While planning a vacation, you also keep an eye on cheap flight tickets to Europe, right? If you are up to go while there are still many opportunities, you can take a look at our article series that includes undiscovered beauties. London comes first!
What made a good holiday in the past was to get lost in the streets of the city you were travelling. In the age of technology, this is no longer possible. Everyone can find their destination with the maps they download to their phones without even needing the internet. It is no longer an event to go to London, Rome or Berlin, the important thing is to spend time like a local and discover hidden places.
And we have searched for an answer to the question “What should one see other than fixed tourist tours?” Our first stop is London! If you are ready, take a look at the hints of being a “Londoner”!
Stay in a hotel in the center of life rather than the city
If you are at the beginning of your plans to go to London, we will suggest a few hotels you love: The Ned Hotel is one of them. The building, empty for almost eight years before it was discovered by Nick Jones, funder of Soho House & Co, was once the Midland Bank. Now it is one of the coolest hotels in London because the bank now has an empty space for restaurants and live concerts. It is possible to have fun even without leaving your hotel, but still we do not recommend this because there are so many places to see. Even if you are not staying here, youcan go for a night out.
If you want to have a different experience in your hotel, you can give a chance to The Main House. The hotel in Notting Hill is owned by Caroline Main, a former DJ and safari guide, and all the decoration in the hotel was made by her. It may be interesting to see what a boutique hotel with four rooms looks like when it is owned by someone with such an exciting resume.
It doesn’t count if you don’t go to a Pub
Let’s say you have seen Buckhingham Palace from all sides and finished the famous British Museum; you even toured Oxford and Regent Streets. While thinking about what’s next, cancel whatever you want to do or go to a pub to rest or end the day. You can especially explore the city’s newly popular Fitzrovia district. This district takes its name from the pub called Fitzroy Tavern on Charlotte Street. If you want, you can discover beautiful places hidden in the neighborhood, visit Fitzroy Tavern, which had been a popular destination by writers such as Dylan Thomas, Virginia Wolf or George Orwell, and where the desks where they had sat in the basement are still kept. It is certain that you will have a good night!
If cocktails are your favorite instead of pubs, then Nightjar is the place to go. The place has such an unpretentious wooden door that you can pass by if you don’t see the logo on it.The cocktails and live music performances of the bar are so beautiful that you must make a reservation in advance to go. They also reserve tables for non-reserved guests, but you should remember that this place is a favorite of Londoners.
Tea is everywhere but coffee?
Does anyone think of five o’clock tea when you speak of England? We know that you dream of the British drinking tea with milk in fancy cups, but we will recommend you to the trendy coffee shops of recent years. But if you want to live the traditional teatime spirit, indulge yourself and go see The Ritz’s centennial tradition!
Our first stop for coffee is Costa! Moreover it has dozens of branches. You can find all kinds of espresso, americano, latte, cappuccino, cordato and flat white in Costa Express and Costa Stores.
Your next stop may be Kaffeine. The venue, which has two branches in both Eastcastle Street and Great Titchfield Street in London, is among the favorites of many sites. Stop by Kaffeine for a beautiful London souvenir with excellent coffee, expert staff, delicious cakes and beautiful decoration.
If the weather isn’t rainy
London’s parks are famous; But did you know that you can barbecue outdoors? In the park called London Fields, you can buy a disposable barbecue and enjoy the nice weather with Londoners. There’s also a barbecue-free area if you don’t want to be smoked. There are no tourists there, just locals who catch the moment. But if you don’t like that, let’s suggest a more sophisticated program: Sexy Fish. In this place, you can have a gastronomic feast in a very special environment from Sexy Brunch to Private Dining. Like every popular destination, pre-booking here can save the day.
Located behind Upper Street
in Islington, Camden Passage is one of London’s hidden treasures, full of cute cafes, vintage shops and independent boutiques. You can get to Little Venice by boat from Camden Passage. This is a Venetian-like place where you can experience the Italian feeling in London. You can sit in one of the pubs by the canal and finish the day.
What about a museum that no one knows about?
As the former home of Sir John Soane who is the architect of the Bank of England, one of London’s finest public museums is Sir John Soane’s Museum. Especially if you are interested in architecture, be sure to visit this museum where more than 20 thousand drawings are located.
Dennis Severs’ House makes the artist’s old home an interesting experience. Visitors are invited to wander around a house that had been left by an 18th century family, uninhabited and decorated as if the beds had recently slept. It can give you a different experience, especially if you love haunted house stories.
Finally, have you seen the movie Closer starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law?
At the beginning of the film, Dan from London was taking the American Alice to a park. The two had visited a section in the park where there were tablets prepared in memory of people who sacrificed themselves to save the lives of others. If you want to see that place, Postman’s Park is the place to go. Whoever you ask will show “Wall of Heroes”.