A "London Boy" Guide to Visiting London

Tuesday 17 September 2019

How would you like to see London - driving on a scooter, just riding around? Or exploring the city under a gray sky in a rainy cab ride?

London gets a shout-out in Taylor Swift’s latest album with her song, “London Boy” and while you can get an introduction to the capital city via scooter or cab, if you really want to explore deeper, we’ve made an itinerary for you. Taylor mentions neighborhoods and iconic spots all over the city, so if you’re curious about the places mentioned in London Boy, here’s how to visit them all.

DAY ONE: NORTH LONDON

Highgate

Take yourself to Highgate and start your visit in the north London neighborhood at Waterlow Park. This 26-acre park is home to a Tudor country house, Lauderdale House. Join an event or tour the home, then stop by Highgate Contemporary Art Gallery. Feeling hungry? Meet up with your best mates for seasonal food and an extensive list of wines at The Flask, a neighborhood pub dating back to 1663.

North London Pubs

Have a pint in a pub, where you can watch a rugby or football match, with friends and the locals. You’ll find a variety of craft beers and food at North London’s iconic pub, The Spaniards Inn in Hampstead. The Holly Bush and The Old Bull and Bush are two others nearby, both housed in historic Grade II listed buildings.

Hampstead Heath

For London skyline views and plenty of open space, head to Hampstead Heath. It’s comprised of over 750 acres of greenspace and is home to swimming pools, playgrounds and trails. North of the park is Golders Hill Park, which has tennis courts, croquet lawn, play areas and a zoo.

Camden Market

With more than 1,000 shops and places for food and drink, you too can enjoy walking Camden Market in the afternoon, or anytime of day.

Join in the afternoon lunchtime crowd at The Cheese Bar for a classic grilled cheese sandwich or pie shop, Young Vegans for a vegan take on comfort food. Or party at Lockside Camden or FEST late into the night. And don’t miss finding unique, vintage pieces at one of Camden Market’s stores or stalls throughout the day.

DAY 2: CENTRAL LONDON

Shop on Bond Street London is a haven for shoppers and Bond Street is the place to find nearly every major luxury fashion designer. But you don’t have to just shop at Louis V up on (new) Bond street. There’s other places for luxury shopping in London, like Selfridges and Harrods in Central London.

Go for Afternoon Tea

Experiencing a proper afternoon tea is a must while in London. Taylor has been spotted outside sketch, a tea room and restaurant in Mayfair recognizable for its pink interior and afternoon tea. Traditionally, a British afternoon tea will include a variety of tea, sweet pastries and cakes, tea sandwiches and warm scones with clotted cream and jam. High tea, which is sometimes mistaken for afternoon tea, typically includes heartier food than cakes and was historically a meal for the working class.

Drinks in SoHo

SoHo is packed with bars and restaurants. Drinks are served starting at 3 pm at award-winning cocktail bar, Swift, so you can go drinking in the afternoon during your enjoyable walk in the neighborhood.

See a Show in the West End

Reserve a table at Dean Street Townhouse, a Royal hotspot, for their two or three course pre-theatre menu, then head over to the West End where most of London’s theaters are concentrated. Catch a show like Mary Poppins, Matilda or Mamma Mia!, or book a London theater break.

DAY 3: SOUTH LONDON

Nights Out in Brixton

Spend a day in south London’s Brixton. During the day, check out Brixton Market, a community market owned by local traders selling food, groceries and other goods all week long. For baked goods and antiques, visit on the first Saturday of every month. And for the Brixton Farmers’ Market, stop by on Sundays. Take a walk in historic Brockwell Park and see a 19th century clocktower, a Georgian country house named Brockwell Hall and Brockwell Lido for a swim.

To enjoy nights in Brixton, there are endless nightclubs, bars and venues including Market House, The Prince of Wales and Electric Brixton, regularly featuring top artists. Or see the latest releases at Ritzy Picturehouse, a movie theatre in a Grade II listed building. And stop by First Aid Box for a unique, health inspired cocktail.

DAY 4: EAST LONDON

Shoreditch

What can you do in Shoreditch in the afternoon? You’ll notice plenty of street art around the area and one way to learn about it is on a street art tour. Also, check out Shoreditch’s cafe scene by visiting Origin Coffee on Charlotte Street, Paper and Cup on Calvert Ave or Look mum no hands! on Old Street. If all this walking has you hungry, head to Brick Lane for a classic curry.

Visiting on a Sunday? Check out Brick Lane Market for vintage clothes and boho artisan products, or pick up an Instagram-worthy bouquet of flowers at Columbia Road Market.

Hackney

One way to show yourself around Hackney is by taking a tour of its brewery scene. There’s Hackney Church Brew Co, where you can try one of their craft beers alongside food by chef Elliot, who’s known for live-fire cooking. Nearby is The Five Points Brewing Co. to taste one of their 22 types of beer.

You could even venture farther east to Hackney Wick and visit CRATE Brewery, one of London’s well-known craft breweries. After exploring breweries, head to Little Vietnam on Kingsland Street. The street is lined with Vietnamese restaurants to choose from. Then for dessert, get a taste of royal wedding cake at Violet’s Cakes.

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