A Badger's guide to London

Getting Around

Getting around London is very easy. The London Underground (Tube) is super quick and the buses come every 2-3 minutes. Although, the best way to see everything will be to walk - the tube map can be deceiving - everything is a lot closer than people think!  For the Tube and bus you can either pay using your contactless credit/debit card or an Oyster Card to tap in and out of the stations. The TFL website  has everything that you need from planning your journey to warnings of lines that are down. Boris Bikes are also a great way to get around and also don’t forget you can use your Uber account in London!  

Main Attractions 

London has so many iconic buildings, landmarks and sights - these are just a few….

Museums

The Tate Modern, National Gallery, Museum Of London and British Museum are four of the most popular museums in London and they are all free of charge. The British Museum is host to world famous exhibitions, while the Tate Modern shows the best of British and International Modern Art. 

Buckingham Palace & Hyde Park 

If you head to Buckingham Palace try to plan your trip so you can see the changing of the guards which happens on alternate days at 11:30 and usually lasts about 45 minutes. Buckingham Palace is also located opposite the biggest park in London - Hyde Park. It stretches across 350 acres and has the Serpentine lake in the centre.. 

Big Ben & Houses Of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are located in Westminster (right next to React London 2017!). You are able to do tours but if you are limited on time just seeing these buildings from the outside is equally as impressive. Walking tours in London are really popular and will ensure you see all of the main landmarks. 

Tower of London 

This is one of London’s most popular and iconic tourist attractions. One of the main reasons people visit the Tower of London is to see the collection of the Crown Jewels! 

London Markets

My favourite markets to visit in London are Borough, Camden, Maltby and Portobello. If you get a chance these are definitely worth visiting - Borough Market is London’s oldest food market  and probably the most popular - I love it - the food is amazing!

Something a bit different…

If you want to try something a bit different there are lots of websites than can help you find out what’s going on:

The Nudge

The Nudge is a great site that offers a variety of different things to see and do as well as places to eat and drink. It has lists of pop up events and bars/restaurants all over London and highlights what is going on that month. It is perfect if you are looking an alternative London experience! 

BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed also offers a range of different things to do in London. It lists everything from theatre shows, art exhibitions, night tours to comedy clubs that you wouldn’t find on the popular tourist websites. 

Restaurants & Bars

London has absolutely everything when it comes to restaurants. Any cuisine you want - you will find! The best place to look for the top restaurants and bars is Time Out London. They offer Top 10 lists of whatever you are looking for - at all price ranges so it doesn’t have to be too expensive. 

London By Night

London is definitely a fun place to be at night! These are a few places you can head to..

East London - Shoreditch - AKA Hipster Town 

Shoreditch is full of bars and pubs (and Hipsters) which are all open until late. East London has a more relaxed feel to it so if you fancy more of a casual night head to Broadway Market - The Dove is a fun pub and it is my favourite place to get an english roast on a Sunday! 

North London - Angel/Islington

If you head to Angel Upper Street is a good the place to go. It is full of bars and restaurants with a few clubs at the top of the street. If you are in the area I would definitely recommend to eat at Desperados - the Mexican food is amazing and perfect if you like Tequila...

West London - Mayfair - The fancy part of town...

Mayfair has some of London’s most exclusive bars and restaurants. It can be expensive but if you are looking for something a bit fancier this is the place to go. Aqua Bar is a roof top bar right next to Oxford Circus station - if it isn’t raining definitely go - it is my favourite place to drink cocktails and see London! 

Central - Soho - Tourist Central!

Soho has an endless amount of bars and clubs that are all open til late. China Town is in the centre of it which has a million Chinese restaurants to pick from

South London - Brixton

Brixton is a fun place to go for a night out in South London. It is full of bars and pubs and is also home to the O2 Brixton Academy which is famous for gigs. If I head down there I always go to Prince Of Wales - they always have fun nights going on! 

 

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