Destination PR | This is London
London is hip, hot and happening. In this blog you can read all about the spots you should not miss while visiting London.
1. Notting Hill
We start outside Shoreditch. Because although we think this is the best neighborhood of London at the moment, there also other areas which you should definitely visit. Notting Hill is one of the most beautiful areas of London and is known for the romantic film classic that was shot here in 1999. The district is characterized by beautiful streets with colored houses. On the Portobello Road there is a market every day. We strolled around on a Sunday at the second-hand market, but on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday there is also a fruit and vegetable market and on Saturday a clothing market. Don’t forget the side alleys, because here we discovered many unique shops and boutiques.
2. Broadway Market
This food market near Shoreditch celebrated its first edition in early 1890, far before it was hyped. The market is not very big, but there is plenty to discover at the stalls of local farmers. Around the market there are also book, antique and clothing shops where you can wander endlessly. Meanwhile, stop for breakfast, coffee or lunch at L’Eau de la Bouche, where you have a great view over the market!
3. Covent Garden
Covent Garden is also a place not to miss when in London. And with the subway from Shoreditch you’ll be there quickly. In Covent Garden you’ll find cosy terraces, nice shops and a wide choice of street artists that make the atmosphere here even more fun!
4. Rent a bike
London wants to become a cycling friendly city and many measures have been taken to make cycling fun and safe. There are very nice bike paths and you can rent bikes very cheaply and easily almost everywhere in London. Bicycles are available at places at attractions and parks. You sign up and pay by credit card. If you park your bike elsewhere within half an hour, the rental is even for free. We cycled through Notting Hill (such a nice area!) and cycled along the famous sights as Hide Park, the Big Ben, London Eye and the House of Parliament.
5. Regent Canal
On Sunday morning we walked from Shoreditch towards the Regent Canal. A beautiful half hour walk along this water, brought us via nice coffee shops to the Broadway Market.
Boxpark is also a nice place in Shoreditch. This pop-up shopping center is located near the metro station. Stacked sea containers on the lower floor have been transformed into shops and galleries. On the second floor you’ll find very nice eateries.
7. Shopping in Shoreditch
In Shoreditch there are all kinds of trendy, unique boutiques and shops. Go see them, even if you don’t need anything specific. Labour and Wait is the place to be for traditional kitchen products and Sneakersnstuff is the place to be for the coolest sneakers. It’s great fun to look inside all those small shops. From tea shops to beauty store Aesop and for example a special chocolate shop.