A sprawling city, London is home to different neighbourhoods, each with their own distinct vibe. While some are known for being trendy and upmarket, few others are known for their music scene and designer labels. Whilst cricket’s biggest event is ongoing, the ICC Cricket World Cup, we take you to a few neighbourhoods you can relax at after a match.
West End, Soho & Covent Garden
Full of restaurants, theatres and other tourist attractions, the West End, Soho & Covent Garden never sleep. Theatre lovers should head to the West End, Covent Garden Market is the place for arts and crafts and Oxford Street is the place for high-end street shopping, offering 90 flagship stores, selling everything from fashion and beauty to tech and homeware products. Oxford Street is also one of the best areas in London for dining; take your pick from alfresco dining at St. Christopher’s Place and Market Place to one of the many luxury hotels
Home to an eclectic mix of markets, cuisines, live music venues and some of the city’s most beautiful parks, Camden Town has been a residential area since the 1790s. Start your day at Camden Market, checking out everything from crafts, vintage clothes, vinyl records to handmade jewellery. You’ll find food from around the globe at Camden’s many eateries and street vendors. Check out Italian treats at Trufflesecco, Masala Zone’s delicious Indian dishes or pan-Asian cuisine at Gilgamesh. Catch popular bands playing live music at Koko or the Underworld and Electric Ballroom. You can also see top jazz and blues performances at the Jazz Café or Blues Kitchen.
One of London’s most desirable and ‘Instagramable’ areas, Notting Hill is a trendy, upmarket neighbourhood full of cute cafes and quirky shops. Start with a visit to Portobello Market, one of the best in London, lined with antique stores, fashionable boutiques and enticing food stalls. As it is summer, you can venture over to Holland Park to explore the picturesque Kyoto Garden. The Gate Theatre is the crowning jewel in Notting Hill’s entertainment scene; The Print Room at The Coronet offers a fantastic mix of theatre, dance and concerts; The Tabernacle is the best place to experience a diverse mix of comedy, literary and musical performances.
Chelsea and Kensington
In one of London’s most affluent and fashionable neighbourhoods, London’s elite spend their days strolling down King’s Road picking up the latest designs by Vivienne Westwood, Prada and Valentino. If shopping is not on your itinerary, visit the Saatchi Gallery for a dose of contemporary art. Dining options are on the expensive side here, with top picks being brunch at the celeb hangout Bluebird Café, Gordon Ramsay’s three-Michelin star eponymous restaurant located on Royal Hospital Road and Marco Grill at Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC. Culture vultures should head to Kensington’s Exhibition Road, home to the Science, Natural History and Albert Museums all of which are free entry. The Royal Albert Hall , London’s most beautiful and historic concert venue, is round the corner. Try and grab a ticket to Cirque du Soleil.
Green, pretty and the city’s naval and astronomic heart, Greenwich provides a relaxing contrast to the hectic pace of Central London . While here, don’t miss Cutty Sark, one of the world’s most famous ships, then head to the National Maritime Museum to learn more about the city’s history. For a stunning view of the Thames, trek up to the Royal Observatory and stargaze in the Planetarium, home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the Prime Meridian of the World. You can also pack a picnic and enjoy a lazy afternoon in Greenwich Park. When the sun’s out, there’s no better place to spend the day.