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Potters Field, Harlow CM17, UK
As busy as London is, serene places exist throughout the city to relax. Once I left the Underground and escaped the crowd on its way from work, Potters Field was a nice garden/open space to sit and take a load off.
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Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG, UK
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...
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Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, UK
When the sunset casts a golden hue to the famous Tower Bridge, with the reflection of the river Thames, it's like a knight changed into his shiny golden armor. Congrats to London's 2012 Summer Olympic Game Opening Day.
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Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9AL, UK
Travel more often stirs excitement, curiosity and, sometimes, even jealousy. But alas, for some of us, frequent travelers, the word travel is also synonym of separation - be it for a few days or a few months. I stumbled upon this statue at King's...
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St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK
It really is a lovely cathedral though it is not in this picture. St. Paul's Cathedral towers over the shoulder of the photographer (me!) snapping a perfect picture of other entranced photographers. Loading, viewing and focusing, these...
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St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK
Visitors to this turreted riverside castle enter a thousand years of history filled with cultural significance (but go early to avoid lines to see the crown jewels). Tudor fans can view the spot where Anne Boleyn was beheaded and the kinds of...
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Brooklane Field, Harlow CM18, UK
Brooklane's hipster, LES vibe is a cool place to go shopping, grab a drink and get brunch. With plenty of thrift stores, AMAZING cafes and fashionistas walking around it's a must for the young traveler.
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32 Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town, London NW1 8AL, UK
I could have spent days at Camden Market! There's loads to see and something for everyone. My favourite find from Camden is an awesome nautical style rockabilly dress (which I saved £10 on :). I also ate the most epic burrito of my life in...
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157 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB, UK
Take a walk in one of London's most diverse and interesting neighborhoods. Find excellent Bengladeshi and Bengali food, wander into uber-cool vintage shops, and hit up the Brick Lane market. There's a bit of a creepy vibe, too, as it's where Jack...
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117 Rotherhithe St, London SE16 4NF, UK
An 18th century pub near the site where the Mayflower set sail for the new world, this eponymous pub is a pilgrimage site for Londoners and Americans. Order a local beer and custom cheese plate to enjoy on the deck perched over the Thames. It's...
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Patriot Square, London E2 9NF, UK
A meal at Viajante is an edible travelogue by chef Nuno Mendes. Dishes such as chicken confit on coconut tuile are inspired by his trips. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue.
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Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4QP, UK
Sure, once you're in London you'll probably never want to leave. But the high-speed train to Paris is just one of the cool things London can offer with a nonchalant shrug of its shoulders. It's easy to buy tickets, easy to get to (Kings Cross/St...
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42 Gloucester Ave, Camden Town, London NW1 8JD, UK
The Primrose Hill location is my original favorite, but the one in Hamstead Heath is equally lovely. The homemade marmalade (with grapefruit and seville oranges) is amazing. And they have prepared and packaged treats to take away. The design is...
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110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY, UK
Get high for breakfast—real high—at this 24-hour spot near Liverpool Street. Check in at ground level and go up 40 floors to find 180-degree, floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at South East London. Dishes are to-die-for, with the...
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69 Roman Rd, London E2 0QN, UK
Roman Road is home to one of East London's most historic markets, and while plenty has changed—the area's now more multicultural than Cockney—the business of street trading hasn't. We bumped into George at "George's Plaice," a...
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85 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL, UK
If you find yourself in East London on a Sunday with some good walking shoes you’re in luck. This is the day for markets. The best ways to experience London’s curious mix of old and new is to start off at the Columbia Road Flower Market near the...
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1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London E1 8JB, UK
Down a dark alley just off the Highway, close to the Tower Hill of London in the East End, is a teeny tiny relic of a music hall known as Wilton's. It originated as an ale house way back in the early 1700s, and soon after was turned into a...
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101 Redchurch St, London E2 7DL, UK
After picking up an excellent iced latte from Brick Lane Coffee, I made my way to Franzè & Evans for breakfast. This place is of the new breed of refined yet casual food establishments that I have now noticed an abundance of in...
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91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QR, UK
Brick Lane Market has everything from bric-a-brac to high-end design.Brick Lane between Bethnal Green Road and Wentworth Street Sundays, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. This story appeared in the Premier 2009 issue. See all oflondon"Sophie Howarth’s favorite places...
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59 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB, UK
Persephone Books is absolutely one of a kind. It's both a bookshop and a publisher, run by Nicola Beauman, a brilliant woman who wanted to reclaim neglected works by women authors. So she set out to uncover great books that had fallen out of...
