Princess Diana Fashion Exhibition

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The Princess Diana Exhibition

Princess Diana is just as famous and loved the world over as she was before she was tragically killed in 1997.  Today, visitors from all of the world travel to London hoping to see where Diana was married, where she lived, and the memorials and monuments throughout the city that commemorate her life. Diana lived her final years in London in Kensington Palace, where a huge exhibition to celebrate her life is currently taking place – Diana: Her Fashion story.

This display of Diana’s clothes highlights her fashion choices throughout her life, charting her first public appearances all the way to her super stardom. The exhibition features the actual clothes Diana wore, including iconic pieces like the black velvet dress she wore while famously dancing with John Travolta. Using information and stories provided by designers who worked closely with Diana herself, the exhibition is a real behind-the-scenes look into Diana’s public profile and fashion iconography.

 

Visiting Information

Where: Kensington Palace

When: March 2017 until 2018 (no final date yet set)

Cost: The exhibition fee is included with your ticket to enter Kensington Palace!

  • £19.00 for adults (£17.10 booking in advance online)
  • £15.00 for concessions (£13.60 in advance online)
  • FREE for children accompanied by an adult

Note

The demand for this exhibition has been huge and dates are already selling out! Places are limited so make sure you book as soon as possible!

Where Can I Book?: Kensington Palace Website

 

 

London Collage

Пешеходная экскурсия по Вестминстеру

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Пешеходная экскурсия по Вестминстеру

это прогулка по историческому и политическому центру Лондона, а так же прекрасная возможность увидеть своими глазами одни из самых ярких достопримечательностей Лондона:

London Collage

Во время экскурсии Ваш гид увлекательно расскажет интересные факты о самых узнаваемых зданиях столицы и поделится секретами их обитателей.

Guide to Visiting Warner Bros. Studios Harry Potter

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The following post is our guide to visiting Warner Bros. Studios – The Making of Harry Potter, which was home to the Harry Potter film series for nearly a decade. We hope to help you plan your trip by telling you what to expect, how to get there, what it will cost, and what should not be missed. Additionally, we have also included a comparative list of bus tours that visit Warner Bros. Studios, as well as a list of Harry Potter Tours in London. Have a magical day in the wizarding world of Harry Potter! 


What to Expect

Getting There

Ticket Information

Studio Tour Highlights

Love Harry Potter? Join us on our walking tour of Harry Potter’s London!


What to Expect

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is essentially a museum showcasing the several thousand props, costumes, and sets that were created for the 8 Harry Potter films. The tour begins with a short video of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint talking about their time growing up on the set. Guests are then shown the front doors of Hogwarts, which they walk through to enter into the Great Hall. From that point forward, visitors are allowed to wander around at their will, enjoying the magnificent set designs and custom-made props.

The tour lasts approximately 3 hours, though some guests are able to speed through it in 1.5, while others are reported as taking up to 13 hours! Halfway through the tour, there is a small cafe serving up food and refreshments, including the wizard world’s favorite drink….butterbeer! At the end of the tour, guests are brought into a large gift shop where they can buy anything from chocolate frogs and quidditch sweaters, to speciality wands and Harry Potter chess sets!  Read more »

St. James Palace London

St. James’s Palace | Changing of the Guard

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This post shows you how to get to St. James’s Palace in London and where to witness the Changing of the Guard.  London is home to a whole host of royal palaces but St. James’s Palace may be one of the lesser known examples. Tucked away on a side street in the district of Mayfair and St. James, the Palace is a fine example of surviving Tudor architecture and the gatehouse is one of the most magnificent in the entire country. A must-visit for Henry VIII-buffs, visitors are not allowed inside the Palace, but it is worth visiting simply to enjoy the outer premises.

 

 

Be sure to read our posts on Buckingham Palace, Windsor PalaceKensington, and the Changing of the Guard.

 


Where is St. James’s Palace

St. James’s Palace is located in the heart of London, within the City of Westminster at St. James’s Palace, Marlborough Road, London SW1A 1BS.  Due to it’s central location, it is accessible by most London Underground lines.  The closest station is Green Park (Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines).  The next nearest station is Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo lines).  The nearest bus route is the #9 route. We recommend using this Google map for directions to St. James’s Palace from anywhere in London.

