I have enjoyed getting to know ‘my’ London so much over the last two years. As much as I love the lights and buzz of Leicester Square and Covent Garden, there are other parts of the city that make this new Londoner feel a lot more at home. Here is my run down of my favourite slightly lesser-known parts of the city, as well as the ones that I want to explore more.
Even though I live here, there is so much to see and do, so why not try something different next time you’re in the capital?
This is my number one place to visit when I want a fun day out away from the traffic chaos of central London. It feels like a world away from the city, with a lot more families and dogs enjoying the park.
The Royal Naval College is beautiful. Walking between the symmetrical buildings is peaceful and grounding; it’s the perfect place for a summer picnic. I like to pick up something from the nearby food market and devour it next to the white historic buildings.
2. Richmond Park
The acres of green space here make this park more like the wide open countryside than a protected part of the city. I haven’t explored the whole area yet – it would take quite a few trips to see it all – but I have heard great things about the wild deer that roam around the grounds.
3. Isle of Dogs
Speaking of wildlife, did you know that London is home to quite a few urban farms? I love this one in Mudchute. Being able to stroke and feed friendly animals while looking up at the intimidating outline of Canary Wharf is certainly unique. We met llamas, pigs, cows, rabbits and much more on our last trip.
You can see my new llama friend in the cover photo of this post.
It may sound like a mainstay for tourists, but have you actually looked around this affluent suburb? You’re more likely to find an heiress walking her tiny dogs than a confused tourist. Most people prefer to stick to the nearby Oxford Street with Selfridges, but those with money to burn might be better off heading to Mount Street. The windows also make for great aspirational shopping if you live in the real world, like me.
This affluent part of west London is home to a lot of fashion-forward families. The famous Putney Bridge straddles the river and there are lots of great places to eat and drink while enjoying views of one of the world’s most famous rivers.
I definitely want to explore this cultural part of the city more in future. Time Out rates the food and pubs on offer here very highly. Do you need another reason to visit? It’s also very central, so easy to stroll over from central London on a warm day (or whenever it’s not chucking it down with rain).
Who doesn’t love all the shops you could ever need without having to go all the way to Oxford Street? Stratford has the huge Westfield shopping centre, complete with all the high street stores you could dream off, plus endless restaurants and a cinema. The Olympic Park is right on the doorstep if you need some fresh air after the bank card has taken a hit.
Those are some of my favourite places to visit to get away from the tourists, but where are yours? There is still so much more of this city left for me to explore, so all recommendations are welcome.
Thanks for reading!