Editor’s note: This week’s guest writer, Marta, moved to London a year and a half ago and she has been discovering the city ever since. Follow her advice and have the best student experience in only 24 hours in London.
I’ve moved to London about a year and a half ago and I’m proud to say that I’m pretty close to feeling like a proper Londoner now. Which basically means that I don’t have to look at Google Maps every 5 minutes.
But one British skill I’m yet to master is that essential ability to plan ahead. Being Portuguese and all, anything that’s over 2 hours ahead feels like overthinking it. So that means I still show up to free events hoping there won’t be a 5 hour long queue (-never do this). So for anyone else who feels like me, here you go: I’ve got 24 hours in London sorted out for you.
Morning – Take a walk and watch the swans
Victoria Park has to be my favourite of all of London’s parks – even if only for the amount of good looking people you can spot. There’s a beautiful lake with swans in the centre and a café called Pavillion that sells organic milk, eggs and bread and has great coffee.
Lunch – Browse through a market
From Wednesday to Saturday, Borough Market is the place to go. From venison burgers, to boxes of Vietnamese curry or even oysters (if it’s not the end of the month) you can find just about anything to grab a bite. You can also get a hot chocolate from Hotel Chocolat and go into a trance just from looking at the chocolate grinder machine! They usually have some free samples too, so my advice is to go for it.
Afternoon – Go cultural
One thing you can be sure of is that there is always a new museum you haven’t been to in London (and very likely, they’ll be free, too). The Geffrye Museum is a quiet place that showcases how the British homes looked like in the latest hundred years or so and a good call if you’re around Shoreditch (or anywhere in East London). If you feel overloaded by looking at too much pottery featuring kittens, have a lie down on the garden outside.
Evening – Party down South
They say the area of Peckham is the next big thing. Jump on the overground to Peckham Rye and party in the CLF Art Café – a.k.a. the Bussey Building – a 120 year-old warehouse turned into music venue with 3 floors worth of amazing parties for something like a fiver.
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