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Visiting London’s First Cat Cafe

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Tucked away off of Brick Lane in Shoreditch is a new cafe that everyone agrees is truly the cat’s meow. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is London’s first and only cat cafe. It is home to 13 rescue cats, each of whom was either adopted from a shelter or abandoned by their owners under varying circumstances. Visitors to the cafe get to enjoy the company of several lounging cats whilst sipping their tea and sampling a wide selection of tasty cakes in the Alice in Wonderland-themed space. Though cat cafes originally gained popularity in cities across Asia, the trend has moved to Europe and beyond as more and more people continue to flock to these novelty eateries.

What to Expect 

For those hoping to visit London’s cat cafe, it’s best to make a reservation ahead of schedule. Though they accept walk-ups on a limited basis, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is very popular and are often unable to offer a table to guests without a reservation.

There are 2 options for visiting the cat cafe.

General Admission — Guests who would like to choose from the full menu on offer should select this option. There is a £6 charge for entering the cafe, which covers veterinary bills and basic costs for caring for the cats. This charge does not go towards any food or drink that is purchased at the cafe. There are a range of both sweet and savoury dishes to purchase, as well as several gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Guests are welcomed to stay for 1.5 hour slots.

High Tea — Guests can also choose to come for high tea, which includes a sparkling drink, savoury treats, scones with jam and cream, a selection of cakes and biscuits, and tea or coffee for £35. Time slots for high tea are also 1.5 hours.

Following the Rules 

First and foremost, keep in mind that the cafe privileges the cats’ needs above everything else. Therefore, guests are greeted with a long list of ‘rules’ regarding how to behave in the cafe and with the cats. Some of these rules include:

  1. Guests must let sleeping cats rest. They will awake sooner and will be more engaged if left undisturbed.
  2. Guests must not feed the cats human food
  3. Guests must avoid rough play: in particular, cat toys should never be used to hit a cat in the face to get its attention. Cat carers will ask guests to leave if toys are persistently dangled in the animal’s faces. All of our cats have perfect eyesight, so this behaviour is not necessary to secure their attention.
  4. Guests should not use flash photography
  5. Guests are not permitted to pick up and carry cats around – they are friends, not toys!
  6. Guests are asked to avoid persistently following and/or badgering the animals

Though the rules are enforced with the sole intention of keeping the cats’ best interest in mind, some guests comment that the long list of regulations made them feel unwelcome and ill at east. However, most reviewers had no issues with the rules and greatly enjoyed their time at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium.

Worth It? 

 

Which London Food Tours Are Best

Reviews of the Best London Food Tours

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This post compares several of the most popular food tours available in London. Food tours are a great way to learn about London’s diverse cultural history. From the curry houses on Brick Lane to the Caribbean restaurants in south London, there is no shortage of delicious food available in this city. These tours offer interesting insights into a wide variety of neighbourhoods through the lens of food, and allow guests to literally taste some of the many different cultures that make up London today. Additionally, there are several dessert tours and pub crawls that also invite guests to explore London in a fun and unique way.

The wide range of food tour options makes any visitor to London spoilt for choice. However, with so many choices it can sometimes be difficult to determine which tours are best suited for your individual needs. Below, we’ve broken down the various food tour options in London by neighbourhood so you can decide…which is the best food tour in London?


East London Tours

Camden Tours

SoHo & The Strand Tours

London Bridge & South London Tours



If you can’t make our guided food tours and you are planning on purchasing the London Pass, bear in mind that it includes a 20% discount on other paid food tours.  Also take a look at our suggestions on eating in London on a budget.


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The Cheapest Way to get from Gatwick to London

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Located directly south of London, Gatwick Airport is a popular hub for both domestic and international flights. Unlike Heathrow Airport, Gatwick does not have a tube station and therefore visitors traveling through Gatwick must find other means of getting to and from London. Fortunately, there are several transportation options.

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Travelling by Coach 

By far the cheapest way to get to London from Gatwick is via coach. National Express and easyBus offer coaches that run 24/7 and can cost as little as £2 if booked in advance. Unfortunately, the cheapest option is also the slowest option. Expect it to take over an hour to arrive into central London from Gatwick on a coach.

