How to feel like a Londoner in no time at all!

1. Get on a tube in rush hour

Want to know what it’s like for a London commuter? Squeeze onto a packed train in rush hour and you’ll know how we feel.

2. Take a night bus

Even with the launch of the night tube at weekends, the London night bus is the most – erm – memorable way to get from A to B after dark in the capital.

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3. Go for an Indian in Whitechapel

Forget Brick Lane, Whitechapel is where the best Indian restaurants are! With gems like Tayyabs you’ll be glad you took the trip.

4. Eat Chinese food in China Town

You’ll know it’s a good’un if it’s busy and full of people who don’t look like tourists!

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5. Visit a dirty looking pub in a back street

That’s where you’ll find the perfect mixture of local Londoners. Drinks will probably be cheaper too!

6. Go to a local fireworks display

If you’re lucky enough to be in London on Bonfire Night, make sure you find somewhere local to watch some of our spectacular firework displays. It’ll make your trip go with a bang!

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7. Take a dip in Hampstead Heath ponds

It’s worth making the trip to Hampstead Heath in the height of summer to go swimming in the mixed ponds. It’s north London’s favourite way to cool off.

8. Have a picnic in one of London’s great parks

Whether you sit overlooking the Serpentine in Hyde Park or just take in the view at Regents Park, having a picnic in a London park is a great way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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9. Go to Smithfield Market

Forget Camden and Portobello, Smithfield is where it’s at for a real London market experience. Make sure you get there bright and early to see the authentic side of this famous wholesale market.

10. See a gig at a very London venue

It’s not all about big bands at Wembley Arena or the O2. London’s smaller venues are the best way to see live music. Pick somewhere like the Troxy or the Shepherd’s Bush Empire for a really special night out.

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11. If you go to Covent Garden Market…

Make sure it’s the Jubilee Market on a Monday morning. You’ll find yourself surrounded by antique and vintage goodies.

12. Sit in Soho, Golden or Hoxton Square in the sunshine

Any bit of sun has all Londoners running to the nearest patch of grass to bask in the heat.

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13. Pick an independent cinema

Go to The Prince Charles, The Phoenix or Peckhamplex. These little cinemas give you a unique  experience and we love them for it.

14. Take the Thames Clipper

Forget going on a tourist boat tour, take the Thames Clipper commuter boat to Greenwich instead.

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15. Go for a late night coffee at Bar Italia

This famous family-run coffee bar in Frith Street is open until 5am and is the authentic way to see late night Soho.

16. Take the DLR

The Docklands Light Railway is somewhere between taking the train and the tube. You get underground speed and frequency with the joy of seeing the outside world pass you by. The best seat is at the front where you can pretend to be the driver!

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17. Go and smell the flowers at Columbia Road Market

Every Sunday, Columbia Road is transformed into a colourful gardener’s paradise and the smell is just amazing.

18. Make a visit to the famous Liberty department store

Even if it’s just for window shopping, this quintessentially London establishment is well worth a visit. We love it just as much as the tourists!

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19. Eat Turkish meze in Green Lanes

Head to somewhere like Gokyuzu or Antepliler for a truly Turkish experience.

20. Stroll along the South Bank

If you start at Tower Bridge and take a stroll towards Waterloo you’ll be treated breathtaking views on both sides of the river, including Shakespeare’s Globe, St Paul’s and the Palace of Westminster.

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21. Get on a Boris bike

Rent a bike and go for a cycle through out city. It’s the best way to see the sights!

 

Which of these London experiences will you be doing on your next visit?