London Like a Local with Emma Bates

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Emma Bates is a blogger who has been living the London lifestyle for the past three years. With an eye for taking beautiful photos on her film camera and a quick wit, she brings her expertise in exploring and eating out in London to World of Wanderlust this year as…

the WOW London Blogger.
Emma Bates

Introducing Emma – The WOW London Blogger

Meet Emma

I’ve called London home for three years now, and it’s still my favourite city in the world. I moved to London to study at Kings College, but for the past three years I have been making my way around the city to find the best places to eat and experience.

Before living in London I grew up in the leafy county of Surrey, a short train journey from London. For at least two years I had wanted to move to London before I had the chance to do so, and I would often visit the city before I finally rented my first apartment in 2012.

I absolutely adore London.

I absolutely adore London. It is better than I had imagined and I feel so at home here. I live in Fulham – a very homely, green and leafy neighbourhood in the South West of London. While I love to feel at home here in my neighbourhood, I am just as keen to explore the many different sides to London.

Emma Bates London

WOW: What’s the best ‘pro’ to living in London?

There’s always something to do. Whether you want to bathe in an installation of plastic balls, walk in a park or go for drinks overlooking the city, there are always plenty of options.

WOW: What are some of the cons? The public transport, weather, people?

The district line! It’s a love hate relationship… but seriously why does it stop so much!? The weather in London doesn’t phase me too much, a sunny day in London can make you instantly forget the disgusting drizzle and grey for the 3 weeks preceding it. I quite like the attitude of Londoners, with the hustle and bustle around you it’s quite nice to keep yourself to yourself when you’re walking along the street, it might get a little too stressful if you felt obliged to smile at every passer by. Or maybe I’m just really British?

WOW: How would you describe a Londoner in three words?

Determined, insular, impatient. Don’t get me wrong we do have a nice side too, it just takes a little coaxing to come out in public.

Emma Bates My London Brunch

WOW: What is your favourite meal to eat out for in London?

BRUNCH. The best meal of the day.

WOW: Where are your favourite places to brunch?
  1. No 11 Pimlico Road (Chelsea) – Great instagram location, they have marble tables and even better presented food.
  2. Kopapa (Covent Garden) – All i’m gonna say is marmite soldiers and dippy eggs. Just accept it’s brilliant and order it.
  3. Granger & Co – I wish I could take everyone here. Their scrambled eggs are so perfect to look at you question how it could ever be real food. Order a hot chocolate and if you’re feeling naughty, their honeycomb butter ricotta pancakes. Yep you heard me right.
  4. Riding House Cafe – Centrally located, delicious juices and the avocado on toast is second to none.
  5. Good Life Eatery – Be prepared to queue, but the wait is worth it. Order the Choc Norris smoothie, it’s really great.
WOW: Name your favourite 3 bars in London
Bodega Negra in Soho and Casa Negra in Shoreditch: They do a great margarita, ask for a blended lime margarita with passion fruit.
Milk & Honey – Speakeasy in Soho: Serving Delicious cocktails.
Duck and Waffle/Sushi Samba in the Heron Tower: For the view, not the overpriced drinks.
WOW: Name your favourite museum(s) in London
– The V&A – I just saw the Savage Beauty exhibition and it was phenomenal.
– Natural History Museum – I really like the giant dinosaur and the whale. The building itself is also beautiful, too.


WOW: What area would you suggest visitors to stay in?

If you’re looking for beautiful buildings and a great vibe in a central location, I’d definitely recommend Sloane Square. For the quirkier side of London, I’d suggest Shoreditch. I wouldn’t suggest staying too central to the tourist attractions as you won’t get to experience the real greatness of London.

WOW: If you ever leave London, where else in the world would you like to live and why?

New York! The only other city in the world that I think is faster paced than London – so naturally I need to live there at some stage.


Emma will be joining the WOW Team this year as our London Blogger.
This initiative is to bring you up-to-date expert tips on the cities you’re visiting most! 

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    July 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

    I love London. Every time I visit London it feels like I am in a dream…
    Whatever way I spend my time, it feels like perfect and exciting….
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    April 15, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Sounds fab! I absolutely love London too. Such a special place!! Will have to keep these places in mind for next trip!

    April 11, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Yay, welcome to WOW Emma, can’t wait to see your recommendations. I’m totally with you on the Brunch, definitely the best meal of the day!

    April 9, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Great tips, when we go to Londen we will take these advises with us!

