There a vast amount of areas to visit in London, many of which bring millions of tourists every year such as Kensington, which is home to the Royal Albert Hall and the Natural History Museum; Knightsbridge where you can explore Harrods and Westminster where you can peruse the Abbey and Houses of Parliament. While these are amazing places to explore, they can get ransacked with tourists and residents alike, so this guide offers three other boroughs that deserve your time and attention.
Shepherd’s Bush is a short tube ride away from the London City Suites by Montcalm Chiswell Street and is where you can find Westfield London. This the major shopping centre has over 360 stores including All Saints, Debenhams, House of Fraser, River Island and Topshop and it also has a sub section called The Village where designer brands such as Burberry, Miu Miu and Versace can be found. It is a great place for the avid shopper as it has everything under one roof and is great for those don’t want to contend with the hustle and bustle of places such as Oxford and Regent Street.
Shepherd’s Bush is also home to a fantastic market that has spanned for over 100 years. Shepherd’s Bush Market is well-known for its fabric and for its delicious cuisine and it has only 90 traders, some who have been selling their goods for several decades. There is so much to choose from and some great bargains to find so it is worth a trip.
Hammersmith is another area that isn’t on the tourist map, but it has every reason to be. It edges on to the River Thames, not far from the Montcalm Hotel London Spa, and is known for its historical riverside pubs including The Dove, where famous mistress Nell Gwyn and King Charles II one ate, and The Blue Anchor, a 18th century inn that is renowned for its range of ales and steaks.
Queen’s Park can be found in the northwest part of the city and is a favourite with families due to its 30 acres park at its centre. The park is a wonderful green space that is great for picnics, for playing sports, for quality family time at their petting zoo, playground or pool. Annually in the month of September there is a fete that includes stalls and community games, making it a great day for all who visit. If you’re looking for a little peace from the city, the Queen’s Park is the perfect spot for a little quiet time.
If you fancy a bit of quiet shopping supporting local businesses, Queen’s Park high street is very popular. There are a range of coffee shops, bakeries and bars and Chamberlayne Road was voted the ‘hippest street in Europe’ by Vogue magazine. This award was given due to the street’s eclectic range of boutiques, bars and restaurants and it is fast becoming a popular place to visit for locals and for tourists too.