LONDON – AN ARTSY GUIDE TO THE CITY

When you visit London, you’ll immediately notice the heavy mix of the city’s majestic past and its innovative present. Every area of England’s capital is unique in almost every way. The variety of wonderful places and buildings spread all around the city provides the perfect holiday scenario. You’ll find something for all tastes, from the hipster magic of Shoreditch to the postcard perfection of Notting Hill; you won’t be disappointed.

Pretty Notting Hill

London doesn’t get prettier than this. Notting Hill is the home of Portobello’s street market, and well hidden beautiful pastel houses. Tourists flock from all over the world in search for the famous blue door from the renowned movie Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. London’s Portobello Road is an endless street in Notting Hill selling everything from vintage clothes, jewellery, antiques and ethnic and fusion food. Saturday is the market’s peak time, with all stores and stalls open for business. The whole area of Notting Hill is visit-worthy, especially in the spring when you can walk down the streets passing by the cutest pastel-coloured houses and beautiful blossomed magnolia trees.

 

Picturesque Richmond

Richmond is one of the city’s most historic and royal areas. Located in South West London, the suburban town lies along the riverside, with beautiful architecture and amazing views to admire. However, it’s mainly known for Richmond Park which attracts thousands of tourists every year to see herds of deer. Another notable treasure is Kew Gardens – a botanic haven of acres and acres of various trees, and an outstandingly majestic green house overlooking a lake. We suggest you to pick a nice sunny day to discover these.

 

Trendy Shoreditch

Located in the East, Shoreditch is one of the most fashionable areas of London. It’s home to the city’s most hip coffee places, art galleries and vintage shops. Its creative concept gathers around young and talented Londoners, making it an ideal location for artist-spotting. The best bit? Its graffiti. The urban paintings are spread around Shoreditch, and sometimes you really need to try hard to see the works of Banksy and other famous etchings. One easy way to do this is to download an interactive online map showing every single piece of graffiti. Then again, you can let yourself be taken by surprise as you stumble upon these hidden gems.

 

Eccentric Camden

Walking through Camden Town itself might feel like walking through a maze of oddities, and it’s definitely worth it. In this area, you’ll find the famous Camden Market, amazing street food, coffee shops, canals and a real inspiration for risky fashion experiments and some serious bargains.