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London’s Worst Tourist Traps (AVOID!)

November 7, 2019


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  • Reply TheAlbanach_ April 28, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Visit London every month or two and all of what you said is spot on! Although, Leicester Square is good for one thing, if you're there Chinatown is next to it and has amazing places to eat! 😀

  • Reply KonPlayz April 29, 2019 at 9:27 am

    why am i watching this after going to london

  • Reply Zuul Gatekeeper April 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Applies to many city's as well as London don't fall for table scam, private bars with dancing girls will entice you in written in the small print on the menu or on the wall is you're buying the table for the evening when you leave thinking you have only spent a few $ on drinks you get a bill for the rental of the table it can be hundreds & you have to pay it.

  • Reply The The April 29, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Be good if you recommended some more good places to balance it out.
    The Bear and staff pub, bear street, is cool with good food. Bar Remo just beside Karen Millen off, Regent street and China town, Gerard street are good value to eat out. also. Covent Garden market, British Museum, St. Paul’s church Covent Garden for the live quire , are all worth a visit or stroll round👍

  • Reply Philip Lettley April 30, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Remember shopping on Oxford Street, for lunch we went into Mayfair, small pub, very cheaply priced and good food, for anywhere not just for London, so agree with going well off the main attractions for cheap good food. And like with Mayfair, go into the expensive areas, as you'll probably find it cheaper there

  • Reply Orcas Waling April 30, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Proper Fish & Chips with Mushy Peas should be no more that £6.50..and if you are paying that, ask for the batter bits too… Nice Lady Though

  • Reply Apple Bebe Rozas-Lipman April 30, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    In terms of pubs, I suggest go to the areas of London that are filled with office workers and English people. Those are the more authentic ones. There are some around the Strand in Alleys. A good Pub is 'Ye Old Cheshire Cheese' which is in Fleet Street.

  • Reply Misk May 1, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    There a loads of great pubs in central London. Just a bit of research will tell you which ones to visit and which ones to avoid.

  • Reply BadDrivers May 1, 2019 at 9:17 pm

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  • Reply Milk and Duck gaming May 1, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    weatherspoons is a reasonable option.

  • Reply Twice As Interesting May 1, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Fish and Chips are £15 a portion? In the north 2 portions are £10.

  • Reply Sasho May 3, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    As a Londoner …. visit a pub out of the centre

  • Reply Wrongway Conway May 5, 2019 at 4:15 am

    We did like Bella Italia, good service, tasty food, great specials for the budget minded travellers (40% off coupon really helps). Very good cappuccino.

  • Reply Wrongway Conway May 5, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Hobson's on Porchester Rd in Bayswater, or Seafresh on Wilton Rd in Victoria. Delicious, plentiful, inexpensive fish & chips (£4.50 – £8).

  • Reply Dust in your eye May 9, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Not sure why anyone would take a photo of the people dressed up but surely to give them some change isn't a big deal

  • Reply Adam10Burt May 19, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I'm into gifts and souvenirs shops, I been to these shops.

  • Reply LinkWave May 21, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    3:10 LOL I've heard that happens in NY too!

  • Reply Andrea Felix May 30, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Correction, there is a reeeeeally nice pizza place in Leicester Square which is called MOD Pizza, they basically do the same thing Subway does- you can make create your own pizza with anything you like for about £7

  • Reply Roberto C. June 2, 2019 at 12:17 am

    I was hesitant concerning Madame Toussods, but went out totally flashed. Loved the short immersive parts and am sad not to have went for the Sherlock thing. That short part I went through was cool though. and the 4d cinema was also great. If it only where about taking selfies with wax people it might be weirder. But really like the package it offers atm 😀

  • Reply Miss highter June 3, 2019 at 11:59 am

    How about Manchester and Liverpool Jess? Have you been there? Any great place to see to eat to stay? Weather? Worst than London?

  • Reply Matthew Bratton June 18, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I absolutely love London! I'd like to move there, though UK immigration is extremely strict for non-EU nations 😑

  • Reply Sajal Hq June 19, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Thanks

  • Reply Grant Rennie June 22, 2019 at 8:52 am

    0:36 a lot of American people I know that come to London often are repeat visitors to the M&M store, they buy huge bags of M&Ms candy to take back to America so that they get the London branded bag, I know Americans that refuse to eat outside of American corporate branded fast food restaurants in the UK and some even fly a mid sized extra suitcase full of food over with them from America, filled with powdered mac and cheese and things like that, even though the same thing is on sale here in a differently branded box.

