6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 10, 2013 7:13 AM by andrew_p2 RSS

Off the beaten track: London

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Many visiting London may see all the "classics" but relatively few stray far from the beaten path, which is in many ways, the "real" London.  So, as a Londoner, I thought it might be handy to provide some tips on places to visit which you may not find in the guide book (or at least towards the back).

 

1. Brixton: Once an area which many avoided after dark but now home to a great indoor food centre (Brixton Village, on the map for any epicurean), vibrant market, and art house cinema (the Ritzy).

2. Hampstead: If the urban chaos gets too much, head out to Hampstead for a walk around the village and pleasant walks across Hampstead Heath with great views over the City and even outdoor swimming (summer might be best for that)

3. Richmond: You can visit the deer in Richmond Park, or perhaps Kew Gardens.  Alternatively, head to William Curley's for some excellent chocolate.

4. Dalston: To see where the London hipsters are hanging out, you can't go wrong with Dalston (also, if youdon't fancy that, a good place to avoid)

5. East Dulwich:  Perhaps not the first place you might visit but one that very few tourists will ever find- a true slice of South London.  Think yummy mummies, street art festivals, tempting cafes, a good wine bar, craft beer.

6. Tooting: Not as dodgy as you may have heard and the place for authentic Pakistani cuisine

 

Hope that helps

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  • Re: Off the beaten track: London
    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    andrew,

     

    Thank-you for sharing this information with all of us!  Hope to get to a few on the next trip!

     

    Will let you know and would enjoy having you join a few MRI's, for a snack, at County Hall in Feb., 2014!

     

    We always have some laughs and exchange travel stories!  All are welcome!

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    • Re: Off the beaten track: London
      andrew_p2 Member
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      That sounds good to me.  Please let me know the dates a little closer to the time and will hopefully see you then.

       

      I will also try to add a few restaurant recommendations (based on latest culinary adventures).

       

      Cheers

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  • Re: Off the beaten track: London
    arkwright Platinum 2 Reviews
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    Andrew,

     

    From the same side of the pond as you, but a different city, a word to say how helpful and refreshing  your post is - and, I'm sure, will be to many.

     

    I've always felt that much of the attraction of London - and for me it is one of the few genuinely great cities - lies in exploring exactly the type of "by-ways" you've mentioned.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Arkwright

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  • Re: Off the beaten track: London
    jetlag66 Platinum
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    Dulwich sounds intriguing.   Any hotels in area, or what is closest one.

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    • Re: Off the beaten track: London
      andrew_p2 Member
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      Not too many hotels in the area as not really touristy but Air BnB may be worth a look.   Alternatively, it is only about 10 minutes by train from Victoria station.  Hope that helps.

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