The Kiwi.com Top 10 – London

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The Kiwi.com Top 10 – London

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11 June 2017

By | 11 June 2017

Here at Kiwi.com, we love exploring new places, but we also know that sometimes you want to go back to somewhere you’ve already been. Here’s our guide to the 10 most popular airports that Kiwi.com customers fly in and out of

Airport – Gatwick

City – London

If you’ve never been …

… Well, you’re in for a treat! London is one of the great cities of the world, full of great shops, theatres, bars, restaurants, parks and nightlife. It is expensive, that’s true, but there are ways of seeing London for a bit less, while still getting the full “tourist for the first time” experience.

Discover the parks

It's not unusual to spot wild deer in Richmond Park – Shutterstock London Group Created with Sketch. It’s not unusual to spot wild deer in Richmond Park – Shutterstock

For such a vast and noisy city, London has many quiet corners – none more so than the acres of parks. Richmond Park is home to over 650 deer, which wander freely about among the cyclists and horse riders; alternatively, walk the rolling hills of Hampstead Heath, look at the waterfowl in St. James’ Park, or go boating in the Regent’s park.

Find a walking tour

There are plenty of places to walk in London, and some of the best views are from the South Bank – IR Stone / Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. There are plenty of places to walk in London, and some of the best views are from the South Bank – IR Stone / Shutterstock

There are plenty of free maps available online that can take you on routes past the big sights of the city, giving you the history of the places and the people that shaped London.

Go for a pint

George Orwell used to go for a swift pint in the Dog and Duck – Christo Mitkov Christov / Shutterstock London Group Created with Sketch. George Orwell used to go for a swift pint in the Dog and Duck – Christo Mitkov Christov / Shutterstock

There are thousands of pubs in the capital, and all of them have their own personality. The Dog & Duck in Soho was where George Orwell used to drink, the Star Tavern in Belgravia was where the Great Train Robbery of 1963 was planned out, and Covent Garden’s Lamb and Flag is down a side street that used to be used for illegal bare-fist fighting!

And if you’re going back what things should you dig a bit deeper for?

Go to Brick Lane for a curry

The best curries are to be found on Brick Lane – Paolo Paradiso / Shutterstock London Group Created with Sketch. The best curries are to be found on Brick Lane – Paolo Paradiso / Shutterstock

After all, curry is Britain’s favourite take-away food, and is virtually considered the national dish nowadays. Brick Lane is London’s curry heartland, so prepare yourself for a spicy feast!

Explore the markets

Borough Market, near London Bridge, is one of the largest and oldest food markets in the city – AC Manley / Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. Borough Market, near London Bridge, is one of the largest and oldest food markets in the city – AC Manley / Shutterstock

Okay, so markets and London are not necessarily a niche thing to do, but they’re maybe not something you’d do the first time you came. Try Bermondsey Square on a Friday for curios, bric-a-brac and jewellery, Borough Market for a vast range of food and drink, or the Columbia Road Flower Market for a wonderful range of colours and smells.

Visit the departed

Highgate Cemetery is the resting place of many of the most important people in history – Gary Perkin / Shutterstock London Group Created with Sketch. Highgate Cemetery is the resting place of many of the most important people in history – Gary Perkin / Shutterstock

Get off the Tube at Archway to visit Highgate Cemetery. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but a walk around these two splashes of green is a wonderfully serene experience. While here, visit the notable worthies buried here, including Karl Marx, novelists Douglas Adams (bring a pen to leave behind!) and George Eliot, scientist Michael Faraday and punk entrepreneur Malcolm McLaren.