London Like a Local

This week, Accent London Programs Coordinator Jennifer Taylor tells us about some of the best places for food, fun, and learning in London. A native of the rural west of England, Jennifer talks about her experience moving from expansive fields and pebbly beaches to the majestic skyscrapers, fast-moving crowds, and diverse cultural exchanges that make up a vibrant city.

I have lived in London for one and a half years, and yet there is still so much I have to explore! Growing up, I lived a 10-minute walk away from a pebble beach in Somerset that gave picturesque views of the Welsh coastline. Now I live a 10-minute walk away from the London Eye and the South Bank of the River Thames! It is quite a change from fields with 17 cows, to parks that hold music festivals for 60,000 people, but I could not have made a better choice! I’m going to share some of my favorite areas of London and some secret hidden gems of the city, all within a student budget!

I’m lucky to have one of the most stunning and thought-provoking museums in the world on my doorstep in London. What was once the old “Bedlam” Hospital for the mentally insane is now the home of the Imperial War Museum. The architecture of this museum is beautiful, but it requires multiple visits due to the ever-changing and emotional exhibits, including the First World War Gallery, the Holocaust Exhibition, and Families in Wartime.

If you want to try the incredible array of cuisine on offer in London, food markets are the place to be! Some, like Camden Market and Borough Market, are way too busy to be able to comfortably eat, so I would recommend Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant and Castle. It is a series of food stalls built around an Italian deli and market, which is run by a lovely Italian family who let you sample their products! The Neapolitan Pizza is incredibly authentic, and there are often craft markets running alongside the food!

For an extremely cheap evening out, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a must! Tickets start at £5 for standing, and you get to fully immerse yourself in how it would have been to watch Shakespeare’s works back in the day! There are quite often very high-profile actors playing with the Royal Shakespeare Company there, including Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch, so it’s well worth the sore feet!~Jennifer Taylor, Accent London

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