Travel Guide: The Best Boroughs in London
London is one of the largest, most engaging cities in the world. It attracts visitors from across the globe to experience its array of styles, cultures, and events. However, for those who may not be familiar with it, London can be a maze of bright lights, buildings, and strangers. GOGO Charters is here to give you the insight and assistance you need to find the best things to do in London’s best neighbourhoods.
Notting Hill is one of West London’s most popular neighbourhoods. Famous for its restaurants, shops, art galleries, and street vendors, it’s a great choice if you’re planning an exciting day trip with friends and family. Start your journey near Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road for a bite to eat, and then make your way to Portobello Road to check out Notting Hill’s eclectic market.
Instead of riding the Central Line Tube, rely on GOGO Charters to transport you through Notting Hill. Once you’re energised by a hearty brunch at Eggbreak, make your way to the Portobello Market. Known as one of the most expansive markets in the world, the Portobello Market sells fresh produce, antiques, and clothing for guests. To make the most of your visit, make sure you request storage bins and added legroom on your minibus to contain all of your purchases.
Wrap up your day with a walking tour of the Notting Hill film locations. The iconic 1999 romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Richard Curtis was filmed in the streets of this city, and remains a popular tourist site because of this. Ride through Notting Hill with your own personal driver to get a tour of this great location.
In the fall, the Notting Hill Carnival is a great event to take part in. It is an annual street festival that takes place during the last weekend of August, attracting millions of attendees from across the United Kingdom. During this time, the streets are filled with floats, performers, and a Caribbean-themed parade. Use your Notting Hill Carnival map to plan an effective transport route with your GOGO Charters driver to see all of its best attractions.
The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is an affluent neighbourhood characterised by Victorian-style architecture, upscale attractions, and a number of cultural landmarks. As London’s smallest borough by area, Kensington & Chelsea are home to designer retail stores, exclusive eateries, and premier football clubs.
If you’re interested in doing some high-end shopping, make your way over to King’s Road and check out some of London’s most sought-after shops, including Penhaligon’s, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Monica Vinader, Gerard Deral, and more. Place your purchases in a storage bin on your coach, then grab some food at Bluebird Cafe, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, or Tom’s Kitchen.
For more affordable cultural experiences, check out some of the landmarks located on Exhibition Road. Visit the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museums, all of which are free of charge. From there, take a tour of the Royal Albert Hall concert venue and the Chelsea Physic Garden. Wrap up your day of exploration by heading to the historic Kensington Palace, home of the British Royal Family.
Don’t fret about getting to and from the myriad of attractions available in Kensington & Chelsea. When you book a coach with GOGO Charters, you can add all of these destinations to your itinerary and schedule your stops as you like. Our private coach services are designed specifically for travellers seeking an intimate experience.
If you’re not into the posh aesthetic of West London, switch gears and experience the the diverse, laid-back vibe that Brixton provides. A highly multicultural area, Brixton is home to a number of alternative galleries, nightclubs, pop-up restaurants, and live music venues. Anyone seeking inexpensive, multiethnic entertainment and shopping is sure to have a great time in Brixton.
Brixton Market serves a wide variety of foods but primarily specialises in offering Caribbean and African produce. Stock up on fresh foods from Africa, India, South America, and Asia at Brixton Village and Market Row, and on the first Saturday of every month, check out their Bakers and Flea Market to find antiques, furniture, jewelry, art, books and more. If you’re into retro clothing and accessories, bring your family and friends to the market every third Saturday for some perusing.
Brixton also puts a unique spin on ready-to-order food, housing a number of food stalls, pop-ups, and independently-owned restaurants. Pizza lovers will begin an endless debate amongst each other about whether Agile Rabbit or Franco Manca serves the best slice. Craft beer drinkers will enjoy the Crown and Anchor and Seven at Brixton. Regardless of your taste, Brixton has something for you.
Like its food, nightlife in Brixton is comparable to none. Live music is a specialty here, so it’s best to make your way to Hootananny or Effra Social if you’re into amazing live performances. For a more upbeat, dancing vibe, head to Prince of Wales, Blues Kitchen Brixton, or Phonox and move to the beat.
