Shalin's Guidebook

Shalin
Hi, I live in London and am lucky to have access wonderful cities across Europe. I love museums & galleries. Where reasonable my preference is to get to do what the locals do. I like to sta... read more
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Things to do in London

543 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Must visit. Take one of the many free tours on offer, pick up a fridge-magnet from the gift shop and stroll along to Princess Louise for a well-earned pint.

440 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is one of the best museums. You can't not go there. Be sure to get on a guided tour which run every hour or so. Their cafe is must-visit. This was the first cafe inside any museum - look up.

334 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Walk along the canal for 25 minutes or so to reach Camden market. A throbbing place to visit, look for accessories, gifts, have a lunch in and walk back home along the canal. Stop by on Granary Sq.

160 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The permanent collection (Free) there is a must see for anyone interested in books or history. Occasional exhibitions are good too.

136 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best place for modern dance - if you are interested in this. It is a long walk or you can bus it from Kings Cross to Angel.

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Local theatre along Upper Street. Book a play if you can find a spot. V popular.

76 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is an authentic Bombay-Irani restaurant, a very particular type of restaurant replicated very well. Anyone who has seen the real-deal is bound to appreciate it. Yummy food, decent cocktails.

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69 Colebrooke Row

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69 Colebrooke Row·Map·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a hidden cocktail bar. It is tiny but a good one if you can find it. Local hidden gem.

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a fab venue with two intimate concert halls, restaurant along the canal and cafe. Stroll in there on a weekend evening to catch a free short concert while sipping a glass of red relaxing o... read more

213 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is the complex for arts with plenty of restaurants. Much to do and see there.

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Grain Store

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 1-3 Stable Street·Map·Hours·Website·

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fab local place for breaky, lunch, brunch or dinner. Bar stools on the passe seats (opposite kitchen) is a fab spot to watch chef's at work. Recommended.

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a very unique spot. This is a proper boozer of a pub from the outside. However the back of the pub opens into an intimate theatre which only does Opera. Hugh Grant performed there as well.

34 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is Winston Churchill's bunker / war office. This is must see. Plan for two hours and an entry fee. Then rest your feet in St James's park. Then St Martin's in the Field for a coffee/snack.

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Camino

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$$· 3 Varnishers Yard·Map·Hours·Website·

31 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There are three bars there and a decent restaurant. Each with a different vibe so take your pick. The Sherry Bar - if you have a taste for it or wish to give it a go - is worth a go as well.

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place tends to cater for an after-work crowd which merges into friends and wider groups as a starting/mid or end-point for a night out. Roberto makes an excellent Old Fashioned. DJ in the ba... read more

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The pre-eminent art gallery which hosts some of the best exhibitions from classical masters to contemporary artists. Must see - frequently.

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Authentically restored Victorian pub complete with booths and etched glass. Get a booth, visit the bathroom and have a pint of ale.

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great place to sit on the bar stool or in the restaurant any time of day or night in Covent Garden.

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Tendido Cero

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 174 Old Brompton Road·Map·Hours·Website·

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tendido Cero has three restaurant - all spanish / tapas within 5 mins of each other. Each with a different vibe. Worth the detour.

14 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Popular and buzzy bar, short walk along the canal. Sit by canal side for a quiet drink, on the ground floor to mingle or upstairs for a meal. Good place to start your evening, be there for the e... read more

#21

Salt Yard

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

15 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another fab tapas bar. V busy though.

#22

Fortnum & Mason

ShoppingStores
$$· 181 Piccadilly·Map·Hours·Website·

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Authentically British. Must visit even if it is to poke your nose in. Buy a can on buiscits or lollies. Go up to browse at finer British items.

14 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another lovely local theatre.

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The Driver

Drinks & NightlifeBars
2-4 Wharfdale Road·Map·Hours·

10 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Short walk down to this local pub and restaurant. Serves decent food, lagers & ale. Skip the walking up to the roof-garden and cozy up on a table downstairs or on the bar for a chinwag with the ch... read more

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Caravan is a restaurant on Granary square which is recommended. Granary square itself is also a nice place to visit and relax. Short walk along the canal.

10 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fab restaurant and funky bar for a drink and on some evenings live music.

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fab place for nice afternoon tea, particularly for ladies.

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Waitrose

EssentialsGrocery Stores
$$· 21 Liverpool Street·Map·Hours·Website·

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Upscale super market. Good for a 'big shop' or nicer foods if you are in the area

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Large store with a wide selection. Recommended if you do a large shop and are in the area. Just cab it back from there for £10 or so.

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Cafe is in the basement of the famous church on Trafalgar Square. It is hidden, very central, good value for money and the traditional English puddings are well worth trying.