It is often said that the best way to enjoy and appreciate a city is by living there, but this is easier said than done for most of us. However, there are ways to live like a London local even if you are only visiting for a short amount of time. If you are heading to London on a weekend break then you’ll benefit from taking the time to plan some of the things you definitely want to do. London can be a tricky place to navigate, but if you do it right then you’ll find yourself immersed in a city of culture and hidden gems. There are loads of things to do in London and getting the most out of the city requires you to do London like a local.

Here are some of our top tips to help you live like a Londoner on your weekend break.

Get an Oyster Card

When you’re in London the chances are you’ll rely heavily on public transport, especially the London Underground. Though daily travel cards and one-way tickets can be purchased, it is much easier and more cost effective to get yourself an Oyster Card. An Oyster Card is a pay as you go way to travel in London.

Enjoy a London market

There are lots of great markets in London that are firm favourites for locals, but as a visitor you’ll enjoy them just as much. Colombia Road Flower Market, Portobello Road Market, Brick Lane Market and Greenwich Market all provide a true insight into what a makes visiting a local market so worthwhile. Pick up some local produce, try a local café or restaurant and immerse yourself in the food and other goods you find.

Sample some local food

Rather than sticking to the chain restaurants you know and love, why not try somewhere different? London is a multicultural city and this is reflected in the food. There are lots of delicious meals to be sampled at food stalls around the city and many Londoners tend to opt for these, along with local restaurants, instead of establishments that can be found elsewhere. The best food in London can be found in quiet side streets and away from the hustle and bustle. In fact, the best way to find a new favourite restaurant is to take a walk and see what you stumble upon.

Enjoy a local bar or pub

Though London has a number of great nightclubs, these can be crowded and sometimes, catered for tourists rather than residents. To get a true feel of what a local night out is in London, opt for a local bar or pub one evening during your stay. Victorian Bath House, Call Me Mr Lucky, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town and Cahoots are all bars that are relatively unknown to those new to the city and are ideal if you’re wanting to do London like a local. Alternatively, take a wander out of the city centre and into a quaint pub – the best way to meet Londoners!

London is a great place to spend a weekend break and with the right amount of planning you’re sure to fit in everything you want to see and do.