Whether you’re visiting London for the first time or the hundredth time, deciding which area you want to stay in can be tricky. You want somewhere to call a home away from home, even if its only for one night, so what better reason to get out of the touristic city centre and choose a loved by locals area so you can experience life like a Londoner? The beauty of London lies in the diversity of its characteristic neighbourhoods, so whatever your vibe we promise the perfect spot for you is out there! Check out some of our favourite areas, which just so happen to be some of the most unique, and be inspired to branch out and see the city like a local on your next London city break.
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Visiting London and want to discover an off the beaten path local neighbourhood? Stoke Newington in the north east of the city is a great place to start if you want authentic and creative vibes and a strong community feel! Londoners are loud and proud about which of the city's characteristic areas they call home, and our local Naomi is no differernt! Check out her guide to the best spots to eat, drink and live like a local in Stokey and escape the city centre for a day to explore this vibrant area that's loved by locals.
The glory that was Independent Venue Week is now sadly behind us for another year, but don’t despair! The UK’s independent venues are championing incredible musical talent all year round, so don’t make it a one week only phenomenon. We've rounded up 5 of the best independent venues in London so you can keep going to gigs for the rest of 2017.
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Buzzing and bustling Clapham, located between Wandsworth and Battersea is a really cool place worth considering spending a day in while you're visiting London. Maybe not as creative as other boroughs like Shoreditch or Peckham, but there's still a wide range of restaurants and cafes, bars and clubs, and more than a few options to entertain yourself. It's also well connected in terms of transport with almost every other area in London. So grab your stuff, top up your oyster, and get ready to spend a day as a true southwestie.
With the January weather closing in (we hate to admit it, but it has been known to rain in London from time to time), you might be wondering what to do with yourselves on a rainy day! But if you’re visiting London and you encounter some rain - don’t panic... Our local Naomi got in touch and has shared her top tips for where to spend a day sheltering from the rain. If you like her suggestions and would like to discover London like a local with Naomi, check out her profile here.
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If you’re planning to visit London, you may have heard about fears of growing gentrification in London's east end. The borough of Hackney is still off the beaten track for many visitors but the area is certainly on the up, so what does gentrification mean for these areas? We asked our girl Sophie, a born and bred Londoner living in Dalston for her take on gentrification in east London. And if you fancy getting off the beaten path and exploring more of Hackney with Sophie, you can check out her profile here!
When you’re traveling on business, we know a priority is always going to be finding a spot to get some work done when you’ve got a few hours in between meetings. And this means somewhere that has a free and reliable wifi connection, tasty options for refueling (we’re thinking strong coffee, and depending on your tastes, energizing protein pots or decadent cakes) and enough space for both you and your laptop. So if you’re looking for some business travel tips whilst visiting London, New York or Tokyo, we’ve put together a guide to the best cafes to work remotely from!
If there was ever a time to fleetingly consider doing a juice cleanse, it’s quite possibly now. We’re right in the middle of the week between Christmas and New Year, the one where you’re not totally sure what day it is but you are sure that you’ve probably eaten a little bit too much cheese and possibly drunk a little too much wine. Panic not. Maybe with the help of a green juice you’ll be glowing again in time for your New Year’s Eve revelry. Or maybe not. But whether you need a last minute attempt to acquire some sort of kale induced radiance, to squeeze into your NYE outfit, if you’re begrudgingly considering researching where you can kick off a healthy 2017 or you’re a juice fanatic all year round, check out our picks for the best juice and smoothie bars around!
New Year’s Eve seems to be creeping up alarmingly quickly, so we thought it might be time to start thinking about where to glam up for your night of revelry. If you’re lucky enough to be spending NYE in London, New York or Manchester, we’re sure you’ve already got some big plans for where to eat, drink and get very merry but if you fancy getting a little dressed up and pampering yourself you might be starting to wonder where to best salons in town are. Whether you fancy some festive nail art, to relax and recuperate before the big night or to blow dry your way to glossy locks, our locals have given us some insider tips for the best places to get prepped, glowing and ready to NYE party in style!
Everyone loves trying new food, it’s all part of the joy of traveling to a new city. But what about when you want to go back to the same place again and again? Our locals are lucky enough that once they’ve found their favourite neighbourhood eatery they could eat there every day of the week, but for the rest of us who are just passing through? Fear not, if you’ve travelled to Bologna and have fallen head over heels for traditional Bolognese tortellini (who wouldn’t?) or to London and have stumbled upon the best pancakes in town at Where The Pancakes Are, two of our locals have got some insider info so we can share the recipes with you and you can recreate these delicious dishes at home!