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Kya, 25
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What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Take some time to explore Hyde Park. If it's your first time to visit, I'm sure you have a long list so the best thing to do is rent a bike. There are bikes at most of the entrances and they only cost around 2 pounds for 24 hours which is way longer than you need. On the bike you can explore Kensington and the lakes, feel free to drop the bikes off at any of the locations. No need to drop them off where you picked them up.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in London?

Chicken and Chips shops. There are a million around London and they all seem to come alive at midnight. If you are coming home late you MUST pick up some of these local 'delicacies'. Avoid McDonalds as it tends to be more expensive and less authentic. Try the British chip which is much thicker than a fry. If you want to get crazy, dip them in some mayonnaise and let your mind be blown.

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

Head to Ye Ol Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street. It's an old 17th century pub that keeps its charm. It's warmed up by a roaring fire place so it'll keep you cozy. The beer here is also cheap so if it happens to stay cold all day, you'll have a guilt free stream of warmth through the drinks.

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

Head to the Magic Roundabout near Old Street Station. It's definitely the type of bar that will make you seem like a real Londoner. It's literally on the roundabout and the entrance is in the Old Street Station. The vibes are very Spacey and Groovy, If you're looking for a cool insta pic, make sure to bring your phone ;)

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Go to the top floor of the Tate Modern! It's a free modern art museum that overlooks the best view of the city. The elevator can take a bit of patience but the view is completely worth the wait. Better than paying for the shard!

You’re meeting the mayor of London - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Nothing, as Samuel Johnson once said "If you're bored with London

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