A while back I did a poll on Instagram and asked what you’d love to see on my blog. I was pleasantly surprised with the results and the majority chose more London posts. I’ve lived here for YEARS and I love London, there’s so many things to see and do! Whether you’re into history, discovering new food or want a quiet place to go to London has a place for you. In today’s post I’ll be sharing with you my first London Hidden Gems.
Food Market, A lot of walking and Art
Recently we had 2 days to ourselves and decided to go up to London and explore. We started off in Borough Market which is home to London’s oldest and largest food market. You’ll find food to accommodate all taste buds including rare meats like kangaroo – I know, not nice. If you have a sweet tooth you’ll find some of the best brownies and I’ve yet to taste the coffee. If you’re not too hungry but want a “small” bite definitely try the German hotdogs – so good! Make sure to explore the whole market if you have the time!
Once you leave the market walk towards Cathedral Street to start exploring South of the river. Even though we live in London this walk made us feel like tourists and we hadn’t been here in such a long time so everything was like new to us. Walking down this route you get a feel of what London was like back in the Victorian period, well at least I do.
You’ll come across some artwork on your walk through the Southbank of London. It’s nice to stop, take a look at them and take in all the details.
Not too far from Borough Market you’ll see the iconic Globe Theatre and you can buy tickets to view any of the shows. Tate Modern is not too far either and you’ll find art exhibitions, workshops and pieces of art all for free… Well the majority is free anyway! I can’t speak much about it because I’m not into art as much as others, but I know it’s worth a visit. We did stop by the gift shop and found a couple of good gifts for kids and adults.
Further down you’ll find a lot of independent shops from homeware, clothes and miscellaneous gifts for any occasion. We also came across a cute little Japanese shop and for a second it didn’t even feel like we were in London. Carry on walking a bit more and you’ll find restaurants for the appetite you’ve worked up. Personally, we don’t like chain restaurants so we decided to go for some Japanese food. We had some of the best sushi ever and a MASSIVE katsu curry all for… £15! You have to visit Eat Tokyo if you want to try something new.
So there you have it, the first in this London Hidden Gems series. I hope you enjoyed it and this makes you want to go out and discover more of London!