London lovers #2

A few weeks ago I started a new series on London lovers. They're all busy people so it took a while to get the second one online. Meet Charlotte, who's a Belgian girl who also did an internship in London, just like me.

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My name is Charlotte Billiet and I’m 21 years old. Last year I did an internship of three months in London at the British Transport Police. I had been in London before, but just for a weekend. During the training I had time enough to immerse myself in the amazing city and my love grew even more.  Every day I discovered new lovely places, so selecting my five favourite spots was quite a challenging task.

  • Portobello Road Market

Probably one of London most visited attraction,  situated in Notting Hill. During a two-miles walk you pass hunderds of stallholders selling everything from food and antiques to music and pottery. On Saterday, there is a less authentic market but it's also well worth it: Portobello Green Market. This is the place to be for fashionistas to find their new trendy outfits in racks full of vintage clothing, shoes and jewelry. tube station: Notting Hill Gate

(More about Notting Hill here, in a blogpost from guest blogger Fien)

(photo: visitlondon.com)
(photo: visitlondon.com)
  • Wallace Collection

The wonderful national museum located in a historic town house in Marylebone showing the eighteenth and nineteenth century art collection from Richard Seymour-Conway, the fourth Marquess of Hertford, and Richard Wallace, his illegitimate son. 'The Laughing Cavalier' and 'The Swing' are two famous examples of Renaissance treasures you can admire in the museum. There is even a lovely glazed inner court restaurant to recover from all that beauty. www.wallacecollection.org - free admission - Hertford House, Manachester Square - tube: Bond Street

(photo: willowbrookpark.blogspot.be)
(photo: willowbrookpark.blogspot.be)
  • Brick Lane Market

Another extraordinary spot is this artistic and alternative flea market in Shoreditch, stretched out in streets full of amazing graffiti.  There is something for everyone, in particular for foodies. Delicacies from around the world are offered, especially the authentic Indian curries are highly recommended.

If you cannot get enough of the bargain hunting, visit also the other surrounding Sunday markets including the Spitalfields market and the Columbia Road flower market. tube station: Whitechapel

(These markets are also on the 'visit' page here on London is your oyster. More about the street art in this neighbourhood is at the 'street art' page.)

(photo: Daphne Ronse)
(photo: Daphne Ronse)
  • Greenwich

On the southern banks of the river Thames, you have the home of time, the green and peaceful Greenwich. An original way to get there, is to take the foot tunnel which runs under the river and connects the district to Island Gardens. Must-sees are the Queen’s House, Greenwich Market, Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College. You can also stroll through the beautiful Royal park and climb the steep hill  to enjoy the spectacular view. You will be well rewarded for the effort.

DLR station: Cutty Sark or Greenwich

(photo: Daphne Ronse)
(photo: Daphne Ronse)
  • Soho

This place is well known for its vibrant and lively atmosphere. It is a popular destination for fine food, live entertainment and a lovely night out due to the many theaters, excellent restaurants and fancy bars. From Monday to Saturday there is also a market in Berwick Street selling mainly fruit and vegetables. Other famous parts of Soho are Carnaby Street for its fashion and gadgets and Chinatown for its typical Chinese restaurants, supermarkets and bric-a-brac shops.

(illutration by Kerry Hindman | photo: creativeroots.org)
(illutration by Kerry Hindman | photo: creativeroots.org)