London at this time of year is a fantastic place to visit.
London is one the greenest cities in Europe, with tons of parks and natural spaces – it even has natural outdoor pools, where Londoners will go for an early morning swim in one of the natural lakes within several of London’s parks. There’s always plenty of picnic spots, and the great thing about London is that it attracts such a diverse and independent crowd you don’t need to be with anyone else to enjoy it.
Indeed, many Londoners are happy to sit alone in the park with some music in their ears, a cold beer or glass of wine, and a little picnic. That’s the great thing about London. Unlike many places in the world, you don’t need to be with friends or a partner, you can just enjoy London for what it is. In this way, it’s a very welcoming and accepting city that means everyone can squeeze the most out of summer.
That said, it can be a tiring city that requires a lot of walking and hustle and bustle. Not hustle and bustle in the sense of hassle, that one might expect in a place like Marrakech or Istanbul, indeed London is very reserved when it comes to people touting their wares, but if you get the tube in rush hour, for instance, you’re going to be crammed in like a sardine and heaven forbid you stand on the wrong side of the escalator, as people will genuinely barge you out the way … not to be nasty … just because London has a pulse and pace about it, that is busy, affluent and aspirational. Similar to New York, nobody has time to waste, everyone is looking to squeeze the most out of their life, and this article is all about helping you squeeze the most of a visit to this frenetic and energetic city.
London is a foodie’s dream. You’ll want to check out huge variety of food markets that take place in London from farmers markets to various artisans and purveyors of the world’s finest foods. London takes food seriously and the best place to discover this is by visiting one of the many local food markets.
If you’re in London anytime soon, you might want to check out these shows, as London has an incredible line up of musicals and plays for every taste. There are, of course, the famous cinemas that many a celebrity has walked down the red carpet of on opening night in Leicester Square, but honestly, if you’re looking to soak up the atmosphere of London you’ll want to head to one of two places – Camden (eclectic and somewhat grungy) or Southbank (on the Thames filled with street performers).
The best way to travel around London is with a TFL Day Travelcard that will transport you throughout the whole of London on any bus, tube or train within the zones you choose. A top tip here, is to travel just after 9:30am, as this way the price reduces significantly and the ticket lasts until the early hours of the next morning.