You can’t get more central than Soho. Right smack in the middle of London, the buzzing atmosphere and non-stop entertainment put it squarely in the heart of the city. But sometimes Soho gives me too much choice. Do I eat or shop? Drink or dance? And above all, where? So today I’m distilling this London neighborhood into a manageable set of places to love.
Last month I wrote about how to travel with just a carry-on. I was impressed by how many of you shared your tips in the comments section (thank you!), and by some of the questions you asked on social media. One of them was about what kind of carry-on works best when you need a more structured bag. Today I’m going to answer that question with my Tumi Voyageur Super Leger International Carry-on review.
Today is my 9-year anniversary of living in London! Time has flown since I got my first visa and moved to the UK in 2007. But I’ve learned a lot about life in Britain since arriving in England. In celebration of the milestone, today I bring you my 19 expat tips for living in London. Or visiting. Either way, you’re set.
It’s not everywhere I’m greeted by a seagull when my train arrives. But given I’m in easy view of the beach, a gull seems fitting. And just like that, my day trip to Margate has begun.
One of the cheapest and best things you can do in London is just wander around and see the sights (weather permitting that is…). London might be huge, but the centre is pretty walkable and you can see a lot within a fairly small area. One of my favourite walks is along the Thames, following Southbank from the London Eye to Tower Bridge, passing London icons like the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, HMS Belfast and the Tower of London. There are also plenty of parks to explore – you can visit the rose garden in Regent’s Park, row in the lake at Hyde Park or spot the royal palaces at St James’ Park.
This is my 5th time to London and I finally have company to visit Stonehenge and Bath with me. We bought the tour package from Golden Tours and it costs 79 pounds (around SGD160) per person.
Just keep looking up!
For my job, I found myself deep into the heart of London’s Central Business District, Aldgate. The area was changing to create more green spaces to appeal more to Londoners and tourists. Even though there are plenty of roadworks, city works, Aldgate still has the magical sightseeing touch. Ignore all the commotion on the ground, just keep looking up.
London is an amazing city, but it can often be quite overwhelming to first-time visitors. It’s a sprawling city, with diverse neighborhoods scattered all over the place that can be difficult to navigate if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
Dear readers… As some of you are aware, I am in the Top 10 Finalist for Best Travel Blog in Singapore Blog Awards 2013 and the themed challenge is to write a blog entry on something/someone from/about the 60’s that inspires us. I am born in 1990, a GEN-Y kid and a working adult now in my early twenties who has graduated from a local polytechnic not too long ago. What are there in the 1960s? I wasn’t even born yet. I kinda went into a “panic” mode. I think, think and THINK and I look at my June’s roster, “OH! I am going to London“.
Covering over a thousand square kilometres with almost 8 million people, it’s hard to know where to start exploring a mega-metropolis like London. Taken as a whole, the city seems brash, noisy and impenetrable. But when you break it down, borough by borough, the real character shines through. From East End market traders on Roman Road, the oldest trade route in Britain, to the oh-so-chic (and expensive) fashions of Chelsea, every area – every street, even – has its own story to tell.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I love photographing London’s side streets. From the mews in Kensington to the cobbled lanes in Hampstead, I can’t get enough of the city’s quiet corners. And since I know a lot of people like exploring them as much as I do, today I bring you my guide to the prettiest streets in London.
A few months ago I wrote about how to spend 1 day in London. And because some people spend more than 24 hours in the UK capital, I thought it would be a good idea to write another blog post to share ideas for a longer trip with you. As such, today I bring you A Lady in London’s itinerary for 2 days in London.
As a long-time resident of south-west England, the south-east of the country is still a bit of a mystery to me. Even when I lived nearby in London I’d usually head west for my weekends.
So I thought it was time to check out what I’d missed, starting with the city of Canterbury in Kent. Its UNESCO World Heritage historic centre and cathedral attract visitors from around the world. But as well as the traditional pilgrims, thanks to new high-speed Javelin trains which speed visitors from London in under an hour, it’s attracting a different kind of visitor – weekend breakers. So here’s my guide on how to spend 48 hours in Canterbury.
I just came back from London few days ago and I spent my weekend at Camden Market. Camden Market is one of London’s most famous street markets, offering vintage stuff, street fashion, accessories, arts and crafts, etc. I have been to Portobello Market on my previous trip but I prefer Camden Market because it is so much more vibrant with many funky shops to see.
Aldgate is situated within the City of London; the capital’s financial district. With many multinational companies head-quartered in the area it comes as no surprise that corporate accommodation is always in high demand.
Dominated by contemporary buildings, high glass office blocks with futuristic design, Aldgate is a popular neighbourhood located in the City of London. The area stretches within the perimeter made by London Wall, the City, Whitechapel and East End and is undergoing a number of gentrification, making it more inviting and lively area to live.
London is one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the world. It’s also one of the most common stops on any backpacking trip, European vacation, or two week holiday. Everyone wants to come to London. People are drawn by images of pubs, museums, theater, and royalty. London is a cultural and fashion capital, a great place to go out, and an amazing place to eat. The only problem with London is that it’s very, very expensive. It can eat away at your budget if you aren’t careful. Luckily, there are many cheap things to do in London that still make it visitable but budget extra for this city. You’ll probably need it.
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London is a real world city – with some of the most famous buildings, museums and galleries in the world and 2000 years of history to go with them.
But it’s not just looking backwards, there’s always a new bar, play or concert to see. It’s also one of the most international cities, with people from all around the world making their home here, so it’s just as easy to get Indian street food as it is a roast dinner.
Yes it might rain a lot and no people won’t smile on the Tube, but whatever you’re interested in – from museums to shopping, rock to opera, budget to luxury – there’s a London that will suit you.