Neal’s Yard at Covent Garden: What a hidden gem! If it weren’t for my local friend, I may have walked right past the entrance to this colorful alley. Filled with shops and eateries like the famous Homeslice pizza, this is a do-not-miss.
Maltby Street Market: Another spot not (yet) widely known to tourists! This narrow street gets filled up with shoulder-to-shoulder traffic on weekends with hungry locals clamoring for hot bites and samples from food stalls and restaurants at Maltby Market.
Camden Market: While Maltby Market may be a food destination, Camden is a vast destination for unique shopping and vintage finds. I guarantee you will get lost roaming from stall to stall at Camden. Plus, they have a plethora of international food options.
For more London market options, I highly suggest taking a gander at this top 12 list.
Carnaby Street: This is an excellent alternative to shopping along Oxford Street. While still bustling, Carnaby also provides the quintessential London experience (equipped with it’s very own glimmering British flag to greet you high in the sky). You’ll find trendy shops, restaurants, and relaxing pubs at Carnaby.
Shoreditch: Mentioned already, the Shoreditch neighborhood is great if you’re looking to sink your teeth into the London art scene (there are galleries and street art scattered throughout). Vintage shops, food stands, international flavors, and adorable markets can be found here.
King’s Cross Station: Immediately add this to the Harry Potter fan must-do list. This is where Platform 9 3/4 lives! Unfortunately its popularity means that there is about an hour long wait to get a good picture with the iconic wall. I opted to quickly get a picture in on the side. A very busy Harry Potter gift shop can be found here.
Walk along the River Thames: touristy and crowded, but worth it on your first trip to London. From Big Ben to the London Eye, almost every iconic London landmark can be seen along the Thames.
Have yourself some afternoon tea: Stop for an hour during your busy London timeline and relax in one (or a few) of London’s tea rooms.
London Underground (metro system): This may seem like a very bizarre highlight, but it is truly one of my standout experiences in London. I am still floored by the complexity of London’s intricate train system and am downright impressed by the number of stations through the greater London area. I totally get why you would have the Underground on your shirt.
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