Enjoying London Like a Local

London offers so many world-famous attractions such as the Tower of London, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, museums, galleries, theatres and a host of others, that most tourists exhaust the entire period of their stay in trying to visit these places and in case they are not able to see most of what they wanted to, they keep coming back. However, away from these big attractions, London also presents many places that most tourist miss but the locals love.

Markets/Shopping: Both Londoners and tourists like to visit the shopping centres at Westfield that were opened at opposite ends of the city, where the retail giants offer all those usual high-street items. However, if they wish to find unique fashion in the city, they should go to east London where they can shop for vintage clothes in and around Brick Lane. Besides the giant retailers like the Cheshire St branch of Beyond Retro, they can find many smaller stores all around the area as well as a Sunday market where they can find many one-off garments and also take advantage of odd bargains. They can also visit the other East End favourite, Broadway Market in Hackney where they can find many stalls offering gifts and delicious street food. Moreover, if they go south to Brixton, they will find the most cosmopolitan area of London with the most multi-cultural food market that offers everything from pig’s trotters to Jamaican bullah cakes. They can also visit Brixton Village, which is a foodie’s delight.

If they go to North London, they will find a number of shopping centres, particularly Brent Cross which not only accommodates many of the high street chains but also offers individual and traditional stores. In central London, they will find plenty of choice for alternative fashions that extend from Brick Lane and Shoreditch to Broadway and Borough Markets. London’s biggest shopping destination, Oxford Street is also located here and offers opportunities for big bargains and high spending.

If you are visiting London, you will find it convenient to avail of London Hotels Special Offers as these will provide attractive discounts on room rates and attractive freebies making it convenient for you to stay in luxury hotels at affordable cost.

Going Out to Somewhere Different: Most visitors like to visit the entertainment joints in central London, but Londoners and others in the know head to East and Southeast London which offers the hippiest nightlife of the city. During weekends, some of the most happening places are Shoreditch and Hoxton where you can find some of the expensive private members’ clubs as well as students’ hangouts while many other pubs, bars and clubs abound in the area. However, this does not reduce the importance of central London which has many traditional pubs and nightclubs. Covent Garden, in particular, is full of great pubs, wine bars, restaurants and cafes with a good atmosphere where both Londoners and tourists can be found, especially on weekends. Some of the world’s biggest nightclubs are located here such as The Ministry of Sound, Fabric, Pacha, Koko and Chinawhite. You can also find floating nightclubs on the River Thames, some starting at Embankment and floating down the river. Underground clubs and bars are available in Dalston and Hackney. Dalston Superstore and Passing Clouds truly represent fashionable London.

If you wish to experience true luxury while staying in London, it would be best to choose to stay at The Marble Arch by Montcalm London as it offers the most comfortable accommodation along with the best of facilities and personalised services along with a strategic location, close to most attractions.

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Food at its Best: Besides the usual run of good restaurants in five star hotels and elsewhere, London also offers many other eateries that provide a great choice of delicious food of various cuisines. A great choice of restaurants is available at Angel, in North London. Moreover along with the chain restaurants  you can find many other restaurants offering food from across the globe ranging from Turkish and French to Moroccan and Ethiopian. You will have a large choice if you wander along Upper Street. Some fantastic Indian and Pakistani restaurants can be found all over the city but for the best curry, you should go to Whitechapel. Brick Lane in East London is however the best place that offers superbly tasty and reasonably priced curries. The area between Whitechapel Road and Commercial Road has plenty to choose from.

River Thames: All along River Thames, there are plenty of places to visit such as the South Bank area from where you can get some of the best views of the city with some of the best sights being the Houses of Parliament and Tate Modern. A few miles west will take you to many pubs, boat clubs and a rural setting, which are best for getting away from the stresses of city life. A popular stretch covers the 4 miles between Putney Bridge and Barnes Footbridge.

Richmond: Londoners love to go to leafy Richmond on the river which is an ideal green space having cosy pubs and pleasant architecture where they like to relax. A similar laidback vibe can be found in Highgate in north London which has woods, decent cafes and pubs that are ideal for Sunday brunch.

Reaching London: London has 5 major airports to tackle the high traffic from all over the world. Passengers from Europe usually land at Luton, Stansted or Gatwick airport. Most easyJet flights use Luton whereas Stansted is where Ryan Air flights operate from. Many European flights use Gatwick along with flights from Africa, America and the Caribbean. The main gateway to London is, however, Heathrow which is the busiest airport in the world and the most connected airport in London.

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