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    April 8, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Oh so lovely hearing some insider tipps from a local. I’ve stayed in London for a month and instantly fell in love with the city. I also wrote about it on my blog with looooads of pictured of my journey ! 🙂


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    April 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Love London and the spotlight. I’ll have to check out Emma 😉

    April 7, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Great choice and lovely read! A girl her knows her city and is also a fantastic photographer. Can’t wait to read more on your posts about the city, what to do, see and experience!
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    April 7, 2015 at 2:32 am

    I love Emma! Can´t wait to see some of her posts here on wow (:
    And yeah I totally agree with living in Shoreditch, I did it and it was amazing!

    April 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    such a lovely post!!!

    April 6, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    yay!! such a lovely idea Brooke. this will keep us really updated on what goes on in the respective cities…very cool. can’t wait for the Moscow ones!! 🙂

    April 6, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Such a great post. Starting to plan a trip to London (thinking about going this summer), so I’m definitely saving this post.

    April 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    It’s so cool to see that WOW is expanding! Great interview with Emma, too! Looking forward to reading a post of hers soon!

    April 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Starting to plan a trip to London so this is great.

    April 6, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I love visiting London. I’ll have to check out those places next time!

    Kozue @ Tokyo Direct Diary
    April 6, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Sounds so cool!!
    Large cities have many aspects and I love to see things from many different viewpoints. That’s why I love to read blogs of travelers and expats, and why I keep blogging myself. Now I’m so happy to explore London guided by a local!
    Can’t wait for your new posts, Emma!!

    April 6, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I think this is a great idea. Can’t wait to find out what other cities you’ll be adding.

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    April 6, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Love this idea Brooke! If you ever need some Australia bloggers, feel free to get in touch as we will be doing a few trips around Australia this year and live in Brisbane, Australia.

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    April 6, 2015 at 8:49 am

    So glad to be seeing experts on other cities writing for the blog 😀 This is going to be so helpful when it comes to receiving “local” posts from all around the world.

    Now dying to try out the food spots in London. I agree with the rain part too; after a week of rain in Paris I’m always left feeling super depressed but one day of sunshine will make all of the sad feelings go away. It’s amazing what a little bit of warmth of your face can do 😀


    Adelaide Haynes
    April 6, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Congratulations Emma!
    I love Fulham, it’s so pretty around there! Can’t wait to follow your journey with you 🙂

    Amber Primdahl
    April 6, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Great ideas! I am coming to London next month, and I fully intend on trying some of your recommendations! You just made me much more excited for my trip, thank you! 🙂

    Sarah Elizabeth
    April 6, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Great tips! So excited to hear more from the local WOW team you’re creating- such an amazing idea! GIPD xx

    Isis Reis
    April 6, 2015 at 6:07 am

    This was such a good idea! I’m visiting London this week and I was wondering if you have any suggestions of nice places to visit outside the mainstream museums and tourist spots (I’ve already been to all of them)… Thank you!

    Shelby Richins
    April 6, 2015 at 5:34 am

    what a great list of places to try out! i love finding out other things to do besides the touristy stuff. thank you!!

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    April 6, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Would love to visit. I am from the US, but currently residing in South America. Thinking about moving somewhere else abroad and love your share on London. Thanks!

    April 6, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Thanks for the bar tips – On my trips to London I always struggle to know which ones to go to!

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    April 6, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Love this post 😀 I’ll be visiting London next month so need all the expertise I can get 😀


    April 6, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Love the idea for this post, would like to see more like this! Hoping for visit London in the fall, great tips here!

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    April 6, 2015 at 3:14 am

    I lived in London for 8yrs after I moved over from South Africa. Eventually it overwhelmed me and I moved to the coast, but now I find myself missing the energy of London. It’s a very inspiring city, so many creative and interesting people, more things to do than you could in a lifetime and yes, absolutely wonderful in the summertime. I often miss London, but when I pay a visit, I remember how dirty, smelly, overcrowded and extortionately expensive it is! Even so, I miss it’s unique energy and possibility.

    Paris by Friday
    April 6, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Couldn’t agree more! I’ve been living here in London for my entire life and the many feelings I have about this city are beyond words. Some are good, some are bad, but at the end of the day, this is my home and I’m very proud to call it that. I love travelling so one day I’ll most likely move away, but I could never leave without coming back regularly.

    One of my favourite shops here which I always recommend to others is Liberty on Regent Street (just a little further down from Oxford Circus). Unlike your typical department store, it’s rustic and quaint with the charm of an old bookshop…it’s especially magical during the festive period, so if there’s any time to visit, it’s definitely at Christmas.

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    April 6, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Excellent ideia to extend the wow network! I follow Emma already and she has always great posts 🙂

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    April 6, 2015 at 2:40 am

    such a great post, i’m visiting london next week so i’ve jotted all these places down!

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    April 6, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Sounds like Emma and London are the perfect match 🙂 Love also the pictures and she looks beautiful and cool <3
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