You have a limited amount of time in London, don't waste it on boring attractions and bland meals. I've done it for you, testing the best (and worst) of London over the last five years.
With The Local Guide to London, you’ll:
Sandy from the SandyMakesSense Youtube channel came over to the UK almost 10 years ago and fell in love with the country within the first few hours of being here. Recruiter by day and social media blogger by night, she loves it more and more every day.
Sandy has contributed to The Local Guide to London to help buff up the Camden area with the local gems she knows you'll love.
AVIARY | Finsbury Square
Aviary is a luxurious rooftop bar and restaurant at the top of the Montcalm Royal Hotel that’s bird themed (it’s better than it sounds). Sunsets can be stunning up here. In the winter, you can drink inside, or this year they had heated snow globes.
Hours: Mon - Fri 6:30am- 12am, Sat 7am- 12am, Sun 7am- 11am
"When I travel, I enjoy seeing the popular tourist attractions, but always want to see some of the lesser known gems as well, and The Local Guide to London has really helped with that. For example, before reading the guide, I had never heard of the British tradition of Sunday roast, and I didn't realize street art was such a big thing in London. I’m a planner, so it’s also helped me to come up with some sample itineraries for my visit, incorporating some of the main tourist attractions with the lesser known spots mentioned in the guide— I’ve planned out a more well-rounded London experience. "
- Tracy, Nova Scotia
"When planning my trip to London, I was struggling to find places to eat and drink that would make my visit unforgettable while at the same time fit within my budget. Also, I was hoping to find some great views of the city for romantic dates with my wife. With the information in The Local Guide to London, I’ve been able to schedule activities for us to do as well as make reservations at some of Jess’s recommended hidden gems that fit what I was looking for. I will be able to do it all, while staying on budget, thanks to The Local Guide to London."
- Guillermo, Ecuador
"I'll be travelling to London this winter for my very first time, and it's easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information one can find online... online forums will say you MUST go to Place A; or Place B is a MUST TRY. Yes, those places are great; but our family would sometimes prefer a nice, 'less touristy' place. So this is where the Love and London Youtube channel comes in handy, as Jess explores almost everything a tourist needs to know about surviving London - from accommodation, to eateries, and even places to visit to spruce up your Instagram feed!
I subsequently bought the The Local Guide to London and just like the videos, it did not disappoint. Every single attraction and eatery is painstakingly curated from Jess' years of experience living in London. Not only does it recommend the less touristy areas in London, but it's also going to be your wallet's next best friend, as Jess also recommends quite a number of free alternatives to the usual tourist attractions and eateries. The customized Google Map that came with the guide was a nice complement too, and it was incredibly beneficial for my trip planning! I already can't wait to get onto the plane to Heathrow. "
- Aaron, Singapore
STUMPER & FIELDING | Notting Hill
This shop sells super traditional British jackets, clothing and accessories, much of which is made right in East London. It’s not particularly cheap, however, if you want a high-quality trench coat, pea coat, or other item that will make you feel especially British, this is the place to go. Tell Darren, the shop owner, that Jess from Love and London sent you, he’s a nice guy and a proper Londoner!
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am- 6pm, Sat 9am- 7pm, Sun 10am- 6pm
Forty additional pages of recommendations
A section dedicated to vegetarian and vegan-only food spots
Public (and secret) toilets marked off on the Digital Map
More recommendations added to "Cool Things to Do" and around the Camden area, as per feedback
Operating hours for each recommendation are included in the PDF guide and on the Digital Map