Every year millions of tourists flock to London, eager to see all the landmarks they’ve heard about and try out the latest tourist attractions. But what about if you want to explore London more like a local? Here’s a selection of very ‘British’ things to do if you travel to London this New Year…
Have Afternoon Tea
There are few traditions as British as the art and science of afternoon tea. Fortnum and Mason have been selling tea for over 300 years, and their world-famous blends are renowned for creating the perfect brew no matter the occasion. The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is the peak of their tea-making talents, offering an elegant and refined experience with cakes, sandwiches, scones and of course plenty of tea on tap. You’ll need to reserve a table as this is a particularly popular spot in the capital, but you’ll soon find yourself captivated by the combination of etiquette and relaxation which afternoon tea typifies.
Grab a Sunday Lunch
Brits are famed for their enjoyment of the traditional Sunday lunch, and thankfully there are plenty of spots in London where you can indulge like a local! This is not a job for a restaurant, but instead a friendly ‘local’ pub while you stay at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate, such as The Bull & Last, a rustic-looking spot with suitably generous portions of a traditional Sunday meal with all the trimmings. There’s an impressive selection of refreshments to accompany your meal in time-honoured British style this New Year.
Catch a Football Match
The locals love their football, so what better way of joining them than finding a game and seeing what all the fuss is about? There’s some big stadiums in London to see a match live, but if you’re out of luck, you can always pop along to a sports bar and watch a match there or simply soak up the sporting atmosphere.
Give Cycling a Go
Londoners do love to cycle, both for convenience and due to the plethora of rental bicycles available across the city on 24-hour loan. Travelling by bike has many advantages and it seems that residents of London are wising up to them. To really make like a local, ditch traditional public transport and instead use a bike to travel from hotels near Bayswater Tube station.
Enjoy an Outdoor Market
The Brits are well known for enjoying a market, perfect for everything from the latest fresh produce to flowers, gifts and clothing. There’s markets all over London to suit your every need, whether you’re looking for vintage clothes, or quirky gifts, or produce from the latest artisan food producers. Brick Lane Market is the go-to location for antiques, while Portobello Road Market has a little bit of everything. Whatever you choose, you can be sure you’re shopping like a real local – and if you’ve the time, you can explore several – just like a true Londoner would.