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34 things you can do if you're new to London, according to locals

New in town? Check out this hit list of places to go and things to do from the city's biggest fans

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Lewisham Model Market -Launch Night - Fri 20th June 2014 by Al de Perez
Al de Perez Lewisham Model Market
Union chapel
Daniela Sbrisny

A gig at Union Chapel

I’d definitely take an out-of-towner to a gig at the wonderful Union Chapel. The gothic-style nineteenth-century architecture has hosted everyone from Elton John to Elbow over the years. A beautifully lit, intimate and unique venue. Lizzy P

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A sunny picnic on Clapham Common

In Clapham I like to take people to Abbeville Village for a sausage roll from The Ginger Pig which we’d then eat on the Common.  Josie Eyre

In my neighbourhood, I would take them for a picnic on the Common – perfect way to spend a hot, sunny day in Clapham. Eliane Skipper

Wing Yip
Flickr / Tony Naulty

A visit to Britain's biggest Chinese supermarket

I would take a newbie to Wing Yip in Cricklewood. It’s a really cool Chinese supermarket which sells everything from beer to plates and decorations. It also has an amazing restaurant and bakery for when you get peckish. Charlotte Gale

Kensington Church Walk
Ben Rowe

People watching on Kensington Church Walk

I would take a newbie for a walk on Kensington Church Walk. It’s such a beautiful little street, with nice shops like the vintage high-end Hornets for men’s clothing. It has a small town feel to it with fun and eccentric characters. Solange Lavander

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Shopping in Camden Passage

I’d take them shopping for treasures in Camden Passage, which is lined with vintage shops, wooden stalls, cafés, independent boutiques and is home to one of London’s oldest antique markets. You’ll find anything from eclectic jewellery to artisan chocolate. Sima Sthanakiya

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photo © Steve Speller

Floating along Paddington Basin

There is a brand new activity that is gaining popularity in my area now and that’s GoBoat London. It starts from Paddington Basin and you can take it all the way up to Camden and back. All you need is your friends – you drive the boat yourself – some food and a bottle of prosecco and you have the makings of a unique day out in London that can make any newcomer fall in love with it. Kristine Diana Tsiknaki

London Fields
Flickr / Nick Sarebi

Pub-hopping around London Fields

I’d take a newbie down to Broadway Market then go and pub-hopping, starting with Cat & Mutton. We’d then pick up meat from Hill & Szrok, and BBQ supplies from the other shops before a chilled out evening in London Fields. It’s the best on a summer’s evening. Sophie Kay

Bethany Clarke

Drinks at Brunel Museum's rooftop bar

Garden-foraged cocktails and fluffy marshmallows by the campfire atop the Brunel Museum at Midnight Apothecary in Canada Water. Loredana Campisi-Green

Columbia Road Flower Market
Ed Marshall

A traipse around Columbia Road

I would take a friend who’s visiting London to Columbia Road on a Saturday, when all the boutiques are open but they’re not overrun with the flower market crowds. Then I would take them to the Royal Oak pub, also on Columbia Road, which hasn’t changed much in appearance since it was built in the 1920s. Bonnie Willson

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