Trading has been at the centre of London life since the First Century and luckily for Kiwi travellers, it’s still going strong.
We found the best way to experience the real side of London was to explore the local markets that sell homegrown produce and boutique crafts.
If you’re considering avoiding London because every other Kiwi is here, get over it, it’s worth it.
You’ve got to stay in the right place though – we suggest East London, it has a personality you will fall in love with.
Get the touristy stuff out of the way on the first day or two and then just wander the streets, grab a bike (the Boris Bike rental scheme is good fun), head to the markets and have a drink in a pub.
The food is great and the fashion is amazing so make sure you have a little spare cash. Buy an Oyster card and download the Tube’s dedicated app and getting around will be a breeze.
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Favourite spots and hot tips so far:
Explore Shoreditch, Broadway Market, Maltby St Market, Spitalfields, Borough and Food Feast (location changes).
Brick Lane in the East End for Indian – if you’re a good barterer you can get a starter, main, beer, naan, rice and poppadoms for £10 each.
The Shed restaurant in Notting Hill has great food. The menu changes more than twice daily as they supply the restaurant from their own farm and whatever is ready to eat on the day is what you get.
At Heathrow you can buy £20 SIM cards in a vending machine that give you unlimited data, lots of texts and minutes.