There are a lot of places to visit in London that do not include a swarm of thousands, only allowing you to see a glimpse of the world famous landmark. I think London has so much more to offer than just Big Ben or Buckingham Palace (but if it’s your first time in London, then definitely go!). So here is my guide for places to visit in London that aren’t (so) touristy.
King’s Road, Chelsea is the best place to shop if you don’t want to go into Oxford Street. I found myself spending hours around the Chelsea and Kensington area, wandering the streets taking photos of the beautiful white houses. King’s Road also just so happens to have England’s one and only Free People store (umm yes please!), which just so happens to be right next door to the most beautiful Anthropologie I’ve have set foot in. Honestly, I could have done a lot of damage walking this street! The area is also a fabulous place to visit for those who are interested in photography.
Notting Hill is not only the setting of the amazing Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts movie, Notting Hill, but it is the suburb full of fabulous colourful houses, the Portobello Road markets which take place every Saturday, as well as an array of fabulous cafes. I recommend going to Daylesford Farm for some seriously fresh, delicious and somewhat healthy food. Notting Hill is definitely one of my favourite places in London.
Hampstead Heath is just 20 minutes outside of central London and when you arrive, it feels as though you have been transported to a small country village. A high street lined by beautiful trees and an array of boutiques, Hampstead Heath provides a haven outside of the busyness of central London. A couple blocks back from the high street is the heath itself- a massive expanse of greenery right in London. I highly recommend giving this area a visit…it would be perfect for a picnic and walk. Oh and join the queue outside the little Hampstead Heath crepes stall. Trust me, those crepes are worth the wait!
Primrose Hill is one of the most expensive suburbs in London and rightly so. With a large park that has the perfect view of the London skyline, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t like it. The suburb itself if full of beautiful coloured houses and small high street with a few cafes and shops. Head to Primrose Hill Bakery for a cupcake before heading up the hill to enjoy the incredible view of London.
Shoreditch is the place for those who love unique products and want to embrace their inner hipster. Full of all things new and inspiring, Shoreditch was definitely one of my most favourite suburbs I visited. With no limit of choice for food or shopping, you will find yourself wandering around for hours!!!
Markets- London is home to an absolute array of markets, which are scattered all over the city. Definitely head to Borough Markets, Spitalfield Markets, Brick Lane, Portobello Road Markets, Columbia Road Flower Market and Alexandra Palace Farmers Markets. All providing a range of food and an eclectic mix of homewares, clothing & jewellery.
Marylebone high street is simply beautiful! Home to another Daylesford Farm and all sorts of stores, it’s a great place to peruse the British shops. The street is also extremely close to Oxford Circus, but feels far away enough from the craziness of the crowds. Head to The Natural Kitchen for some delicious healthy food and pop your head into Daunt Books; being 106 years old, it is the most beautiful bookstore I’ve walked into!
South Bank: take a walk from St Pauls Cathedral over to South Bank. The views from both sides of the river are fabulous and you’ll get to enjoy a relaxing walk along the river.
Well there you have it!! Places to visit in London once you’ve seen the museums, art gallery’s and big tourist sites. Visiting these areas give you the feeling of living like a local…something I love!!!
Also, keep a look out for my London Food Guide…it’s coming soon!!