From the punk-rock haven of Camden Market to the vintage clothing and antiques stalls of Portobello Market, London’s markets have long been a magnet for thrifty shoppers, and the famous Spitalfields is firm favorite among locals. Located at the heart of the East End, London’s Spitalfields Market started life as a fruit and vegetable market back in 1638, making it the city’s oldest market. Today it’s better known for its thriving arts community, huge range of independent fashion designers and trove of vintage and antique goods.
Category: Travel Tips
February 26, 2015
London’s Warner Bros. Studio tour has been the number 1 destination for Harry Potter fans visiting the capital since it opened its doors in 2012 and things are set to get a whole lot more exciting in 2015, with the arrival of the Hogwart’s Express. Yes, the original Hogwarts Express Locomotive that transported the young wizards and witches to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, will finally be making an appearance at the Warner Bros. Studios and it’s sure to be a big hit with fans.
February 17, 2015
An instantly recognizable landmark and one of England’s most intriguing historic sites, Stonehenge has long been on the ‘must-see’ list for travelers to London and whether you’re celebrating the summer solstice or just snapping a selfie in front of the iconic stones, it’s an unmissable attraction, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in Salisbury just an hour and a half from the capital, visiting Stonehenge from London makes a popular choice for a day trip, often combined with nearby attractions like Stratford-Upon-Avon, Windsor or Bath, and with archeologists recently uncovering a further 17 monuments at the site, it’s the ideal time to visit.
February 3, 2015
Make sure to pack some warm clothes if you’re visiting London in February – it’s one of the coldest months of the year and with temperatures averaging 5-6°C and occasionally dipping below 0°C, you’ll need to be prepared for some frosty mornings and rainy afternoons. Don’t let it put you off sightseeing though – February is a great time to bag a bargain on flights and accommodation, pick up cheap West End Theater Tickets and visit new exhibitions at many of London’s museums and galleries. Be sure to put these dates in your diary, too:
January 22, 2015
As the world’s busiest international airport and connecting to over 170 international destinations, if you’re flying to in Europe, there’s a good chance you’ll be passing through Heathrow. The closest airport to central London and connected by London Underground trains (tube), many visitors opt to layover in Heathrow in order to take in some of the sights, but if you don’t have time for sightseeing or just want to relax in-between flights, there’s another option – the London Heathrow Premium Lounge.
November 11, 2014
With Christmas markets springing up all around the city, reindeer paying a visit to Covent Garden and glittering illuminations adorning the capital’s most iconic landmarks, London wastes no time getting in the festive mood. Christmas is the most atmospheric time of year to explore the city and whether you’re ice-skating beneath the Tower of London, visiting Santa at one of his most spectacular grottos or sipping mulled wine as you admire the festive shop window displays, there are plenty of magical ways to spend the holidays in London.
October 28, 2014
Whether you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, save some money or just explore a different side of London, there are plenty of ways to get off-the-beaten-track in the British capital and there’s much more to the city than Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. Of course, first-time visitors will likely want to check off the most famous landmarks, but don’t be afraid to spice up your itinerary by visiting some of the city’s equally impressive sights. To help inspire you, here are 8 little-known alternatives to London’s top attractions.
October 10, 2014
With the spookiest night of the year just around the corner, London is all set for its annual ghoulish makeover, with shop windows decked out with jack-o-lanterns and fake bats, trick-or-treaters taking to the streets and a whole week of special events, horror movie screenings and costume parties. Renowned as one of the most haunted capital cities in Europe, Halloween in London is the ideal time to discover the city’s dark side on a London Ghost Tour or follow in the footsteps of London’s most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper, but they’ll also be a host of family-friendly scares to enjoy at the city’s top attractions.
October 7, 2014
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.
September 9, 2014
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.