Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Consider Yourself at Home: Explore London Like a Londoner

So you want to explore London like a Londoner? Or perhaps you’d like to impress your friends back home with your wealth of knowledge about London’s four corners? Well read on and then consider yourself at home. This is a sponsored post written on my behalf by the team at Minicabster.

London - there’s no place quite like it.

Such is London’s size, its inhabitants could be described as living in mini cities within a city. To really get to know London, you might like to break it down into bite-sized segments. Here is a quick and handy guide to the different localities of London. Of course, when it comes to minicabs, London is unrivalled and this may well be your best way of getting around during your visit.

North

North London is incredibly diverse - from the genteel art deco centre of Islington to the gritty Camden, fit to bursting with pubs and bars. The latter’s lock is a real tourist hotspot but a short walk will take you to the lovely Regents Park for some refreshing breathing space.

Highgate Cemetary

Highgate Cemetery

The gothic charm of Stoke Newington could also be explored, whilst the incredible space that is Hampstead Heath is simply wonderful. The same is true of Highgate, which is a little further north.

South

The sprawling residential mass that is South London has several hidden gems, including the borough of Southwark - which contains The Shard - and the gluttonous Borough market.

Borough Market - Kentish Pickled Mushrooms

Borough Market

Brixton is also a vibrant area full of young people, tremendous nightlife and arguably the best music scene in the capital whilst the art students of Peckham are helping to put that area on the map.

A trip to Greenwich would certainly be a good idea, too - Greenwich Park is very beautiful and the view from the observatory is exquisite.

East

The East End of London has traditionally been the most down-at-heel part of the city, but also arguably its most diverse and interesting section.

Broadway Market, Hackney

Broadway Market, Hackney

Areas like Whitechapel exude life and vibrancy and boasts a host of intriguing markets and shops. The areas of Dalston and Shoreditch, meanwhile, are now the go-to areas for London nightlife with an array of live music venues, clubs, bars and pubs.

Victoria Park and London Fields provide some welcome green space in the heart of the city and a trip down to the docks is a fascinating experience for those who want to visualise the city as it might have been hundreds of years ago.

West

London’s western enclaves have always been the most affluent areas of the city, with the gleaming white townhouses of Kensington.

If you are visiting in summer, Notting Hill comes alive with sounds, sights and smells of carnival while the riverside district of Putney is splendid at that time of year, with Londoners drinking the evening away in terraced bars.

Portabello Road

Portobello Road, Notting Hill

A trip down the Kings Road in Chelsea is always a pleasant way to spend an afternoon with a quick bite to eat at one of the area’s superb Italian restaurants a must.

North, south, east, west.. have you visited the four corners of London yet?

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