Curated off the beaten path travel guide | theworldyousee
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Curated places to see and exclusive things to do in London

 
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The Hidden London Travel Guide

Vibrant, multicultural and full of life, London is a global city of people, ideas, and high energy. It remains the most visited international capital for education with its world-renowned institutions, for culture, fashion and music, and finance since the 18th century due to its centricity for global trade.
 
 
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Curated places to see in London

Sky Garden — Large indoor garden on top of a skyscraper with free reservations 💯
Southbank — Riverside promenade bustling with restaurants, buskers and street art
British Museum — Large free museum and a treasure trove of world artefacts 💯
National Gallery — Art gallery with free entrance offering a gallery of famous paintings 💯
Buckingham Palace — Changing of guards at the Queen’s residence. Book a tour here
ZSL London Zoo — World’s oldest scientific zoo with animal exhibits and activities
Richmond Park — Spectacular royal park with bike paths, picnic spots and wild deers
Royal Botanical Gardens — Large plant greenhouse featuring a treetop walkway
Everyman Maida Vale — Cosy movie theatre showing new releases with a bar
The Wallace Collection — Free museum featuring art, antiques and weapons
Holland Park — Scenic park with peacocks featuring a Japanese and Dutch tulip garden
Shakespeare's Globe — Elizabethan theatre showing Shakespeare’s plays in open air 💯
St Martin-in-the-Fields — Live concerts and jazz inside a Gregorian church


No FoMo by skipping these

London Eye — Better places with better views listed below. For free.

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Locally Unique restaurants in London

$ Circus — Cabaret restaurant serving pan Asian dishes
🍱 Wasabi and Japanese Canteen — Asian chain restaurants serving quick food
🍛 Kimchee — Korean restaurant with charcoal barbecue
Cereal Killer Café — Themed café serving all kinds of cereals, pop-tarts and milkshakes
$ Lutyens — Modern European fine dining restaurant
Luca — British Italian restaurant with high vaulted ceilings serving phenomenal pasta
Rules — Historic British fine dining restaurant with a classy cocktail bar
$ Duck & Waffle — British and European cuisine with a sunset view on the Gherkin 💯
$ Beach Blanket Babylon — Ornate British restaurant inside a townhouse 
$ Aqua Nueva — Modern Spanish restaurant serving tapas and cocktails with views
Moro — North African and Spanish cuisine serving a seasonal tasty menu
Herman ze German — German deli serving currywurst and pretzels 
Noroc — Authentic Romanian restaurant with great hospitality and quality food
Mari Vanna — Authentic Russian restaurant with great service and interior decor
$ Nopi — Innovative Middle Eastern-Mediterranean tapas style cuisine
Dishoom — Indian fusion restaurant serving authentic flavours from cafes in Bombay

$ Veeraswamy and $ Benares — Indian fine dining offering a luxury food experience
$ Quilon — South-west coastal Indian cuisine offering great tasting menus 💯
Hoppers — Sri Lankan restaurant with a coastal vibe serving perfect dosas
🌮 Wahaca — Mexican chain restaurant serving flavourful food 💯
MEATliquor — Loud American fast food restaurant serving great burgers and fries
🍔 GBK, Byron and Shake Shack — Cheeseburger chain restaurants serving meals
🍗 Chicken Shop — Restaurant serving perfectly grilled chicken on spit fire
$ Tramshed — Whole roasted chicken and steak restaurant
Kappacasein — Grilled cheese sandwich and toastie place offering the best bite
Beigel Bake — Beigel place serving great flavours like salt beef & smoked salmon
Burger and Lobster — Wild live lobster and corn fed Nebraskan beef
🍥 Fish! — Fresh fish and seafood restaurant located outdoors in the Borough market
$ Ottolenghi — Restaurant serving salads and small plates 
$ Manna and Vanilla Black — Restaurants serving gourmet vegetarian dishes
Quince Tree — Brunch and breakfast cafe in the middle of a plant nursery
Tangerine Dream — Home-style food cafe in Chelsea Physic botanical garden
Hoi Polloi — Brunch cafe serving experimental Scandinavian cuisine
🍧 Chin Chin Labs — Smoothest ice cream ever frozen by liquid Nitrogen


Watch out in LDN!

