The people have spoken. We asked you what really matters in London, canvassing readers, bloggers and Time Out staff for the things they think make this city great. Luiz Hara of The London Foodie previously revealed his top 5 secret London spots, but now he’s stepped up to the plate (geddit?) and shared his 5 favourite things to do in London. Look out for more bloggers picks on the Time Out blog coming soon and read Katie Antoniou, editor of fab London culture site Run-Riot‘s top 5 here…
‘Whenever I have family or friends visiting me in London from abroad, these are the things I love sharing with them. They sum up for me what London is all about, and are unique to this City.
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1) With this glorious sunshine we are enjoying of late – and which will only improve in the months to come – I will be heading to Hampstead Heath with my picnic hamper, morning papers and sunglasses. The hill beneath Millfield Lane, overlooking Highgate Ponds, is the best place for a catch up with friends over some good food and a few bottles of bubbly. A dip in the Mixed Pond (or Men’s or Lady’s ponds) is also a fun thing to do and will help to cool you down whilst at the Heath.
2) Everything from Japanese to Singaporean, Italian or Modern European cuisines is being served London’s supper clubs. This personal dining experience is an unmissable opportunity for visitors to be welcomed at a London home and encounter Londoners who share a passion for good food and meeting new people. Find out what’s on offer at www.tinyurl.com/TOsupperclubs.
3) There is possibly no better way to celebrate our Queen’s Jubilee than to enjoy afternoon tea at one of London’s top hotels. The Ritz and Claridge’s hotels and The Wolseley are some of the top places to try, but for a more intimate experience with the most fantastic views of London and the Thames, head to The Petersham Hotel in Richmond where a special Queen’s Jubilee High Tea is also available.
4) Columbia Road Flower Market is one of my favourite London places, and on a Sunday morning it’s where I’m usually to be found. The smells, colours and buzz in this narrow street from the hundreds of flower stalls and independent shops and galleries make this a unique and very London experience not to be missed.
5) A fry-up breakfast at E Pellicci on Bethnal Green Road is a great way to follow a busy morning’s shopping at Columbia Road Flower Market. An institution in the East End of London, this is a charming café serving local residents for more than 100 years.
For more things to do in London, see the full people’s 101 list.