Keep far off the centre of London

By: Tatyana Kogut.

I would not recommend you to visit large tourists streets like Oxford street. Not only because many old buildings arent there anymore. The point is, modern centre of London is a huge shopping mall, and local people try to visit it as rarely as they can. Especially if to consider the fact that London does not have one definite centre: there are several of them in the city, each piled with everything one needs for high life: shops, restaurants, galleries and clubs. For years and years you can avoid a visit to the West End. By the way, one of the best English areas is Clerkenwell. This is the part of the city where one will feel the spirit of several centuries.

First thing that comes into my mind is the Marx Memorial Library on a quiet Clerkenwell Green square. One should note that this is the house of historic importance: it is from its balcony that Marx recited his speeches.

Nowadays Clerkenwell is the centre for artistic radicalism. Local lofts accommodate designers and artists. Cafes and restaurants are also found here. There are many other interesting places in Clerkenwell, like Farringdon metro station (opened in 1863). This seems to be one of the most beautiful stations in the whole city.

Mount Pleasant postal sorting office  Londons largest sorting office& But I advise you simply to wander around the area.

There is a wonderful Ye Olde Mitre tavern hiding near the Hatton Garden street in Clerkenwell. This is an ancient public house, but Oliver Cromwell organised a hospital within its walls. Ok, so speaking of pubs, the best ones, filled with historic atmosphere, are found on a Fleet Street in the City. One of them is Old Bell Tavern built in the %VII century.

I was always wondering why there is always no one at the Highgate Cemetery? This is the most famous English necropolis where William Blake and Daniel Defoe are buried. The place is charming, but empty.

South London. The Ivy restaurant is good, but you are also recommended to visit Simpsons-in-the-Strand. Traditional British food without vagaries. If you like all those old-fashioned things like pastoral baked pudding, you will like the restaurant as well. Some ten years ago food was unbearable in London, but now it could compete with Paris. Now, there is one more secret for you  Roast restaurant in the South London next to the Borough Market. This restaurant also offers British food. As for the market, it has been popular since the %I century and really deserves your attention. And let me also mention St. John restaurant.

Well, Tate museum is good, but if you like horror stories visit Hunterian Museum with John Hunters collection (he was a surgeon). The museum has nothing to do with the citys history, but it contains a unique collection of natures mistakes.

City gardens. Hyde park is the place for tourists, but local people like walking at Bloomsbury. Rarely do tourists pay attention to the city gardens right in the city centre. Those are green spots where grass is green and birds are singing. Those who work here come to the gardens with their lunchboxes. They appeared where ruined churches used to stand.

Everybody knows about Savile Road costumes at Mayfair  this is rather a commercialized place. But I would go to Bloomsbury where Connock & Lockie shop is found. Here one can order English costumes sewed according to the ole patterns.

As you see, like any other cities London is full of charming but hidden spots. I hope the information I provided you with is useful.

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