Ariel's Guidebook


We are an international couple (female journalist from Taiwan and male entrepreneur from Australia) with a dog who have lived in the UK for several years.

Things to do in London

869 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing flower market but in a somewhat “developing” area of town. Careful of your bag!!

735 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great modern art in an amazing building.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 56 Shoreditch High St·Map·Hours·Website·

158 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Large buzzy pizza place. Close to Andina in Shoreditch.

440 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing museum in an amazing building. Not the closest of the listed sights but worth a trek if you’re into this type of thing.

438 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Increasingly trendy street with lots of Indian restaurants. Tends to be good value, but the restaurants have people out side trying to convince you to chose their restaurant - a bit annoying.

203 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A recreation of the original theatre. How theatre has changed - they had no seats?!

495 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The iconic bridge of London.

486 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Good place for a be-heading and a surprisingly good tour.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1 Redchurch St·Map·Hours·Website·

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Peruvian ceviche, street food, smoothies and cocktails. Quite cool and on the corner of Shoreditch’s main street.


Village East

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 173 Bermondsey Street·Map·Hours·Website·

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Good contemporary British food, cocktails and service. Though a little dark and nightclub-ish - good or not good depending on your perspective.



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

80 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Moroccan in a fashionable setting. Nice little paved street with a bunch of other restaurants as well.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 104 Bermondsey Street·Map·Hours·Website·

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

For tapas. We really like it here. It is quite small and doesn’t take reservations so not a place to go with more than a few people. But has nice tapas that changes regularly and a nice feel about ... read more

723 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Really not to be missed. So much great food here. Main days are Friday and Saturday but increasingly open most of the week (not Sunday!) While it's all great, worth trying the Ethiopian. We didn't ... read more


The Royal Oak

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 73 Columbia Road·Map·Hours·

63 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very traditional pub with nice Sunday Roast. Columbia Road also has a pretty amazing flower market on the weekend.

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Contemporary British food in a very authentic setting. Adopts “the whole beast” philosophy.

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A bit posh. Generally regarded as having the best restaurant views in London (though now with the opening of The Shard this may be moot). Modern British food.

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A little like a smaller Borough Markets. Pedestrian only street .was started by people who used to do Borough Markets and still not that well known. Can’t recommend highly enough - this place is re... read more

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The bigger brother of Jose further down the street. (Creatively the head chef is Jose Pizzaro.) Has some really nice Spanish food. Has been rated the best Spanish in London. Also a good place for a... read more


aqua shard

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 31 Saint Thomas Street·Map·Hours·Website·

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Is in two parts, rine-dining restaurant with amazing views, and cocktail bar with equally amazing views. Kind of has to be done, but a little risk free cooking and would recommend an expense account.


Design Museum

Arts & CultureMuseums
224-238 Kensington High St·Map·Hours·Website·

116 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The only museum on design in the UK.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 109 Bermondsey St·Map·Hours·Website·

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great small French restaurant.The Garrison (99-101 Bermondsey St.): Particularly for brunch, though also has good food and it is a bar. Probably worth booking if you want to have dinner as there ar... read more

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Our favourite cafe and coffee. Seems other people feel the same based on the length of the queue on the weekend. Worth waiting for and the queue moves quickly! We like the “white long black” - part... read more

34 local Airbnb hosts recommend

New Zealand tapas, cafe and wine bar. Only New Zealand restaurant we’ve come across and actually a good find if your trying to avoid the typical tourist restaurants when you’re in the west end.

33 local Airbnb hosts recommend

As per the name, this is right at Tower Bridge on Southbank. Quite formal in feel but good food. This is where Tony Blair took George Bush when he was in town - this is either going to make you rus... read more

121 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Taking a walk on the south side of The Thames from Tower Bridge right down to Westminster (maybe 30-40 minutes) is great on a nice day. So many amazing London sights.

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Really nice sour dough pizza!



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 54 Frith Street·Map·Hours·Website·

24 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Probably the best tapas in the UK. It’s a great place. No reservations and not very big, so you’re best to go in a slightly non-standard time. But worth a bit of a wait.

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Somewhat strange name but great coffee. Good for chilling on comfy Chesterfield sofas and relaxing with a book, magazine or laptop.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 15 Broadwick Street·Map·Hours·Website·

24 local Airbnb hosts recommend

High end but still comfortable and fashionable Yum Cha in Soho.

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great tapas. Also good place to try Spanish style breakfast.