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Love London! Last year I went to London with my friends and my education. Next to all of the usual touristy spots in the city, London has also some unknown places you MUST-GO when you’re in London! Read more..

Bricklane

Why The cool kids love Brick Lane. Brick Lane would give you a totally different view of London. This area of London is knows as “BanglaTown” Osborn street is on the end of Brick Lane and is famous for it’s curry houses, some of the best in London apparently. At the end of Osborne street you would discover the hipster paradise that is Brick Lane.

DO & SEE in Brick Lane:

Nightlife: A Brick Lane bar crawl is a must. Start at “Verge” at the top end and work your way down to “Vibe Bar” and “Big Chill” in Dray Walk. If you fancy live music check out the lineup at “93 Feet East” or for a night of raving the back room in Cafe 1001 occasionally stays open all night.

Shops: If you like to wear something 50’s on top and 70’s on the bottom then you’ll love Brick Lane for it’s many vintage shops, but don’t expect crash prices, these places have become quite popular. Also popping up are chain retail stores like Urban Outfitters and Religion.

Market: The famous Brick Lane Sunday market where you can purchase anything and everything. some people will call it “priceless”, other’s “rubbish”. Pick up a Fixie or racing bike for under half the price….Beware, it may come with a handling stolen goods gaurentee.

Food: Brick Lane was once predominantly a Jewish area which explains the two famous 24 hour Beigel shops, sold with every filling you can imagine for cheap. Much needed after the bar crawl.

Street Art: The ever changing art that’s splashed across the walls of Brick Lane is one of it’s biggest attractions to the area. Credible street artists come here to show off their handy work and most of it remains untainted.

How to get there? 

Tube & Rail
Shoreditch High Street Station
Walking distance: 5 minutes
Overground services to Dalston Junction, New Cross, Crystal Palace & West Croydon

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Old Spitafield Market

If you love vintage this market will be your shopping mecca! Spitalfields Market London was named for the best market in London twice. Take the tube to Liverpool Street Station, exit Bishopsgate and turn left. After 300 meters turn right and walk Brushfield Street. From there begin the stores with trendy clothes, accessories and vintage. Spitalfields Market consists of several market halls and on Sundays there are markets around Spitalfields. The atmosphere is unique with an audience mix of tourists and locals. The market takes place in and around the revamped Spitalfields market halls from 1887. On the first and third Friday of the month you can find between 10.00 and 16.00 also books and records at Spitalfields Market. Antiques Thursday there is on the market.

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Combine a visit to Spitalfields Market with a visit to the other markets in East London on Sunday. Petticoat Lane Market, Sunday Up Market and Columbia Road Market all take place on Sunday. These markets are interspersed with trendy galleries and trendy pubs where DJs provide a lazy Sunday afternoon. You will also find lots of trendy restaurants and lots of street food. East is called the new Notting Hill and has not been ruined by the masses.

 

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London Parks

London’s Hyde Park is one of the greatest city parks in the world. Covering 142 hectarea and with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens, there’s a good chance you’ll forget you are right in the centre of London. Hyde Park in London has something for everyone. You can enjoy swimming, boating, cycling and skating. There are pitches for team games, tennis courts, tracks for horse riding and a spectacular children’s playground. When we were there the weather was so nice that we chill there the whole afternoon, love it!

How to get there?

Tube & Rail: Knightsbridge Tube Station. 1 Brompton Road, London

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Notting Hill

Colorful houses, a strikingly blue door, a bustling snow-topped antique market: these images will forever be linked to London’s neighborhood Notting Hill because of the famous 1999 movie bearing the same name. Surprisingly, the neighborhood isn’t so different from the picture painted in Notting Hill. Well-known for its Saturday market among both visitors and Londoners, the largely residential neighborhood boasts beautiful secluded gardens and impressive Victorian townhouses. It’s one of the most sought after areas to live in London, and a wonderful neighborhood to stay in during a visit!

Besides the neighborhood’s most famous open market, Portobello Road, there are several other great shopping streets in the area, such as Notting Hill Gate and Bayswater Road. From bookstores and antiques to fashionable designer shops, this London neighborhood has lots to offer. The Portobello Road Market is an absolute must-see when you visit Notting Hill. Saturday is the busiest day of the market, and this is when you’ll find antique stalls all over Portobello Road. The market is almost one kilometer (0.6 miles) long, so you’ll be sure to find a unique gift or souvenir!

When you’ve seen the movie, you’ll definitely want to check out 280 Westbourne Park Road. Here you’ll encounter the famous blue door behind which Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts’ characters hid from the paparazzi. The interior is completely different from the set used in the film, but the house was actually the home of the movie’s screenwriter Richard Curtis.

Finally, if you’re in London in August, you should definitely check out the colorful Notting Hill Carnival!

How to get there?

Tube & Rail: Notting Hill Gate

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