London Like a Local: Explore the City’s Bustling Markets, Pubs, and Hidden Green Spaces

London Like a Local: Explore the City’s Bustling Markets, Pubs, and Hidden Green Spaces

London Like a Local: Explore the City’s Bustling Markets, Pubs, and Hidden Green Spaces

London Like a Local: Explore the City’s Bustling Markets, Pubs, and Hidden Green Spaces

Moving to London from your home town can be so exciting. What is not exciting about moving into a student rental in London and being on the doorstep of so many new and trendy things for you to explore? As you settle in and have done all the typical student / cheaper activities, you want to feel settled in your new city.

So what better way to settle in nicely than to live like a true local? Just because you might be in student accommodation in London does not mean you can’t have a full, authentic experience in your first couple of months. That’s the beauty of this city, you get people from all walks of life and being right where the action is such a bonus so why not get a full 360-degree view of what London has to offer?

You might already know London as the home of the monarchs and iconic monuments such as the Shard, Big Ben and the Tower, but that is just the tip of the iceberg and there are so many parts of London for you to explore. For example, you have a huge LBGTQ+ scene, you have Notting Hill, which is both classy and stunning, or you have your Soho, the party all night area. There is no right or wrong way to live like a local but we have put together some ways you can truly get the full experience and find out what type of student in London you are.

Visit The Local Markets

As students, we are sucker for a good deal but also charity shopping seems to be the thing that Gen Z’s have a passion for so what better way to combine your hobby with something authentic than London. 

London is a vocal point for many types of markets on different days in different areas so you will truly be spoilt for choice. Do some research to see if there are any local markets near your student accommodation in London. Alternatively, you could start your journey with some of the well-known iconic markets, such as Camden Market, which offers food, clothes, jewellery and so much more, or the Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill if you are feeling adventurous. This is just the tip of the iceberg. you also have Broadway Market, which is filled with artisan food for you to choose from or if you fancy bringing some colour home, there is the Columbia Road Flower Market. 

Immersing yourself in the local markets and seeing what London has to offer is just a fun way to feel like a true local.

Enjoy a Pint In Your Local

Nothing screams you are home more than enjoying a pint or two in your local pub with your new friends. Keep your eye out for those pubs that love to have students involved. Back at my university, our local pub offered deals on Thursday and we used to go almost every week. Getting a feel for the vibe in your local pub and taking full advantage of a good deal is always a must. You might learn this information from students in second-year or online groups.

Explore Local Neighbourhoods

As individuality and cultures are combined all within London, it comes as no surprise that each neighbourhood is bustling with uniqueness and personalities, so why not take full advantage of the transport system, whether it be the bus or the tube, which is truly an authentic London experience in itself, and head over to a different neighbourhood that you think could offer a good people watching spot?

Finding affordable yet entertaining things to do as a student can be hard to come by but it doesn’t always have to be. People-watching has always been one of my all-time favourite things to do so why not try and find new spots to do just that? Here are some neighbourhoods I think you should try for a little visit.

  • Notting Hill
  • Peckham
  • Chelsea
  • Soho
  • Shoreditch
  • Covent Garden
  • Hampstead
  • Soho
  • Kensington
  • Camden Town

These are all the highlights but do your research and see if there are any a little further out that you would be interested in trying out after you’ve gotten familiar with the main events.

Go To a Local Event

One of the best perks of living in London is that the majority of events that cater to a range of people happen right here, to the extent that there is pretty much something going on every single weekend. Whether you are into music, sports or even fashion, there will always be something to which you can attend and reap the rewards of being a local. The more you throw yourself into it, the more like a local you will begin to feel.

They have music festivals like Wireless and Carnival, as well as sports events such as Wimbledon. There is so much for you to immerse yourself in that you can be picky and choose what you want to see.

Unwind In Hyde Park

If there is something that every local needs to enjoy come summer or Christmas time, it is the larger-than-life Hyde Park. In the summer, you can expect this park to be full of locals enjoying the green space, having a picnic or taking a stroll, while in the winter, you will get to see all the preparations and enjoy the Christmas markets and events that take place the whole month of December. 

There are many green hidden spaces for you to enjoy but you can’t go to them and forget about Hyde Park and all of its glory. It’s so large that you can find a quiet area to enjoy or be in with all the atmosphere. Just be sure to bring your men’s twin set so you can sunbathe and enjoy a pint in the pub just after.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to living like a local in London, while it will come with time, it also takes effort on your part to fully engage with what London has to offer. Be sure to leave your student accommodation in London as much as possible. Meet new people and try new experiences, because there is always something new going on for students to enjoy!

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