London has been on everyone’s radar for the past few months. From the Wimbledon Grand Slam tennis tournament to the Summer Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, the city has played host to events of global significance for the better part of 2012 it seems. (Controversy concerning the Royal Family has also been a big topic of conversation, but that’s a whole different story.)
Whether you’ve been before or not, London is filled, end to end, with history, restaurants and tons to do and see. Guidebooks and travel sites about London tourism promote the standard tourist stops— Buckinhgam Palace, Big Ben, The Tower of London, the Thames River, Royal Museums Greenwich, for example —which you should definitely check out. But when you’re done jostling fellow tourists, definitely check out these gems where locals like to hang.