London from a Different Lens

Change of Guard ceremony

Change of Guard ceremony

Hello fellow bloggers, I’m back to share the last post from my trip to UK earlier this year.

After Central England, Scottish Highlands and Edinburgh, London was our final stop! Our trip to UK would have been incomplete if we didn’t visit this city. We just had to spend a few days here and we squeezed in a few things “off the beaten track”.

London, for sure needs no introduction and has its world famous landmarks that we did visit – The Buckingham Palace (and the change of guard ceremony), The Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Hyde Park.

However, instead of spending too much time at the above, we explored the not so touristy side. These are still touristy I guess but less so. This list includes – Street Art in East London, Old Spitalfields Market, Borough Market and Camden Lock.

Let me tell you a bit about each of these to give you a better idea.

Street Art in East Londonthe east end of London is quite the hipster area with plenty of artwork to explore. Artwork is mainly in the form of murals and graffiti and best way to understand more about it is to go for a free walking tour. We took one and the guide walked us around pointing out different styles and naming some of the popular and upcoming street artists. There is more to street art than meets the eye. I would recommend a guided tour for a more well directed tour. You can of course explore on your own, on foot or bicycles. The neighborhoods covered include Whitechapel, Shoreditch and Brick Lane. A stop at the Nomadic Communities in Shoreditch was a nice touch.

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London Street Art

Mural

Mural

Reptile made from old tyres at Nomadic Communities garden

Reptile made from old tyres at Nomadic Communities garden

Old Spitalfields Market was a chance find for us. We came across it just as we finished the street art tour. Its in this huge Victorian market hall that was constructed in 1876. Its great for purchasing antique odds and ends. I’m talking about everything from cutlery from the 60s to old photographs, candle stands and vinyl records. It was intriguing just to look at the stuff and if you are a collector, this place is for you! Remember to bargain 😉

Old Spitalfields

Old Spitalfields

Old Spitalfields

Old Spitalfields

Borough Market – this place is great for food lovers! Its a huge market built under a railway station and has food stalls of all kinds. Cheeses, breads, fruits and vegetables, meat, tea, spices and so on. There are live food stalls as well and you can easily have a great lunch here sampling things from the numerous vendors. If you do plan to visit, check the timings and events roster.

Borough Market

Borough Market

Fresh olives at Borough Market

Fresh olives at Borough Market

Camden Lock – there are two sides to Camden – a market selling stuff like souvenirs, t-shirts, caps, postcards and the like. And the other side that we absolutely loved was the street food market! This place is heaven for foodies with a mind boggling array of food and drink choices. Be sure to include this in the itinerary if you are a food lover. Explore all the stalls before you decide to dig into something. We were too hasty in ordering stuff and regreted later. As always make sure to check the opening hours when you plan.

Camden Lock Food Market

Camden Lock Food Market

Camden Lock Food Market

Camden Lock Food Market

Camden Lock Food Market

Camden Lock Food Market

So this was our slightly off-beat approach to exploring London. Hopefully, it gives you a few ideas on what you can plan!

Cheers and bon voyage people!

 

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