There’s only so much you can cram into one study abroad experience in London. The best way to make the most of your free moments? Listen to the best local authorities: bloggers. They will tell you where to find the hidden gems, the scoop on the latest restaurants, and much more that you didn’t know you wanted to know until now.
There are hundreds of bloggers in London, so here is a narrowed down list:
1. Accidental Londoner. Twitter: @accidentalLDNr An international development consultant by day and a natural storyteller in her free time, Flora explores her urban environment to find places like the worn-out building at 19 Princelet Street that houses London’s Museum of Immigration. It’s located in an area that has been shaped by waves of immigrants into the incredibly diverse and vibrant place it is today.
2. Emm in London. Twitter: @Mandyist “Emm” is Mandy’s nickname. She’s has dual South African and British nationality and has lived in England since 2007. She may take you to some tourist sites but if she does, she’ll show them to you from a different perspective. One recent example is her tour of the Sherlock Holmes Museum located in a Georgian townhouse on Baker Street. She brought home plenty of photos and thoughts to share on this slice of history.
3. Le Cool London. Twitter: @lecool_London Written by a team who produce the weekly Le Cool London magazine, the blog is a daily offshoot featuring cool London happenings. They regularly interview everyone from comedians to bands to artists. They also write about food; for example, an exploration of international cuisine in London featuring five of their favorite restaurants from the Middle East, the Caribbean, Pakistan, Argentina and India.
4. London is Cool. Twitter: @London_is_Cool William is Scottish but has lived in London since 2009. He often chooses a starting point somewhere in the city and wanders with his camera on a mission to show us London’s secrets and why the city is cool. Magpie Alley, for example, is little known even to Londoners. Near Fleet Street where printing began in the 1500s, the tiled walkway full of images reaches back through the history of printing and publishing in London.
5. London Living. Twitter: @EastVillageLDN Written by Londoners for Londoners, London Living grew out of a project to promote the city’s newest neighborhood, the East Village. You’ll find posts on everything from city farms to BYOB restaurants to Twinterviews with London locals and plenty of culture. Nearby Hackney Wick has the highest concentration of artist’s studios in the world. London Living welcomes us inside to explore this exciting cultural hub.
6. London Unveiled. Twitter: @LondonUnveiled Written by an anonymous author, London Unveiled was started only in May 2012, but has already become a useful resource to discover London’s unusual locations and activities including a bit of history. Ever think about mudlarking in London? There’s plenty to discover on the banks of the murky Thames River, but this article takes us deeper, all the way down to Deptford Creek.
7. Londonist. Twitter: @Londonist One of the city’s most influential blogs, Londonist posts event listings, quirky news (like the city’s plans for a cat café), art show reviews, theater previews and miscellaneous goodness in between. London is a city of diverse cultures. Rio Carnival in happening in Brazil? That means London celebrates too. Londonist tells us where to find caipirinhas, Brazilian food, and live music, and where to take a samba class.
8. Now. Here. This. Twitter: @TimeOutLondon An offshoot of Time Out London magazine, Now. Here. This. offers a daily dose of London news and culture with typing fingers firmly on London’s pulse. To keep things fresh, they invite London’s top bloggers to share the best things to do in London. Thoroughly Modern Milly adds to hers Mad Hatter’s Tea at the Sanderson Hotel and a retro hairstyle at the Painted Lady vintage salon.
9. Spitalfields Life. Twitter: @TheGentleAuthor Written by the anonymous “gentle author,” Spitalfields Life is an in-depth exploration of this area of London, its history, people, and lifestyle. Interviews, photography, and detailed storytelling have brought it to life with daily posts since 2009. A recent visit with Pauline, publican of The George Pub, resulted in many photos of an intimate tour of the building including a dried-out rat carcass, 19th-century tiling, and the owner’s attic studio.
10. The Londoner. Twitter: @RosieLondoner A social media/digital marketing consultant with a loyal following, Rosie frequents London’s best clubs, restaurants and shops, posting photo-heavy reviews, general lifestyle adventures, and recipes. Her favorite place for brunch is Granger & Co., which serves up colorful fresh fruit, ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter, and eggs with perfectly cooked drippy yolks.