London: a city of hustle and bustle, noise and color and millions of different people. It’s no wonder so many stars of British music, television, film, and fashion congregate in the city on such a regular basis. And for the stealthy traveler, it’s possible to find yourself up close (although maybe not personal) with any number of celebs. Here’s our guide to the best star-spotting sites in London.
Most Celebs work and play in central London. One of the hottest star-spotting areas has got to be the infamous Soho. Famed for its debauchery and nightlife, Soho is now home to many of London’s film and television companies.
By day, you can often see Celebs stopping off for coffee at Foyles Books (on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road). By night, head to one of the many cool bars or pubs around Old Compton Street to enjoy live music, DJs and a chance to spot stars of film and TV letting their hair down.
If film and theatre are more of your things, check out London’s Southbank, home to the National Theatre and British Film Institute. Grab a coffee or glass of wine at the BFI café and people watch regular folk passing by along the riverside, whilst keeping your eyes peeled for stars from both onscreen and behind the camera relaxing inside. Your smartphone navigation system will perfectly guide you wherever you want to go to in London. Likely suspects: Richard Ayoade, Benedict Cumberbatch.
For music-loving travelers, Camden is absolutely unmissable for a night out. A mix of cool bars, grotty pubs and a host of fascinating drinkers, head here early to enjoy the famous Camden markets, before starting your night drinking at the Hawley Arms. Here, you can really get a good taste of the flavors of London. Once a favorite hangout of singer Amy Winehouse, the pub is still frequented by both up and coming musicians and established artists. Also worth checking out in Camden are the Lock Tavern and Barfly for good music and an interesting crowd.
Reality TV Stars
Okay, so some travelers won’t care about reality TV stars, but if you are a fan of either ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ or ‘Made In Chelsea’, no trip to London can be complete without visiting these celebrity playgrounds. For TOWIE lovers, hop on the central line and head out to Buckhurst Hill or Loughton to spot these stars in their natural habitats. Boutique stores ‘Bella Sorella’ and ‘Minnies’ are your best bets.
If you prefer the sophisticated ‘Made In Chelsea’, spend an afternoon window shopping along the Kings Road (get the tube to Sloane Square) before stopping off at The Phene (a rather nice bar) for an evening glass of bubbly. Or why not try their special ‘Hugo Taylor Bellini’ for a real MIC experience? Just make sure the man himself isn’t standing next to you while you order it…
Shoreditch & Brick Lane
Worth a visit even if you aren’t stalking celebs, Brick Lane is an eclectic mix of market stalls, thrift and vintage shops, and food from around the world. There’s almost always something to look at, and several places have impromptu DJ sessions or exhibitions, if you can find them.
Take a stroll from the Liverpool Street Station end, so that by the time you’ve finished wandering, you aren’t far from trendy Shoreditch. Spend the night drinking and dancing at the many many cool bars- top picks are Hoxton Bar and Grill, Cargo and Old Blue Last. Likely Suspects: Alexa Chung, Paloma Faith, Lana Del Ray.
London has so much to offer, for celebrities and non-celebrity travelers alike! All of it is easily reached by Underground if you stay in Central London- Russell Square and Bloomsbury are a good choice to be near main transport links and are slightly quieter at night. It may be a good idea to include London for this and many other reasons in your plan if you want to make a road trip through Europe. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this sort of opportunities, would you?