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Where's your 'happy place' in London?

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Walnutwhipaddict Sat 08-Jul-17 17:36:18

Hey everyone,

So I'm new to London and have a few hours to kill. Just on Oxford street (so hot!!!) and looking for somewhere relaxing (and a bit cooler) where I can chill for a bit.

I would love to go somewhere like the National Gallery, but apparently it's closing at 6 sad

Any suggestions on a nice little place (niche, unusual, off the beaten track, all suggestions welcome!) in central London that I could chill in for a bit please?


PepeLePew Sat 08-Jul-17 17:37:56

The churchyard at the bottom of Wardour St by Shaftesbury Avenue. Not sure what time it shuts. Foyles on Charing Cross Rd good too. Go to Hyde Park?

Caprianna Sat 08-Jul-17 17:38:47

The Southbank. Its by the river and lovely to people watch and have a coctail. Perfect place to chill.

rubybleu Sat 08-Jul-17 17:42:28

Regents Park or Holland Park. Grab a book/paper, a drink, and sprawl on the grass. There's a great ice cream place on Holland Park Ave.

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Sat 08-Jul-17 17:43:49

Camden Lock or The Natural History Museum.

Gamesetandmatch1 Sat 08-Jul-17 17:45:42

Churches around east London

EssentialHummus Sat 08-Jul-17 17:47:55

Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank. Go up to the 5th/6th floor terrace with a drink.

tissuesosoft Sat 08-Jul-17 17:47:58

My favourites are Ruby Blues (Leicester Square) for a cocktail on the balcony, St James Park, Southbank and Covent Garden for a wander

LassWiTheDelicateAir Sat 08-Jul-17 17:49:10

Fortnum & Mason.

Any of the restaurants. Today the ice- cream parlour. The food hall is always busy but the upper floors hardly ever are and are wonderful to browse in.

SwearyG0dmother Sat 08-Jul-17 17:49:48

Mercato Metropolitano at Elephant and Castle - it's a food/drink market with indoor and outdoor spaces of varying noisiness. Sitting with a drink, some churros and book would be my idea of heaven right now.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Sat 08-Jul-17 17:53:35

If you are on Oxford Street Fortnums is one stop on the Victoria line to Green Park. Open until 10.

SwearyG0dmother Sat 08-Jul-17 17:54:15

Ooh, or Waterstones on Piccadilly. Four floors of heavenly bookshop with a bar/restaurant on the top floor.

Lndnmummy Sat 08-Jul-17 17:56:15

John Lewis roof top terrace.

Lndnmummy Sat 08-Jul-17 17:56:22

It is gorgeous

MargoChanning Sat 08-Jul-17 17:56:51

The Wallace Collection is very closev to oxford street.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Sat 08-Jul-17 17:58:58

Or Hatchards to browse. Or the Wolsely(although probably busy) There is Patisserie Valerie, the other patisserie like Valerie on the same side of Picadilly and another patisserie on the other side.

Boredwithmyname Sat 08-Jul-17 17:59:50

John Lewis and Selfridges both have roof terraces. The Selfridges one you have to book but they have space tonight according to the website. Depends how far you want to go and for how long - those two are very close for you.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Sat 08-Jul-17 18:01:59

OP if you are new to London and go to Covent Garden don't , whatever you do , decide not to wait for the lifts at Covent Garden underground station and use the stairs.

Everyone does it once and never again!

OstentatiousWanking Sat 08-Jul-17 18:07:28

I came on to say I've just had a lovely stroll round Hampstead Heath but it's a bit far I think.

FenellaMaxwellsPony Sat 08-Jul-17 18:10:58


GeekyWombat Sat 08-Jul-17 18:13:58

The Cork and Bottle subterranean wine bar off Leicester Square. Convenient place to start / end an evening in central London but off the tourist track (it doesn't look much from outside).

I've been going there more than 20 years now and I love it.

God I feel old.

Kintan Sat 08-Jul-17 18:15:16

The cafe at the top of Foyles on Charing Cross road is nice smile

Cinnamoncookie Sat 08-Jul-17 18:16:49

Go and sit under a tree in Green Park, Regents Park or Hyde Park. Hyde Park is past Marble Arch, at the western end of Oxf Str

Fiddlestikks Sat 08-Jul-17 18:18:50

Postmans Park. Near St Paul's. Gorgeous.

MostIneptThatEverStepped Sat 08-Jul-17 18:21:16

I was going to say that Fiddkestikks!

Would also second Royal Festival Hall where you can mooch about with a whole picnic and no one cares.

Regents Park is tranquil and beautiful too.

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