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Everyone has their own point of reference when it comes to thinking of London, UK. The queen. The Sex Pistols and the punk scene. Crumpets and cream teas. The Union Jack. Who knows, name it. London definitely lives in everyone’s imagination, and for so many different reasons. I’m personally a big fan! The vegan scene is popping, the streets are gorgeous, and the UK has felt like my second home for years. And so, if you haven’t visited London, can you even call yourself a traveller? I’m kidding.
For a short trip, London’s numerous neighbourhoods are as rich in sight, culture, and delicious grubs as they are varied, and it can be a bit of a headache planning a short visit and knowing where to start or where to stay in London. Ah yeah, the dilemma of figuring out the best area to stay in London. Today I’m here to show you my favourite hoods, and hopefully help you out a bit!
But before I get into the nitty-gritty of planning your short trip around London, let’s figure out where to keep your luggage whether you’re just in for a quickie, or if you are waiting for your hotel check-in. With millions of tourists travelling to London, luggage storage areas have been popping in recent years. One of the many options to make your short trip shenanigans hands-free is LuggageHero. They are accessibly dispersed around London, and there to take care of your belongings. With a fee of £1 to £6, you can experience ahh the fun things to do in London hands-free.
The best area to stay in London
First opened in the 1820s, Convent Garden is one of London’s most historic neighbourhoods. What started out as a fruit-and-vegetable market where locals in the olden days gathered, Convent Garden is now known for its wide array of gastronomic food offering. Convent Garden is certainly a top choice for where to stay in London. It’s got everything you need to help you discover what a real London experience really is. From getting your coffee fixed at one of the cafes around Neals Yard to photographing London’s iconic red phone boxes at Broad Court, Convent Garden has it all for you. And when you’re all done with Convent Garden, have a swift change of scenery by walking five minutes to Soho.
Drunk pro tip: Get a tipple or two at Mr. Fogg’s Gin Parlour and Lamb & Flag
Camden surely has changed a lot in recent history, but it is still jampacked with a number of the most fun activities in London and celebrated as one of the best places to stay in London! This London neighbourhood is known for its vibrant nightlife and markets. Get your bearings on at Camden Market where you can spend the day perusing small shops and sampling amazing street food. Camden is also celebrated as London’s centre for music, so it is a must for everyone visiting Camden to experience the scene. Experience the Camden vibe at Roundhouse, Camden Assembly, or Koko.
Summertime pro tip: Laze the afternoon at Roundhouse Camden Beach
Located in the East End of London, Shoreditch offers a whole different flavour. Shoreditch is a total turnaround from other neighbourhoods’ glamour and luxury. It’s raw and it’s gritty, but these are what make Shoreditch a place of its own. It’s still hugely welcoming. Shoreditch is known for its street art, so take a moment to admire local artists’ creation by walking around Brick Lane and Redchurch Street. Taste the diverse culture through feasting international vegan grubs at Essential Vegan Cafe, or Redemption Bar. Ignite your senses with all the fun things to do in London in this artsy neighbourhood. I personally think this is the best area to stay in London!
Local pro tip: Shop unique items from small independent shops at the BoxPark pop-up mall
Kensington is known to be the place where you can have a glimpse of British High Life. But aside from royals, what even is Kensington? Well, yes, it is one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in London. It’s home to luxury shopping at Sloane Street, Harrods, and Kensington High Street. Travellers can take a culture bath at the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and Victoria & Anne Museum. And of course, a trip in Kensington is not complete without a visit at its legendary Kensington Palace. End the day with some premium vegan food at 222 Vegan Cuisine or Thali. You might be surprised, when looking for where to stay in London, to discover that Kensington offers mid-range accommodation for budget travellers, as well as wonderful London Boutique Hotels.
Outdoorsy pro tip: embrace nature through Chelsea Physic Garden
What are your favourite places to stay in London?