Fancy a trip to London? Don’t just talk to someone who’s been there, talk to someone who’s lived there! Our London Expert Kate Anthony gives us some of her insider tips from her time living in the royal city, and what to know before planning a trip there.
1. How many times have you visited London?
I lived in London for 2 years and also visited a number of times prior to moving there.
2. What makes you an expert in London?
Having lived in London, I consider myself a bit of a London local; I was able to really immerse myself in the english way of life. I can give you insider tips you may not even know about.
3. What is your favourite neighbourhood in London?
Shoreditch is a fantastic neighbourhood and by far my favourite place. Not only is there amazingly diverse nightlife and shopping, but the amazing lanes of street-art are a must-see.
Shoreditch is also lined with many pop-up food and shopping stalls that are in the area for a short amount of time. They change every few months so you are never likely to see or eat the same thing twice.
4. What surprised you the most about London?
The diversity of each neighbourhood or ‘boroughs.’ They are all very different from each other with different ethnicities influencing the local food and stores in the area.
5. What made you fall in love with London?
The city has so much to offer, you literally have something different to do every night of the week, it is so diverse and there are so many hidden places to visit and experiences to be had. You can never be bored in a city like London.
6. What’s your favourite memory about London?
There is nothing better than sitting in one of London’s many parks dotted around the city with some cheese, biscuits and great company soaking up the sunshine.
7. What are your top 3 London tips that you would give a client travelling there?
1. Always stand on the right hand side of the escalators, the left is for busy people in a rush who will not hesitate to let you know how annoyed they are if you are in their way.
2. Many tube stations are placed within ample walking distance to each other, wandering through the city is the best way to find hidden gems and sights you would never see on the underground.
3. There are many markets throughout London ranging from the Columbia Road flower market in Mile End to Brick Lane and Camden Markets selling all sorts of trinkets and antiques to the famous Borough Market near London Bridge. Each market is so diverse and you will always find something new and exciting no matter how many times you visit.
8. Why do you think it’s important for people to visit London?
It is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. You have your pick of boutique shopping, broadway shows, historic landmarks and foods from around the world all mixed in the one easy accessible place. You could never leave London disappointed.
9. What things would you recommend someone pack for a trip to London?
Comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella.