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Your top tips for London - Insider advice from people who've been there

    We asked our fans on facebook 'What's your top insider tip for London?'. Cookies, parks, oysters are just some of the things that came up. Find out what else did...



    Use the bus

    Cati Esteva Trulla says:

    24 hour bus ticket to hop on and off and go everywhere for 4 pounds

    Renata Domeikaite says:

    Take a city red bus and make your own tour around London (!) It's definitely worth your attention - feel free to explore by yourself.

    Jenny Clarke says:

    Hop on the 88 Bus from Clapham Common to Camden Town (or vice versa) making sure you get the front row seats on the top deck. It takes you through the heart of central London's best sites (Trafalgar Square, Thames, Mi5 building, Oxford Circus etc) as well as starting /finishing in the two best neighbourhoods in London. All for £1.35!



    Visit Camden Town

    Meritxell Ozcáriz Soler says:

    Visit Camden and try to get good food just for 1 pound.

    Luke Poulson says:

    Get to Camden Market and ask some of the independent music stalls about gigs / parties coming up. Chances are you will end up at a top class venue with incredible music.

    Andy Deon says:

    If you go to Camden make sure you visit Cyberdog (past the lock market near stables market... yes there are about 7 markets that make Camden Market itself). Please dont travel thousands of miles to by imported products. There are only a few Real Camdenite stall holders that come up with the ideas only to be copied and mass produced so cheaply, that they close 5 original stalls at a time! If you by a Banksy print there, ask where it came from and who gets the money? There was a stall there that use to sponsor street artists with a large percentage of its sales and worked with Banksy's team... that closed down because of mass imports of rubbish quality... Yup, you save £2, but look what that £2 could have done!



    Get a cookie in Ben's of Covent Garden

    Melanie Steiner says:

    Ben's cookies in Covent Garden! Best cookies ever! Love the triple-chocolate! And there always happen to be a bunch of cool street musicians!

    Cathy Francis says:

    A great day in London would be a stroll around borough markets (buying a massive brownie of course!) checking out any of the impressive museums, a wander through St James park, hot chocolate and a Ben's Cookie in Covent Garden, and catching a show in the West End.



    Borough Market

    Cara Adams, Mari Batas, Christina Oikonomou and Francesco Marchio all recommend not missing the Borough Market.



    Some bar recommendations...

    Ian Whitlock says:

    Porterhouse Bar in Covent Garden - the best choice of beer, reasonable prices for the centre of the city, steins of german beer during Oktoberfest, live music on weekend nights, and shows all the live sport on tv's. Probably my favourite bar in the world.

    Laura Bridle says:

    I recommend Gordon's Wine Bar near Embankment. Really cool atmosphere and great selection of wines. But get there early to get a seat! Also Cubana Bar in Lower Marsh for happy hour cocktails.

    Alan Marsden says:

    Avoid Leicester Square. Great pubs along High Holborn, espicially Princess Louise and Citte of Yorke.

    Michelle Cocayne says:

    Go to the Cheshire Cheese Pub (on Fleet Street) for the old timey pub atmosphere!



    Use the tube wisely

    Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov says:

    Buy a London Pass and use the Tube/Oyster often!

    Jennifer Mitchell says:

    Don't take taxis...walk and ride the Tube around the city. The Tube is inexpensive, easy to navigate and gets you to places fairly quickly.

    Muhammad Redza Ihsan Rosli says:

    Get an Oyster Card - really cheap and easy.



    Explore the neighbourhoods

    Estefanía Favorito says:

    My No. 1 tip is visit Camden Town, Portobello Road (music, clothes and fashion); Borough Market (gourmet food from all over the world), Brixton Market (Afro-caribbean exotic cheap food), Brick Lane (clothes, vintage stuff & food). Also have a walk around the southern area, such as Clapham Common (a lovely park), Clapham South where there's a road full of trendy stores. Hyde Park is also a must to lay on the grass. You should also go to pubs and nightclubs, have a cloudy beer somewhere in one of the coolest areas: East London - Shoreditch, Hoxton... Enjoy this amazingly cosmopolitan city! :)

    Annemieke Windt says:

    Walk on Primrose Hill and enjoy the view of the city.