  • Reply Grant Rennie June 22, 2019 at 8:57 am

    I spent every weekend for 3 years in London then lived there for a while as well, there are nice restaurants in North Finchley.

  • Reply Blueband 8 June 30, 2019 at 10:53 am

    The whole of London is not 'traditional'.

  • Reply Amy Clarke June 30, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    So I had to spend this past week working in and around Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. Honestly there wasn’t much to do and for a more enjoyable time I’d recommend taking a literally 5 minute walk to st James park. There’s not much to do at LS that isn’t a rip off so I just sat near the Shakespeare fountain in a deck chair and listened to a podcast, it killed time and didn’t cost anything. Don’t bother with tourist food locations like rainforest cafe or hard rock. Just get something cheap and cheerful for example I regularly just went wasbi or mc D’s or pret cause frankly when you just need food you ain’t going to find a nice restaurant in the heart of tourist of London once again just take a 5 minute walk and go somewhere that’s not right next to the pc tube stop.

  • Reply importedmusic July 1, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Avoid Madame Tussauds and Ripley's Believe It or not.

  • Reply Q-Slayer July 2, 2019 at 1:46 am

    What type of tourists would you find in London in the summer? And would you consider them annoying or contributing to the local economy?

  • Reply FightingPinguin July 2, 2019 at 2:41 am

    If u queue just for an insta foto, u desurfe standard crapy overpriced food!

  • Reply Tirza Alberta July 2, 2019 at 5:07 am

    I have to disagree with the performers in character costumes etc.. I mean to be frank, they're not there as a volunteer.. They're there to work so it's not unreasonable for them to ask for money if you're using their service or performance (photo or video). Now, some really try to rip you off, but just saying, it's not reasonable to expect all of them to let you take pics with them for free since theyre at work. If you don't wanna pay, don't use their service, but don't get mad if they charge you for their time, costume, prep, and performance (even if they just stand there like a statue).

  • Reply wowJhil July 2, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Some obvious things, but also some less obvious once. Nice vid!

  • Reply Daniel Filippus July 2, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Everything in this video I did to my many visits to London. And I don't like London particularly now.

  • Reply Steve Steve July 3, 2019 at 6:52 am

    One of those pubs was the scene of Wolverhampton vs Burnley 1999… She should have went through the history, beligerants, casualties, aftermath, etc… joking, lol… Great they cleaned up the game though!!!

  • Reply hasnat rbm July 3, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Sometimes YT recommendations are good

  • Reply haider hameed July 3, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    10000000% honest reviews,,👍👍👍

  • Reply Kry Kry July 3, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    The laughing halibut . Go here for fish and chips nowhere else it's super cheap for the quality and it's one of the most famous. A large size can feed two people

  • Reply Octavio Delaserna July 4, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Loved your video, everything you touched upon avoiding is everything I try to avoid! Spot on, great video!

  • Reply KETEATA BTS July 4, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I’m from London & I think this is unfair lol experience is experience & not everything you’ve criticised you’ve tried

  • Reply Joe July 4, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I found it hard to find a nice meal in London. My sights were not high. I just wanted a full belly.
    The George pub in near Tower bridge was good.

  • Reply jack flash July 5, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Great video. Pretty much everything you've said about downtown London can be said of most big cities of the world. Much of the tourists that come to London are from the very cities worldwide where this occurs.

  • Reply Summer Water lily July 5, 2019 at 7:31 am

    I love London city. My favourite place in the summer time.❣️❣️❣️❣️

  • Reply the polish slav 0205 July 5, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Pizzahut is the best

  • Reply david k July 5, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Rickshaws are still not regulated they are unlicensed, unsafe and uninsured if you have an accident in one the rider will run away. Do not use them.

  • Reply flamingpie herman July 7, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I went to Harrods they have a great gift shop

  • Reply Pick Up Pink July 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    As a Londoner I love your videos as you say it how it is 👍🌸

  • Reply Jon Annie July 8, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Just use YELP and research where to eat with good reviews from locals and tourists.

  • Reply Nyonyo Reservoir July 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Definitely need people like you in every cities.

  • Reply Mick Angelhere's World July 14, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Very true Leicester Square is crazy 👍👍

  • Reply Mary Anne Calora July 14, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Bella italia not a tourist trap, yeah a chain restaurant, but they have £5 pizza or pasta deals and also the food isn’t half bad, although not the most authentic

  • Reply Sham Teal July 15, 2019 at 3:37 am

    If you are paying £13.75 for fish and chips you are paying almost 3 times the normal price and don't ask for fish & chips, ask for cod or haddock, if you ask for fish they could give you anything and God knows what that might be.

