London Travel Guide: What’s Hot & What’s Not
With so many historical attractions, the best European theatre scene, more green space than any other major city on earth and much else besides, it is no wonder that London has become the most visited city in the world ahead of Paris in 2013. And there are plenty of amazing things to try, but it’s also wise to listen to a word of caution on what doesn’t worth a time in the city. Here’s a summarized guide to where to go (or what’s hot) and what to avoid (what’s not) in London city.
Skip Shopping at Harrods
A splendid, over-the-top temple to shopping enthusiasts, Harrods urges itself as having become a tourist spot in its own way. This upmarket department store in Knightsbridge is apparently geared to parting visitors from their cash (a small chocolate box with Harrods logo for around £30, will it be worth it?). So, unless money is not a concern, skip shopping at this lavish store.
Instead Go to Liberty
Located on Regent Street, this department store retails a broad range of goods ranging from fashion clothes to souvenirs. Famous for its fashion-forward clothing, the store is no doubt a shopper’s delight that you should not miss. Don’t forget to Liberty’s scarf room (city’s biggest collection) and its newly enlarged jewellery room.
Don’t Find Peace in Hyde Park
There’s no doubt, Hyde Park is one of the London’s royal parks and every year millions of travellers visit this park. And it also offers a number of recreational activities including outdoor swimming, boating, horseback riding, and many more. But besides that, the park has become a traditional spot for mass demonstration. Many protestors often hold their serious public debate and protests at Speakers’ Corner in the park.
Instead Visit Richmond Park
Home to around 650 red and fallow deer, Richmond Park is largest of London’s Royal Parks. Also referred as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, this park extends around 1,000 hectares with designated bridleways and cycle paths. The park also boasts two golf courses and power kiting to make your experience a special one. You can also enjoy a traditional fortifying tea and scones in the stylish Georgian Pembroke Lodge, while overlooking the charms of the park.
Don’t Eat at a Michelin-Starred Restaurant
Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Marcus Wareing, and Atul Kochhar are just a few celebrity chefs that have their own Michelin Starred restaurants in the city. Their restaurants offer innovative menus and a chance of enjoying appetizing food in a stylish, celebrity-filled setting. But, they charge too much for food that is quite enough to blow your budget. A prestige dinner for two at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay costs approximately £270. If it’s fine with you, then you may pamper yourself at this longest running three Michelin starred restaurant.
Instead Walk down the Food Streets
Even a foodie looks for a cheap eat. From refreshing fruits to dreamy doughnuts, London’s street food scene has something for everyone. Open on weekdays, famous Berwick Street Market is home to a handful of food stalls offering you an opportunity to try appetizing sandwiches, pizzas, and Italian treats. The street is also blessed with good restaurants and cafés where you can satisfy your culinary wishes. Those who want to try something quick and easy can visit Brockley Market, which is fully supported by local farmers and traders. You can’t leave the market without trying sourdough doughnut, vegetable wraps, and burgers, as they are utterly delicious.
Don’t Pay High Price for Ultra Luxe Hotel
Many of you have a dream of staying in a lavish, five star hotel where you can enjoy a brilliant view of both sides of the city. Though they are expensive, London’s five star accommodations are some of the best in the world. You will be pleased by great hospitality service, well-equipped en-suite rooms or suites, and extras like spa, fitness centre and luxury toiletries. But, make sure you may expect to pay around £800-1000 per night. A deluxe suite with breakfast at The Montcalm costs around £700. If you can afford the price, then the staying experience is definitely worth the splurge.
Instead Grab Secret or Last Minute Deals
Secret or last minute deals are for those who want to taste champagne on the price of beer. Perfect for budget travellers, these deals allow you to book your stay at a five or four star accommodation but prices are quite affordable. You can save up to 50% on your accommodation by grabbing these deals. Secret accommodation deals are perfect for those who don’t want to spend extra merely for the name of a hotel, while last minute hotel deals are great for those who are planning their trip at the eleventh hour.
If you are in doubt of where to go and what to avoid in London city, then this guide will surely allow you to enjoy some unique fascinations on your trip.
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