Local’s Perspective: Explore London

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About the author: 

My name is Aysha, I’m from London working as a full time Trainee Law Solicitor. I’m also a Food Content Creator on Instagram and Tiktok (@BegumBites) .

Where are you from?

Pimlico, London

Masjid near me: 

 WBWT Community & Prayer Centre in Pimlico.

Halaal monitoring authority:

The Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC) is the official Halal organisation that certifies all Halal restaurants and shops in the UK.

Here’s a list of some Halal Food recommendations in London: 

  • Boulevard London – Regent’s Park Coqfighter 
  • Soho branch Coffee Garden 
  • Leytonstone Akoya – Notting Hill 
  • LUMI – Camden Sahara Grill 
  • Various branches La Moda 
  • New Malden Karak Chai – Various branches 
  • Gökyüzü – Various branches Lokkanta 
  • Westbourne Grove Ishtar 
  • Baker Street Crome London 
  • Bond Street The Great Chase 
  • Angel Masala Zone – Bayswater Bayleaf 
  • Whetstone Noir – Whetstone Fait Maison 
  • Kensington Caffé Concerto 
  • South Kensington Arc Le Salon 
  • Mayfair Drunch – Mayfair/Fitzvoria 
  • Slim Chickens – Bond Street 
  • P.F. Chang’s – Leicester Square 
  • Hot Munchies – Borough 
  • Coco Grill & Lounge – Tower Bridge

Can you name some of the must visit iconic things to do as a tourist in London?

  • Big Ben 
  • The Tower of London 
  • London Bridge 
  • The Shard 
  • The London Eye 
  • The Natural History Museum 
  • The British History Museum
  • Buckingham Palace 
  • Trafalgar Square 
  • Camden Market 
  • Sea Life London 
  • Kew Gardens 
  • Madame Tussauds 
  • London Emirates Airline Cable Car 
  • Westminster Abbey 
  • St Paul’s Cathedral 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum 
  • The Science Museum 
  • The National Gallery 
  • Hampton Court Palace 
  • National Portrait Museum 
  • ZSL London Zoo 
  • Kensington Palace Tate 
  • Britain Tate Modern 
  • Visit Winter Wonderland (from mid November to December) 
  • Afternoon Tea 
  • Bus Sightseeing Tour by Boat/Bus 
  • Harrods in Knightsbridge

Any hidden gems you would recommend to anyone visiting London?

I would definitely recommend visiting Holland Park which has a beautiful Japanese garden with a waterfall and peacocks. Another hidden gem is The Hill Garden and Pergola in Hampstead. You’ll be amazed by the beautiful architecture and landscape garden.

Tips or advice on visiting London?

Tip 1) Having an Oyster card is essential when using the transport systems in London. You can buy an Oyster card for £5 at any Tube station and preload the card whenever you need. 

Tip 2) Google Maps will be your best friend! In case you get lost or want to enter a location. Google Maps will give you directions. You can also save your favourite restaurants. It’s free to download!

Tip 3) Bring warm clothes. British weather is cold most of the year. 

Tip 4) Avoid Sightseeing buses and save by hopping on the Number 11 bus which passes through all the famous landmarks for the price of a single fare. 

Tip 5) If you’re a big foodie, try out some of London Famous Food Markets such as Borough Market, Camden Market, Portobello Market and Dials Market.

 

TFL London Underground is the best way to commute around London as well as taking the red buses. There are also Electric bikes and scooters to rent out which are easy to find around London.

List of ideas on where to shop and what to buy?

For Grocery shopping the main supermarkets you can find in London are:

  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tescos
  • M&S
  • Waitrose
  • ASDA 
  • Morrisons

For Toiletries and OTC Medication:

 Boots & Superdugs or any Pharmacy. 

Shopping for gifts and clothes:

If you’re shopping for clothes and gifts, I recommend visiting Oxford Street, Regent’s Street, Westfield, White City, Selfridges & Harrods in Knightsbridge.

What areas will be best to stay at?

The closer you are to central London you are is ideal as all the main attractions are close by but it’s more expensive. If you’re on a budget, I recommend choosing a hotel a bit further out than Central London. 

What season would you recommend we travel to your country or city in?

Summer time is more busy full of tourists in London, the ideal time to visit would be in April/May or in September/December. London is filled with Christmas lights and Christmas Markets which start from mid November which is also a great time to visit!

What duration of time do you think would be sufficient for a tourist to explore London?

You can see up to 3 main attractions in one day of visiting London. But ideally I would say at least 4-5 days would be enough to visit all the attractions and you have extra time to explore.

Carefully plan your journey ahead using the TFL transport or Google Maps. Book attractions and restaurants in advance to avoid disappointment. Book hotels close to central London depending on your budget. Visiting London in winter is less touristy and less expensive. 

About the author:

My name is Aysha, I’m from London working as a full time Trainee Law Solicitor. I’m also a Food Content Creator on Instagram and Tiktok (@BegumBites) where I showcase all the Halal restaurants and dessert parlours as well as activities in London and write honest reviews. You can find me here: Instagram

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