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Walk the gangway to the Imperial War Museum's H.M.S. Belfast, a retired WWII Royal Navy Cruiser moored on the Thames. Pull levers, climb ladders and explore every nook and cranny as you work your way through 9 decks of naval history. When you...
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Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG, UK
Wake up and smell the roses in London! Every Sunday, from 8am to 3pm, Columbia Road comes alive with the fragrant scents of myriad flowers. Be captivated by the eye-catching and gorgeous blooms, and also venture into one or two of the quaint shops...
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20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX, UK
The Freud Museum in London is off the beaten path in a lovely part of the city, and the museum is a house and garden well worth the visit. The entrance fee is much less than the cost of a psychoanalytic session, but you only get to see the couch,...
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Highgate Hill, Highgate, London N6 5HD, UK
This was a beautiful park we wandered to thanks to the advise of our host we were staying with. Our primary destination that morning was actually to be Karl Marx's grave, but unfortunately the cemetery wouldn't open for another few hours and we...
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6-8 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR, UK
Everyone who comes to London needs to get their teeth stuck into a fine plate of fish and chips. We highly recommend Poppies, an English institution, for fried cod, mushy peas, and chunky chips. The vintage decor at Poppies does a fabulous job of...
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11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ, UK
Tonight I had my first Vortex moment, and when I am next in London I shall return. The club is cozy, great acoustics, a warm welcome and from the line up and this evening's experience, amazing music! Tonight's performance was part of the London...
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Tower Bridge, United Kingdom
This is a landmark that is so familiar, so often seen, that to visit it -- even for the first time -- feels almost ordinary. You know the Tower Bridge. You've seen it in storybooks and on movie screens. You get it. Right? Nope. Because even if it...
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56 Essex Rd, London N1 8LR, UK
Whether I’m looking to grab a bite of lunch with a friend, or searching for a quiet spot to knuckle down and get on with some work – FoodLab always fits the bill. This delightful café/restaurant gives you a taste of the Italian countryside in the...
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Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT, UK
Enter Leadenhall Market and you are walking back through time (albeit with a few modern shops involved). Right in the middle of London's financial hub, just 5 minutes walk from Bank station you will discover this covered market complete with...
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Abbey Rd, London E15 3JZ, UK
Went with my study abroad group. We had to run across the crossing a few times and dodge cars but we ended up getting good group and individual pictures!
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192a Brick Ln, London E1 6SA, UK
A sugar rush and a trip down memory lane served up in a retro-fabulous cafe on London's Brick Lane. One hundred different cereals, 12 kinds of milk and more than a dozen toppings all served with a side of childhood kitch. Craving some Fruity...
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2-4 Boundary St, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD, UK
The best thing about this chicken and crawfish pie, filled with creamy peas and shrooms and covered in a buttery, toasty pie crust? I got to order and eat it from a table for one. And just one. As a solo traveler, I'm so often relegated to letting...
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Canary Wharf, London E14, UK
Canary Wharf is a complete hanging out place in the city of London. Here you will surely find various bars, restaurants, shopping outlets. Also, many Art and music events are conducted in this destination for the entertainment of the visitors. If...
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This is your chance, Harry Potter fans. Grab a scarf and a wand. Place your hands firmly on the luggage trolley and recreate Harry's run through the wall to his new life at Hogwarts. The Platform 9 3/4 trolley was in an obscure corner of King's...
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Gresham St, London EC2V 7HH, UK
As we entered the Guildhall Yard we were shooed away from the doors, which promptly opened to men with spears! We had happened upon the Beating of the Bounds, once a tradition throughout England and only held in a few locations today. City and...
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96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB, UK
It’s not on most tourist itineraries, but the British Library is a must-see for anyone who appreciates literature or history. The permanent exhibitions are free and open seven days a week, and they showcase important documents like the Magna Carta...
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96-98 Islington High St, Islington, London N1 8EG, UK
With the weather at times being under the blue in London, nothing can awaken your senses more than good coffee. Not only is their coffee excellent; brewed fresh and full of taste, this is the place to go to even for a non-coffee drinker. The...
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London NW1 4RY, UK
As a huge zoo enthusiast, I was obviously very excited to visit the world's oldest zoo; I was not disappointed. It was a bit of a trek to get there as you have to take the tube to Regent's Park and walk (or in my case, run) to the opposite end of...