Even though the British capital gets a bad reputation in terms of weather – permanent grey cloud, anyone? – it doesn’t mean it’s all bad. Few things are more enjoyable than a sunny day in London! But since these are so few and far between, there are, luckily, other ways to get your daily dose of Technicolor despite the rather depressing weather.
Street art in Shoreditch
Welcome to the land of hipsters, inexpensive curry houses and, of course, amazing street art. Key pieces are found on and around Bethnal Green Road, Sclater Street and Redchurch Street, all the way to Brick Lane. A true oasis for urbanites with an Instagram obsession!
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is a little slice of technicolor heaven in the heart of London. From hairdressers to juice shops, to the legendary Neal’s Yard Remedies or Neal’s Yard Dairy, this small square is like stepping on a rainbow of colours, and represents the city quite well –London really is full of surprises.
In search of a new pair of Doc Martens, a cheap Thai dinner or funky jewellery? Camden Markets has all of these things and much more. What was the birthplace of the punk movement in the early 80s isn’t as counter culture today but it still is an odd and quirky place to spend an afternoon and do a bit of shopping.
St. James Park
Few people are aware that despite being one of the busiest capitals in the world, one-third of London is actually a green space. St. James Park is a favourite of both Londoners and tourists, not only because of its enviable location but also its thousands of blooms in the spring. Perfect for a picnic!
South Bank skate park
While the whole place is under threat of being destroyed in favour of building (yet another) shopping mall, the undercroft of the Southbank Centre has been the beating heart of the London skateboarding scene for the last 40 or so years. Fingers crossed the almighty dollar – or rather, pound sterling – doesn’t get in the way of this peculiar South Bank landmark.
Carnaby Street will definitely fill you need for colour, both thanks to its designer pieces and its cheerful facades. A happy mix of high street brands and emerging labels, it truly is one of London’s most popular and distinctive shopping destinations and a welcome change of pace from the fast-paced Oxford Street.
Portobello Road Market
Welcome to Portobello Road, the world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 stalls, and in which you will find just about every kind of antique and collectable. Bonus points if you can find the blue façade of the travel bookshop where the Notting Hill movie was filmed!