London is a packed with people and it can be hard for a solo traveller to find a spot to just take in the beauty of such an historic city. Here are four great spots to move a bit slower than the hustle and bustle of London’s touristy life.
Refurbished last year, The Devonshire Arms is a popular hangout for South Kensington locals. The bar caters to all drinkers, especially those who appreciate real ales and different lagers and beers. Tucked away on Marloes Road, the pub is just seconds away from the chic South Kensington boutique lined streets. One of the only beer gardens in the area, guests can enjoy their drinks al fresco no matter what the London weather. The pub also serves some down-to-earth pub grub. Including chicken and ham hock pie with mash, pork and chorizo burger with caramelized red onion and chip, sausage rolls, and homemade fish fingers. During Saturday brunch, the Breakfast of Champions is served with sausages, bacon, and black puddings, all enjoyed with a Bloody Mary.
Chelsea Physic Gardens-
Hidden behind brick walls, protecting the garden from the harsh city noises, the Chelsea Physic Gardens contains the largest fruiting olive tree in Britain. Built in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, this botanic and apothecary garden provides both an aesthetic and practical purpose. This garden is filled with gravel pathways, statues, ponds, and is decorated with an array of plants. The Chelsea Physic Gardens are iconic and are loved by the locals. It is truly a magical place to go on a short, leisurely walk.
Portobello Road Market-
The world famous Portobello Road Market is the largest antique and flea market. IT can be very touristy, but it is worthy it for the rare finds. The market takes place every Saturday and runs from Chepstow Villas to just under the Westway. With over 2,000 stalls selling everything from fresh fruit to fun fashion. This is truly the best place to shop and eat while soaking up some serious “boho” atmosphere. Some stalls are open Monday through Friday, however the day to go is Saturday and make sure to get their early or else you will become frustrated with mass of crowds.
The British Library-
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom as well as the largest library in the world in terms of items catalogued The library contains numerous reading rooms and archives for UK residents and for tourists, the Treasures of the British Library Exhibition. The exhibition room is comprised of scores, manuscripts, and illustrations sure to be admired by all. The literature section contains the works of Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, John Milton, Oscar Wilde, the sole surviving manuscript of Beowulf, and even Jane Austen’s reading desk. The Music section has on display manuscripts from the Beatles and Beethoven’s tuning fork.
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