Ditch the tourist traps and fall in love with London's best kept secrets
THE LOCAL GUIDE TO LONDON
With this guide, you’ll:
Skip the boring chain restaurants and eat at some of London’s best food spots
Know where the locals go to have a pint and enjoy themselves after a long day
Spend less time in line for characterless tourist attractions and more time doing things that show you the real London
Get on the plane to head back home with that "I loved it so much, I could live there" feeling
If you prefer hidden gems over tourist attractions, this guide was created for YOU.
What's in the guide?
There are three parts to The Local Guide to London:
the e-book PDF, the digital map, and membership to the Facebook community.
1. THE E-BOOK
This instant-download PDF is 70+ pages of my best local recommendations.
Find out some of the city’s best little spots for food, drink and fun, both in touristy areas and local neighborhoods.
Feel like you have a “friend in London” that sent you a list of her favourite local haunts (although I doubt she’d send 70+ pages worth!)
Digital means easy access, always in your pocket. No lugging around a heavy 200+ page guidebook.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
COOL THINGS TO DO:
SEE LONDON FROM ABOVE
EXPLORE THE PARKS
FIND STREET ART
VISIT THE MARKETS
AFTERNOON TEA & SUNDAY ROAST
WHERE TO DRINK:
POSH DRINKING SPOTS
WHERE TO EAT:
2. THE DIGITAL MAP
I travel a lot, and one thing that grinds my gears about traditional guide books is that, when I'm in a big city, I can’t tell how far a recommendation is from where I am.
So, when it hits lunchtime, and I get hungry, I can’t be bothered to take out the guide book, go through multiple recommendations, find one that sounds good, and then be disappointed to find out that it’s a good 45 minute bus ride from where I am at the moment.
UGH, what a waste of time! And you know by that time, I’m getting HANGRY….
That’s why I created a digital map, pinpointed with all of the recommendations mentioned in the e-book.
When you’re ready to eat, grab a drink, or just want something to do, you can just pull out your phone and easily see what’s nearby that is Jess-approved. You can also quickly get directions right in the map, so that you can save time, headaches, and data allowance!
*The map operates via Google Maps app, available on Android and iOS.
3. FACEBOOK COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP
Get membership to the private Love and London Facebook community.
This is where you can:
Meet other future visitors to London so you can connect before and during your trip. This is especially great for solo travellers and anyone who likes to connect with other people when traveling.
Get your London questions answered by me and other members who have already visited London. Less “guesswork” for you!
It’s a community that I love being in every day, because I see our members making valuable connections with other travelers, and getting their questions answered. You can do the same.
SPECIAL BONUS - FOR A LIMITED TIME
HOW TO FND SPECIAL
EVENTS IN LONDON [E-BOOK]
A PDF guide with:
A list of some of my recommended special events
Instructions on how to find out what will be happening when you’re visiting
Includes both free and ticketed events (plus one that I DON’T recommend)
*Bonus with purchase of "Almost a Local" or "Lifetime Local" packages, only until 4th Sept 2017 at 8pm London time. Automatically sent after purchase.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m Jess, an American who moved to the UK over four years ago and loves nothing better than finding unique, fun and interesting things to experience in London.
The Local Guide to London is a compilation of my best recommendations. I only included ones that I really think you’ll like… I’ve tried MANY mediocre restaurants and experiences in London, and I’ve definitely left those out!
Over the last year, via my Youtube channel, email newsletter and social media channels, I’ve helped tens of thousands of visitors to London to have the trip of a lifetime here in my city, and The Local Guide to London is my biggest project yet… I’m so proud of it and I know you will love it.
What community members are saying...
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
OPTIONS FOR EVERYONE
The Local Guide to London is available in three packages.
"TASTE OF LOCAL" PACKAGE
Includes the 70+ page e-book, downloadable instantly
The digital map
Membership to the Love and London Facebook community
“How is this guide different from what’s online or in the bookstore?”
Well, for starters, I’ve never seen anything that offered a digital map, a Facebook support group, or a completely free update a few months later (for select packages). Besides that, I often feel like a lot of what’s on the internet is created by people who’ve only visited London, not LIVED here, or that cater to the obvious top tourist attractions. Personally, I don’t think this is how you experience the real London. So this guide includes only the spots I think will help you to see London’s character and charm, beyond the Tower of London and the British Museum.
“I really want to know which of the popular tourist attractions you think are worth it Jess. Is that included?”
Afraid not. I wanted to share the local tips with you in this guide, things you might not hear about anywhere else. It’s easy to find that kind of information online, and I wanted to give you something you CAN’T find easily-- a curated list of local recommendations.
“Does the digital map work offline?”
It has very limited capabilities offline, but if you won’t have any data on your phone when you’re out and about, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to find wifi in cafes, fast food restaurants, coffee shops, some underground stations, and other places. You could also pick up a SIM while you’re in London, so that you can use data on a Pay As You Go basis-- that’s what I would suggest, for ease. Finally, check with your cell phone provider to see what international roaming options you have.
“Can I print the guide?”
I would prefer if you didn’t, because it’s harmful to the environment, plus that’s a lot of paper to carry around! Because it’s digital, it’s super easy to save it to your phone or tablet, for easy reference. All locations are also pinpointed on the digital map.
“I’m on a budget. Will this guide work for me?”
Totally. Many things mentioned in the guide are completely free to do, and the biggest section is the “affordable eats” one!
“Can I share the guide or map with friends and family?”
To keep it fair for everyone who purchases the guide, I’m afraid not. You’re allowed 3 downloads of the PDF, so you can download it to your personal computer, phone and tablet, and then add the map to your own phone. Once it’s all on your own devices, you of course can then share it with your travel companion by passing your device to them! Sharing beyond that is unfair to me and everyone who’s purchased the guide, and also is against the law.
“Jess, I have a restricted diet, do your recommendations suit it?”
I've tried to indicate as best as I could when a food spot is diet-restriction friendly, such as vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free friendly, etc. But many restaurants in London are able to accommodate for such things but don’t advertise this, so there’s no way for me to know. Your best bet is contact the restaurant to ask about what they offer before you decide to visit, and sometimes, even if they don’t usually have something, if you give some notice, they can gather up some ingredients to make you something that will suit your diet.
"What will be in the updated 2018 guide? "
I’ll be making sure all of the information is still accurate, but most importantly, all of my new discoveries since the first publication will be added! You'll also get a brand new map.