Frolicking City Guide – London, England
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What makes London unique:
- My city is best described by these five words buzzing, multicultural, historic, chaotic and rainy.
- My city should be featured on Frolicking City Guides because — come on! — it’s London.
- The best way to explore my city is by tube and foot.
- A good walking tour is a stroll along the Grand Union Canal.
- The most random thing about my city is the weather.
- The most famous thing about my city is the iconic landmarks on the Thames: Big Ben, the London Eye. And, I guess, the Royal Family…
- Lots of people from my city say “innit?”
- You can spot a local by their fast, head-down walk.
- The famous person David Beckham was born in my city.
- The best breakfast is a Full English. And be sure to get it from a local cafe rather than a posh hotel.
- The best local food is rare roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with veggies. Rules is a classic place to try old-school British dishes; HIX Soho is a good place to check out updated modern British with local ingredients.
- For a romantic dinner on a budget, go to LMNT in Dalston, and book one of the tables that are elevated above the floor. For upscale, check out L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon.
- For a sweet treat, I always go to Patisserie Valerie. It’s a Soho institution.
- For 24 hour eats, check out the Brick Lane Bagel Bake and order a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel. It’s an East London institution.
- My favorite cocktail is a Negroni, or anything they make at 69 Colebrooke Row.
- My city’s best local beer is anything brewed by Greenwich Meantime.
- The best movie theater is the Prince Charles on Leicester Square because it shows old, cult movies.
- For a live show, go to a fringe theatre or cabaret.
- Don’t do the West End musical thing unless you really love musicals. They’re hugely overpriced.
- For a live show, go to Mississippi Studios. For dancing, go to Someday Lounge.
- The best place to shop is Conduit Street for high end and Ridley Road market for a slice of authentic London life. But Selfridges is the best store for a classic London experience that’s updated for the 21st century.
- My favorite place to shop is Ridley Road Market.
Off The Tourist Trail:
- The best way to get outside is to go riding in Richmond Park.
- The best park is Hampstead Heath: a great place for a walk, with some lovely historic pubs like Spaniards Inn.
- Locals always skip anything to do with the Royal Family.
- My favorite weekend escape is Norfolk, where my family live.
- The most interesting neighborhood to explore on foot is probably still Soho.
Eye for Photography:
- The most iconic structure in my city is either Big Ben or the London Eye. Though I’d love to catch a picture of Tower Bridge when it’s rising.
- Be sure to get your picture taken with that classic Thames backdrop.
- The best place to take girls under 10 is Hamleys, because it’s a legendary toy store, and a piece of theatre in its own right.
- However, teen girls still love to go to TopShop.
- Ladies 21 and up should go to Dalston because it’s hipster central, and not what you associate with London at all.
- For a fun girls getaway, hop on the train to Paris.
- If you want to get pampered go to an urban spa like the one at The Sanderson.
- For a cut and color go to Radio London on Redchurch Street.
- The best season to visit my city is summer because the parks are full of people. When it’s hot out, I like to go swimming at one of London’s lidos. But on a rainy day galleries and bars are good.
- Our best festival is the Notting Hill Carnival and happens in August.
- The best museum is the British Museum which is located on Russell Square.
- But for hands on crafts try brass-rubbing at St Martin’s in the Field
- For a fun and FREE activity check out any of a million and one museums and galleries.
- The best book about my city is London, A Biography, by Peter Ackroyd.
- To get info on events and activities, read Time Out: it is for tourists, but it’s still a good guide.
About The Author:
- My name is Theodora and my home city is London.
- The furthest place I’ve traveled was to Lelei, a hard to reach island in East Indonesia.
- My favorite trip was to Everest Base Camp because we walked up Gokyo Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys on this earth.
- My least favorite trip was to The Gambia because it’s package tourism gone mad.
- Antarctica is my dream trip because I love extreme landscapes and I’d love to visit all seven continents.
- I always pack vaseline, moisturiser, and mascara no matter where I travel.
- My favorite book is Cloud Atlas, movie is Zombieland and song is (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.
- If I had to give one piece of advice for women travelers it would be: JUST DO IT!