GREEN IN THE CITY

Primrose Hill

London NW1

Loveable because of the view.

This is by far my favourite spot in London. Primrose Hill is a part of Regent's Park and is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in London. From the hill (it's a steep climb, just saying) you have a clear view on London and it's amazing. During summer there are many people sitting in the park, so it's the perfect hangout. The best way to get there is take the tube until Chalk Farm.

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Hampstead Heath

London NW5 1QR

Loveable because of the wonderful view on London from Parliament Hill.

Hampstead Heath is a huge park in north London. Again, here you're really wondering if you're still in London. If you're going to Parliament Hill it's best to look up which path to follow, because it's really like you're walking in the woods.

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Hyde Park

London W2 2UH

Loveable because it's huge (142 hectares!).

Everyone knows Hyde Park, right?! You'll always spot squirrels in the park and speakers' corner is always fun to step by. The memorial to the victims of the bombings in 2005 is breathtaking.

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photo: Andy Rain/EPA

photo: Andy Rain/EPA


London Fields

London E8

Loveable because it's close to Broadway Market.

You'll see this park when you come from Broadway Market. During the summer many youngsters and families are hanging out at the park, which gives it a nice vibe. On the corner you have 'Pub on the Park', which is always a good stop to have a beer. There's also a heated outdoor 50m swimming pool.

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photo: timeout.com

photo: timeout.com


Hackney and Leyton Marshes

London E9

Loveable because it looks like the countryside, but it's still London.

At Hackney Marshes there's a huge football field where all the locals come to play on Sunday. A part of the Leyton Marshes were used for the Olympic Games in 2012. It's a lovely bit of nature next to the river Lea.

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Greenwich Park

Loveable because you can stand with one foot in the GMT and the other foot in the GMT+1 (timezones). Been there, done that.

From the top of the hill in the middle of the park you have an amazing view on London and especially on Canary Wharf. It is worth the climb. Greenwich is probably best known for its Greenwich Mean Time, so on top of the hill in the park there's the line that divides the timezones.

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Richmond Park

London TW10

Loveable because of the deers(!)

This piece of heaven on earth is the biggest Royal Park in the UK (almost 10km²) and home to 630 deer. The best way to move around is cycling. Richmond Park is outside the London city center, but definitely worth the trip. (You can take the tube -district line- or overground.)

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Holland Park

London W8 6LU

Loveable because the new Design Museum is located on the park's edge.

Take the tube to Holland Park station to go to the Design Museum and take the route along the beautiful (expensive) houses in Kensington to end up in Holland Park. You may see a squirrel along the way.

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Holland Park

 

THE MARKETS

Columbia Road Flower Market

London E2
θ Bethnal Green OR θ Old Street

My favourite flower market in London. (Prepare for the screaming though: 'orchids for a FIVER!')

Only on Sundays

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Broadway Market

London E8
θ Bethnal Green + bus 254 OR θ Old Street + bus 55

Fresh food market, but also handmade things.

There are also shops on Broadway Market; for example Artwords, which I mentioned in 'shop'. (The food stalls are only on Saturday.)

Only on Saturdays

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own photos/illustration


Brick Lane Market

London E1 6RL
θ Whitechapel

Food, clothing, etc. Everything!

Brick Lane is very well known for its delicious Indian restaurants. If you want a curry, go to Brick Lane! But it's also famous for its big market on Sundays. Stroll around and buy lunch at one of the stalls. Plenty of choice!

Only on Sundays


Borough Market

London SE1 1TL
Near Tate Modern and London Bridge
θ London Bridge

Fresh food galore

Closed on Sundays / boroughmarket.org.uk / map

illustration by Jack Noel

illustration by Jack Noel


Ridley Road Food Market

London (Dalston) E8 2LH
θ Dalston Kingsland

Fresh, international food.

This is the most un-London market I've ever been to. Or, I should maybe say: this is the most original East End market there still is. It's a retail food (fruit and vegetables) market, very multicultural and definitely a must visit when in Dalston. It's not hipster-ish, it's not nice and clean; it's the real deal.

Daily - not on Sunday and bank holidays / www.ridleyroad.co.uk


Maltby Street Market

Ropewalk
London SE1 3PA

θ Bermondsey

Food market in a tiny street in South London. So many lunch options you will faint.