Because Brixton may be a distance away from your downtown or West London lodgings, it’s important that you book reliable transport that can efficiently move you through the city. Rush hour traffic can be taxing, so it’s best to avoid cabs or the tube and choose to ride on a coach. We provide a more comfortable riding experience with premium amenities. Request air con, televisions, DVD players and added legroom for your late-night minibus to make your commute that much sweeter. Skip the rental cars and book your own personal driver to get you to and from your nighttime excursions.
Soho is the premier location for entertainment, fine arts, and tourism in London. Located on the West End of London, out-of-town visitors love the energy, soul, and glamour of Soho’s streets. Dining, nightlife and shopping are ever-present here, and you’ll certainly want an experienced driver navigating you through this beautiful neighbourhood.
Shopping is second to none in Soho. Cultural purists love the boutiques, traditional pubs, shops, and tailors found on Berwick Street, Carnaby Street, and Kingly Court. Fashion fanatics and tech enthusiasts gravitate toward the shops located on Oxford Street and Regent Street. Even visitors with specific tastes will find their most-unusual appetites satisfied here, with niche establishments such as Hamley’s toy shop, Liberty department store and Paul.A.Young chocolate shop to engross them.
If you’re looking for a bit of fun, there are also dozens of fine arts venues to explore. The Queen’s and Palace Theatres regularly put on a number of shows to entertain at night, while the Photographer’s Gallery gives you an excellent venue for exploration in the daytime. For lighter entertainment, make sure you partake in the Soho Historic Pubs Tour or head to Comedy Carnival Leicester Square for a night of standup comedy performances.
If you’ve got last-minute reservations you want to make for a weekend in Soho, GOGO Charters has you covered. With access to an array of transport options that includes 18-passenger minibuses and 56-passenger coaches, you can rest assured that there is always a ride available for you when you’re ready to make moves. Call one of our 24/7 reservation specialists at any time at 44 20 3617 1779 to learn more about how quickly we can book your trip.
The City of London
London’s most popular district, the City of London, is home to the UK’s most iconic and historic landmarks. As the UK’s economic, financial, and business centre, London is one of the most densely-populated locations in the world. If you were having difficulty finding food, shopping, or nightlife that suited you anywhere else, you’re sure to find it here.
The city is typically busy on weekdays, when business professionals, executives, and tourists are most frequently walking its streets. This is the perfect time for people watching, but it also is a great time to take in the amazing architecture unique to London. Make sure you catch a glimpse of London’s most famous buildings — the Gherkin, the Cheese Grater, Big Ben, and Walkie Talkie. Once you’ve had enough visual stimuli, make your way to a few of London’s cultural centres.
Guildhall Galleries is home to rare art, Roman ruins, and a number of artifacts rarely seen by public eyes. Continue your exploration by making a stop at the Natural History Museum, which gives you an up-close look at human and wildlife history. Don’t hesitate to ask your driver to ride by St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. You certainly won’t want to miss your chance to see these behemoths in person.
Food and drink come plentiful in The City as well, and it’s only right you get to explore the restaurants and establishments serving them. For wines and spirits, get a taste at Amathus Drinks, Bedales Wines, and Catch Bar and Lounge. For a great meal, head on over to Chamberlain’s, 1901 Restaurant, or Barbican Kitchen. Food prices range greatly from high to low here, so it’s best to come prepared to spend a little money when you’re ready to dine.
London is an enormous metropolis filled with activities and attractions for every walk of life. While this guide is meant to give you some direction for your visit, there are still many unlisted neighbourhoods here for you to explore. The best part is that GOGO Charters is here to make sure you can access every single one of them.
Exploring London with GOGO Charters
If you’re looking for reliable group transport through the neighbourhoods of London, look no further than GOGO Charters. We have access to a fleet of coach hires and mini buses that can accommodate groups of any size. While smaller groups may be more interested in a 20 passenger mini bus, larger groups going on an extended trip are advised to request a 56 passenger charter bus to get them around.
Ready to start a day of exploration? Contact one of our reservation specialists today at 44 20 3617 1779 to learn how we can assist you. If you’re not sure which solution best fits you, check out our ultimate guide to bus rentals to learn more about which solution is best suited for your needs.