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
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
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
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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