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Borough Market is much more than of of London's traditional trading posts. It is a gathering ground between avid foodie shoppers and deeply in love with their produce traders. The building that the market takes place was built in 1851, however there are scrolls mentioning its existence even before 1276. Locals come to chat with their trader friends, where they exchange thoughts and impressions on food and recipes. The neighborhood feel that this market has lived on for the past century and a half, has reached another level of contrast within the ever busy London, as the city's latest coqueluche, The Shard has been built just across the street. With an atmosphere rich is fresh food odors and trade hagle, it is a joy to the eyes to see the assortment of produce and food that makes this market the best for food in London, and maybe the uk. British traditional dishes rub shoulders with international street food, so you know you can have a choice of a barley grass health conscious cocktail juice, or a decadent pulled salt beef sandwich on sourdough. Pimm's cocktails, fresh oysters, paella, turkish delights, greek olives, truffles, on the spot cooked french baguettes, world cheeses, vegan burgers, indian street food, british strawberries.... My recommendation is to go for lunchtime on a weekday, so you miss the weekend rush and have more time and space to enjoy this astonishing culinary delight. http://www.nelsoncarvalheiro.com/blog/a-london-borough-market
The residence and office of Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace is one of the few working palaces of the world. It is used by the Queen to entertain guests of State. However, a portion of the Palace is open to the public. This includes rooms adorned with paintings by masters such as Rembrandt and Rubens. This iconic Royal building also boasts of the largest private gardens in London. Time your visit to include the elaborate Changing the Guard ceremony at The Buckingham Palace. There is nothing quite like seeing the bearskin hats, red uniforms, and gold buttons of the guards in person. Follow it up with a visit to the grandiose Hampton Court Palace. The Tudor kitchens are especially impressive. The art-deco elegance and expansive gardens of the Eltham Palace are also recommended for Palace connoisseurs. Photo by Wikipedia.
London's popular suspension bridge, Tower Bridge was built in the nineteenth century. It consists of two massive towers joint by walkways. It opens its bascules to allow ships to pass through. Visit The Tower Bridge Museum in the South Tower and opt for the Tower Bridge Experience. It introduces visitors to the history and functioning of the bridge and offers amazing views from the upper walkway. The towers and walkways of the bridge are strategically lit at night and make for perfect photographs. You cannot miss the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe, in the backdrop. Photo by Wikipedia.
Portobello Road is a colorful stretch of shops and stalls selling bric-a-brac and antiques. Part trendy neighborhood, part flea market. On Saturdays, thousands of people flock there for bargains. I recommend going on a weekday. You can have the place practically to yourself to mill around. Grab fish-n-chips to go and find an authentic souvenir.
A store that may not be too familiar with the average tourist is Liberty, which is a classic emporium that sells clothing and household items. The magnificent historical Tudor building with wooden interiors has been serving customers since the 1920's. Go there to buy fabric (Liberty is famous for its British designs), have a bite at its restaurant, or simply to take pictures.
Upstairs from Soho's pub, Coach and Horses, lies a wonderful cheeky little tea room, Soho's Secret Tea Room. You have to ask the bartender to be let upstairs. He will call the tea room to let them know you are about to make your way through the wandering back staircase behind the bar. Once there, you have your choice of homemade scones, tea sandwiches, and a lovely selection of English teas all served on mismatched floral china. The feeling is quite like an old English grandmother's living room, but there is a playful hip twist to the experience, with tattooed servers providing you with some of the best afternoon tea selections!
I love standing on the steps of the National Gallery and looking out over Trafalgar Square-- pubs, fountains, double-decker buses and a view of Big Ben. The National Gallery is wonderful, but when looking at the building, walk around to the right and head to the smaller entrance that is the National Portrait Museum. Walk thru the halls to meet the entire lineage of British royals.
Monmouth in Borough Market has the most divine coffee. The coffee is so sweet and smooth you don't need to add sugar. They also serve fresh breads and jams on long communal tables inside.
This independent bookshop resembles the libraries of a bibliophile's dreams. The Edwardian exterior is beautiful and befitting of the elegant High Street, but the interior took my breath away: long oak shelves, stained glass, and skylights. Specializing in travel, Daunt Books has two floors with books, maps, and atlases artfully displayed and arranged by continent. Hand pick a book, sit, and dream of your next trip...
