A local’s guide to London
Another installment of the’Neighborhood Insider Series’ — now bringing great ol’ London to the limelight. Emma Beynon, Marketing Manager for BUNAC is a born and bred Londoner, also wished to provide the goss on where is hot in the city today. And she does not just speak about east London.
I count myself fortunate to have grown up living in London — not far from all of the action, all of the people and the background. It has got some of the best tourist attractions, many recognizable landmarks and — most significantly — best bars in the world, but there is always something new to find.
Where to see London
For music fans: Camden caters to music lovers of nearly every genre. With mainstream nightclubs, live indie bands in bars and late night raves in health food shops, you are guaranteed to find something which floats your boat.
For culture and art: London has numerous amazing museums, the majority of which are all free! If you are a Harry Potter fan (who is not?!) A movie enthusiast or graphic design lover then check out Mina Lima. Place in a 300-year old converted home in the heart of Soho, it retains a magic store on its lower floor, and also the 3 additional storeys specializing in the artwork of the Harry Potter movies made by design duo Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. It is absolutely free to go in and ramble around and the staff are super helpful and also have lots of background knowledge on how JK Rowling’s wizarding world was brought into life. Literally magical.
For trend fiends: Stylish east London has lots of vintage shops and kilo revenue that are fantastic for bargain hunting fashionistas. There is also lots of street art to design your new wares from. Do it to the’g!
For idle Sundays: Head to Dulwich in south east London. Grab a coffee and a pastry and take a stroll round lovely Dulwich Park (be certain you stop by and observe the super busy squirrels at the conservation area). When you have had your fill of this park head back outside and ramble up Lordship Lane to get a mooch around the adorable independent stores. Stop to get an epic roast in The Palmerston and wash it down with a bottle of red. Definitely set to maintain the Monday blues .
Where to eat in London
breakfast area: London’s earliest Italian coffee bar, Bar Italia is put in the heart of Soho and is indeed authentic, you are going to wonder which town you are actually in! The java — as you would expect — is unbelievable and they have an superb selection of Italian sandwiches and pastries available also. Bellissimo! It is a wonderful spot to people watch — sat out on the road or indoors with all the buzzing staff and beautiful artifacts crowding the walls.
Brunch: Holy crepe this location ought to be on everybody’s radar! (But additionally shhhh as I enjoy not having to wait too long!) Situated in Brixton Village, Senzala offers an wonderful choice of sweet and savoury crepes and galettes. There is something for everybody and plenty of vegetarian and vegetarian choices too. I strongly suggest The Spaniard — chorizo, red onion and lettuce topped with a fried egg. YUM.
Affordable eat: Another of London’s best hidden secrets is family run Italian restaurant at Kentish Town, La Rosella. The employees are all friendly, the food is amazing and the parts are as enormous as the invoice is reduced — roughly #8 to get a huge bowl of homemade carbonara (the best I have ever had outside of real Italy). They also cater for parties therefore that it’s the ideal place for a birthday celebration. They whip up an average Aperol Spritz too.
Bit of a deal: Aqua Kyoto is a luxury Japanese restaurant just behind Oxford Circus. Their sushi is amazing and they also have a comfy indoor bar and a roof terrace that is great in summer time (but has super crowded). Despite being on the pricier end of this scale, the atmosphere is more relaxed and unstuffy, with shoes seen as cool instead of taboo.
My favourite location: If there is 1 thing us Brits do well it is a roast dinner, also Blacklock is your ultimate. Go on a Sunday and receive the”All In”. It functions 2 minimal at only #20pp and you’re presented with a literal MOUND of food three kinds of roast beef, all of the trimmings and the very best sauce beyond the North.
Where to drink in London
For the weeknight boozing: The Churchill Arms in Notting Hill is famous because of its extravagant blossom covered outside (more jazzy at Christmas, the entire construction is covered in fairy lights and Christmas trees) Inside each inch of the walls have been plastered with the most British of posters and artefacts, which can be brilliant and you can easily while away hours just looking at these. As a bizarre juxtaposition they also serve an unbelievable selection of authentic Thai food that’s fairly cheap and cleaned down with a pint.
For the party animals: Proceed or go tougher at Fabric. It is a London institution and also a night unlike any other. It is going to be the most unforgettable night you will never remember.
To get a fancy couple: In case you are a gin fan, visit The Distillery at Notting Hill and also you won’t be let down. The GinTonica pub is round in shape, to mirror that of the perfect gin copa glass, plus they’ve over 60 gins and mixers to select from. It is not cheap but it’s delicious!
When I just had 24 hours in London I’d…
Catch breakfast on the move at Borough Market then drift across the Southbank towards Waterloo, nipping over the wobbly Millennium Bridge to checkout St Paul’s on the road. With a few of the finest views in town ticked off your record, settle for a glass of wine in Gordon’s Wine Bar — a 19th century wine cellar with vaulted ceilings. Totally restored, jump on a tube into Notting Hill for more drifting across the colorful houses and see whether you’re able to place *thatblue doorway, prior to lunch at a few of those beautiful brasseries that fill the region. Subsequently zip across town to east London and then receive a background fix onto a Jack the Ripper Tour followed by drinks in a local bar to discuss your theories.
Willing to strike the capital city such as a clued-up neighborhood? Have a look at our cheap flights to London, or perform some additional reading together with our London travel guide. Tally ho!