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Carl Goes London

Welcome to Carl Goes London, a book that brings the local voices of Londoners to our curious and creative travellers. Carl Goes London is a lifestyle accompaniment. Many of our fans read our books from cover to cover before they travel to a destination, as an immersive experience before they even arrive.

The feeling in London at the moment is one of courageous creativity. Long known as a corporate and costly global centre, London’s ecosystem is increasingly supportive of smaller scale ventures and tech start-up innovation. Thanks to enterprising government initiatives, East London Tech City is thriving and there are more than 5,000 active start-ups working across London. Although the expense of London can be frustrating for locals at times, London’s wealth is positive in the business scene, as start-ups have access to rich consumers, influential businesses, a strong funding landscape and an established city system — London has the largest city ecosystem in Europe, after all.

WeWork has three co-working locations in London and offers hotdesks as well as private offices for small companies. Trendy spaces filled with distressed wood, exposed brickwork and plush leather sofas make WeWork’s London spaces both striking and affable. (Photo: WeWork)

WeWork has three co-working locations in London and offers hotdesks as well as private offices for small companies. Trendy spaces filled with distressed wood, exposed brickwork and plush leather sofas make WeWork’s London spaces both striking and affable. (Photo: WeWork)

Get lost in Richmond Park

Get lost in Richmond Park

Graham Hollick: what’s so amazing in London is that so many museums are free.

A very noticable piece of London's DNA: sitting outside as soon as it’s not raining.

A very noticable piece of London's DNA: sitting outside as soon as it’s not raining.

40Winks is London's most charming boutique hotel. (photo: 40Winks)

40Winks is London's most charming boutique hotel. (photo: 40Winks)

Kitchen talking at the Impact Hub Islington. (photo Impact Hub Islington)

Kitchen talking at the Impact Hub Islington. (photo Impact Hub Islington)

Photo: Emyr Thomas

Photo: Emyr Thomas

Emyr Thomas: we’re lucky enough to live in a city that’s at the forefront of changing trends and styles.

Alice Hodge and Ellen Parr: we moved to London because it’s the best. It’s where the world’s your oyster and anything goes.

The ‘Dead Hippie’ burger at Meat Liquor is a real favorite. (photo: Meat Liquor)

The ‘Dead Hippie’ burger at Meat Liquor is a real favorite. (photo: Meat Liquor)

The Ivy is the place to go in London for time-honoured foodie traditions. (photo: David Griffen)  

The Ivy is the place to go in London for time-honoured foodie traditions. (photo: David Griffen)

 

Photo: Roberto Revilla

Photo: Roberto Revilla

Roberto Revilla: London is probably the best place to be doing this type of work.