By Laura Porter
London has so much going on you really need to get a recommendation from a local and that’s what makes these London blogs so great. Whether you’re looking for a spontaneous idea for today, want the insider news of the latest pop-ups or an honest restaurant review these blogs are full of advice and inspiration.
What it is: A multi-author blog covering literally anything to do with London.
Why we like it: Londonist produces 10+ blog posts a day from the early morning ‘things to do today’ to the daily London news round-up at teatime. The London-obsessed writers all have an opinion making the reviews honest and all London news is dissected with a critical eye. They share the most interesting things to do in town each week and mix in some well-researched London history pieces along the way.
Read Londonist. Follow @Londonist on Twitter.
What it is: Ian Mansfield shares where he has visited in and around London.
Why we like it: I doubt you’ll often find Ian at a major tourist attraction unless the temporary exhibition is exceptional. He likes the unusual things to do in town and will always take lots of photos to give you a real insight. Ian has that eye for detail that only the best geeks enthusiasts have and he gets invited to visit places the rest of us may never see without his blog. Trains feature quite regularly and the Events Calendar is full of quirky things to do.
Read IanVisits. Follow @IanVisits.on Twitter.
3. London On The Inside
What it is: Jules and Ben, and a team of contributors, bring us the latest cool things to know in town from recommended bands, the next pop-up and insider news on sales and eating out.
Why we like it: If there’s somewhere new opening and it’s going to be trendy then this is the place to read about it. The writers all have industry contacts (or are actually the industry contact themselves) so they really do hear about things before everyone else. There are also interviews, hotel tips and reviews, plus fashion news.
Read London On The Inside. Follow @LondONtheinside on Twitter.
4. Cheese and Biscuits
What it is: Chris Pople writes frank and entertaining London restaurant reviews.
Why we like it: If you want to know what a restaurant is really like check here first. Chris goes out to try as many as possible every week, mostly in London. He is a well-respected food blogger and steers clear of chain restaurants.
Read Cheese and Biscuits. Follow @ChrisPople on Twitter.
5. The Cocktail Lovers
What it is: Ms S and Mr G love cocktails and love London (and each other – they’re married).
Why we like it: They visit London bars and offer reviews and recommendations to help you plan a night out. They know the industry insiders and include plenty of recipes plus bartender interviews and product reviews.
Read The Cocktail Lovers. Follow @CocktailLovers on Twitter.
6. Going Underground
What it is: A look at life travelling on the London Underground. Expect an informed comment about tube strikes too.
Why we like it: There’s a daily post about something related to the tube, often with an amusing take. The author likes to snap photos of celebs on the Underground and the information on how to turn your Oyster card into a wand has been one of my favourites. With the London Underground celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2013 this blog won’t be short on ideas to entertain and inform.
Read Going Underground. Follow @AnnieMole on Twitter.
7. Spitalfields Life
What it is: A detailed daily post featuring something or someone in this East End neighbourhood.
Why we like it: The Gentle Author seeks out the people who make this area so special. A book has already come from his interviews to date and he intends to write 10,000 posts, and is confident he won’t run out of people to talk to here. He takes the time to get to know the locals – especially those with a long family history in the area so the posts are accompanied by lots of black and white photographs and mesmerising tales.
Read Spitalfields Life. Follow @thegentleauthor on Twitter
8. Tired of London, Tired of Life
What it is: Tom Jones started writing the blog when he was felt he was becoming tired of London and he soon found he could offer a daily tip to give inspiration to others.
Why we like it: Yet another blog that has spawned a book deal, but the one suggestion a day idea is a great way to encourage Londoners out of the drudgery of the work commute and to see something new in this wonderful city. The blog posts are short but are usually suited to the day they appear, so it’s worth checking regularly.
Read Tired of London, Tired of Life. Follow @tiredoflondon on Twitter.
9. The Londonphile
What it is: London’s museums, heritage, architecture and culture.
Why we like it: The author clearly loves London and finds the quirky and interesting places to visit. There are always great photos and plenty of research and you’re bound to find somewhere nobody else has heard of, which will most likely be obscure but also wonderfully enlightening.
Read The Londonphile. Follow @Londonphile on Twitter.
10. Bollards of London
What it is: A blog dedicated to unusual bollards – those street furniture posts generally used to control traffic.
Why we like it: This is my wild card but it is one of my favourites. A London cabby had a bet with a friend that he could make bollards interesting and we’ll say he’s won the bet as the blog has a regular following and receives #guestbollards photos from around the world.
Read Bollards of London. Follow @BollardofLondon on Twitter.
About our writer
Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site and fits in further freelance writing about London and UK travel while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival the Queen’s. She is @AboutLondon on Twitter.