The people and the many attractions are awesome; even on a tight budget London is still a fun place to just walk around, especially if you hit up all the free entry museums and check out the art works.
My favourite shops are Urban Outfitters [42-56 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LJ, United Kingdom] for their gifts; they've got quirky gifts that are great for when you don't know what to get people, and Bubbleology [2 Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Rd, London] because they make insane Bubble Tea Drinks.
Paperchase [215 Tottenham Court Rd, London W1T, United Kingdom] is great for buying supplies, just for the notebooks, pencils and other cute bits and pieces that tie projects together.
Camden Town Market [Camden High St, London NW1 8NH, United Kingdom] is perfect for picking up and selling wares that are truly one of a kind.
For inspiration, head to The Square Mile London, Leake St [Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN, UK] for the graffiti inspiration, Oxford Street [Oxford St, London, UK] for cool window displays, the National Portrait Gallery [St Martin's Pl, London WC2H 0HE, United Kingdom], Science Museum [Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD, United Kingdom] (3D Printed exhibition) and the Natural History Museum [Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom], even if just for the bones and the architecture of the building, because it is truly breathtaking.
For something a little different, head to M&M's World [1 Swiss Court, London W1D 6AP, United Kingdom]. It's so colourful and sweet!
If you want to take great photos, head to Leake St [Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN, UK]. Please, I can't vouch enough for some of the amazing graffiti I've found here!
Eat & Drink
For lunch and dinner, you can never go wrong with some of the food stalls at Camden Town Market [Camden High St, London NW1 8NH, United Kingdom]!
For something sweet, head to Bubbleology [2 Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Rd, London] for their sweet milky and fruity tea drinks - if you go here make sure to get their fruit pobbles! Also, Snog [9 Brewer St, London] is perfect for a low calorie lunch if you've got a sweet tooth.
For a night out, head to Tiger Tiger London [29 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP, United Kingdom] which plays music from the year 2000 and has a calm club feeling.
Leicester Square Garden [Leicester Square, London WC2H 7DE, United Kingdom], surrounded by the buzzing of city life, is a great place to sit to knit, draw and just soak up some sun.
See Something Special
For something quirky, check out The Millennium Bridge [Thames Embankment, London, United Kingdom]. People are starting to put love locks here and it's so sweet for a photo opportunity.
For souvenirs, I suggest Teacups! Teacups are perfect for baking, drinking and storing! Especially if they're the old fashioned kind. Also get some memorable London themed stamps.