Sunday, 7 August 2011

Lazy Days in London

Our tip for a lazy day out in London? Take in a couple of markets in East London then head into Central London to a free exhibition.

The pics are of the indoor Spitalfields Market which is near Liverpool Street station (central line and overground) but around this area you can also find the vintage shopping and curry houses of Brick Lane, Whitechapel Market and Petticoat Lane Market. Spitalfields underwent a massive makeover not too long ago and as well as fashion stalls, you can listen to some live music or grab a crepe or a coffee.

When you are all shopped out, head for the Wellcome Collection just opposite Euston train station. There is an excellent main collection of medical paintings and instruments but bear left as you enter for 'Dirt', a free exhibition which is on until the end of August and takes in the mud, bacteria and dust of Norway, Victorian London, Dresden, Glasgow, India and New York.  

Once you've appreciated that dirt is in the eye of the beholder, there's tartlets, biscuits and hot drinks available at the Peyton and Byrne cafe as well as an on site Blackwells bookshop but be warned: you won't get much change from £10 if you dine in at The Wellcome. Then again, you can't argue with free admission.

If you're stuck for a place to stay that is handy for Bloomsbury's museums and East London markets, take a look at our London Locations map to see which apartment is closest to the attractions you don't want to miss.

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