Experience London like a Local – a 2-Day Itinerary

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If you’ve been lucky enough to visit London before, you’ve probably already visited some of the city’s more popular tourist attractions and iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, the Tower of London and the River Thames.

However, with so much to see and do, London isn’t a city that you can visit once and honestly say that you’ve experienced everything it has to offer. 

In this article, we’ll be uncovering some of London’s hidden gems and giving a sample itinerary which highlights how you can experience the city like a local when staying at our M hotel Shoreditch. Be prepared to see London in a whole new light with our latest guide!

Day One

When you first arrive at our M hotel Shoreditch, you’ll likely be keen to explore the local area a little before heading off further afield. Luckily for our guests, there are plenty of amazing places to visit just a short walk away.

There’s also a beautiful flower market that’s open near our hotels near Moorgate Station on Columbia Road, so if you have a little time to spare before your afternoon tea Shoreditch, make sure you pay this iconic road a visit. You’re guaranteed to see fragrant, exotic and amazing blooms available to purchase from the London stallholders.

As the East End’s cultural and artistic hub, a walk around the streets of Shoreditch is anything but ordinary. There are several pieces of street art to be enjoyed as you stroll around the bustling area so be sure to pack your camera.

From murals in Shoreditch Triangle and Redchurch street, be sure to get a real feel for the area before heading back to your hotel for an afternoon tea Shoreditch –  fast becoming a popular city pastime for locals and visitors alike.

Once you’ve had your fill of delectable delights at your afternoon tea Shoreditch, it’s time to spend the rest of the evening at one of the most popular spots in the neighbourhood. Rich Mix offers a real mix of cinematic and performance arts in one purpose-built building located just a short walk away from the M hotel Shoreditch.

From musicians and comedians to a wide range of art house and blockbuster movies available seven days a week, you’re sure to find plenty of locals mixed in with the crowd at this hidden London gem.

Shoreditch alone has some of the coolest bars and nightlife to be found in the city too, so if you’re a bit of a night owl or just feel like partying until dawn with local Londoners and other visitors to the city, then you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Day Two

Now you’ve had a bit of an insight into the local area near M hotel Shoreditch, it is the perfect time to start exploring the other areas in reach of the hotel.

Our hotels near Moorgate Tube Station make it easy to get to any London location quickly, so you’ll want to head to the Tube after breakfast to continue to experience London life like a local.

The first stop on your itinerary is located in the heart of the city, so take the Tube to London Bridge and head to Three Crown Square. Here, you’ll find Borough Market, one of the capital’s busiest markets.

An array of colourful and exotic foodstuffs are on offer here, so feast your eyes on the weird and wonderful vegetables, flowers and treats on offer before stopping off at the nearby Rake pub, the city’s smallest pub for a well-deserved drink or two.

Next, you’ll need to head to Hyde Park, so hop back on the Tube and you’ll be there in a matter of minutes. Hyde Park isn’t just an excellent spot for a stroll; you’ll also see locals spending their lunch breaks basking in the sun and enjoying a well-earned rest from the office too.

There’s also the stunning Serpentine lake and gallery located within the park, so if you feel like taking is a little of the world’s latest contemporary art, then it’s a great place to spend an hour or so.

Next, it’s time for a little history and walking, so make sure you pack your walking shoes before you head to the M hotel Shoreditch! Jump on the Tube and take the Central line to Fish Street – here you’ll discover a monument to the Great Fire of London in 1666.

It’s a bit of a steep climb to reach the monument, but if you’ve been enjoying afternoon tea Shoreditch, then it’s a great way to burn off those calories, and the views across London are simply stunning!

On a clear sunny weekend, you’ll often find groups of locals enjoying the view away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets but it’s a great place to escape the crowds for a few hours on any day of the week.

Heading back to Monument Station, it’s time for a little retail therapy at one of London’s most under-rated markets in Brick Lane. Using the District line, you’ll reach your destination in just over twenty minutes, and once you arrive, you’ll be wowed by the fantastic variety of arts and crafts available to take home with you.

A haven for art-loving locals, you’ll find Londoners picking up homewares, paintings and ceramics to adorn their pads and might even find a quirky treasure for yourself to take home as a souvenir of your stay at the M hotel Shoreditch.

Remember, when you stay our hour hotels near Moorgate Tube Station, you’re never far away from your hotel room, so it’s easy to drop any purchases off before heading off again.

If all of that walking has given you an appetite, then head back to your hotel for a freshen up and a delicious meal in the restaurant before making tracks to one of the many Shoreditch bars located just a short walk away. Return to the comfort of your room for some much-needed rest ready for the journey back home at the end of the night.