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Which neighbourhoods at which days?

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By Traveller February 10, 2017
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Which neighbourhoods at which days?

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By Anna-Maria Traveller February 10, 2017

Hi Londoners!
I´m staying in London for 8 days the end of febuary and I want to see all that the different neighbourhoods have to offer. These include chealsea, shoreditch, spitalfields, notting hill, camden, west end,... and the list goes on.
Which neighbourhoods should I visit at which day (considering markets, tourists, events, etc)?

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Hello Anna,

First place to start i'd say look on http://londonist.com/ or https://www.timeout.com/london. See whats on.
Use https://yplanapp.com/ for any events/cheap offers.

Shoreditch/Brick Lane/Spitalfields:
Is generally good any day. During the week you can go. Lunchtime Spitalfields has a market and pop up food stalls/vans.
Shoreditch have lots of trendy restaurants. Brick Lane has vintage shops/music shops etc/D&AD is located here so might be able to catch an exhibition.

Chelsea/Nottinghill: though not close together, are both residential and "posh white houses" areas. They would be better on a Saturday or Sunday morning when the markets are open. Nottinghill has a great Caribbean restaurant called Rum Kitchen. Google map this as it doesn't have a sign - great rum cocktails.

Piccadilly/Leicester Square/Covent Garden - great any day during the day. More touists on the weekend. Hunt down a pub called Waxy O'Connors - its an Irish Pub and you'll love it. https://www.waxyoconnors.co.uk/
Covent garden is great for cafes/bars/restaurants.

Camden - You'd probably want to come here on the weekend. Spend a whole day here as there are many markets and vintage shops, and a lovely canal sit outside the pub and chill, loads of places to eat and great to just walk around.

Hope you enjoy London!
Local February 10, 2017
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I'd say keep in touch with a website called Londonist or Timeout to find out what' going on.

I would say however: Spitalfields/Brick Lane/Shoreditch any evening really. They have free comedy evenings, markets, and pop up food vans. Loads to do.


Chelsea, odd one but I guess the weekend when the markets are up.

Notting hill too. Notting hill have a great Caribbean restaurant called Rum Kitchen (google map it as it doesn't have a sign and is on a residential road) but does amazing cocktails too.

Covent Garden/Piccadilly that area is good any day too. Maybe during the week when it's less busy.

Hunt down a pub called Waxy O'Connors. It's an Irish pub that you'll love.

