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Local Guide to London

Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey are classic things to do in London for good reason! After you have seen the main tourist attractions, you may be wondering what else London has to offer. The best way to explore London is to blend in and not to stand out as a tourist. That is why we have put together this Local's Guide to London to help you get the best experience out of your vacation. Get ready to enjoy the diversity, the culture, and the history of London.

 

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Check out one of London's many markets

 

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British Library

The British Library is the world's largest library. The Treasures room has so many incredible items that I do not know why this one isn't more popular on tourist to-do lists. You will find a Gutenberg Bible, an original Shakespeare folio, and diary excerpts from famous authors, including Jane Austen.

 

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Street Art on Brick Lane

This area is so fun to walk around, explore, and snap some pictures. The walls are covered with graffiti and pop-culture tributes. You can even find original Banksy's here.

 

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Take in the Views of the City

 

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Dulwich Village

Dulwich Village has that classic English village feel, even though it's located in the middle of London. There are idyllic English cottages, rose bushes, independent bookstores, and historic pubs. Dulwich Picture Gallery is the oldest public art gallery, which was opened in 1817. There is also Dulwich Park that has a boating pond, cafes, and a Victorian-era American garden.

 

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Hampstead Village

Hampstead is a little village nestled next to Hampstead Heath, one of the city's largest and wildest green spaces. There are walking paths throughout and plenty of areas to enjoy a picnic. From here, you can walk up Parliament Hill to see the view of the London skyline. You can explore the home of Sigmund Freud that has been turned into a museum, the beautiful villa owned by Romantic poet John Keats, and the grand Kenwood House that has art exhibitions including Vermeer and Rembrandt. In addition, you will want to check out the historic Spaniards Inn, which is a classic British pub and was frequented by John Keats and Lord Byron as well as mentioned in literature such as Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers and Bram Stoker's Dracula. 

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