Whether you're in need of a quick snack or trying to grocery shop for a week, Borough Market has everything a London gourmand needs. The capital's oldest food market, Borough is open year-round and features dozens of stalls hawking everything from fresh produce to cured meats, pressed ciders to just-baked bread. Just imagine the smells—if you weren't hungry when you got here, you will be soon. The market is divided into four main areas: Crown Square, Green Market, Jubilee Market (where the annual Christmas market is held), and the shops and restaurants that surround the market on Stoney Street, Park Street, and Bedale Street. Leave enough time to wander through them all. Borough is open just for lunch Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The full market is open on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's an easy walk from the London Bridge tube station, and once you're that far into southeast London, you might as well stop by the Tate Modern when you've finished at the market. If you're not too full, that is.
Food tours are perfect for those who are passionate about trying local food or seek alternate ways of exploring a city. They are the easiest way to fall in love with London if you’re a tourist. London offers a number of food tours which provide delicious samples of typical English food peppered with nuggets of historical and cultural information. Eating London Food Tours offer a food tour of the dynamic East End, Mind The Gap tours offer gourmet food tours while Walk Eat Talk Eat offer area-based food tours. Pick one that tickles your fancy. Most tours last for four to five hours and prices of all meals are usually included in the cost of the tour.
A new friend I had just met told me that I simply must have afternoon tea in the top-floor restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery, and to sit by the window! I had have scones and jam before, nothing special about that... but these scones—called Devon scones—paired with a hearty smear of clotted cream and a dollop of jam were an absolute revelation. The view, looking straight down into Trafalgar Square with Big Ben in the distance, along with this quintessential British tradition, made for the most perfect London afternoon! This is one of my favorite pics from my recent trip to London I quickly snapped with my phone.
We spent a wonderful week in South Wales which started with discovering our fabulous accommodation. The Bay Tree Barn is beautiful, cozy and very roomy. It is equipped with central heating but you have the option of making fires too, the first basket full of wood being on the house. Perfect for our family of four. It has a rustic feel with modern amenities and set in a wonderful area of rolling hills and lush forest. It's right next to Brechfa Forest, a great place for nature walks, hiking and mountain biking. Our hosts, Nikki and Jason are really nice and very helpful people. A couple of issues that we had were resolved right away. Very family and doggie friendly. All that you need for a comfortable stay is in the barn. Great communication too. I highly recommend their barns if you plan on visiting South Wales. For full size photos see https://www.facebook.com/adisphotopage
Looking for delicious home-cooked comfort food, and a great breakfast served in the hip and funky Soho? Then look no further. The Breakfast Club is so good you will want to go every day. Some egg dishes you must try with a big cup of great coffee—this is the place to be. Cool tunes are always playing in the no-frills atmosphere. There are three other locations in other parts of London.
Somerset House is a wonderful exhibition space in that the actual buildings are beautiful and historical and the exhibitions exciting- i had just seen my favourite fashion photographer Tim Walker's first solo exhibition and famished contemplated where i could get some lunch. The restaurant/coffee shop in the square at Somerset house is wonderful! i had possibly the best sandwhich ever: Homebaked bread, stilton cheese and wild mushrooms with sage and homemade lemonade followed by a soya milk hot chocolate. Fresh, organic and plentiful it truly is a hidden (ish, the place was packed) gem after an exhibition.
Culinary Superstar, Yotam Ottolenghi's eponymous spots are scattered around London's poshest neighborhoods. Most are takeaway shops with minimal seating. So load up a to go box with a few excellent salads. Like batons of roasted butternut squash dressed in garlicky yogurt and sunflower seeds or a medley of israeli couscous and roasted cauliflower, studded with bursting pomegranate kernels. But absolutely do not skip dessert. One of the best things I ate in London was a wedge of plum cake from Ottolenghi. I was greatly tempted by the dreamy s'mores displayed in the shop window, but the buttery plum cake won out in the end. My travelling companion chose an equally good but less decadent option, a light lemon pistachio polenta cake. Prices are calculated by weight, so the heavier your box of food, the lighter your wallet will be when you leave. The Kensington Ottolenghi location is just blocks from Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Pick up a spread then head over for a picnic. http://eatrepeat.blogspot.com/2013/02/london-ottolenghi.html
I wasn't an art history major, I didn't even take a high school level art class, but I could spend hours at the Tate Modern in London. Located by the Millennium Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Shakespeare's Globe Theater, the museum is a convenient stop while checking your tourist spots off your list. I highly recommend taking the guided tour with one of the experts; especially with modern art, it's great to know the background behind each piece. And guess what, the tour is free, too! Now you have no excuse...
