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Looking for the local experience 27-12 till 31-12

By Traveller December 22, 2017
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Looking for the local experience 27-12 till 31-12

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By Anne Traveller December 22, 2017

Hi everyone, me and my boyfriend are visiting London on those dates and we would love to know where the locals go to eat, drink, shop and things we can’t miss on our trip! First time visiting London!

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Hi Anne, you'll find great places to eat and drink across London, even in touristy places, for good prices.

Near where you are staying, there is a lovely walk to be done from Kew Bridge, passing 3 pubs and continuing to Chertsey Bridge, from where you can get a bus into Richmond, which is a great town on the river. If you do go to Richmond, the £5 lunch at Thai cafe Hill Tribe is fantastic. Cheap wine too. Good riverside pubs in Richmond are The Watermans and White Cross. Both sell Youngs beer which is v good. And a further great walk will take you into Twickenham with more great riverside pubs ( White Swan, Barmy Arms ). Opposite the Barmy Arms is Eel Pie Island where the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who etc played in the 60s. How good is that ?

Otherwise, plenty in town - the small Mexican chain Wahaca is good as is the small Indian chain Masala Zone. Lots of places around Soho. Historic pubs the Dog and Duck and French House to be recommended and for a very cheap authentic Chinese meal, the Wong Kei in Wardour St is a classic. And please go for a coffee at Bar Italia opposite Ronnie Scotts. The Chinese bakeries around Soho / Chinatown are great great value - savoury and sweet snacks. Watch out for the large steamed buns - a great lunch for £2 or less !

So many places to mention, and there's just a very few. Please feel free to ask more !
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Local December 22, 2017
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Hi Trevor! Thank you so much for all the places you have mentioned! It sounds great and we can’t wait to try them all!
Anne Traveller December 23, 2017
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You legend Trevor
Archie Local December 23, 2017
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Hi Anne, it would be helpful to know if it's your first visit and from where. Also which area you are staying in and hope to get to. As well, what sort of food do you enjoy and what type of shopping is your favourite? I'm sure you'll get lots of advice but a few clues will really steer us in the right direction.
Local December 22, 2017
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Hi Janice! Thanks for your reply! We are travelling from Amsterdam and it is our first time in London. We would like to try the typical English food, we almost like everything but we do have a budget, about 40/50 pounds per day to spend on food and attractions and shopping. Our hotel is in Brentford, and i already booked a bus transfer from and to Luton. Also already have an Oystercard to catch the underground to go everywhere. We would love to see not only the center but also nice places around the city as well
Anne Traveller December 22, 2017
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Hi Anne, your hotel is pretty far west of central London so expect your journey into and out of the centre to take about an hour. If you are on a strict budget, I recommend travelling by bus. It takes longer and you do need to figure out the routes but it will save you quite a bit. Your choice! I'm not as familiar with West London but generally speaking, for local food look up some recommended gastropubs and go for meat pies and roasts (Sunday lunchtime for a choice of roast meat etc). Also I'd go for fish and chips but not in restaurants or hotels or pubs but in small fish and chip shops. Someone local can help you find one. London is also famous for curries and I'd recommend Brick Lane for this - my favourite is Meraz on Hanbury Street but everyone has their own favourite. Eating at restaurants is expensive but stay away from main tourist area restaurants at all costs. They are more expensive and the food can be bad. Just my opinion. It really does depend on the sorts of things you like to do so can you tell us what shopping you want to do? ( Clothing? Vintage? Souvenirs? Cute British things?) Do you like museums? art galleries? Prefer walking and exploring? Like graffiti? Prefer the big streets? Go for fancy or simple local things? I liked City Unscripted link! And I also check on www.londonist.com. I'm also in agreement that hooking up with a local for at least one outing to see things through their eyes will give you an unforgettable experience.
Jan Local December 22, 2017
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Finally, London is very large and DENSE and although I'm not a big fan of doing this often, paying the price of a hop on hop off bus is a great way to see a lot in a shorter time and includes a river cruise. I think the London one is two routes. I never do it! Museuns and art galleries are usually free but if you want to pay for something, The Tower of London and the Jack the Ripper Tour are the two things I feel are worth the cost!
Jan Local December 22, 2017
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Thanks Archie !
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Local December 23, 2017
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Hi Janice, thank you so much, you have been so helpful! The budget i mentioned for eating etc is per person so together we could spend 80-100 pounds a day. Would that be more easy with restaurants and travel? Pies and roasts sound very good! Yeah i wonder if the hop on hop off bus is nice, maybe we give it a try! Yes we do want to shop some vintage clothing and some souvenirs for home, we do like museums, we were thinking on going to the national history museum. And we would love to see the art streets to walk around and see the graffiti! Thank you for the website! I will definitly check that out! Do you do tours as well, like a local showing tourists around? We would love to do a tour like that
Traveller December 22, 2017
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hi Annie,