    Baptiste Louge says:

    Go to Greenwich to get in the history of the country and enjoy a beer at the trafalgar tavern or cutty sark pub.

    Thiago Vinholes says:

    Go to the Soho!

    Luiz Guilherme Bandeira says:

    Get drunk in Brick Lane



    Walk!

    Hugues Lavergne says:

    Go on a night walk on the River Thames starting from the Tower Bridge down to the Parlement/Big Ben and London Eye. Really nice at night and makes great night pictures!

    Genevieve Cahuya says:

    Walk till you drop. You'll find out amazing little things on your way.

    Patriña Vagalume says:

    Get up early and go for a walk! You can see all the city centre in a day without taking the public transport and have a break or picnic in a park!

    Gabriela Almendra says:

    Walking, walking and walking! It's a fantastic place to go sightseeing only by walking. And it's for free!!!



    Visit the Globe Theatre

    Milica Mici Novković says:

    For all the Shakespeare lovers - go on a guided tour in the Globe Theatre :)

    Annick Thijs says:

    Visit the Globe theatre and afterwards go for a bite in the Swan next to the Globe...



    Some other tips...

    Dawn Waites says:

    My top tip for London is pay attention to the little things. Like the world's smallest jail in Trafalgar Square. Or the only outdoor statue of Henry VIII at St Bartolomew' Hospital near Spitalfields Market.

    Elizabeth ZG says:

    Do not miss the free lunch concerts at the Royal Opera House..then wander off around Covent Garden!

    Leonardo Raudales says:

    Go to a musical! We got very cheap tickets to Chicago and sat front row! It was increadible! Walk a lot and get lost

    Andy Deon says:

    If your coming from abroad, try local shopping places and sites i.e Wood Green and Alexandra's Palace. Jump onto a 29 Bus and see where it takes you and throw away you Tour Guide. Ask a local instead.

    Meg Moodie says:

    Speaker's Corner is worth a detour. You never know what nutter will be there!

    We asked our fans on facebook 'What's your top insider tip for London?'. Cookies, parks, oysters are just some of the things that came up. Find out what else did...



    Use the bus

    Cati Esteva Trulla says:

    24 hour bus ticket to hop on and off and go everywhere for 4 pounds

    Renata Domeikaite says:

    Take a city red bus and make your own tour around London (!) It's definitely worth your attention - feel free to explore by yourself.

    Jenny Clarke says:

    Hop on the 88 Bus from Clapham Common to Camden Town (or vice versa) making sure you get the front row seats on the top deck. It takes you through the heart of central London's best sites (Trafalgar Square, Thames, Mi5 building, Oxford Circus etc) as well as starting /finishing in the two best neighbourhoods in London. All for £1.35!



    Visit Camden Town

    Meritxell Ozcáriz Soler says:

    Visit Camden and try to get good food just for 1 pound.

    Luke Poulson says:

    Get to Camden Market and ask some of the independent music stalls about gigs / parties coming up. Chances are you will end up at a top class venue with incredible music.

    Andy Deon says:

    If you go to Camden make sure you visit Cyberdog (past the lock market near stables market... yes there are about 7 markets that make Camden Market itself). Please dont travel thousands of miles to by imported products. There are only a few Real Camdenite stall holders that come up with the ideas only to be copied and mass produced so cheaply, that they close 5 original stalls at a time! If you by a Banksy print there, ask where it came from and who gets the money? There was a stall there that use to sponsor street artists with a large percentage of its sales and worked with Banksy's team... that closed down because of mass imports of rubbish quality... Yup, you save £2, but look what that £2 could have done!



    Get a cookie in Ben's of Covent Garden

    Melanie Steiner says:

    Ben's cookies in Covent Garden! Best cookies ever! Love the triple-chocolate! And there always happen to be a bunch of cool street musicians!

    Cathy Francis says:

    A great day in London would be a stroll around borough markets (buying a massive brownie of course!) checking out any of the impressive museums, a wander through St James park, hot chocolate and a Ben's Cookie in Covent Garden, and catching a show in the West End.



