Mark's Guidebook

Originally from York, I moved to London nearly 10 years ago with my partner Phil, and have never looked back! There's something new going on all the time, just round the corner or on the other side... read more

Things to do in London

218 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Europe's largest multi-arts centre is on your doorstep. The sprawling, brutalist centre presents a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. It is home to the ... read more

136 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the world's oldest and most important theatre of contemporary dance. Check what's on well in advance as it's a popular spot.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 34-36 Exmouth Market·Map·Hours·Website·

80 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A London classic. Described as ‘one of the most convivial in the city’, booking is essential for the luscious Moorish food.

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A classy dining option. Run by Anna Hansen (MBE for services to the restaurant industry), the Modern Pantry has some exquisite fusion dishes that seem strange on the page, but always fresh and zing... read more

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fab Australian-inspired cuisine. "Sunny, easy-going and generous" says the owner. Book your place at the weekend - it seems that half of Clerkenwell brunches here!

109 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An easy 10 mins walk from us is Exmouth Market. A trendy, pedestrianised street filled with independent shops, restaurants and bars, it also has a busy street food market on weekdays. A great place... read more

13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Here's a real local secret. Next to the Modern Pantry in what looks like a normal (but lovely) house is a quirky and gorgeous cocktail bar. Most people have no idea this exists...

13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A popular local bar good for meeting friends as it is for getting some peace and quiet with a book. Great big windows are ideal for people watching. They also have a decent food menu.

13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

From falafel wraps to gluten-free crepes, modern English pies to bursting Thai curries, Whitecross Street Market brings the hungry employees from all around. Absolutely hopping Mon-Fri at lunch time.

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Small and friendly family run Japanese. The sushi is superb and their Bento Box is a healthy treat.

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Join the locals after work for a craft beer (it gets busy) or just chill out and write your postcards during the day. There's also a music venue downstairs so check out what's on.


Smith of Smithfield

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 67-77A Charterhouse St·Map·Hours·Website·

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Three levels of meat! Beef is the speciality here and the higher you go, the less casual the dining. Pop in to the ground floor bar for burgers and beers or book a table on the top floor for a more... read more


The Iskele

Food SceneRestaurants
179-181 Whitecross Street·Map·Hours·Website·

10 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fantastic local Turkish. Family-friendly and reasonably-priced (their lunch menu is particularly good value). Admired by locals and local workers alike.


Sushi Tetsu

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 12 Jerusalem Passage·Map·Hours·Website·

9 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I don't know why I'm mentioning this because it's tiny (7 seats) and only a handful of people ever manage to book (the booking system is almost absurdly convoluted!). But it's supposed to be magic...



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 15 Micawber St·Map·Hours·Website·

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brand new, this is a gem (hidden behind a drive-thru McDonalds!). Southern French cuisine done over a wood fire with flair and oozing with taste. Get there quick before everyone knows about it.



EssentialsGrocery Stores
$$· Whitecross Street·Map·Hours·Website·

43 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A large supermarket with a meat/fish counter, fresh produce, newspapers/magazines as well as an ATM, coffee dock and superb customer service.

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A local gem if you fancy imaginative pizza and decent burgers. The daily special is always worth investigating too. Very friendly staff and craft beer on draught.

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Moments away, this airy cafe is a decent choice for a healthy breakfast or lunch (or even some naughty freshly made treats). If the weather is good, you can take your food up to the roof. The proce... read more

11 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Your closest Tube stop is about 10 minutes on foot.

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just two minutes away, this express version of the supermarket giant has the essentials as well as a free ATM.