Benjamin's Guidebook

I'm a freelance designer working from and living in London for around two decades. I grew up in Valencia, Spain, moved to London to study and never left, nothing to do with the weather mind you. I ... read more
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Things to do in London

869 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Even if you don't NEED to buy plants and flowers, Sunday Flower market is a great morning out on Columbia Rd

867 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Shops, Coffee Shops, Restaurants and Bars. And a canal with canal boats that sometimes host libraries and weird stuff (private or public, nobody knows) A must visit

556 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Green space, expanse of grass, scattering of trees and some watering holes around for those 5 hot days we get in London. Take a picnic, but no bbq's allowed here (London Fields park has a bbq area)

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fantastic Euro gastro cuisine with great selection of organic wines, it's been a hit since 2012

193 local Airbnb hosts recommend

the history of toys, perfect for kids and adults who still like toys and cool stuff. It's free (as far as I know) and it's around the corner


The Royal Oak

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$$· 73 Columbia Road·Map·Hours·

63 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pints (non craft) and pricey food platters on wooden boards dished by resentful trendsters out of a central bar that takes up all the room, and leaves you fighting for the awkward table and chair c... read more

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Also has a gig basement, and they serve some nice burger kitchen tasters. Including Gluten Free options (beers and burgers...) It's on the doorstep and has a nice post-hipster vibe



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$$· 195 Hackney Rd·Map·Hours·Website·

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Recently opened, sister to acclaimed Moro on Exmouth Market. Spanish inventive affair in a contemporary smart-casual space

35 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Gentrified longstanding local pub, purposely dishevelled arrangements and a decent (for the area, for some reason east London is really lacking decent beer gardens) patio make it a convenient meeti... read more

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Was a stunning cosy little pub, then it got gentrified into a cocktail bar. Still it's a nice place and en route to the station

24 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Strange venue for strange and fun events/nights/shows. A local gem.

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Coffee. Good gentrifyingly hipsterish macbook companion coffee. Work emails written from this place will be composed, considered and balanced, probably.

63 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Kooky boutiques selling stuff you definitely don't need, but most certainly want. Art, utensils, funky crockery and craft shaving implements to name some examples...

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If the local shops on Bethnal Green don't stock what you need, you can defect to this evil corporation and help make the world a slightly worse place. Convenient though.

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Central Line tube, essential

1 local Airbnb host recommends

If you're into brutalist and modernist architecture, this Denys Lasdun masterpiece, albeit one of his smaller ones, won't disappoint. And if the weather is crap, you can look at it from the kitchen... read more