London: What to Do, See, and Eat!

One of my favorite experiences in college was studying abroad in London. About 22 other students and I lived on Bedford Place for 3 months and had the time of our lives. I’ve compiled a list of places to see, eat, things to do and some helpful advice as well!

Places To See:

  • Camden Market (go on a weekend, more vendors are there. I spent a majority of my time here. Camden Town tube station)
  • See a show at the Roundhouse (or go to La Soiree if it’s playing) The Roundhouse is in Camden and it’s a train station, which was turned into a concert venue.
  • Any exhibit at V&A.
  • Netil Market, Lucky Chip burgerstand. Seems like more of a hipster market which sells cool vintage things, but they have theeee most amazing burger!! A friend and I spent two hours looking for this place, but so worth it. (the address is Westgate Street, London Fields, E8 3RL, but ask a local on how to find the market)
  • If you have time, make it to Greenwich to see the prime meridian! You can take the DLR. They also have a great market, with awesome food and various things on the weekend.
  • Get a bagel on Brick Lane. In all seriousness, the most amazing Jewish style bagels, cheap too! (159 Brick Lane, E1 6SB, Liverpool Station tube or use bus 8)
  • Go to Abbey Road.
  • Pick up some spray paint and head to the Graffiti Tunnel! It’s the only place where you can graffiti legally. I did it!
  • Head to Notting Hill (Portobello Road) on a weekend. You can see where they filmed the movie and can get great food as well.

 

Going Out:

  • Piccadilly Institute (google this, looks freaky but soooo cool, Piccadilly Circus)
  • The Ice Bar (belowzerolondon.com, this is a must honestly. Make reservations!)
  • Strawberry Moon (right next to the Ice Bar. I didn’t go but my friends loved it)
  • The Rocket (near Russell Square)
  • O’Neills (set up like an Irish Pub, seriously our favorite place while there!! There are several, but go to the one near Leicester Square)
  • Catch 22 (Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 8DA. We went to a 90’s night here, so fun. It’s in a grungy part of town though. Check the website before going to see what kind of things they are doing that night)
  • Tiger Tiger (Piccadilly Circus)
  • World’s End (more in the Indie scene near Camden Market, but one of my favorite places)
  • The Perseverance (a pub near Russell Square)
  • The Jack Horner (a pub near Goodge Street Tube station, they sell Blue Moon! That’s how we found it)
  • Ye Olde Chesire Cheese (old style pub, pretty cool, near St. Pauls)
  • Fabric (dubstep club, known for having great DJs. Check the website to see who is DJing before you go, and you may have to get tickets online)
  • Ministry of Sound (didn’t go here, but wish I had. They are known for having great DJs. 103 Gaunt St, SE1 6DP, Elephant & Castle tube station)

 

Places To Eat:

  • Get coffee at Costa
  • Patisserie Valerie (get tea, scones, and clotted cream)
  • Eve’s (breakfast bagels are amazing!)
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen
  • Chilango’s (better than Chipotle, yeah I said it, one by Holborn station and one by Angel station)
  • El Pirata of Mayfair (a little on the pricier side, but I went here almost 3 days in a row with my parents. It’s a tapas bar and it is amazinggggg. Get the bread with mayo garlic spread. Trust me on this one, I still have uncontrollable cravings for it. And why not get some sangria?)
  • Make sure to get fish n chips, you can’t really go wrong anywhere you go

 

Some Advice:

  • Barclays has no ATM fees (go there!)
  • Waitrose was the best grocery store! But Sainsbury’s is usually cheaper.
  • Order cider! Yum! (The best is the Strawberry Lime cider or many times they’ll carry a Mixed Berry one, or just ask what kinds they have. Make sure you try anything by Rekorderlig, they sell it in the grocery stores too.)
  • Pick up a TimeOut London, it’ll tell you all the great and fun things happening that week.
  • Don’t be loud on the tube! Sure sign that you’re a foreigner!
  • Don’t waste your time going out near Knightsbridge and Mayfair. Way too expensive. (But you could see a celebrity)
  • Go out and enjoy London as much as possible, even if you think you have work to do. That’s one thing I regret, I wish I had explored more.
  • Make friends with the locals and take everything in.
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