Category: Local Recommendations

Fall Foliage in London

October 7, 2014

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Fall foliage in London's Hyde Park

With the wind whipping the through the trees, the crunch of leaves underfoot and the last slivers of summer sun peeking through the clouds, autumn is an enchanting time to discover the British capital. Don’t let the cooler weather and chance of rain keep you indoors – this is the best time of year to explore the city’s many parks and there are ample opportunities to admire the colorful fall foliage in London.

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Sampling the Flavors of London’s East End on a Food Tour

September 30, 2014

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So many different flavors be in found in the East End

I admit it; I’m one of those people who didn’t have a very good impression of British food. All I could think about were meat pies and mushy everything, which is why I decided to join an innovative food tour through London’s infamous East End. Turns out I was wrong about British food, as I discovered in the most fun way possible.

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London’s Famous Speakers’ Corner

September 9, 2014

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 Hyde Park, London

Priding itself on its cultural and political diversity, the British capital has long been a place where people can speak their mind and there’s no better example of this than London’s famous Speaker’s Corner, an area of the city devoted to free public speech. Karl Marx, Lenin, William Morris, George Orwell and Lord Soper have all taken to their soapboxes at Speaker’s Corner over the years, and with students, preachers and political figures continuing to use the space, the public forum is just as relevant today.

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8 of London’s Best Royal Attractions

September 2, 2014

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Hyde Park, London

With their lavish lifestyles and time-honored traditions, the British monarchy have long drawn the attention of the world, and with young Royals like Prince Harry and everyone’s favorite couple Prince William and Kate hitting the headlines, the Royal family has never been cooler. Whether you want to stroll through the halls of the Queen’s palace, gawp at the Crown Jewels or picnic in a Royal park, here are 8 of London’s best royal attractions.

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London in September: Weather, Events, and Things to Do

August 26, 2014

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London, England

With the summer crowds thinning out, students heading back to school and the sun still shining, visiting London in September is the perfect time for sightseeing. The British summer isn’t quite over yet and Londoners will be celebrating their last sunny days with a busy schedule of festivals and events. Plus, don’t forget that many of the city’s summer tourist specials will still be ongoing, like the summer opening of Buckingham Palace and Parliament and the BBC Proms concerts.

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Exploring London at Night

August 12, 2014

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London at Night

With the Thames riverfront dramatically floodlit and the city’s landmarks aglow in neon, the evening hours are the most atmospheric time to experience London, and there’s much more to see and do after hours than hitting the clubs. From moonlight walking tours to spending a night in a museum, here are the top choices for exploring London at night.

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Unique Ways to Explore London’s Museums

July 22, 2014

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Large scale installation art at the Tate Modern, London. Photo courtesy of Katie Lips via Flickr.

With over 240 museums ranging from internationally renowned institutions like the Natural History Museum, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, to floating museums like the Cutty Sark or quirky expositions like Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, London’s museums offer something to satisfy even the most curious visitors. But while you could settle for an afternoon marveling over exhibits at the Science Museum or checking out the latest installation art at the Tate Modern, there are also plenty of unique ways to explore London’s museums, like touring by candlelight or sleeping over in a museum. Here are a few ideas.

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London Wetland Centre

July 15, 2014

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Feeding time at the London Wetland Centre. Photo courtesy of Gordon Joly via Flickr.

For one of the world’s most populated capital cities, London still manages to maintain a wide variety of greenery and whether you’re feeding the ducks in Hyde Park or spotting tigers at London Zoo, wildlife lovers will find plenty to get excited about in the city. The city is also home to one of Europe’s largest inland wetland projects, the London Wetland Centre, where children can spot wildlife in their natural habitats and bird-watchers will be in their element.

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Wimbledon Tennis in London

June 25, 2014

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Enjoy Wimbledon tennis in London with a tour of the All England Tennis Club

As the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships have long been among the capital’s top sporting events and the annual tournaments mark the start of the summer for many Londoners. The 2 weeks of Grand Slam tennis tournaments are held at Wimbledon’s famous All England Lawn Tennis Club and draw up to 500,000 spectators, with even the Queen and other members of the royal family turning up to cheer on British hero and reigning champion Andy Murray.

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10 Things You Can Only Do in London

June 19, 2014

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Platform 9 3/4 at London's King's Cross

A global trendsetter in art, music and fashion; an architectural pioneer; and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world – the British capital is nothing if not unique. But while you’ve surely got a whole list of must-do attractions to check off your list – riding the London Eye, tucking into afternoon tea at the Ritz, visiting Buckingham Palace – save some time in your trip to enjoy some of the things that you can only do in London.

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