Best neighbourhoods in London for tourists

by Tomothy Barrett

[We’ve had a lot of our patrons ask about the best places to visit in London, since many of our curators are originally from there. We thought it might be useful to create this post to help. Enjoy, but as always, if you need more info, you can always tap Samuel for more info.]

In addition to the financial and economic sectors, London is rich in attractions and benefits from a large creative scene that provides a varied and diverse ambiance. Notting Hill, Brixton, Greenwich and Shepherds Bush are just a few of the popular districts. The districts are mixed in the average age and family status of the inhabitants. Each has its own peculiarities. Here are three of London’s best neighborhoods for tourists. 

Modern district of Notting Hill

Living in Notting Hill is very “in.” The district is located in the Kensington and Chelsea Boroughs at the northwest corner of Hyde Park and is reasonably quiet. Those who can afford to live here do, and the well-maintained houses reflect its affluent residents. The district is also home to the Portobello Road, where every Saturday an antique market, with some very valuable and sought-after pieces, takes place. In addition, the famous Notting Hill Carnival, a celebration of Caribbean culture and traditions, takes place on the last weekend in August. Apart from fun, the event also has a political aspect, because its goal is international understanding. This international flair is also evident in from the diversity of restaurants in Notting Hill with dishes from different countries.

Greenwich

Greenwich is located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This district is characterized by its Victorian buildings. In addition, there are also many small streets with independent boutiques, restaurants and traditional English pubs. In addition to its old-fashioned residents, young professionals and commuters can also feel at home here. Greenwich is also attractive to tourists. Particularly popular is the 85 acre Royal Greenwich Park, one of the Royal Parks in London and part of the UNSECO World Heritage Site. Another frequented attraction is the Greenwich Market, where art, fashion and jewelery, but also food are offered. Greenwich is located directly along the River Thames. This is the third big attraction on the water: Cutty Sark is an old clipper that was completed in 1869 and held the record for 10 years as the fastest ship between Australia and the UK. The freight ship is now on a special dry dock and serves as a museum.

Shepherd’s Bush

If you’re looking to shop, Shepherd’s Bush is the right place, where you can find the largest shopping center in Europe: Westfield has some 200 shops and stands. If you prefer a bit more quiet and indigenous, you should visit one of the local markets, like the Shepherd’s Bush Market, which is particularly popular with the Caribbean community. There is also a wide range of theaters, concert halls, bars and pubs. In addition, the district is ideally connected to the center of London. The green triangle of the district invites you to relax and stroll, and a classic architecture can be discovered in the streets around the center.
If you’re moving to London in the near future, here is a great guide on Best London Neighborhoods to live in.