National Express:

  • Coach pick up and drop from North and South Terminals.
  • Tickets should be purchased in advance for best price, but can also be bought at the airport.
  • Coaches run every 15 minutes, 24/7.

easyBus:

  • Coach pick up and drop from North and South Terminals.
  • Tickets should be purchased in advance for best price, but can also be bought at the airport.
  • Coaches run every 15-20 minutes (from 4am until 1am).

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Travelling by Train

The faster though more expensive option is to travel by train. The trains also range in speed and cost, though all are quicker than a coach.

Gatwick Express Train

  • By far the fastest and most expensive option, though there is a discount if purchased online
  • Adult Anytime Single – £19.90
  • Approximately 30 minute train ride.bridge_to_pier_6_gatwick_north_terminal_-_geograph-org-uk_-_74055
  • Very comfortable and reliable.
  • Arrives at Victoria Station.

Southern Trains 

  • Approximately 45 minute train ride.
  • Prices vary, but are consistently cheaper than the Gatwick Express Train.
  • Adult Anytime Single – £15.40
  • Offers discounts for tickets purchased online or as a group.
  • Arrives at Victoria Station.

Thameslink Trains

  • Stops at several stations in London, including St Pancras, thus making this an attractive option for visitors staying in North London.
  • Approximately 1 hour train ride.
  • Adult Anytime Single – £10.30

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Travelling by Uber/Taxi

Visitors can also opt to travel by car, though this is (unsurprisingly) by far the most expensive option. A hire car fare will run about £80 between London and Gatwick, so think carefully about whether the ease of transport is worth the expense. In most cases, it is cheaper and faster to take the Gatwick Express to Victoria and then hire a taxi from there.

The 6 Best Christmas Markets in London

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Though Christmas markets originated in Germany and Austria, they are now found all over Europe throughout the holiday season. London boasts an impressive array of Christmas markets — each of which has its own unique charm and selection of stalls. The following is a list of our favourite Christmas markets in the city.


Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

Christmas Market at Tate Modern

Southbank Centre Christmas Market


Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is the biggest and most famous of all the Christmas markets in London. Originally opening in 2006, Winter Wonderland has grown to feature the UK’s largest outdoor ice-skating rink, a giant Ferris Wheel, a magical ice kingdom, several food and mhyde_park_winter_wonderland_2016_entranceerchandise stalls, and many other things. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, though the cost of most of the attractions and food is fairly steep. If possible, try visiting during the daytime and weekdays as the crowds can be quite overwhelming during the weekends.

Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge, Marble Arch, or Green Park

Opening times: Everyday 10am-10pm from November 18 – January 2 (except Christmas day)


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Christmas Market at Tate Modern

The Christmas market at the Tate Modern is an ode to a more traditional German holiday market. The space features dozens of beautiful wooden chalets, each of which is adorned with lights and lovely music. All the classic Christmas treats can be found at this market: mulled wine and cider, roasted nuts, bratwurst, and crepes, amongst others. This is also a great place to pick up last minute Christmas gifts as several shops sell homemade jewelry and holiday crafts. Furthermore, the incredible setting just opposite of St Paul’s Cathedral is hard to beat anywhere else.

Nearest Tube: London Bridge

Opening times: 11am-8pm from Monday-Thursday; 11am-10pm on Fridays; 10am-10pm on Saturdays; and 10am-8pm on Sundays.


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Southbank Centre Christmas Market

Similar to the Christmas market at the Tate Modern, the Southbank Centre Christmas market is a stunning spectacle of traditional chalets and Christmas cheer. In addition to an endless selection of homemade crafts, warm beverages, and German snacks, there are also rides and carol singing to entertain the whole family. If you have extra time on your hands, then consider walking from the Southbank Centre Christmas market to the one at the Tate Modern — the view along the way is stunning, and each market has its own unique ambience. Also, unlike most of the other Christmas markets in London, the one at the Southbank Centre stays open until the end of January, so visitors can continue to partake in the holiday spirit long after Christmas has passed.

Nearest Tube: Waterloo

Opening times: Everyday 10am-11pm from November 11 – January 25


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Leicester Square Christmas Market

Leicester Square Christmas Market is the newest holiday market to open in London. Though entrance to the market is free, tickets to visit Santa’s Grotto or the theatrical performance LA SOIRÉE must be purchased in advance. Due to its extremely central location, the Leicester Square Christmas market is the perfect market to visit for those who lack the time or interest in dedicating an entire night to visiting a Christmas market.

