Hidden-Gems

05th July 2017

Forget the beaten tracks and tourist traps, here’s where the real locals go.

Genuine insider tips from the people who know best.

LIVERPOOL

SEE…

Birkenhead Market

Like all good markets, Birkenhead has a great local feel about it. The traditional Outside Market is packed with stalls selling leather goods and the like – then inside there’s everything from cafes and bars to fresh produce and clothes shops.

Liverpool Market

DO…

The Beatles Bike Tour

It does exactly what it says on the tin, and does it so well. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and the cycling pace is leisurely. Without doubt the best way to see the main Beatles haunts and attractions.

Beatles Tour

EAT… CHINESE

Yuet Ben

Located on the popular Duke Street, Yuet Ben’s widely regarded as the best Chinese in Liverpool. It’s been serving fresh, simple ingredients for nearly 50 years, and the locals just keep coming back. Very vegan friendly too!!

Matou

Matou has a more modern take on Chinese food, serving Pan Asian cuisine with an impressive wine and cocktails menu – all topped off with great views over the Mersey. Really lovely stuff.

Ma Bo

Often, the sign of a truly authentic Chinese restaurant is a poor or non-existent website. Ma Bo isn’t worried about what the internet thinks – just the locals who go back week on week.

Ma Bo - Chinese food in Liverpool

LONDON

SEE…

Columbia Road Flower Market

With stalls and stalls of beautiful blooms being sold by hilarious cockneys – this place is an absolute must see on a sunny day. Plenty of room in our luggage racks for all the plants you’ll inevitably buy too.

Nearest tube: Hoxton Overground.

Columbia Road Flower Market

Brick Lane Market

It’s not just cobblestones and curries – Brick Lane is where you’ll find East London’s edgy elite buying their vintage clothes and cool coffees. It’s a great place to peruse on a sunny day – with plenty of great east end pubs on tap too.

Nearest tube: Liverpool Street.

DO…

Camden to Hackney Canal walk

London’s canal system is over 200 years old – connecting the city centre to the countryside. The pathways are great to stroll along, pop into the many parks, and stop for cakes and coffees along the way.

Nearest tube: Camden Town.

Canal walks

EAT… BRUNCH!!!

West Thirty Six

This West London favourite has bare brick walls, reclaimed wood, and a bottomless brunch with unlimited Bloody Marys for £15. Literally what more could you want?  

Nearest tube: Westbourne Park

Dishoom

Ask any Londoner about Dishoom and they will say one of two things; “OMG it’s amazing!” or “I can’t believe I still haven’t been!”. Their Bombay breakfasts are widely regarded as the best in town.

Nearest tubes: King’s Cross, Oxford Circus, Covent Garden, Shoreditch High Street Overground.

Dishoom

Caravan

In London, the word Caravan isn’t associated with gypsies – it’s associated with brunch. Every weekend all three of their cafes will be teeming with London-types enjoying great food and freshly roasted coffee.  

Nearest tube: King’s Cross, Angel, Borough.

 

MANCHESTER

SEE…

The Northern Quarter

It’s got everything – and we mean everything. Boutiques, bars, cafes, restaurants, art events, gigs… if you’ve got a short visit to Manchester and want to fit a lot in – this is your place.

Northern Quarter

DO…

Skyline Street Art Tour

This family friendly tour is an incredible insight into Manchester’s modern history – telling the story of gentrification, social housing, greenery and public space. It really captures the creativity of the locals. A must-see in our books.

Skyline Street Art Tour

EAT… BURGERS

The Crafty Pig

Found between The Northern Quarter and Piccadilly Gardens, this joint has an amazing burger offering. We count 7 – and that’s before you get to the baps and wraps. The craft beer and drinks selection’s very impressive too.

Luck Lust Liquor & Burn

With a cool bar and relaxed restaurant, we can see why this place is so popular. There’s plenty on the menu too, but when their Liquor and Burn burger comes with something called ‘Bacon rain’ on it, your order’s petty much made.

Luck Lust Liquor & Bun

Blackhouse, The Grill on the Alley

For something a bit more upmarket, but still effortlessly cool, many trendy Mancunians head to The Grill on The Alley. A scroll down their Blackhouse Speciality menu will bring you to the Wagyu Beef Burger – and it is epic. 

THE LAKES

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Aira Force Waterfall

With rainwater from the fells thundering down a 65ft drop, it’s hard to believe Aira Force would have such a tranquil feel – but with less development compared to other parts of the lakes, it’s a true hidden gem.

Aira Force Waterfall

DO…

Lake Cruises

Some of the best views in The Lakes are actually from the lakes, and there are plenty of cruises to choose from. You can row or self-drive at your own pace, or simply sit back on a big boat with a bar and take in the views with a glass of wine.

Lake Cruises

EAT… PROPER PUB GRUB

The Pheasant Inn

Imagine a traditional country pub with spectacular panoramic views, serving wholesome food, real ales and a great selection of wine… you’ve just imagined The Pheasant Inn. There are few better places to enjoy a summer evening.

Proper Pub Grub

Dog and Gun

If you want a really good pie – the Dog and Gun. And it doesn’t end there. They have an amazing menu of great pub food, from Sunday Roasts and sandwiches to puddings and proper pints. Perfect after a long walk.

The Plough Inn

For something slightly more ‘gastro’, The Plough Inn is a real gem. The food’s incredible, the garden picturesque, and if you did want to stay, the rooms are some of the best in The Lakes.