Visiting London : Check Out some of these Fab and Inexpensive Tourist Attractions.
The Flavors of London
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London is one of the best cities in the world to visit and flights to London have never been easier or cheaper to access. Whether you are going to visit, live or work, it's magic captivates the unsuspecting visitor and most go home longing to come back again soon.
Known for the "London look of the sixties" London may no longer have the 'swinging sixties' tag but is still a vibrant and colorful fascinatingly exciting city, a must see destination in this part of the world's hemisphere.
When visiting London there are many varied and interesting places to see and this article will attempt to touch on some of the well known and highlight some of the not so well known attractions.
Most people are familiar with Buckingham Palace, London Tower and Bridge, Westminster Cathedral, Trafalgar Square the National Museum and the Albert Hall but some of the following tourist attractions beg for more than a first visit.
1. Oxford Street - the shopping mecca of not only England but the United Kingdom as well.
The buzz of walking down each side of Oxford street is second to none in the world and visitors to the city will find fabulous shops to explore. Must tries are Selfridges four floors of shoes, Hamley's toy store with it's five floors of total excitement for children and adults alike and one of the best Apple shops in the world with its spacious learning theatre where a tired visitor can relax and access emails and messages.
2 Hyde Park Gardens and Kensington Palace - Another welcome place of rest the gardens are a delightful place to stroll, bike ride or exercise. A fabulous place to retreat to after a busy day working or sightseeing. A great place to take the kid's as families flock to it's outside cafes, ponds and children's play areas and are surprised to find squirrels running free.
3 St Paul's Cathedral - fascinating for it's history and architecture and peaceful aesthics St Paul's will surprise you even further. If you can climb all the way to the top a massive 300 or so steps the view it gives looking out of the city is simply breathtaking and one not to be missed
4 Notting Hill & Portobello Road Markets - Made famous in the film 'Notting Hill' which starred Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant the markets are a haven for antique and second hand goods but when visiting keep an eye out make up stalls where good brands are peddled cheaply and food stalls where you can find an interesting array of unusual produce.
5 Burough Markets - Foodies Delights
The quintessential foodies market where culinary delights are found and feasted on. Shopping for the pantry has never been more exciting and accessible than at Burough markets.
Directions from London
Southwark St, Southwark, London SE1 1TL, UK
Burough Markets are situated in the town of Burough a village located in a south east direction from London's City Centre.The nearest Underground is London Bridge and Burough stations. The route from the city are the Northern and Jubilee lines. The trip takes about thirty minutes all up. Be sure to get your self an Oyster card, the best and cheapest way travel on public transport.
The market's are open Thursday's 11am-5pm, Friday's 12pm-6pm and Saturday's 8am-5pm. Like most food market's it's best to get there early for more choice especially on Saturday, the busiest day. And don't forget to try the coffee from Monmouth coffee establishment located outside the markets, but be prepared to wait as it is one of the best of a few good beans to be found in London.
6 Camden Town & Markets - Vintage London
Pulsating with life, steeped in history and offering everything vintage Camden Town is not to be missed on your visit to London.
A whole day is hardly sufficient time to discover and explore all that the village has to offer. To get there you need to take a red bus ride into the heart of Camden Lock village, you can check the bus route on line, or take the Northern line on the underground out of London to Chalk Farm to begin your shopping expedition.
Some Less Well Known Attractions
1 St Martins in the Field's Jazz in the Crypt - Located at Trafalgar square it is an inspiring, inclusive and socially concerned church and yearly provides vital support to homeless people. The Vicar's relief fund delivers crisis grants to help thousands of people across the UK in dire straights many finding their way to it's open doors for relief. St Martin's is also making a name for itself with it's Jazz concerts held monthly in the crypt. Attended and enjoyed by many people across London and the UK the concerts are definitely worth a visit.
2 Jamie's Fifteen Restaurant - Located at 15 Westland Place, London. The unique concept of establishing a restaurant to give young unemployed people a chance in life is now well known world wide and an absolute credit to Jamie Oliver. A visit for a meal then is a must for a discerning tourist. All meals on the menu are delectable but the panna cotta is a knock out culinary sensation and well worth coming back for a second visit.
3 Covent Garden and Jamie's Italian Reastaurant - Like 15 Jamie's Italian situated at 11 Upper St Martin's Lane is a dining experience not to be missed. Italian food at it's basic level, it's fresh rustic and affordable.The Prosciutto & Pear Salad and Prawn Linguine are delicious and will leave the food lover truly satisfied.
4 Tom's Kitchen Chelsea - Tom's Kitchen a refreshingly great place to eat for astute diners on a visit to London.The Kitchen is named after it's owner Tom Aitken. Tom a two Michelin star chef and his team source the very freshest, seasonal and local products for the menu. The kitchen has become such a success that it has built up a reputation as one of the best places to eat breakfast in London.
Whether it's a delicious breakfast, a long lazy brunch or lunch or exceptional dinner experience that you are after, the food, ambience and service found here won't disappoint.
To get there from London it's a quick tube ride to South Kensington underground station and a short walk from there to Cale Street. Situated at 27 Cale Street, a quiet street in Chelsea close to the fashionable King's Street precinct, this chic eatery offers more than food to satisfy the discerning palate.
Housed in a beautiful old building,which has been refurbished with modern touches, including low European lighting,white tiled walls and appealing stainless steal kitchen, the interior aesthetics provide a comfortable place to linger and enjoy good food, wine and company. Sitting at the long marble bar for communal dining, a customer can sit and eat while watching what's going on in the kitchen.The warmth of it's lovely rustic wooden floor, high back chairs and tables, and very cool art works helps make your time in the Kitchen a very pleasant dining experience.
5 Spitalfeld's City Farm... a wonderful experience for children and adults alike is the working farm Spitalfeld's. Unusual to find a working farm in the midst of the city Spitalfeld City Farm shares the experience with its visitors of animal handling and care with it's range of animal's including horses,sheep,cows,chickens and pigs; gardening, composting and recycling; and sheep shearing. Along with arts and crafts it is all together a delightful experience out of the ordinary in a city.
6 Little Venice is a luxuriously quiet peaceful environment in this bustling city, perfect for time out of the exciting hectic hub. Surrounded with elegant tree lined streets, stately Victorian homes and beautiful gardens, colorful boats sit moored to the dock. Robert Browning the poet was a local here and the island in the Centre of this delightful area Browning's Island was named after him. A visitor needing respite can also take a relaxed and pleasant guided cruise up Regent's canal to Camden Lock, home of the famous markets.
Coming to London? Be sure to include some of these inviting spots in an all together fascinating and irresistible city.