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The Casual Tourist Guide to South London

The Casual Tourist Guide to South London

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Some would consider south London as the "real" London. That's because London is a city of immigrants, influenced by almost every culture across the globe, and many of south London's neighbourhoods really exemplify this, and it's absolutely worth experiencing and immersing yourself into.


In The Casual Tourist Guide to South London, we cover three areas. There's Bermondsey, the most centrally-located, not far from one of the busiest stations in England but the area still has this incredibly calm, village-like vibe to it. Here you'll find historic markets, a beer lover's paradise, and plenty of fabulous restaurants and pubs. Then there's Brixton, an area that has been popular with the Afro-Caribbean population since the Windrush Era, so you'll see this influence on the eclectic food and drink scene here. Finally, there's Peckham, also known for the influence of its immigrant population, and home to some incredible regeneration projects, like a rooftop bar at the top of a multi-storey car park.

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So... you're the type of tourist who...

... doesn't want to cram fifty sights and activities into a day.

... doesn't need to see every tourist site.

... doesn't want to stand in a line for an hour just to sit in a pod with thirty other people for thirty minutes.

Or maybe you even live in London and you just want to experience as much of it as possible in the evenings and on the weekends.

You're my favourite type of tourist... a casual tourist.

We've made these guides for YOU.

Get to know the underbelly of London with a detailed list of a Londoner's best recommendations for what to do, see, eat and drink.

What's in the Casual Tourist Guides?

A curated list of:

- Sights and Points of Interest that one of those vanilla guidebooks would never tell you about

- Fun activities and tours to help you experience the alternative side of the area

- Local cafes to park up and enjoy a coffee in

- Pubs to visit that will be filled with Londoners enjoying a pint and a roast

- Unique markets and can't-miss restaurants

- Sexy bars for sipping elaborate cocktails in

- Shops selling interesting and eco-friendly treats to take home

Each guide has:

- Approximately 50 recommendations

- Insider tips, opening hours, price range, Google Maps link, dietary restriction info and wheelchair accessibility status

- Printable checklist of all of the recommendations in the guide. Keep track of which ones you've experienced so far.

- NEW: Digital Map to help you visualise where each recommendation is in relation to the others, and to help you navigate when you're on the ground in London.

 *You'll receive this guide immediately upon purchase via digital download.

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Dani Watson
Seeing London Through New Eyes

I’ve been visiting London since I was a young girl as I used to live only 40 mins away (from west London). Felt like trying and discovering something new for a change instead of going to same places and doing the same things. Eyes have been open And been made aware of new sights and places to go. Deffo will give another guide a go.
Thanks for all the hard work that gone into this, feels like I’m discovering a new city.

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Angel Narlinger
Great information!

We purchased this thinking that we would pick a few things to do each day that we are in London. It turns out that a schedule is better for us so we also purchased the six day itinerary. Both of these are chock-full of great information and I would highly recommend them!

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Jason Reed
Perfect resource when traveling to London

This is wonderful for anyone traveling to the UK. It’s essentially your local friend who can show you the best things to do and the best ways to get around the city.

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Catherine McCollister
Future plans

Looking forward to using the maps and ideas for my trip in Feb '23. Having the sights to see catorgatized by area is very helpful!

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Donna Griffin
Excellent guides

Just returned from a 2 week trip to visit family in England. We spend a week in London. Using all the casual guides with the helpful maps, we were never out of anything to do. It's was a great trip for all. The group included 69 year old, 2 50 year olds, 17 and 15 year old boys. Everyone loved the trip.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to receive my guide?

You'll receive this guide immediately upon purchase via digital download.

How do I save the guides to my phone/laptop?

To most easily access your Love and London guides and to make sure you can always reference them into the future, you’ll need to download your files to one or more of your devices. It’s fairly straightforward but if you are not sure how to do that then follow these steps.

Get in touch with us if you need us to reset your download attempts as each guide can be downloaded five times by default.

I have the 3-Day Itinerary, are the Casual Tourist Guides similar?

The Casual Tourist Guide to Central and East London have some overlap with Day 2 and 3 of the itinerary. 

Out of our Casual Tourist Guide series, the best additions to the itinerary are West London and North London, both of which don’t cover any similar areas.

I have the 6-Day Itinerary, are the Casual Tourist Guides similar?

The Casual Tourist Guides all overlap with the 6-Day Itinerary. 

Which phones does the Digital Map work on?

It’s integrated with the Google Maps app, so it’s available for all phones that use iOS or Android operating systems.

Do I need data on my phone to be able to use the Digital Map on the go in London?

It absolutely works best when you have it. It will also allow you to get walking directions when needed, or transport directions when you’re planning to head back to your hotel once the day is done. In the guide I’ve included a list of ways to have data on your phone so you can stay connected.

Is this suitable for families with children?

The cool thing about London is that many things during the daytime, work for families with kids, if your children are fairly well-behaved. That being said, I’ve not specifically made these guides with kids under 16 in mind.

I have really specific things I want to see, will this work for me?

With the guides we simply provide you with a list of the best local places to explore, eat, drink etc. You then decide which options sounds the best to you!

I have a physical disability. Will I be able to do everything in the guides?

Our guides have indicators telling you whether or not each recommendation is wheelchair accessible and there are plenty of options for those who need to avoid stairs. But if you have any questions or worries please don't hestitate to reach out to us at info@loveandlondon.com.

I have a dietary requirement, do your food suggestions suit that?

London’s food spots are generally pretty good at accommodating for this, and I’ve included a variety of options that should suit just about everyone. Markets are especially good for this, by the way! For a few years now we include icons indicating restaurants that are veggie-friendly, vegan-friendly and GF friendly.

That being said, you should always check the menu online yourself, and you can also phone up a restaurant before you go to ask what they can do for any requirements, as they might have a hidden menu you can choose from, or they can create something special for you if you give enough notice.

I’m personally vegetarian, so if you are too, you’ll find plenty of food options in the itinerary. I also eat vegan very often and have close friends who need gluten-free so I know how it goes!

How far in advance should I buy this for my trip?

Buy it at least a week in advance, if you can. I recommend reading over the PDFs before you arrive to London, so you can familiarise yourself with my recommendations, and some attractions and restaurants require advance booking.

I’m on a serious budget. Will this work for me?

Our recommendations cover all price ranges and we give lots of free options too.

How are these guides different from what’s online or in the bookstore?

Well, I’ve never seen any guides that includes a digital map for your phone, which allows you to get real-time transportation and walking directions. Also, many “guides” you can find online are created by people who’ve only visited London, not LIVED here. They aren’t able to provide alternative food options for diet restrictions, public toilets along the route, or more crucially, tips that only someone who has done this route herself for years would know.

Why do you charge money for this?

There are a couple of reasons. It took weeks to create the guides, starting with multiple days of on-the-ground testing, to writing the 50 or so recommendations for each guide and creating the map. If I didn’t charge for the guides, I simply couldn’t provide it to our community as it takes up so much time to create. Plus, as we're a business, there is a ton of overhead costs that we cover with the sale of our guides.

I also spend anywhere from £25-200 per week trying out new things around London, some of which is included in the itinerary, some of which is not worthy. Of course, all of those meals, drinks, and tickets cost a lot of money. But by me testing them out and only telling you about the best, you won’t have to waste your time and money too, because only the best of the best goes in my guides.

If I save you from one not-so-good moderately-priced meal, you’ve already paid yourself back for your purchase, never mind the hours and hours of research and planning you won’t have to do yourself.