48 HRS IN LONDON.SEE, EAT & DO
Head to Maltby Street market to pick up breakfast, this is a great little market on par, if not better, than Borough market but far less touristy. It boasts live jazz while you browse everything from scotch bonnet jam to distilled gin.
One of the best walks in London, in my opinion, is along the south bank of the Thames. Walking from Tower bridge to Westminster bridge is not a short walk (approximately 2.5 miles) but you will be rewarded by the views; take in the globe theatre, St. Paul’s cathedral, HMS Belfast, the Tate modern, the London eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben. Tower bridge has to be my favourite landmark in London, they don’t build bridges like that anymore!
From the south cross over to west London and over to Notting hill – home to the world famous Portobello road market. I love this market, you can buy everything from vintage togs and antique clocks to fresh callaloo and salt fish. It is a touristy spot so avoid the masses and go early or avoid Saturdays.
A hidden gem just off the tourist track can be found on Westbourne park road, It’s called The Oak. Excellent food (seafood risotto is to die for and pizza finished off with truffle oil) as well as extremely good expresso martinis!
From Notting hill head to Camden, this colourful hub of energy has something for everyone. I especially like The Proud art gallery and stables market, again this market does see it’s fair share of tourists so avoid Camden on a weekend, if you don’t like crowds. Then kick back and enjoy a drink by the lock or at the beach at the Roundhouse.
London’s Primrose hill, breathe in the fresh air and savour the view of London. Primrose hill and Hampstead Heath are beautiful green open spaces, perfect for a stroll or a picnic. Both are surrounded by pretty impressive houses, beautiful gardens and quaint country style pubs.
So after a long walk in Hampstead Heath head to one of the oldest pubs in London, The Spaniard for brunch. Built in the 1500’s this pub was once the drinking hole of Charles Dickinson and Dick Turpin. With the history lesson over, move from green North London to industrial East London.
This is the area where you will find London’s biggest concentration of street art. Walk down Brick Lane and the lanes that feed off to view some of the works by artist such as ROA, Stik, and Christiaan Nagel. Then take a look at some of Banksy’s masterpieces at The Brick Lane Gallery.
No visit to the east is complete without a cheeky little shop in/around Spitalfield market. The market is full of creative & arty knick knacks and there are some fab little places to lunch.
Now it’s definitely time for a drink, so many places to choose from the bars on Hoxton square to the traditional boozers dotted around Spitalfield market. Head to The Boundary for escapism and elevated views of London. Not the best views of London but it’s a good space to enjoy a cocktail or glass of bubbles in.
End your 48 hours in London in Cargo nightclub, under the arches and across the road from the Boundary. It’s one of the few clubs in London with outdoor space. As well as club nights it often has live music and art exhibitions. It’s definitely my favourite nightclub since The Cross closed down back in 2007.
Bus travel is one of the best ways of getting around London for anyone who is on a budget, for around £2.50 you can travel from as far as zone 4/5 to Central London. Plus you get to look out of the window at London’s beauty rather than travelling like a packed sardine on the London Underground system. Avoid hiring a car unless you plan to drive out of London, the parking and congestion charge can add an extra £10 to £20 per day on top of your car hire fee.
Never get into a cab/taxi if don’t think they are legitimate! Avoid Harlseden, it was rough when I first moved to London and it still is!
Have a photo taken with a Royal horse guard! London is the only place you’ll find one! Or have dinner at a restaurant on Shad Thames, with the best views of Tower bridge.
Check out the gig review and I also like picking up a copy of the free paper – Metro – for restaurant & gig reviews.
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