Only on Saturdays

photo: designmynight.com and own photo

photo: designmynight.com and own photo


Spitalfields Traders Market

Brushfield Street
London E1 6AA

(near Brick Lane and θ Liverpool Street)

Open everyday, Spitalfields Traders Market has up to 110 stalls on its busiest days. Spitalfields Traders Market in Crispin Place is weather proof and totally wheelchair and push chair accessible. The stalls range from contemporary and vintage fashion, music, bespoke children's toys, jewellery and accessories and home interiors. The market is also surrounded by a host of independent boutiques, food shops and restaurants.

Mon. to Fri 10am - 5pm / Sun., 9am - 5pm / not on public holidays

photo: appearhere.co.uk

photo: appearhere.co.uk


Spitalfields Style Market

Brushfield Street
London E1 6AA

(near Brick Lane and θ Liverpool Street)

Choose your own style at Spitalfields Saturday Style Market. Every Saturday you'll find original clothing, accessories, homewares and ethical goods, coming from up to 88 independent designers.

Only on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm


 

AN EYE ON LONDON

The view from The Shard

Joiner Street
London SE1

θ London Bridge

Loveable because of the a-ma-zing view from 244m above the ground.

Yes, this is the highest view you can get in/on London. People with fear of heights: don't worry. I managed it and couldn't get enough of it. I won't ruin it for you by posting a photo of the view, just go there. (Try to book in advance, it's busy over there.) And before I forget, the architecture by Renzo Piano is extraordinary...

theviewfromtheshard.com / Book in advance otherwise you'll pay more / adults: £25.95 students:£20.95 children: £19.95

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The Sky Garden

20 Fenchurch Street
London EC3M 8AF

θ  Monument

Loveable because of the 155m view on London. And it's all for free!

Think inside garden with a lovely view on London. You can even have an affordable drink there. Can it get any better? You have to book in advance though and be quick, because it's a popular place nowadays.

skygarden.london / necessary to book in advance

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OTHER

Mews

Mews are small, beautiful and quiet cobblestoned streets, mostly in West London. 

I wrote a blog post about the mews I've visited and the history of this phenomenon. If you only have time to visit one, go to Kynance Mews. It's the prettiest mews in my opinion.

Warren Mews (own photo)

Warren Mews (own photo)

Hyde Park Gardens Mews (own photo)

Hyde Park Gardens Mews (own photo)

Kynance Mews (own photo)

Kynance Mews (own photo)

Hyde Park Gardens Mews (own photo)

Hyde Park Gardens Mews (own photo)


Greenwich Foot Tunnel

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Loveable because of the experience.

I really recommend you walk from Canary Wharf to Greenwich using the foot tunnel. This is such a great experience. These two parts of London feel so different but are great in their own way. Canary Wharf is a business neighbourhood; the vibe you get there makes you think you're in New York. There are many skyscrapers and all you see during the week is men in suits. When you go there during the weekend it's very quiet. Greenwich on the other hand feels very authentic because of the Georgian architecture, the cobblestones and the cosy little shops. When you walk through the foot tunnel (under the Thames) you step from one world into another.

photo: ricksenley.com

photo: ricksenley.com


BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasden Temple) 
- recommended by reader and London lover Hannes (see post here)

105-119 Brentfield Road
Neasden, London NW10 8LD

(near Wembley Stadium)

Loveable because it's a bit of India in London.

This is one of the best hidden gems of London. Around the corner from Wembley stadium, it is the single biggest Hindu temple outside of India. All 5,000 tonnes of marble was hand-carved in India, shipped to the UK and assembled at the Neasden site by about 3,000 volunteers. The place will render you speechless, marvelling at the ridiculous amount of detail in the architecture. Inside, the spectacle continues, when you are shown around by very friendly and welcoming guides. And: it’s absolutely free! It’s a bit further away from the absolute centre of London, but it is absolutely worth the journey.

photo: londonmandir.baps.org

photo: londonmandir.baps.org


House of Vans

Arches, 228-232 Station Approach Rd
London SE1 8SW

θ  Waterloo

Loveable because it's an underground creative lab.

Based in the Old Vic Tunnels beneath Waterloo Station is House of Vans London. There's an exhibition space, a bar, a cinema, a music venue and London's only indoor skatepark. Go and see for yourself!

Open from Wed - Sun.

photo: House of Vans London

photo: House of Vans London