Camden - Fridays are great or the weekend. Loads to do. Markets open on the weekend. Worlds End pub you'll love. But go further up to the camel and there's loads there. Spend a whole day here as there's hidden bits.
Local February 10, 2017
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I'd say avoid the West End (and anything near Oxford Street/Leicester Square/ Piccadilly Circus) on the weekends...it's busy enough during the week, at the weekend it gets absolutely packed! Spitalfields Market is open every day, but Saturdays it's a 'Style' market with original goods - there is also the Old Spitalfields Market next door, which is open Thursday-Sunday, and has a different theme each day. Thursdays are mostly antiques and vintage items, Friday is clothes and art (and on the third Friday of every month they sell vinyl records too), Saturday is a different theme each week and Sunday is a more family-friendly thing, with a bit of everything. Hope that helps a bit!
L
Local February 10, 2017
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The Portobello Market in Notting Hill is definitely worth a visit. It has everything from vintage clothes to locally produced goods and restaurants nearby especially on Ladbroke road. It's never crowded this time of the year. Shoreditch is a definite visit. There is a really cool independent records store called Rough Trades, but I'm not sure about the food in the area. It has definitely gone down in quality over the years, so I would suggest heading somewhere else.
A
Local February 10, 2017
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Hiya. Borough market is open Sunday's but I recommend mend the quieter Malibu street market. Open all weekend. Personally, I just like the walk from Waterloo up south bank and take in whatever you feel like. Look at time out London for events. Everything is really accessible. We do have train works at the mo if you're coming from outside central. For Notting hill it's worth getting a tube to South Kensington and walking up. Where are you thinking of staying?
C
Local February 10, 2017
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near edgware road
Hi there, for Notting Hill, if you want to see the Portobello road market it's on Saturdays. Spitalfields market is open everyday 10-5 and you can explore shoreditch at the same time, just up the road. Camden market is also open everyday 10-6, you can walk along the canal as well while you're in the area. West end, do anytime. If you're a foodie Borough Market near London Bridge station is great, open everyday except Sunday. There is also a food market behind the Southbank Centre Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It's a good stop during walk along the river. Hope that helps!
Local February 10, 2017
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Hi,
I would recommend Borough Market on a Friday morning not on a Saturday as it's too busy.
Columbia Road flower market on a Sunday morning, the earlier the better.
Mark
Local February 10, 2017
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hm, really depends on what you want to see. portobello Market (Notting Hill) is only on at the weekend, although some stalls operate week round. Friday is the best day I'd say (less tourists). Stick to the Northern end,, near Ladbroke Grove and on Goldborne Road. Spitalfields Market runs ona certain day, can't remember of Sat, or Sun, but easily googled. Shoreditch is a weekend destination, i.e. nightlife, so that's the best time, while Chelsea can also be enjoyed during the week. Camden Market is touristy and therefore on week-round. If you want to go a bit more local research some music you want to see - lots of pubs have great acts, as does the Jazz Cafe and the Roundhouse. good luck.
K
Local February 10, 2017
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There is Portobello market on Saturdays in Nottingham Hill. If you can, avoid Oxford Street on a Saturday evening. It's too crowded unless you want to live the experience. Other than that you can visit Shoreditch and Soho on Friday or Saturday night. Bear in mind that from November there is a night tube service for these days (check tfl.gov.uk). Hope I helped!
Local February 10, 2017
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I would personally only visit Bricklane in Shoreditch on a Sunday- the liveliest day. That's when all the vintage/food markets are going on, it's generally pretty dead during the week.
Local July 16, 2017
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Also, avoid Shoreditch on a weekend, or, even, better go further north up Kingsland Road for less busy and more interesting places
C
Local February 15, 2017
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Hi Anna,
My main tip is to avoid the restaurants on Brick Lane. Better and cheaper curries are available at Tayabs or the Lahore Kebab house (both close by)
Good places to drink around there are Mother Kelly's, The Sun, and The Tea Rooms (upstairs is totally different to downstairs)
Thanks,
Charlie
C
Local February 15, 2017
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Hi Anna,

If you are going to Shoreditch for drinks, i would recommend avoiding weekends, and definitely avoid the food in brick lane, it's terrible. If you want a curry Tayabs and the lahore kebab house are both close and quite good.
For drinks in Shoreditch, i recommend The Sun, The Tea Rooms, and Mother Kelly's
C
Local February 15, 2017
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Hello Anna,

First place to start i'd say look on http://londonist.com/ or https://www.timeout.com/london. See whats on.
Use https://yplanapp.com/ for any events/cheap offers.

Shoreditch/Brick Lane/Spitalfields:
Is generally good any day. During the week you can go. Lunchtime Spitalfields has a market and pop up food stalls/vans.
Shoreditch have lots of trendy restaurants. Brick Lane has vintage shops/music shops etc/D&AD is located here so might be able to catch an exhibition.

Chelsea/Nottinghill: though not close together, are both residential and "posh white houses" areas. They would be better on a Saturday or Sunday morning when the markets are open. Nottinghill has a great Caribbean restaurant called Rum Kitchen. Google map this as it doesn't have a sign - great rum cocktails.

Piccadilly/Leicester Square/Covent Garden - great any day during the day. More touists on the weekend. Hunt down a pub called Waxy O'Connors - its an Irish Pub and you'll love it. https://www.waxyoconnors.co.uk/
Covent garden is great for cafes/bars/restaurants.

Camden - You'd probably want to come here on the weekend. Spend a whole day here as there are many markets and vintage shops, and a lovely canal sit outside the pub and chill, loads of places to eat and great to just walk around.

Hope you enjoy London!
Local February 10, 2017
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