We love London town!
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Are you a local girl?
Actually no. I am from Estonia
What’s it like to live in London?
Wonderful! I love it. It’s much bigger than my home-town in Estonia, but the people are friendly and there’s so much going on. You can never be bored.
What is your favourite thing about London?
The general buzz of the place.
Why should we visit?
London has everything anyone could ever want. It’s also having a moment, having hosted the London 2012 Olympic games so successfully!
How long do we, ideally, need?
It depends on what you want to do. It would be impossible to do everything in a weekend, but if that’s all the time you’ve got, then I’d suggest spending half one day doing tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace or the Houses of Parliament, and the other half living the ‘real London’ life. By this, I mean exploring lesser known places and parks, riding around town on a red bus, browsing the markets or going to a gallery and/or museum. Don’t forget the river too!
How can you tell tourists from locals?
Tourists tend to carry a map whereas Londoners know the streets like the back of their hand.
That’s a tough question but the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Pall Mall, Oxford Street and Regent Street, and the National Gallery are all up there.
Visiting gourmands should head to Heddon Street (off Regent Street), Wardour Street and Soho for some exciting, international dining experiences.
Try the Top Shop on Oxford Circus and Selfridges. If you’re on a budget, the enormous Primark near Marble Arch is a great place to pick up catwalk inspired clothing for less than the price of a pizza.
Any insider tips?
If you’re wandering around the West End or Victoria, look out for the guys in bowler hats! They know everything there is to know about the local area and can offer great tips on places to visit.
Don’t try and cram everything in: just choose a couple of things to see and do and enjoy them!
The ultimate on-street concierges, almost 30 West End Ambassadors and St. Christopher’s Place Bell Boys are at hand throughout London’s West End providing directions, recommendations and unrivalled local knowledge all year round. The West End Ambassadors are available to answer any questions put to them by tourists, all taking pride in helping visitors make the most of their time in the capital.