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Laura Porter is a London travel writer who loves to visit London attractions every week.

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Q. Please tell our readers a little about yourself

A. I live in London and write about London and UK travel. I'm an afternoon tea addict and enjoy a secret smile every time I find a new street in London (you can find one every day of your life - I promise!)

Q. What inspired you to be a travel writer/blogger and when did you start?

A. I started writing the About.com London Travel site in 2006 just before my daughter was born. A friend recommended the company and knew I would need to keep my mind active and have a reason to get out and about on while on maternity leave from my teaching job. From the popularity of that site I now write for many others.

Q. How did writing for golondon.about.com come about?

A. About.com have a list of 'Available Topics' they need writers to cover and I was lucky enough to notice the London Travel site and applied pretty swiftly. My application piece of writing was about the Geffrye Museum; somewhere I still enjoy visiting. From the application they train their writers to manage a website as we write everything and upload everything except the advertising.

Q. Which are your favourite London attractions/landmarks and why?

A. The Southbank is always a good choice as it's one of the few places Londoners and visitors both love. It has iconic views and can be a completely free day out. I also like the National Gallery a lot. I used to find it an intimidating building but I decided one day to really explore and now adore stopping there often.

Q. Is there a hidden gem or a lesser known place in London that you'd like to tell our readers about?

A. I've been told if I keep telling everyone about this place it won't be an undiscovered hidden gem for much longer but I do like The Teanamu Chaya Teahouse at the weekends in Notting Hill.

Q. What is the first tip you'd give someone who wishes to travel to London?

A. Get an Oyster card. It saves you money on public transport, although not on attractions as many visitors hope, and you can pass it on to friends and family for their next visit to London as the credit doesn't expire.

Q. What does London mean to you and how would you describe it in 3 words?

A. London is where my heart is. I truly feel an ache inside if I'm away from central London for too long. While others want to leave the hustle and bustle behind I crave it. I know the back streets well but just need to feel the buzz and excitement of such a wonderful city regularly.

London is...Huge. Wonderful. Home.

Get more travel tips and insights from Laura on Twitter at @AboutLondon. See her London blog at www.golondon.about.com

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