Heading to London for the Olympics? A million extra visitors are expected to travel into the city every day over the next fortnight, but there’s no need to follow the crowd… We’ve compiled a list of the best places to visit that are off the beaten track – from niche boutiques, to hidden eateries, to quirky bars.
STRATFORD – OLYMPIC PARK
London’s Stratford doesn’t just boast the Olympic Park – it’s also the location of Westfield; one of the biggest shopping malls in London. Avoid the chain stores and head instead to The Cow; a restaurant/bar that boasts stunning views of the Olympic Park. People would pay good money for a view like that, but the prices at The Cow are mere pocket money. Just keep it quiet… 4 Chestnut Plaza, Westfield Stratford City, London E20 1GL. +44 208 2918644.
LORD’S CRICKET GROUND – ARCHERY
Alfie’s Antique Market is London’s largest indoor market of antiques, vintage clothes, and collectables. It is quite literally a treasure trove, packed to the brim with exciting things to buy, display or wear. We love the quirky, bohemian atmosphere – and it’s within easy walking distance of Lord’s Cricket Ground. 13-25 Church Street, Marylebone, London NW8 8DT. +44 207 7236066.
GREENWICH – EQUESTRIAN AND GYMNASTICS
Worked up a thirst? Steer clear of the bustling O2 Centre and head into Greenwich itself to visit The Gipsy Moth for a refreshing drink. This traditional British pub is just a stone’s throw from Greenwich Market and boasts a traditional interior with modern flashes of on-trend wallpaper and glitzy chandeliers. 60 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, London SE10 9BL. +44 208 8580786.
HORSEGUARD’S PARADE – BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Our recommendation is to head towards Covent Garden (just five minutes walk away) and enjoy dinner at Giovanni’s. Hidden down a small side street, it’s not a restaurant that the average tourist would stumble upon – but believe us; it’s well worth the effort, as the Italian cuisine and hospitality is a delight. 10 Goodwin’s Court, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4LL.
WIMBLEDON – TENNIS
Looking for a spot for breakfast before the tennis? The relaxed French eatery Aubaine has just opened on Wimbledon High Street – and if the weather is good, we recommend heading straight into the small garden at the rear for delicious delicacies accompanied by a cool breeze. 18 High Street, Wimbledon Village, SW19 5DX. +44203 4341960.
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