A lot of our trip and recommendations came from one of my best friends, and unfortunately a spurs fan, Nick Keetch (his Tumblr: http://utahgetmetwo.tumblr.com/) and this great NY Times piece leading up to the Olympics.
- Stay at an apartment inside Highbury off AirBnb
- Go to a pub before the match and have at least 2 ciders/pints
- Sing loudly no matter who is next to you
- Go to Tollington and drink and sing more
- Go to Tayabs and eat the best food in the city.
- Drink gin. lots of gin.
- Take a hungover tour of the stadium. the audio tour is surprisingly good.
Wahaca - Covent Garden - English take on Mexican - Lots of fun for
dinner, great margaritas - Reasonable.
Meat Liquor - American. - I haven’t been but it’s very popular and it
has the best name.
Curry - The places i like are in Hammersmith, but there is no reason
to go to Hammersmith because it’s a shit hole. Don’t go anywhere on
Brick Lane because it’s all a big scam. There’s a place nearby called
Tayyabs nearby (Whitechapel) that’s BYOB and excellent. Great for a
group, but expect a bit of a wait. You can drink in the line though.
Udon Noodles - Koya - Soho - Really delicious for a lunch in central london.
Nandos: Is this weird portuguese inspired upscale fast food (meaning
they give you a ceramic plate) joint that originated in South Africa,
where cheap footballers take their dates. It’s solid for what it is,
but more for something in a fix rather than a memorable experience.
Having said that, Debbie loves it.
There are these pubs all around London that are independently owned
called Samuel Smiths that serve their own beer. They’re cheap, always
packed with good people, and are a great place to start a night. The
one I particularly like is the Jon Snow on Broadwick St near Carnaby
There are some great pubs near the river in almost every area. If the
weather is in any way good (which it sometimes can be around this
time) just get yourself there and put cider in your face. Yelp will
help you select a fine establishment.
For fun times and good laughs GO EAST. It’s where the cool kids hang
out and you can’t really argue with the variety of things offered.
Plus from Highbury it’s reasonably easy to get to. It’s very
Brooklyn-ey so you should feel at home. There’s a bar i like called
The Book Club which does nice drinks and has a table tennis table.
Good for a mid-afternoon drink. There are an unlimited number of other
places. Most of which i’m not that familiar with, but either look on
the interwebs or just get down there and ask someone with a moustache.
If you’ve never been to Fabric, i would recommend trying it out. It’s
not like any other club i’ve ever been to and despite its age,
continues to throw a massive party every friday and saturday. There
are probably more underground things going on elsewhere, but you can’t
go wrong with a 3000 strong club in an old slaughterhouse.
Cargo also comes recommended, although i haven’t been there in a while.
Portobello market (Saturdays). Borough market (Fridays). Brick Lane
Market (Sundays) - Good food. Weird shit. Fun times.
Tate Modern is pretty cool.
Hang out in the parks.
Go stand on some bridges.
The river boat run by public transport
(http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modalpages/2648.aspx) is not only useful but
also a great way to see London.
Kew Gardens is pretty rude if you looking for a really quaint Sunday.
Time Out London is pretty decent source of things going on. Check the
website. Particularly for new clubs, bars and restaurants. And yelp
will probably help a lott too. Get your international data on.
DO NOT: Do any tourist stuff, if you really want to, get a bike and bike around on your way to awesome spots to see various buildings, but i wouldn’t make it a trip unto itself. Spend even a second in Leicester Square.
Get stabbed. Go into any pub that advertises their wares with
airbrushed fake-chalk. Go to Ministry of Sound. Eating fish and chips in a pub that says they are traditional, will always be shit.
DO DRINK: Lots of cider in the mornings and gin in the evenings.