  • Reply Marcus Halliday July 17, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    As a Londoner I agree with everything you said here.

  • Reply Ayten ElDeeb July 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Can u plz tell me the souvenirs shop name cuz i didn't catch it. Thx

  • Reply Charlie Simpson July 18, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Pie and mash shop near Camden rd station that is the best 😇

  • Reply Bob Mob July 20, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Great advice. If you want to go to the best bookshop in London, go to Daunt books in Marylebone (the area is also very pleasant)

  • Reply RR Extra July 20, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    £14 for fish and fxxkin' chips !!! That's robbery.

  • Reply Chris Pollard July 22, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Museum shops are good for Souvenirs. Tower Bridge gift shop or London Transport Museum for example.

  • Reply Daniel W July 23, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Jess, you've provided an invaluable service, here. I've lived in London for 30 years and each example is spot-on; I feel so sorry for visitors who've failed to heed your advice – London is a couple of streets off the "beaten track"!

  • Reply Karen Vincent July 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    We loved Scoff and Banter as well as Le Pain Quotidian – both local chains that were excellent. Good food at a good price, especially Scoff and Banter which had the feel of an upscale restaurant without the price. We also loved the Waitrose grocery stores. We got amazing sandwiches and all sorts of interesting cookies and snacks to take back to the room. Because I am from New Orleans, I don't go places to eat, but these were all super and very reasonable. I loved W. H. Smith – awesome pens and pencils. Also, don't miss Bow Wow dog shop in Covent Garden.

  • Reply David Liu August 1, 2019 at 8:13 am

    1:16
    Lol I just watched Forrest Gump online earlier today.

  • Reply sponge bob August 5, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Nice outfit

  • Reply Davey Givens August 5, 2019 at 1:12 am

    I was in London last month – walked through Piccadilly and couldn't believe they have a Five Guys there. =/

  • Reply BNO97 ! August 7, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Im going uni in London and idk how I’m gonna afford to eat lol

  • Reply JPiano August 9, 2019 at 12:28 am

    I like fish and chipper…

  • Reply Aymen Yaz August 9, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    The dislikes are from all the shop owners that she criticized HAHAHAHAHA

  • Reply Matt Falcon August 11, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    I’ve been as far as Birmingham and I was raised in the North-West of England with plans to visit London later this year. I’ll try my best to pick the right places there lol.

  • Reply Joshua Allen August 12, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Regarding the item about authentic pub food: My son and I were in London last month. We stayed at a hotel in Bloomsbury, and we asked the hotel staff about places to eat in the area. They were very helpful in steering us to good places and away from gimmicky ones. In fact, the hotel clerk said about one pub: "Only tourists eat there. You won't find any English people there." So the lesson I learned was when in doubt, ask your hotel for advice. The people who work there are locals, and they know what is authentic and what isn't.

  • Reply Xx损坏BlфzèFфжxX August 14, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    True lot of cosplay in London.Every time I take a picture with the fake characters they never ask me for Money. I am Lucky.

  • Reply Jon Byrne August 23, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Definitely agree about the rickshaws avoid at ALL costs ! They are dangerous and charge a lot more than the great London black taxi .

  • Reply LONDON UK ON FOREVER 003-006-009 August 24, 2019 at 1:46 am

    The Fucking Classic Fish and chips 🇬🇧 😂

  • Reply F. E. August 26, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Sorry… There is nothing wrong with being touristy… Whatever makes one's trip enjoyable… I quite enjoyed people watching in Leicester Square and Piccadilly circus.

  • Reply Timor Cohen August 29, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Peggy's cakes are one of the best I tried… the fact that the place is pretty doesn't mean they only look good

  • Reply Matt Lawton August 29, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    the best chippy in London 4 price n food is Jack The Chipper Whitechapel high road

  • Reply David Sheppard September 1, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    What time was you filming for Leicester Square to be that empty

  • Reply moon child September 1, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Chinatown in Leicester Square is amazing and the food is very delicious. It is a good alternative to all the other food chains nearby.

  • Reply Omar Ambrose September 7, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    As a born and bread native of this City. I can also confirm truth in this especially the large gift shops! Great video

  • Reply Belen Bardey September 9, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Jess congratulations on the evolution of your videos! I’m from Argentina and went to London on December 2018 for my honeymoon. I found your tips to be the most useful for the planning part of the trip, and been watching them since 1 1/2 years! I’m so happy because I’ll be returning to London on January 2020, so I’ve been binging on your videos again. Keep up the good work! 💗

  • Reply Lucie Lupin September 14, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Jesus Christ, stop dissing London. The prices are high cause it’s a touristy area. M&M world is for bloomin tourists, especially Americans. You’re American, how r u supposed to know. It’s for bloomin tourists!!

