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Local's Guide to London

August 14, 2019 | By: Taylor Randolph

Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey are classic London attractions 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 with this list of the best things to do in London.


Check out one of London's many markets

  • Borough Market - Okay this one is pretty well known, but it is still a local favorite. There are so many incredible food stalls here that it is impossible to resist. If you are looking for something less crowded but still has great food, then check out Maltby Street Market
  • Portobello Road Market - This quaint market is located in Notting Hill and is a great place to shop for antiques, handcrafted goods, and vintage clothing
  • Camden Market - This neighborhood in north London is known for its alternative culture. There are record stores, quirky clothing shops, unique art galleries, and great coffee cafes.
  • Spitalfields Market - If you are looking for some unique and upscale items, then head over to this East London market. You can find things like leather bowties or bespoke jewelry.
  • Box Park - Here in Shoreditch you will find an eclectic mix of independent food stands, cocktail bars, and clothing shops
  • Pop Brixton - Located in Brixton is this great market known for supporting local, independent businesses. You will find food stands, cocktail bars, clothing shops, exercise classes, and art exhibitions


british library

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.


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.


Take in the Views of the City

  • Tate Modern has a collection of modern art and has a 10th-floor viewing platform. The museum is free and really fun to explore the exhibits.
  • Parliament Hill is situated in the Hampstead Heath park. It is one of the highest points in London, so it offers panoramic views of the London skyline.
  • Primrose Hill is on the northern side of Regent's Park and also offers beautiful views over the city. The surrounding area is like a quaint village with adorable shops and cafes.


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.


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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