Nearest Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus

Opening times: Weekdays from 12pm-10pm and weekends from 10am-10pm. Runs from November 11 to January 8.


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Greenwich Christmas Market

The Greenwich Christmas market features more than 100 wooden chalets selling a variety of food and holiday knick-knacks. Unlike several of the other Christmas markets included in this list, the Greenwich Christmas market only runs from the first of December until Christmas eve. Some might be put off by the idea of traveling to Greenwich to visit this Christmas market. However, its location away from the city centre means that it is much less crowded than most.

Nearest Rail: Greenwich

Opening times: Everyday from 10am-5:30pm


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The London Bridge City Christmas market features the unbeatable backdrop of Tower Bridge to secure its place as one of our very favourite Christmas markets. The perfect destination for a couple’s date night, this market becomes all the more romantic on Tuesday’s when a selection of Christmas films are shown.

Nearest Tube: London Bridge

Opening times: Everyday 10am-8pm from November 30 – January 3.


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Where to Stay in London

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The following is our guide to finding accommodation in London. Keep in mind that London is an expensive city and that prices might be higher than what you usually expect. We have included a range of hotels with the hope that you will be able to find the one that best suits your needs and budget.

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Luxury Hotels

Mid-Range Hotels


Luxury Hotels

+ Intercontinental London Park Lane — 1 Hamilton Place | Park Lane, London W1J 7QY, England

  • Pros: Rooms have views of Hyde Park; excellent location near Buckingham Palace; clean rooms
  • Cons: Expensive; some guests comment on ‘dated decor’
  • Nearby Attractions: Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Green Park
  • Closest Tube: Hyde Park Corner
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Intercontinental London Park Lane OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.


+ Intercontinental London 02 — Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0TW, England

  • Pros: Beautiful views of financial district; good customer service
  • Cons: Not centrally located; expensive
  • Nearby Attractions: Canary Wharf, Greenwich Meridian
  • Closest Tube: North Greenwich
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Intercontinental London O2 OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London — 200 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7UT, England

  • Pros: Prime location; stunning views
  • Cons: Very expensive
  • Nearby Attractions: Westminster, Big Ben, London Eye
  • Closest Tube: Waterloo or Westminster
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Park Plaza Westminster Bridge OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Hotel 41 — 41 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PS, Englandopen_happiness_picadilly_circus_blue-pink_hour_120917-1126-jikatu

  • Pros: Elegant, boutique hotel; central location; excellent customer service
  • Cons: Some guests comment that rooms are rather small
  • Nearby Attractions: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, Green Park
  • Closest Tube: Victoria
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Hotel 41 OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Egerton House Hotel — 17-19 Egerton Terrace, London SW3 2BX, England

  • Pros: Stunning decor; excellent customer service
  • Cons: Some customer complaints about breakfast and room decor
  • Nearby Attractions: Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Kensington Gardens
  • Closest Tube: South Kensington
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Egerton House Hotel OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ The Milestone Hotel — 1 Kensington Court | Kensington, London W8 5DL, England

  • Pros: Beautiful decor; excellent customer service; great location
  • Cons: Small rooms
  • Nearby Attractions: Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Kensington Gardens
  • Closest Tube: Gloucester Road
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars
  • BOOK directly with the Milestone Hotel OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Crowne Plaza London The City — 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB, England

  • Pros: Excellent location; great breakfast
  • Cons: Somewhat rundown
  • Nearby Attractions: St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern
  • Closest Tube: Blackfriars
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with  OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

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Mid-Range Hotels 

+ Strand Palace Hotel — 372 Strand, London WC2R 0JJ, England

  • Pros: Excellent location, especially considering modest price
  • Cons: Some guests describe it as “old-fashioned travel-lodge”; mediocre customer service
  • Nearby Attractions: Covent Garden, St Paul’s, National Gallery
  • Closest Tube: Temple or Covent Garden
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars
  • BOOK directly with Strand Palace Hotel OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.