Hackney and East London have a higher crime rate during late hours.


 

Bars, Nightlife and Parties!

Ministry of Sound — Spacious nightclub with an outdoor area playing EDM and house
Fabric — Large indoor nightclub playing techno and deep house
🥃 Nightjar — Prohibition-style speakeasy serving rare spirits with live blues and jazz 💯
The Blues Kitchen — Dimly lit den with a bar playing tasteful blues music
Cirque le Soir, Charlie Berkeley Street and Tramp — Extravagant Mayfair clubs
Discount Suit Company — Speakeasy cheese and cocktail bar with warehouse decor
Harwood Arms — Michelin star gastropub offering British food in a cosy environment
🍣 Buddha-Bar — Lively pan Asian lounge serving quality sushi and cocktails until late
$ Barts — Speakeasy bar with spectacular cocktails in a fun atmosphere
Big Chill House — Rooftop terrace pub with a dancing floor 
Palm Vaults — Hipster decor cafe serving cakes, juices and coffee
$ Opium — Cocktail bar serving dim sum and seafood platters
$ Alchemist — Cocktail bar at the Langham offering a unique touch on every drink 💯
$ Sketch — Quirky Alice in Wonderland themed bar and restaurant
Mamounia Lounge — Moroccan restaurant serving drinks and sheesha
$ Artesian — Upscale cocktail bar at the Langham
Walkabout — Lively Australian bar filled with students
🍺 The Dickins Inn ­­­— Dockside pub with a balcony, large garden and a noose 💯
Meltdown — Gaming pub with consoles and e-sports tournament


Networking spots in London Town

LSE — Seminars and debates focusing largely on politics; view calendar

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Exclusive moments and luxury

🍸 Arts Club — Members club offering fine restaurants, a cigar garden and networking
Searcys — Restaurant and cocktail bar at the Gherkin offering spectacular views
Roka — Authentic Japanese restaurant serving Robatayaki cuisine and excellent sushi
Lyle’s — Michelin star British restaurant offering a leisure affair with food
The Dorchester Spa — Exclusive pampering and luxury day spa
Angler — Michelin-starred sea food restaurant with city views
Galvin at Windows — Fine dining restaurant with views over Hyde park
Nobu — Michelin-starred Japanese Peruvian restaurant


Shopping and gift guide

Oxford, Regent and Bond Street —High-street shopping offering brands, designers and stores
Westfield — Shopping malls offering a variety of brands and a food court under one roof
Harrods — Luxury department store offering a range of designer clothing and unique restaurants
Selfridges — Upscale departmental store offering a wide variety of luxury brands under one roof
Bicester village — Shopping centre outside the city featuring top brands at outlet prices
Jermyn Street — Range of shops exclusively catering to the gentlemen’s clothing market
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies — Quirky shop selling monster goods
Jasper Morrison — Boutique kitchen furniture store 
Future and Found — Curated home-goods lifestyle store
Penhaligon’s — British luxury perfume store offering a perfect gift for both men and women
Taylor of Old Bond Street — Boutique store offering great products and gifts for men’s grooming needs

 
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Road trip ahead

Bath — City offering Roman spas, medieval relics and Georgian architecture
Bournemouth — Beachside resort town with victorian architecture
Brighton — Rocky beach town with a waterside front, food kiosks and art scene
Oxford and Cambridge — Historical cities famous for their colleges and student life  
Stonehenge — Prehistoric monument consisting of a ring of large standing stones
Winchester — Medieval city with cathedrals and a 1000 years of history
Windsor — Historic market town with a famous castle along the river Thames

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