The Markets: To get acquainted with London, one should visit the numerous markets in its periphery. Covent garden is one place where one gets to shop amidst vibrant outdoors on cobbled stone paths and upmarket boutiques. Various other markets worth a visit are Chinatown, bricklane Market and kids will certainly enjoy visiting Mudchute and Vauxhall farms. Window shopping in upscale areas Oxford Street and Bond Street are a shoppers delight.
And if shopping is one of things on your mind, make sure you visit Camden Market. Its practically a maze, a gigantic maze, with stores that sell almost anything that you can think of. Books, clothes, cameras, posters, handmade goods, costumes, memorabilia, art, jewelry. Old things, new things. Strange things you may never have seen before. An old camera. A Banksy print. And then, the food market. The place is a congregation of cuisines from across the world, and I am not exaggerating. You can take your pick from Italy, Spain, Africa, India, China, Vietnam. Or you can dig into a home-made cake. Or sit down on the pavement for a cup of coffee, or a glass of cold beer. Camden is like a jigsaw puzzle with bits and pieces of London all joined together to form an eccentric, exuberant whole. Like the city itself. Eccentric. Exuberant. Impossible to contain in words.