London as the Londoners do it

At British Tours, we understand that you’ll want to get off the beaten track and experience London as a local and as such we’ve written a small list to help you discover your inner Londoner when you tour with us.

1) Take the Tube

One of the world’s oldest underground passenger trains, the London underground (or the tube as it is more commonly known) is one of the fastest ways to get across London. Its symbol and map are now as well known as the trains themselves.

2) Take a stroll around the British Museum.

British Museum – used with kind permission of Nigel Young Foster And Partners

While some of the items in the British Museum aren’t British in origin, the museum is a cultural highlight for Londoners. The Egyptian Gallery for example houses some of the most well-known Egyptian artefacts in the country, with the Rosetta stone and the giant statues of Ramesses the great, sourced by the Italian strongman and Archaeologist Belzoni.

3) Go for a ride in an iconic Black Taxi.

Iconic and comfortable, Black Taxi drivers are a proud and much loved addition to London. You can take a 3 hour highlights tour or a longer tour popping in and out of sites.

4) Grab a bite to eat at Borough Market

For most Londoners, Borough Market is a well-deserved treat, with fresh produce and preserves from country farms. It also hold a street food market, which makes it a perfect fit for those wishing to maximize the time they have on tour with a quick but scrumptious meal. 

5) Immerse yourself in one of London’s many historical suburbs.

Surely the best way to see London like a Londoner is through one of its many neighbourhoods. Take a browse through Greenwich Market, take a drive through Chelsea or travel up to Hampstead Heath to see one of the city’s most famous views.

Once you’ve completed all of these, relax in the comfort of your hotel and make sure to order yourself a well-deserved cup of tea!

Vegetarian food while on your London sightseeing tour

While planning vegetarian meals in a foreign country can feel like you are missing out, as a city, London caters very well for vegetarians. In fact, the United Kingdom has been rated as having one of the highest levels of vegetarianism in Europe in recent studies! When touring with a British Tours private driver-guide, you can certainly try the best vegetarian food London has to offer!

London vegetarian restaurants range from the homely to the sophisticated, with plenty in between to satisfy. One of the older vegetarian restaurants, Manna in Primrose hill, is a wonderful choice offering international as well as British cuisine, just on the door step of one of London’s more beautiful viewing spots. Closer to the centre, our clients are spoilt for choice. Sagar in Covent Garden offers dosas (Savoury pancakes that will make you forget sweet ones) and Mildreds in soho, with sweet potato chips to die for! Another great site in London with some history to it is Govinda’s in Soho Square, a curry house which famously has links with George Harrison of the Beatles!

Food Markets, such as Camden Market, Borough Market and Greenwich Market all offer an extensive range of vegetarian street foods. These are often vendors who sell vegetarian options as well as meat options, but occasionally you will see dedicated vegan or vegetarian food stalls. These can range from creative burgers, wraps and finger foods to delightfully decorated vegan cupcakes and vegetarian churros!

Ask your private London driver-guide to take you to one of London’s markets to sample some London vegetarian food while on your London sightseeing tour.

 

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