+ Crowne Plaza London Kensington — 100 Cromwell Road | Kensington, London SW7 4ER, England

  • Pros: Luxury feel for mid-range price; central location
  • Cons: Some complain about ‘tired rooms’
  • Nearby Attractions: Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Kensington Gardens
  • Closest Tube: Gloucester Road
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Crowne Plaza London Kensington OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Staybridge Suites Vauxhall — Spring Mews, Tinworth Street | Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5EJ, England

  • Pros: Clean; beautiful rooms
  • Cons: Not as centrally located
  • Nearby Attractions: River Thames
  • Closest Tube: Vauxhall
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars
  • BOOK directly with  OR with Staybridge Suites Vauxhall or Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Hotel Indigo London Kensington — 34-44 Barkston Gardens, London SW5 0EW, England

  • Pros: Beautiful boutique hotel; excellent customer service
  • Cons: Small rooms; several complaints about high heating
  • Nearby Attractions: Chelsea, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Closest Tube: Earl’s Court
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Hotel Indigo London Kensington OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Hotel Indigo London Paddington — 16 London Street | Paddington, London aerial_view_of_hyde_parkW2 1HL, England

  • Pros: Hotel has lots of character; great location
  • Cons: Small rooms
  • Nearby Attractions: Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, Notting Hill
  • Closest Tube: Paddington
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Hotel Indigo London Paddington OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Hotel Indigo London Tower Hill — 142 Minories, London EC3N 1LS, England

  • Pros: Excellent location; clean rooms
  • Cons: Expensive for a mid-range hotel
  • Nearby Attractions: The Gherkin, Monument to the Great Fire of London, Tower of London
  • Closest Tube: Aldgate
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Hotel Indigo London Tower Hill OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury / King’s Cross — 1 King’s Cross Road, London WC1X 9HX, England

  • Pros: Recently renovated; central location
  • Cons: Expensive for mid-range hotel
  • Nearby Attractions: British Library, The British Museum, King’s Cross
  • Closest Tube: Russell Square
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Holiday Inn Bloomsbury / King’s Cross OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Holiday Inn London Regent’s Park — Carburton Street, London W1W 5EE, England

  • Pros: Great location
  • Cons: ‘Tired decor’800px-kings_cross_western_concourse
  • Nearby Attractions: Regent’s Park, Madame Tussaud’s, The Sherlock Holmes Museum
  • Closest Tube: Great Portland Street or Regent’s Park
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars
  • BOOK directly with Holiday Inn Regent’s Park OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Holiday Inn London Oxford Circus — 57-59 Welbeck Street, London W1G 9BL, England

  • Pros: Excellent location
  • Cons: Poor customer service; tired decor
  • Nearby Attractions: Oxford Circus, Hyde Park
  • Closest Tube: Bond Street or Oxford Circus
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Holiday Inn Oxford Circus OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Holiday Inn London Camden Lock — 30 Jamestown Road, London NW1 7BY, England

  • Pros: Trendy location
  • Cons: Described as ‘average’
  • Nearby Attractions: Camden Market, Regent’s Park, London Zoo
  • Closest Tube: Camden Town
  • TripAdvisor Rating:
  • BOOK directly with London Camden Lock OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

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Budget Hotels 

+ Premier Inn London Bank (Tower) Hotel — 20 St. Mary At Hill, London EC3R 8EE, England

  • Pros: Comfortable stay; excellent location
  • Cons: Described as ‘basic but functional’
  • Nearby Attractions: Tower of London, Monument to the Great Fire of London
  • Closest Tube: Monument
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Premier Inn London Bank (Tower) OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Premier Inn London St Pancras Hotel — 88 Euston Road, London NW1 2RA, England

  • Pros: Excellent location; affordable
  • Cons: Modest decor
  • Nearby Attractions: British Library, Camden, Regent’s Park
  • Closest Tube: Euston or King’s Cross
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with Premier Inn London St Pancras OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

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Hostels 

+ Safestay London Holland Park — Holland Walk | Kensington, London W8 7QU, England

  • Pros: Very affordable; excellent location
  • Cons: Complaints about large size of some dorm rooms
  • Nearby Attractions: Kyoto Garden, Kensington Palace
  • Closest Tube: High Street Kensington or Holland Park
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars
  • BOOK directly with OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.