    Borough Market

    Cara Adams, Mari Batas, Christina Oikonomou and Francesco Marchio all recommend not missing the Borough Market.



    Some bar recommendations...

    Ian Whitlock says:

    Porterhouse Bar in Covent Garden - the best choice of beer, reasonable prices for the centre of the city, steins of german beer during Oktoberfest, live music on weekend nights, and shows all the live sport on tv's. Probably my favourite bar in the world.

    Laura Bridle says:

    I recommend Gordon's Wine Bar near Embankment. Really cool atmosphere and great selection of wines. But get there early to get a seat! Also Cubana Bar in Lower Marsh for happy hour cocktails.

    Alan Marsden says:

    Avoid Leicester Square. Great pubs along High Holborn, espicially Princess Louise and Citte of Yorke.

    Michelle Cocayne says:

    Go to the Cheshire Cheese Pub (on Fleet Street) for the old timey pub atmosphere!



    Use the tube wisely

    Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov says:

    Buy a London Pass and use the Tube/Oyster often!

    Jennifer Mitchell says:

    Don't take taxis...walk and ride the Tube around the city. The Tube is inexpensive, easy to navigate and gets you to places fairly quickly.

    Muhammad Redza Ihsan Rosli says:

    Get an Oyster Card - really cheap and easy.



    Explore the neighbourhoods

    Estefanía Favorito says:

    My No. 1 tip is visit Camden Town, Portobello Road (music, clothes and fashion); Borough Market (gourmet food from all over the world), Brixton Market (Afro-caribbean exotic cheap food), Brick Lane (clothes, vintage stuff & food). Also have a walk around the southern area, such as Clapham Common (a lovely park), Clapham South where there's a road full of trendy stores. Hyde Park is also a must to lay on the grass. You should also go to pubs and nightclubs, have a cloudy beer somewhere in one of the coolest areas: East London - Shoreditch, Hoxton... Enjoy this amazingly cosmopolitan city! :)

    Annemieke Windt says:

    Walk on Primrose Hill and enjoy the view of the city.

    Baptiste Louge says:

    Go to Greenwich to get in the history of the country and enjoy a beer at the trafalgar tavern or cutty sark pub.

    Thiago Vinholes says:

    Go to the Soho!

    Luiz Guilherme Bandeira says:

    Get drunk in Brick Lane



    Walk!

    Hugues Lavergne says:

    Go on a night walk on the River Thames starting from the Tower Bridge down to the Parlement/Big Ben and London Eye. Really nice at night and makes great night pictures!

    Genevieve Cahuya says:

    Walk till you drop. You'll find out amazing little things on your way.

    Patriña Vagalume says:

    Get up early and go for a walk! You can see all the city centre in a day without taking the public transport and have a break or picnic in a park!

    Gabriela Almendra says:

    Walking, walking and walking! It's a fantastic place to go sightseeing only by walking. And it's for free!!!



    Visit the Globe Theatre

    Milica Mici Novković says:

    For all the Shakespeare lovers - go on a guided tour in the Globe Theatre :)

    Annick Thijs says:

    Visit the Globe theatre and afterwards go for a bite in the Swan next to the Globe...



    Some other tips...

    Dawn Waites says:

    My top tip for London is pay attention to the little things. Like the world's smallest jail in Trafalgar Square. Or the only outdoor statue of Henry VIII at St Bartolomew' Hospital near Spitalfields Market.

    Elizabeth ZG says:

    Do not miss the free lunch concerts at the Royal Opera House..then wander off around Covent Garden!

    Leonardo Raudales says:

    Go to a musical! We got very cheap tickets to Chicago and sat front row! It was increadible! Walk a lot and get lost

    Andy Deon says:

    If your coming from abroad, try local shopping places and sites i.e Wood Green and Alexandra's Palace. Jump onto a 29 Bus and see where it takes you and throw away you Tour Guide. Ask a local instead.

    Meg Moodie says:

    Speaker's Corner is worth a detour. You never know what nutter will be there!


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