I’ve been getting a few questions on Instagram lately about my favourite spots to go in London as an actor.
So here, I’ve included the places which got me inspired and helped keep the creative juices flowing. Each of these has a cheap or dear recommendation (Tuppence a Bag or Big Spender), so there’s something to suit everyone!
Come summer or winter, this one is definitely top of my list. In summer there’s all sorts of pop-up bars, frozen yoghurt vans, performances and stalls to keep you entertained and (*cough) refreshed.
Although, I have to admit, this is my favourite in winter. There’s nothing I like better than getting all wrapped up in a hat, scarf and fluffy coat and wandering through the sparkling, sweet-smelling Christmas markets. There’s every type of warm food and drink imaginable – I recommend anything with lavish amounts of cheese – and the whole place has a lovely, cosy feel.
Big Spender: Dinner and a show at the National Theatre (dahhhling). Like reading? The National Theatre bookshop for plays galore.
Tuppence a bag: A stroll through the markets (free) or a trip to the Artworks London for some cheap but filling eats (5 min bus journey from Waterloo). Also, check out the book markets under Waterloo Bridge for some cheap plays!
Tube stop: Waterloo or Embankment
Although a bit more expensive these days, this is one of my favourite place to hang out. Once you get away from the Covent Garden square itself, there are lots of beautiful cafes and pubs teeming with history. Personal favourite: The Lamb and Flag, a traditional Georgian pub known for its bare-knuckle prize fights in the early 1800s.
Tube stop: Covent Garden
Ronnie Scott’s, Soho Theatre, Brasserie Zédel and The London Palladium are the top spots here to name a few. Where theatre meets jazz meets bookstores meets food.
Splashing the cash: Cahoots: a 1940s-inspired Jazz bar set in an old tube station where you can drink cocktails in old-fashioned tube cars.
Tuppence a bag: Soho Theatre Bar for a coffee and to immerse yourself in the comings-and-goings of the theatre.
Tube stop: Tottenham Court Rd, Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus
This is a brilliant way to enjoy London. A quick tour up the Thames and you’ll take in everything from Tower Bridge to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben to the National Theatre. What I love about being on the river is that you see everything from a different point of view.
Big Spender: The world is your oyster on this one! There are so many river cruises available, I honestly don’t know which to choose from…
Tuppence a bag: TfL River Bus (remember to use your Oyster card/contactless for a cheaper price)
These have been all-the-range over the past few years in London and they are oh-so-good for immersing yourself in different cultures and foods. Having been to a few of these with multiple groups of actors, I’ve recommended the two below as my all-time-favourites!
Big Spender: Hawker House (2 mins from Canada Water). Amazing food, drinks and cocktails in a transformed warehouses.
Tuppence a bag: Brick Lane (Shoreditch High St/Liverpool St). A hub of culture; walk from one end of Brick Lane and around the corner to Box Park and you’ll be spoiled for choice!
What’s your favourite London spot for inspiration? Or where have you always wanted to go? Leave me a comment!