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    Monday, 9 October 2017

    EXPLORE THE CITY WITH JOHN LEWIS

    "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life" - I'm sure that's how the saying goes, right? I've lived in London for pretty much my whole life and there are still SO many places I've never seen or explored. 

    London is such a melting pot of different cultures, food and influences and every single borough has something unique to offer. I love that Camden Town is completely different to Westminister, which is SO different to Shoreditch or Mayfair - and all these places are in walking distance to each other. 

    John Lewis is on a mission to get more people out and about exploring London, which is why they've just launched a handy new Explore the City tool on their website. 
    It's a really handy app which allows you to pop in your postcode and unlock thousands of activities and attractions in your surrounding area, all which can be explored by foot.

    The routes can be broken down by borough, activity type (be it arts, museums or exercise classes you're after) and fitness level, telling you how many steps they take so you can plan out your route.

    I love exploring London so inspired by the new app, I've set out some of my favourite things to do in the Capital...

    What I'm Wearing
    Denim Jacket / Earrings / Dress / Boots

    Eat your way around Borough Market
    You HAVE to head to Borough Market for food. Now, you could queue for one of the restaurants nearby (like Padella for their amazing pasta) but there's so many amazing traders and stalls to explore inside the actual market. It's the perfect place to waste away a Saturday afternoon, eating ALL the cheese, wine, fresh bread and don't even think about leaving before you try the doughnuts - how can you not fall in love with this place?  
    Fish Borough Market
    Go house hunting in Islington
    Hypothetically of course - because LOL, I'm not a millionaire. We love our little home in Beaconsfield but it's nice to go window shopping, dreaming of the Victorian townhouses you'd buy if you won the lottery, right? There's some gorgeous houses in Islington but Richmond, Southwark and South Ken are other fav spots too. And I really have a thing for red doors....

    Hunt down London's best burger
    All that walking means you've gotta replenish the calories right?! If you're looking for a burger in London, there's only really one choice: Bleecker. You can now find them in Victoria, Spitalfields and on the Southbank so it's well worth planning a detour on your route. The Blue burger is a dream and don't even get me started on the angry fries!
    Spend the afternoon people watching in Marylebone
    There's something weirdly theauputic about people watching. I love finding cosy little bars where you can sit outside, order a cocktail and watch the world go by. Some of our favourite places are The Cavendish in Marylebone, Bluebird in Chelsea and London Grind. Does anyone else invent back-stories for every person who goes by, or is that just me?
    Have a pint in a back-street pub
    Espresso martinis in fancy bars are great - but some of my favourite places are the little backstreet pubs, tucked away from all the tourists. Yes, you'll get weird looks from the locals when you first walk in, but they get over it and you can enjoy a little people watching too! My favourite pub in London is Ye Olde Watling, over by St.Pauls and we ALWAYS head to The Kings Head in Marylebone. It's a little rough around the edges, but we were in there with Kate Moss on our last visit!
    What are your favourite things to do in London? Let me know in the comments below!

    * I was gifted a FitBit by John Lewis
    in exchange for this post
    Bleecker St. Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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