SmartTRAVEL: London

Moving on to another ballgame altogether, we help you catch the best off-field sights as India tours England for a cricket series

SmartTRAVEL: London
What to see

* Camden

The moment you step outside the tube station, Camden attacks the senses. Bass thumps from the market stalls’ speakers, the scent of street food and incense permeates the air and goths, punks, pushers and tourists shove past, giving the area an unorthodox charm. That’s just the beginning. Camden also is a haven for cheap restaurants and awesome live music scene.

* Roundhouse

It was built in 1846 as a turntable shed for steam engines and the venue has married beautiful looks with beastly behaviour ever since.
It made its name as a venue in the ’60s, when the likes of Jimi Hendrix and The Doors graced its stage. After a couple of fallow decades and a total refurb, it reopened in 2004 with a show from the Chemical Brothers. 



* Regent’s park

Regent’s park is one of London’s most popular open spaces. Originally a hunting ground for Henry VIII, it remained a royals-only retreat long after it was formally designed by John Nash in 1811; only in 1845 did it open to the public as a spectacular shared space. Attractions run from the animal odours and noises of London Zoo to the enchanting open air theatre.

Where to eat

* Lockside Lounge

Not your average one-trick-bar, it also doubles up as a great place to grab a late lunch or early supper, with its modest-sized but big-on-flavour menu. It’s a tourist magnet, so you can expect British classics like pies and sausage & mash. There are also more imaginative options such as the fat roast beef and horseradish sandwich.

Where to shop

* Camden markets

It was once a treasure trove of fashionable bargains and unusual gifts. But Camden’s markets are still worth shopping in if you know where to look. And the Lock market still hosts the best food stalls making it worthwhile to navigate the a maze of Camden markets.

THE PICK: Chin Chin Laboratorists

This is where you head to if you want to watch the flavour you chose freeze right in front of your eyes! The locals, it seems, are quite over the billowing clouds of liquid nitrogen-generated steam that turns flavours into ice-cream, but it sure takes the cream if you are looking for things unusual.

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