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Aude, 26
Actuary and foodie
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What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

First time in London, you should go: 1- Camden Lock for lunch, during the week is better. Walk down the regents canal till the 2- Regent's park, exit the park at Park crescent, you can then go down the main street straight to 3- Oxford circus. Walk around central London to 4 - Leicester Square, 5- Covent Garden and 6-Trafalgar Square. Walk down to the river through 7- Westminster and Big Ben. and cross the Bridge to go walk South Thames. You'll pass South Bank, 8- Globe theatre (Shakespear one), 9- Tate Modern, arriving to London Bridge and 10- Bourough Market. Keep walking to 11-Tower Bridge. Cross it to join 12- Tower of London.

Do’s and don’ts in London: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Don't buy a daily ticket, buy an oyster card! the card cost 5£ that you will be reimbursed at the end of your stay. This is pay as you go. you will never pay more than a daily allowance.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I often go for a walk south side of the Thames from Tower Bridge to Westminster and then walk back through central London. I like the area, you see most of the London most touristy places without having to jump in the tube all the time. When the Thames level is low, you even can walk on the "beach" next to the Tate Modern.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

London is an expensive city to go out. Food can be pricey quite fast. For a nice and fine dinner (3 courses) with a bottle of wine for 2, you should expect to pay minimum £40 each. There is obviously much cheaper options which will fulfill your stomach as well, and will be good. For some drinks after dinner, you will expect to pay an average of 10-12 per cocktail, and 5-6 per pint of beer. Overall, a really good night out would cost around 60-80 per head, but if you pick a cheaper food option, you can easily go for a £40 night out each.

Which London shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

I have to admit I am not a shopping fan and usually shop online. But I am addicted to TK Maxx. You find everything there for much cheaper prices!

Your all-time favorite musicians:

That is a tricky one! I will actually answer this question telling you the concert I saw this year so far: - Chinese Man - Mo - The vaccines - and a few sofar sounds , and the upcoming ones I have: - Mansionair - Spector - Brigitte - Lucky Chops - Christine and the Queens - and a few excursions to some Jazz bar planned

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

I love my neighborhood during the day in the weekend; Shoreditch is so lively all the time! It is really good by night as well, but really young. It is sometime better to go a bit further east to find places bit chiller.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

North and East London are the best for me! Angel, Highbury and Islington, Shoreditch, Hackney Wick, London Fields! The list is long, but London is not a town on its own, this is a accumulation of "villages", and the coolest are East!

What’s the one place in London you think is underrated?

South London is underrated. Tooting especially! The area is changing a lot recently and is becoming extremely trendy.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

I definitely would take my date to a Sofar Sounds gig. It is always making its effect. I usually try to go to the beginning of the week ones and not too central, to avoid the crowded places.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in London?

I go Dinerama if I am East London! Everything in one place! Else if I am in Central London, I go to Chinatown, to either Opium or Experimental Cocktail Club for drinks, followed by Tawainese food at Leong's Legend! Or other way around!

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Jumping from museum to museum! From the Tate terrace you'll get a magnificent view on Saint Paul. From the Sky Garden, a nice panoramic view of the whole city for free. London museums are free and incredibly nice. The bus 9 is as well a great alternative. This line is going through loads of touristy places in London; Trafalgar square, Green Park, Harrods, Royal Albert Hall, High Street Kensington.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Sky Garden is always a great call for the view of London you get there.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Franze & Evans, Ozone, l'Eto or the Breakfast Club, you can't go wrong.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Petticoat Lane Market next to City of London or Borough Market

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