See London With Fresh Eyes

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Unlike most guidebooks meant to show you a city's must-sees, great eats, and cheap sleeps, Ideo Eyes Open: London shows you the non-touristy places where locals eat, shop, and play.
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Sample tip: Instead of taking high tea at a hotel lounge, go to Coffee@157. The light fixtures in this coffeehouse, as you can see, are made of to-go cups. Outside, a yellow vending machine dispenses artworks for less than 5 pounds each. 011-44/20-7729-2666.
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Crumbs and Doilies is a boutique cupcake shop in the Sunday UpMarket, which is a spontaneous gathering of people selling arts and crafts and playing carom. crumbsanddoilies.co.uk and sundayupmarket.co.uk.
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Daylesford Organic is described as "a secret garden store in the middle of a secret garden tucked away on a secret little street." The nursery explodes with color, reflecting the fever dream of the typical, garden-loving Londoner. daylesfordorganic.com.
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It's well-known that London is drizzly for much of the year. What's less well-known is how the locals creatively respond to the fog: Delighting in all things colorful is one tactic. The store Designers Guild, for instance, organizes its items by color. designersguild.com.
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On a dry Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., go to brunch at 23 Ezra St. at Columbia Road. Enjoy bagels at Jones Dairy Café; then grab a folding chair. As the authors say, "It doesn't get any more local than this.
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Hackney City Farm is an organic farm in the city that sells farm-fresh eggs and offers lessons in the origin of London's food. Here, you'll find parents and kids learning together. hackneycityfarm.co.uk.
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Kandy Tea Room at 4 Holland St. has eight tables adorned with images of "the owner's family, the royal family, cupids, Buddhas, and Crayola-drawn cows." Its motto is "nice tea for nice people." 011-44/20-7937-3001.
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Shopping in London means more than visiting Harrods. Liberty of London, for example, is an upscale department store tucked inside a Tudor mansion on Soho's Great Marlborough Street. In one wing, you'll find women knitting. liberty.co.uk.
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Miller's Academy of Arts and Science, on a side street in Notting Hill, is a salon where you can pay to join a group of about 60 people and listen to speakers on topics ranging from "Chomsky scholars to former Russian spies." millersacademy.co.uk.
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Monmouth Coffee Company is across from Borough Market in Southwark. It offers terrific cappuccino to customers gathered around a communal table. Meeting a local is seldom as easy elsewhere. monmouthcoffee.co.uk.
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St. John is a restaurant that makes use of every morsel of meat—from nose to tail. stjohnrestaurant.co.uk.
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St. John is also, in its design, a British interpretation of U.S. diners. It's fascinating to see what parts of a diner the British thought were worth copying. stjohnrestaurant.co.uk.
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The Tate Modern is probably the world's most visited contemporary art museum. It's also where Woody Allen filmed crucial scenes for Match Point. Exhibits are often tactile, such as this recent one by Carsten Höller. tate.org.uk/modern.
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The Wapping Project is a "former hydraulic power plant turned gallery/restaurant/bar hybrid." thewappingproject.com.
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