My boyfriend and I are planning to visit London around Christmastime at the end of this year. Of course we want to do the usual touristy things (even though we have seen half the usual stuff before), we are looking for something that would feel like an authentic experience. Something not-so-touristy. I'm not a big fan of travelling to big cities because I feel there's an element that is harder to grasp than it is in smaller towns.
It could be wonderful shop in the city, a day trip out of the city, something that we tourists miss as an outsider that only a local would know. It could be a small town that is reachable by train. Three years ago we stayed six days in Banbury. Lovely village. (If I had my way we'd be staying there for a week instead of in London :) There is something lacking from the touristy stuff.
I live near Los Angeles and I sort of chuckle when family from abroad asks me what there is to do? The Hollywood sign is nothing special and neither is the Hollywood walk of fame. However our local hills provide for an excellent hike and the view from the top if fantastic. Of course as a local I would know that. That's what I'm after.
This could include places to see, food to eat, lodging, interesting street corners,...