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by Charlotte Rees-Williams (subscribe)
I'm Lottie, a freelance writer/aspiring journalist, sometimes residing in Cardiff, sometimes in London! Visit my blog at
Published August 14th 2012
Fun, free and easy- this is the sport to take up
The Olympics are over and London is in a state of confusion- what do we do now that the biggest sporting event in the world is over? People from all over the world flocked to our city to experience the buzz and thrive of the capital, and we did not disappoint. It was one big party. But now what do we do for the rest of the summer?

Funds are low so what can London offer to keep us entertained?
That's where the sport of people-watching comes in to play. There is nothing better than sitting outside a quaint little café on a sunny day watching the world and its people pass by. The best thing about London is that there is always something happening. So where are the best spots in London to watch the world go by around you?

1) Portobello Market
Portobello Market is home to some of the most eccentric looks in London and could never be described as boring! With a plethora of unique, stand-alone cafes in the area, Portobello Market not only offers some fantastic shopping bargains from the mass of stalls, but a perfect atmosphere to sit back and take in the lively throng of residents and visitors. Why not try Charlie's Portobello Road Café, a relaxed and stylish setting to while away the hours.

2) Hyde Park
If you want to take a step out of the traffic-filled, noisy and hectic streets of London, then Hyde Park is the escape route you should opt for. One of eight royal parks in London, Hyde Park expands to over 350 acres of lush green land and is home to such landmarks as the Diana Memorial Fountain and the Serpentine. Why not hire a boat to take in the tranquil sights or simply grab a picnic rug from home, and sprawl out on the grass to do some serious people-watching! With millions of visitors to the park each year, you will have plenty of people to practice on.

3) Little Venice
Want to feel like you're on holiday without having to actually splash the cash to go on holiday? Little Venice transports you to a wonderful little world inside of London with beautiful walking routes, cute canal boats and a wide selection of pubs and restaurants to frequent. Highly recommended (as a warm-down from your spot of people-watching) is the Puppet Theatre Barge, where puppets re-enact traditional stories with a modern twist to an intimate mini audience of 55.

If people-watching were a sport in London, then we would most certainly get gold. Head out now to start getting some practice in.
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When: Every day
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Where: All over London
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