London is regarded as one of the best cities in the world in every category, by most parameters and millions of tourists flock to Britain’s capital and partake in a range of activities. The Buckingham Palace, the Big Ben, perhaps Wimbledon, a cruise on the Thames – these are some of the traditional, and quite common events/place for tourists. But these are too touristy, you want see a Londoner at the Buckingham Palace, so if you want to feel and act like a local, there’s a range of other activities that we would like you suggest.
Clubbing in Shoreditch
Yes, there are nice clubs in Leicester Square and Soho where tourists and locals mix and party. However, if you want a more authentic experience, you might want to head eastwards in Shore ditch and Brick Lane are where you’ll find a lot of converted hangars and factories have been turned into trendy clubs. The music repertoire varies, but if you’re a fan of D’N’B, Dubstep, House, hip-hop, you’ll definitely feel at home. There’s no tube station named Shoreditch, but you can get off at Old Street, a station on the Northern Line, and if you’re travelling on the Overground, Hoxton and Shoreditch is your station. XOYO, The Book Club and Trapeze are the names of some of the most notable clubs in Shoreditch.
Grab a bite to eat on Brick Lane
Once you’ve reached this part of East London, either before you go clubbing, or afterwards, it’d be a shame to try out some of the most iconic dishes at one of the many restaurants, food kiosks, takeaway vendors located on the vibrant Brick Lane, the heart of London’s Bangladeshi community, also known as Banglatown. Different food variants and cuisines are represented, but let’s be honest, this is the place that you’d want to visit if you’re up for a curry. Aladin, Eastern Eye Balti and Bengal Village are some of the places where you can try top-notch chicken Balti, chicken korma, vindaloo, lamb biryani and many other known and lesser known Indian/Bengali dishes. It’s not just Indian food though, the famous Beigel Bake is also located on Brick Lane.
Visit Twinings Café on the Strand
Nothing is more British than tea, many would say and they are probably right. For most Brits, tea is a beverage to be drank at home, with close friends and family, but there are some quite quirky, as well as many historic teahouses. We would like to recommend Twinings Café, located on the popular Strand. It is a traditional place and one of the oldest tea shops in London. It opened at the beginning of the 18th century. Twinings was one of the first merchants to ship tea to the UK. So, in addition to the opportunity to have a cup of freshly brewed tea, you can also buy a range of different teas from all over the world.
Go for a quirky Game of Bingo
The popularity of online bingo is soaring nowadays and many fans of this classic game are registered at some of the many sites that offer bingo games online. Still, if you’re looking for something that’s a bit unusual and quirky, there are many venues in London that offer exciting bingo games, usually combined with some other fun activity.
The venues that organise and held quirky bingo games are plentiful and located all over London. If you’re interested to see what a combination of bingo, quiz night and exciting music feels like, you can head to the Breakfast Club in Battersea where they organise cool bingo games from 7.30pm until 10pm.
If you’re looking for some bingo action around brunch time, you’d enjoy the Steamy Bingo Bottomless Brunch at the Candlemaker in Clapham, featuring Tin Turner Tea Lady. Games take place on Saturdays between 11am and 2pm.
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