Category: Local Recommendations

Where to Find London’s Best Fish and Chips

February 11, 2014

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Looking for London's best fish and chips? Photo courtesy of Calgary Reviews via Flickr.

With over 255 million portions of Fish ‘n’ Chips consumed in Britain each year, the long-standing staple of English cuisine shows no signs of waning in popularity. Although you’ll no longer be able to pick up a take-out wrapped in newspaper (Health & Safety regulations no longer allow it!), there are still plenty of places where you can enjoy traditional battered fish and thick-cut chips, served up with classic sides like mushy peas, coleslaw or tartare sauce. Hungry? Here’s where to find London’s best fish and chips.

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London’s West End Theatres

January 28, 2014

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Explore London's West End Theatres. Photo courtesy of Mr Andy Bird via Flickr.

Equal only to New York’s Broadway, London’s West End theatre district is renowned worldwide and with a constant stream of hit musical and theatrical shows, numerous glitzy venues and a cast of award-winning actors from around the globe, it’s no surprise that tickets sell out so quickly. For many visitors to London, attending an evening theatre performance is a highlight of their visit and even if you haven’t managed to pre-book tickets, you can still pick up last-minute deals online or from the cut-price ticket booths Leicester Square (just don’t expect to snag front-row seats!)

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Finding Free Wi-Fi in London

January 21, 2014

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There's lots of places to find free Wi-Fi in London

From underground Wi-Fi on the London tube to posting real-time instagrams from the top of the London Eye, there’s no end of options for getting online in London and it’s not only hotels and airports that offer free Wi-Fi. Whether you’re checking out apps on your smartphone, updating your travel blog or just catching up with friends and family back home, here are some tips for getting online in the British capital.

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Downton Abbey Tours from London

December 18, 2013

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The Crawleys are back in prim and proper style this January, as Britain’s favorite period drama, Downton Abbey, finally hits US screens for its fourth season, and it seems America just can’t get enough of Edwardian-era England. So get your top hats and teacups at the ready, because visitors to London can now add Downton Abbey tours to their itineraries.

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New Year’s Eve in London

December 4, 2013

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Fireworks at the London Eye

After the excitement of Christmas has died down and the bargain-hunting masses have descended on the central London sales, it’s time to ring in the New Year with the ultimate and grandest party of the year.

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Christmas Shopping in London

November 21, 2013

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Harrods During Christmas. Photo courtesy of anee.baba via Flickr.

With ice rinks popping up all over town and the streets awash with glittering Christmas lights, London’s holiday season makes for an atmospheric shopping experience. Here are a few pointers to get you started.

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Celebrating American Thanksgiving in London

November 5, 2013

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Celebrating American Thanksgiving in London. Photo courtesy of ruocaled via Flickr.

For Americans, Thanksgiving (this year falling on Thursday November 28th) is one of the biggest celebrations of the year and you don’t have to miss out on traditions just because you’re away from friends and family. Many London hotels, bars and restaurants will be pulling out the stars and stripes, and serving Thanksgiving specialties like roast turkey, chowder and pumpkin pie in honor of their US guests, so to help you plan for the big event, here are some of the best places for celebrating American Thanksgiving in London.

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Shopping in East London

October 1, 2013

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Vintage shopping on Brick Lane. Photo courtesy of garryknight via Flickr.

With its reputation for edgy designers and effortlessly cool style, London is a Mecca for fashion forward individuals and vintage collectors, but those seeking the city’s most innovative designs won’t find them on Oxford Street. East London, with its eclectic markets, vintage clothing stores and quirky boutiques is the place to go, so hop on the tube and head to Whitechapel, Aldgate or Shoreditch, from where it’s easy to walk to the main shopping areas. To help you plan your day of shopping, here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll find out east.

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London Friday Night Skate

September 10, 2013

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Each Friday night the streets of London come alive with the whirring of hundreds of tiny wheels, as a huge crowd of rollerbladers, quad skaters and skateboarders shoot through the city center, accompanied by blaring music. This is London’s Friday night skate (FNS), one of the most thrilling ways to get the inside scoop on the city’s hotspots.

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Best London Pubs for Sunday Lunch

September 3, 2013

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A traditional London Sunday Lunch. Photo courtesy of adactio via Flickr.

Whether tucking into a roast with friends down the local pub or gathering with the family to indulge in some delicious home cooking, the long-standing tradition of British Sunday Lunch is honored across the country. Enjoying a Sunday Lunch involves tucking into a full roast dinner with all the trimmings – veggies, potatoes, stuffing, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy – and you’re not done until you’ve loosened your belt a couple of holes.

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