Visit London like a Local: Imogen’s Top 10 Hotspots
London is known as one of the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world.
It’s a city steeped in history and rich in cultural attractions. There are limitless dining options, pubs, bars and nightlife venues. Many of the landmarks and parks have appeared in more films than James Bond. There’s the Royal Family and Harry Potter’s Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station. Harrods, Oxford Road and Seville Row. Just to name a few things.
Understandably, some visitors might wonder where to begin.
Our colleague Imogen is London born and bred. Although Imogen now lives in Amsterdam, she shares her favourite London spots so you can experience the city like a local.
It’s London’s oldest food market. You can find traditional British produce as well as a mix of specialities from across the world.
National Portrait Gallery
Just around the corner from the National Gallery, you can find the National Portrait Gallery. There are over 9000 portraits of some of the most influential people in British history. It’s also home to the annual BP portrait awards.
Walk around the streets of Notting Hill, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by dreamy, pastel-coloured houses.
There are also many markets and independent shops to explore, just like the little book shop that features in the 90’s rom-com with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts – can you guess the film title?
This art gallery is just a short walk along the Thames River from London Bridge. After soaking up the art exhibitions, you can indulge in a tasty treat from the cafe on the top floor. It offers an excellent view of London too.
Situated in the South East, this park boasts one of the largest green spaces in the city as well as beautiful views of the London skyline. It’s also home to the meridian line, a reference point for Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Here you can take a walking tour along the cobbled streets that were the setting to the 1800s Jack the Ripper murders. It’s a vibrant area with many pubs, bars and restaurants. It’s also home to Whitechapel gallery which hosts contemporary art exhibitions and film screenings.
Located on Regent Street, Soho. This stunning, Tudor-style building was built in 1875 and is now a luxury department store. Step inside, and it feels like being inside someone’s grand home. You can find beautiful homeware, fashion brands and Liberty’s own branded fabric.
Blackheath, SE London
Just next to Greenwich Park in South East London, Blackheath is a local’s hotspot to grab a coffee and get some fresh air on the heath.
St Pauls Cathedral
The Cathedral’s dome forms a part of the classic London skyline, as it sits on the highest point of the city, on Ludgate Hill. It’s now a grade 1 listed building and is open to visitors all year long.
Columbia Road Flower Market
With buckets overflowing with colourful flowers, it’s one of the most visually attractive markets in London. It’s mainly plants and flowers, although the breakfasts and coffee also receive good reviews. They only open on Sundays.
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