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London Insider Tips

With so much to see and experience in London, how do you decide what to do? Our partners at NoteWorthy share their London Insider Tips about everything from their favorite spots to packing tips to what to eat.

Camilla Davidson, Experience Director

Favourite Corners of London

  • Hampstead: Perfect for a summer’s day! Start with a hearty breakfast at one of the many bistros and restaurants along Heath Street before wondering onto Hampstead Heath, a huge area of open countryside. Walk up Parliament Hill for panoramic views of the city or head towards Kenwood House to visit one of London’s great stately homes. A pub lunch at the Freemason’s Arms next to the Heath is a great reward after an energetic walk, with a huge garden for sunny days. Back in Hampstead Village, while away an afternoon browsing through its many independent boutiques for fashion, antiques, art, fresh produce, and everything in between!
  • Marylebone: A little village in the heart of London, boasting beautiful cobbled streets, fabulous shopping, and delicious delis. Particular highlights include cheese tasting at La Fromagerie followed by a trip to the Ginger Pig butcher for artisan charcuterie. Bookworms can lose whole days in Daunts Books – filled with creaking staircases, an endless parade of rooms and knowledgeable staff with an eye for the next bestseller. My favourite spot of all – VV Rouleaux , a wonderland of ribbons and trimmings perfect for any accessories magpie.
  • Chiswick: Located by the River Thames to the west of the city. A visit to Chiswick House will introduce you to a glorious classical Georgian villa with 65 acres of landscaped gardens. Foodies will rejoice with High Road Brasserie…always a hit for brunch with girlfriends.

Favourite pubs in London

  • The Holly Bush, Hampstead: This pub is located in the heart of Hampstead Village with highly coveted outside tables, as well as a roaring fire in winter, this is a great spot to keep an eye out for local celebrities, such as Victoria actress Jenna Colman.
  • The White Horse, Parsons Green: Known as the Sloaney Pony to locals, this legendary spot on the northern tip of Parsons Green in South West London boasts a huge outdoor area, complete with a BBQ that serves food on any sunny day throughout the year. It’s never quiet here – and as popular with canine visitors as it is with their humans!
  • The Jolly Gardener, Putney: Located a few streets back from the River Thames, The Jolly Gardener is a great spot to end a Sunday stroll, with the eventual reward of a classic English roast dinner. The pub takes its name from not one but three different garden spaces, meaning you can find a spot of sunshine at any time of the day.

Packing Tips

  • If you’re travelling only with hand luggage, your liquids will need to be less than 3oz and placed in a plastic bag.

Erin Dunklee, Experience and Team Director 

Food and drink

  • A bacon butty! This is a delicious idea that as a born and bred American I think we are missing in the USA.  What’s not to love, bacon, butter and bread!  There are so many variations of this across London but my personal favourite is the steamed bacon butty at the Marksman Public House in Hackney. Head there early on a Sunday morning and visit the Columbia Road Flower Market afterwards, then take a stroll along Regents Canal to the Barge House for lunch.
  • Pie and Mash – Dine at F Cooke in Broadway Market, a Victorian Market that runs on Saturdays.  If not visiting on a Saturday it is still an amazing hidden area of London to explore with cute shops and restaurants.

Favourite spots

  • Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath
  • The Ship Tavern in Holborn on Sundays they have a cute local jazz band that comes to play – locals come to dance away the afternoon
  • Maltby Street Market
  • St Dunstan’s in the East for a picnic
  • Hackney Coffee Company (secret door to upstairs)
  • Watch House Coffee on Bermondsey Street

Packing Tip

Due to the different voltages in the UK leave your hair appliances at home or purchase a transformer to make these safe to use.

Sarah-Gaines Russell, Experience Designer

Food and drink

You must have a glass of Pimm’s in the summer or a festive glass of hot mulled wine in the winter!

Favourite spots

  • Monmouth Coffee in Borough Market is my go-to spot for a perfect flat white.
  • I also love escaping to the tucked away Shepherd Market to pursue boutique shops and take in a village-like atmosphere in the heart of Mayfair.

Ellie O’Grady, Experience Designer

Food and drink

  • Have a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings in a local pub or a quintessentially British treat of afternoon tea – best enjoyed with a refreshing glass of English sparkling wine!
  • If you are venturing in to the Peak District, you must try an authentic Bakewell Tart!

Favourite spots

    • For a traditional Sunday roast in London, I love the Cross Keys pub in Chelsea (also a former haunt of a young Prince Harry!)
    • After a leisurely stroll through Richmond Park, deer spotting, head to Petersham Nurseries for a well-deserved chunk of cake in their charming Teahouse followed by a peruse of their lovely shop!
    • Whilst spending the weekend with family in the Cotswolds, I always like to pop in to Daylesford in Kingham to stock up on Bamford products, including their amazing candles!

Packing Tip

    • A portable phone charger is a must. There are so many ‘instagramable’ moments to be shared!

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