Museum cafes are often depressing affairs, white formica boxes where you grab a curling sandwich on your way to the next piece of tourism. The Morris, Gamble, and Poynter rooms are nothing like that. Designed, respectively, by William Morris, Henry Cole, and Edward Poynter in the 19th century, they are a rare example of a museum restaurant where you would be happy to spend time, revelling in the gorgeous design. And the food's not bad either; you can get all sorts of hot and cold meals, so it's a great stop to plan into your day if you're doing the museum trail at South Kensington.
In South London, just off the Victoria line, there's a one-stop-shop for all your boozing and dining desires. But unlike Borough, this isn't a market from which you walk, wait on line and then eat while standing and walking and waiting some more. Rather this is a cluster of small restos and bars all huddled in a pseudo mall of sorts, their "garage doors" opened to the pubic, serving sit-down-and-dine cuisines to suit any fancy: Thai, Mexican, Italian, Indian and more. What's more, even though there's a "roof," most tables are technically outside and no matter how cold it is, Londoners will still sit and nosh under heated lamps. Some of the most talked-about London restos are here, including Franco Manca for pizza, Honest Burgers for (you guessed it!) burgers, and Seven at Brixton's for ginger beer mojitos. Yum. It shuts down around 11:30/midnight, but the fun don't stop 'til closing time.
The famous Westminster Abbey is a must-go place in London. It's where the recent Royal wedding taking place in 2011. As their own website described: "Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history."
After walking across the footbridge, there is a well constructed view of Saint Paul's that's quite stunning. The bridge was designed to capture the church as if it were floating above the Thames. A very smart design.
When I heard about Bubbledogs, I was not sold on the idea. Champagne and hot dogs - how could anyone have signed off on this concept? Curiousity got the best of me, and I made my way to the tiny restaurant on Charlotte Street. It's cute - really cute. Just the sort of place you'd want to take a date or a friend for a casual but interesting evening. I was immediately overwhelmed by the choices - so many Champagne cocktails! SO many toppings I never imagined for hot dogs! My dog: the Mac Daddy. A hot dog covered in mac and cheese, crispy onions and bacon. My bubbles: the Lisbon Calling cocktail, a mix of Port, Mint, Lemonade and some other goodness. (So not really Champagne exactly, but still lovely!) My verdict: this place is fun! And definitely a must visit when tutting around trendy Charlotte Street. I never would've thought about macaroni and cheese on a hot dog and now I'm trying to figure out why ALL hot dogs don't have the same topping.
An artsy bar in Soho’s Golden Square, Graphic serves punch in paint cans and swaps artistic themes through its menu and décor every six months. (At this writing, the focus is on 3-D art, complete with 3-D glasses to enhance the drinking experience.) Gin is the true motif at Graphic: The bar has a 182-entry gin bible, and a gin club, the Juniper Society, which holds free tastings, workshops, and discussions with different gin makers every two weeks. 44/20-7287-9241. Read "London Distilled," about the first new gin distillery to be built in London in nearly 200 years.
Trafalgar Square dominates the landscape at Charring Cross. It was made to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar. At the centre is Nelson's column, which includes a statue of Horatio Nelson, the vice admiral who commanded the British Fleet at Trafalgar. It is flanked by 4 majestic lions. Around the corner, the historic National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery occupy pride of place. They house masterpieces by famed artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Claude Monet, and J.M.W. Turner. The area around the galleries is full of tourists and locals unwinding after a long day. It is crowded during the day but it is absolutely magical at night once the crowds disperse-perfect for a walk after dinner. Photo by Wikipedia.
Columbia Road is London’s main flower market. On Sundays, it’s totally filled with flowers. It’s an amazing place. —Sophie Howarth Columbia Road Sundays, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. This story appeared in the Premier 2009 issue. Photo by Graham Marks. See all of Sophie Howarth’s favorite places in Shoreditch.
We visited Stonehenge a couple of days ago, on the way back from Wales. It was a grey, rainy, cold and windy day and we still wanted to be there. We were only able to be at the site for about 2 minutes. The wind was extremely strong and the rain was freezing. I only managed to get this photo. I could not walk around as the wind was blasting really cold, from all directions. Was it all worth it? yes it was. They also have a really nice, new visitor center, that opened just a month ago with a museum, a large shop and cafe serving delicious hot chocolate, awesome beef pasties and soup of the day. I did not expect to get such nice food there. So worth a visit.
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