Non-touristy things to do in London

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I’ve been living in London for a bit more than a year now and I still find new things to do every day. Which is a good thing, because as Samuel Johnson said “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. In this post I’ll share some things you can do in London that are not too touristy, and not that expensive (or free). Click here to continue reading 🙂

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Paris, je t’aime!

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Isn’t Paris just a wonderful city? My last trip was my fourth trip to Paris, but I just can’t get enough of this beautiful city. Just look at these pictures I took:
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I just love wandering around the different arrondissements and I was especially lucky to have someone living in Paris to show me her favourite places 🙂 Places I’d recommend going to that are a bit less touristy are the Centre Pompidou where they have a very extensive collection of modern art, The Broken Arm or KB Cafeshop for delicious coffee, Miznon in Le Marais for a quick and tasty Israeli dinner and the outside club Wanderlust to dance your feet off!

Bisous, Merel

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Living the London Life

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 20.59.02About a week ago I moved from Amsterdam to London, and thus far I’ve had a fantastic time! The first couple of days I was mainly busy moving and arranging stuff at my future uni, but after all of that was done, I went out to explore the city. I’ve been to London before, so I tried to visit parts of the city I’d not seen yet. But of course I did some touristy things as well 😉

First of all, I went to the glorious department store Liberty. If there wouldn’t have been so crazy many tourists, I would probably have walked around the store for the whole day. It’s not just their collection, but the whole building that breathes luxury. I love walking around every floor and making a wish list in my head of all the pretty things I want to buy with the famous Liberty print. Yes, one day I will walk out of that store with one of their signature purple shopping bags containing a fancy gift for myself. But that will probably take a while, since I basically have to spent all of my money on rent..

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Luckily, not everything in London is expensive. For example, the temporary World War I memorial at the Tower of London is really a must see, for free! It’s there until the 11th of November, so if you’re going to be in town before that time, you should definitely go see it 🙂 Another free, and awesome thing to do is go to the Sunday Up Market at Brick Lane. There you’ll find a lot of interesting stalls selling clothes, crafts, and food from all over the world. Afterwards, you can relax a bit on the rooftop of the Queen of Hoxton with a real British Pimm’s (or any drink of your liking).

 

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If you’re lucky to find yourself in London on a sunny day I’d recommend you going to Hampstead Heath. It’s a big natural park in the north of London and a fantastic place to relax and get away from the hectic city life for a bit. Close by, you can get a great coffee at Ginger & White. I found this place through The London Coffee Guide which leads you to the best independent coffee places in London. So no need to go to Starbucks anymore 😉

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But of course, London has enough to offer for rainy days as well. I’m a big fan of the Victoria & Albert museum, where they currently have the exhibition “Wedding Dresses”. The collection displayed features wedding dresses from the early 19th century until the dresses Kate Moss and Gwen Stefani wore to their weddings. And their permanent collection is great as well, my favourites are the fashion and jewelry ones.

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My last visit of this week was to the British Library. I have loved libraries since I was a little girl, so maybe this visit was more exciting for me than for the average person, but I was quite impressed with what I saw. The building itself is not very special, but their permanent collection of ‘treasures’ is really cool. The library owns, amongst others, original documents from Leonardo Da Vinci, Shakespeare, and The Beatles. I am definitely going back there, and would recommend it to every literature lover.

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So this is how I spend my first week in London. Let me know if you have tips about things I have to see or places I should go 🙂