  • Reply Wendy Porter September 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    I have to say I don't agree with the comments about Leicester Square and Peggy Porshen's because an American friend of mine loved both, so it's a matter of taste. It's very much like Times Square in New York. The pubs are catered for the tourists so will be expensive and best avoided.

  • Reply soumita sen September 15, 2019 at 4:45 am

    I am planning a vacation to London and your videos have become my go-to material to plan my trip.Thank You

  • Reply Francisca Rehbein September 18, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    OMG I just started to watch the video and I'm already shook ahahah I went to Pizza Hut, Burger King, M&M's World and also Bella Italia!! I made all the first mistakes cry

  • Reply Fredo Santana September 19, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Ive noticed Compared to new york and other parts of europe, London street performers and workers that make money off tourists are nowhere near as aggressive and persistent. If youve ever been to Marrakesh and gone to the market in the square, just WOW. You literally get bullied, stalked, insulted and shouted at

  • Reply Sarah Hope September 24, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Another scam I've had on me is when random people come up and ask to take a photo with you and demand money. I did one time had a picture with someone dressed up as Pikachu and they pushed their pot on the floor and kind of asked me for money I just walked off.

  • Reply Naomi Dadya September 26, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I went to the m&m store because I love m&ms….

  • Reply Olivia Vicary September 28, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    This is so helpful. My Mom is taking me to London for the very first time (I'm 14) November 4-8th! Any tips? I love your videos! Learning a lot. Thanks so much.

  • Reply KSA-G8 October 4, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Thanks a lot for this great content…

    Please help us, non- English native speakers, by writing the names of the shops and locations you mentioned in your videos… example: the names of the two non-touristic neighborhoods

    Thanks again and good luck

  • Reply Tysonator ! October 8, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Being a Brit and only a short train ride away from London this video does raise some very good points. Like any major city in the world there are scammers, pick pockets, over priced bars and food outlets. I do believe the attractions are very expensive and a couple could visit a few attractions have a pint or two, and dinner and kiss goodbye to way over £150 for one day in London and does not include transport !
    Also plan your journey, down load any vouchers, use meerkat movies, AA app ect for food deals

  • Reply JJM CHALLENGE October 8, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    MMM world a shirt cost more than my train ticket.

  • Reply David O'Brien October 11, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Excellent advice, thanks, and I was born and raised in London.

  • Reply carly franklin October 13, 2019 at 8:20 am

    London is too expensive

  • Reply Lorna Strachan October 15, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Would recommend The Rocket in Euston for pub grub. Was in there and March and the food was nice and not over priced etc. It was like being back up north just with funnier accents. 🙂

  • Reply C DV October 16, 2019 at 6:49 am

    The street performers are the same in other countries in Europe, that's how they make their money by performing, dressing up and photos, don't expect to take a photo and not give something, it's how they make a living, it's not Disney world where the people are employed to do the same.

  • Reply M Pezant October 16, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Folkestone used to have the 50 p portion

  • Reply William Mayer October 17, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Notice how we Brits suddenly start agreeing with everything you say when you're being super-negative, while all the videos where you give positive tips and recommendations get panned. That's so us! 😂

  • Reply Anne Ruby October 18, 2019 at 10:29 am

    My favorite souvenirs are dishtowels. I use them. I gift them. They’re easy to pack. Unbreakable. Not too expensive. And I think of my trip every time I use them.

  • Reply Daniel Williams October 18, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    M&M world is amazing though haha !!!

  • Reply Elliott Ford October 27, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    as a british person from london this video couldn't be more true !! all the tourists go to the pubs in central london and get charged up to what i've seen £22.50!!!! at my local fish and chip shop it's £4.50 for fish and chips with mushy peas but bella italian and chiquitos are really nice as well so don't think they're bad because the have good food too

  • Reply I am Amelia Pond October 28, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    She’s not wrong, the amount of crappy little souvenir shops in London is silly

  • Reply Jimmyredcab October 29, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Rickshaws are NOT regulated, they will quote you £10 and at the end of the journey demand £10 per PERSON, all foreign drivers, not insured.

  • Reply Captain Lion Aviation October 29, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    From bucks myself and lived in London. Can agree with this

  • Reply George Clayton November 1, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Anyone else live in London but interested to see what it’s like to visit here as a tourist 🤷🏼‍♂️😂

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