You and your boyfriend on a very tight budget and feel you may have to resort to making your own sandwiches each morning before heading out. £40/50 per day for a couple will not get you anywhere when you consider London is an expensive city.

The issue is you want traditional English food in London. I feel you need to do some homework here. London is an international city and there is nothing of the ye ol' England left in London. What you want is now firmly placed in Charles Dickens books so you may want to consider travelling back in time.

If you want to come to London with an open mind and accept whatever it has to offer then you will enjoy. I do not think you are in a position to negotiate here.
Local December 22, 2017
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You are so clueless Shailesh...Not the first time either. Lol.

London has one of the highest numbers of restaurants per capita in Europe and has plenty of choice, so you will definitely find traditional British cuisine here. Hestons Dinner for a start champions ancient recipes some centuries old. Bob Bob Ricard does steaks, fish pies, shepherds pies, beef wellington all very traditional British. Holborn Dining Room offers similar. You also have Ramsay Heddon Street Kitchen that does a very decent roast dinner on Sundays for decent price. Rules is a famous insititution for British classics like game, partridge, pheasant, venison. I've just mentioned a few, but there are tonnes of places! You just need to know where to look and Shailesh obviously doesn't.
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Joel Local December 22, 2017
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Only posers and wannabes go to these expensive rip-off garbage places.

My idea of traditional places to eat in London means kebab grills, chicken n' chips or even a fish n' chips if you can find it. Second tradition is to stuff all that in and throw the left over garbage on the pavement to make London look as it does......no that is the traditional way to eat in London

Kebabs?! Haha. They are a Greek, Turkish, Moroccan, even Syrian dish. They are certainly not “traditionally” British. All the restaurants listed, produce good food at varying price points. Rules, Holborn Dining Room and Heddon Street aren’t posey in the slightest. Like I said...clueless. Suggest you do some research, before issuing any more moronic comments ...pfffft.
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Joel Local December 28, 2017
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I see a disconnect here. My London streets only has kebab and chicken n' chips shops. These are traditional places for people like me.... real Londoner. As I said, I keep it real what is on my streets. Working class London. Nothing to be ashamed about.
Yes, there is a distinct disconnect and that was a pitiful attempt to transform this into a class debate..ha! This has absolutely nothing to do with class. You just don’t appear to be able to read and/or understand a simple concept. Lol.

The OP said she is looking for “typical English food”. Kebab is an adopted dish and available in most countries in Europe, therefore not in line with what was requested. If the question was, what is a popular food choice in the UK, it would certainly be up there along with Chinese and Indian cuisine and I would offer examples of some authentic places that produce good food in that style. However, it wasn’t and is therefore irrelevant. *shrugs*
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Joel Local December 28, 2017
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Hey Anne!

You can find some inspiration here: https://www.blog.cityunscripted.com/home/category/London with posts about the best markets, street food eats, parks and more.

You can also think of meeting up with a Local Host when you arrive, so he or she can give you good tips and recommendations for you to make the most out of your stay. Have a look: https://www.cityunscripted.com/destination-experiences-in-london

Enjoy London as much as we do!
Local December 22, 2017
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Thanks so much for the fast reply!
Anne Traveller December 22, 2017
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