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Non-touristy Guide to London Part I

April 10, 2017

*shot at the top floor of Tate Modern

 

London is a beautiful big city where it takes months to take everything in and explore its hidden gems. I would know, I have been living here for the past 4 years and I still have loads to find out about the city.

 

If you are a newbie in London or a "tourist" who wants to blend in with the locals, this guide is for you. You can always Google "London Eye" but you can't always find a secret live music and cocktail bar.

 

The easiest way to travel in London is to think about areas separately, so you can begin strolling around one area and see many things you plan to see.

 

So, download the Citymapper App and let's begin the journey with River Thames. Everything in London is positioned according to Thames. Therefore, you need to position yourself as such when you are trying to find your way in the tube (East, West, North, South) 

 

Beginning the journey from Waterloo

 

Remember when I said you can Google London Eye? Well, you can see it in person if you go to Waterloo. It is not actually too crowded if it's an early time of the day - after rush hour though - and there are many things to do in this area.

 

You can see Big Ben, Westminster Bridge and London Eye for about 5 minutes and begin walking towards South Bank where you will see skateboarders, food and drinks stands around every corner, book stands where you can buy second hand books for 1-5 pounds and more...

 

*shot in South Bank

 

If you are hungry, next to Southbank Centre and near Waterloo Station, you can find an awesome food market where they sell delicious street food from different cuisines. If you continue walking along the river, you will see National Theatre. You probably have to book in advance to see a play here, but you can give it a shot and try to buy a last-minute ticket as well. 

 

Just follow the Riverside

 

Another theatre along the river is the Shakespeare's Globe.

Before that, there is the Millennium Bridge, which is only accessible to pedestrians and it has a lovely view of St Paul's Church. After you take your photos there, you can pay a free visit to one of Europe's biggest modern art galleries, Tate Modern (unless you want to see a paid exhibition). The collection includes artwork from Matisse, Picasso, Dali, Rothko etc... 

 

 

If you continue walking along the river, you are nearing London Bridge by now. London Bridge is important for two reasons for me: The Shard and The Borough Market.

 

The Shard is an extremely high and unique building, and you would feel posh at the top floor restaurant, with a stunning view accompanying your fancy dish.

 

However, The Borough Market is the perfect place to fill your stomach with stunning and diverse food choices. You can even enjoy beer and fresh mussels, and devour french desserts after. 

 

Now that you have completed part of your journey in along Thames River, you need lots of rest.

 

Art bonus: White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey. 

Nightlife bonus: Ministry of Sound club in Elephant and Castle

Alternative: The Vaults in Waterloo

 

Next up: Brixton - Peckham - Deptford - Greenwich Guide

 

Next up: Part II

 

 

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