admire iconic sets including the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, and the Forbidden Forest, and admire the original props and costumes. Be sure to grab a Butterbeer too!

There are so many Harry Potter activities in London to explore for all budgets, ranging from movie filming locations, afternoon teas, the official West End show, and more. Potterheads will be in their element!

4. Browse Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue is the ultimate treasure trove for comic book lovers and sci-fi enthusiasts.

This megastore offers a huge selection of comics, graphic novels, collectibles, clothing and merchandise from your favourite franchises. Whether you’re into Marvel, Star Wars, Doctor Who, One Piece, or Pokemon; there’ll be something for you here, guaranteed!

6. Attend a Comic Con

Several comic conventions take place in London throughout the year, including MCM Comic Con, and London Film and Comic Con.

These events are an absolute haven for geeks, and feature celebrity guests, panels, cosplay competitions, and hundreds of stalls selling a plethora of nerdy merchandise. 

It’s a fantastic event to head to with friends, to meet like-minded people, and to celebrate your favourite fandoms, with people that get it! You could even try to create your own cosplay outfit if you’re feeling brave!

7. Explore the British Library

Another one for the history nerds; the British Library is a paradise for book lovers and history experts.

Home to over 150 million items, which include manuscripts, maps, newspapers, and sound recordings, the library’s most famous treasures include the Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, and original Beatles lyrics. Incredible!

If you’re in need of a chilled activity, access to complimentary wifi, or just need a quick break from the hustle and bustle of the city, the British Library is free to visit. The British Library also host events, with pay what you can sessions, which are worth checking out.

8. Take a Walking Tour

Themed Walking Tours of the capital are super popular with tourists, taking visitors to iconic filming locations across London. 

See for yourself where the most memorable scenes were shot and learn fascinating behind-the-scenes secrets about movie and television production. Walking tours are a great way to explore the city while indulging your inner fan girl/boy, and there are tours for the most popular British show and movies including:

There are also walking tours suitable for those with an interest in history, so you can walk the steps of some of the most well known Brits:

  • Royal Family and Changing of the Guard
  • Winston Churchill and World War II 
  • The Beatles
  • Jack the Ripper

9. Experience Virtual Reality

For video game nerds, a visit to one of London’s virtual reality venues is a must do on your bucket list.

Otherworld, DNA VR and Gravity Wandsworth offer immersive VR experiences, where you can shoot zombies (I’ve done this and it was in equal parts terrifying and hilarious), explore fantastical worlds, or solve puzzles as a group.

Virtual reality games are a thrilling way to dive into new worlds and enjoy cutting-edge technology!

Final thoughts: Nerdy Things to Do in London: A Geek’s Guide to the City

London really is a haven for geeks, offering endless opportunities to indulge in your passions, dive deep into your favourite fandoms, and maybe even meet fellow fans.

I hope this guide has given you some ideas to get started exploring the best and most unique nerdy things to do in London on your next visit!

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