+ YHA London Central — 104-108 Bolsover Street, London W1W 5NU, England

  • Pros: Prime location; affordable; clean
  • Cons: Several extra fees
  • Nearby Attractions: Regent’s Park, Oxford Circus
  • Closest Tube: Goodge Street or Great Portland Street
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars
  • BOOK directly with YHA London Central OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ The Dictionary Hostel — 10-20 Kingsland Road | Shoreditch, London E2 8DA, England

  • london_eye_night_shotPros: Trendy location; best for young travellers
  • Cons: Loud
  • Nearby Attractions: Shoreditch, Bricklane
  • Closest Tube: Shoreditch High Street or Old Street
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars
  • BOOK directly with The Dictionary Hostel OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

+ Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage — 40 College CrescentSwiss Cottage, London NW3 5LB, England

  • Pros: Affordable; friendly atmosphere
  • Cons: Not as centrally located as some others
  • Nearby Attractions: Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill, Camden Market
  • Closest Tube: Finchley Road or Swiss Cottage
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars
  • BOOK directly with Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage OR with Hotels.com to compare deals.

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Airbnb

Airbnb is a great option where you’ll find additional rooming options come on the market just for Inauguration as residents rent out spare bedrooms or entire house for the events. Check out their website for more information!


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The 8 Best Street Food Markets in London

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There are few cities around the world that rival London’s impressive food scene. Known for the wide variety of cuisines available at a moment’s notice, London is any foodies’ dream come true. However, though there are several pubs and restaurants worth visiting during your holiday, it’s important not to forget all the street food markets also scattered throughout the city!

From historic Borough Market to the newly established Maltby Street Market, there is no shortage of street food market options!

Below are 10 of our favourite street food markets in the city. Keep in mind that these do not run every day, so please check their opening hour / days before visiting!


Borough Market

Camden Market

Maltby Street Market

Whitecross Street Market


1. Borough Market

Though several of these markets are very well known, Borough Market is arguably the most famous of them all….and for good reason! Borough Market originally opened in 1014 (!!!) and thus celebrated its 1,000 year birthday in 2014. Originally called Southwark, Borough Market currently resides in its original location — just south of London Bridge. Come hungry as most food stalls offer samples, and you’ll certainly want to pop into a nearby pub for a pint at the end!

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  • Monday – Thursday: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Saturday: 8:00 – 17:00
  • Borough Market is CLOSED on Sundays.

Nearest Tube or Overground: London Bridge 

Types of stalls: Cheese, olives, meat, fruits and vegetables, and chocolates.


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2. Camden Market

Camden Market is the heart and soul of Camden Town — a vibrant neighbourhood known for once being the home to several aspiring musicians, including Amy Winehouse. Camden Market is actually comprised of several smaller markets, each of which sells food, clothing, art, trinkets, or some combination of the aforementioned. The best variety of food options is in the section of the market right along the river called KERB.

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  • Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 – 18:00

Nearest Tube or Overground: Camden Town

Types of stalls:  Ethnic take-away street food.


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3. Maltby Street Market

Maltby Street Market is a hidden gem that opened in south London in 2010. The market space is a lot smaller than some of the others, which means that only the very best vendors are able to secure a place there. Also, photographers will love the picturesque location, so don’t forget your camera!

Open:

  • Saturday: 9:00 – 16:00
  • Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00

Nearest Tube or Overground: London Bridge or Bermondsey

Types of stalls:  Innovative take-away meals and many samples.


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4. Whitecross Street Market

Dalston Food Market is an amazing little market located in an uber-trendy part of the city. The stalls in this area tend to be cheaper than those in some of the other markets, making this a budget-friendly option.

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  • Thursday – Friday: 11:00 – 17:00

Nearest Tube or Overground: Old Street or Barbican Station.

Types of stalls: Wide variety of ethnic food stalls.


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5. Leatherlane Market
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Leatherlane Market lacks all of the pretensions that some of the other markets boast. Described as “a bit scruffy” and “down to earth”, Leatherlane Market features several fruit and vegetable stalls, as well as a variety of cheap street eats.

Open: Weekdays 10:00 – 14:00

Nearest Tube or Overground: Chancery Lane or Farringdon

Types of stalls: Fruit and vegetables, and cheap street food.


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6. Brockley Market

A favourite market amongst many locals, Brockley Market in southeast London is a bit of a journey from the typical tourist haunts. However, do not be put off by its location — Brockley Market is a vibrant hub of ethnic cuisine, fresh fruits and vegetables, gourmet sweets, and an impressive array of meats and poultry. It is especially worth a visit during the holiday seasons.

Open: Saturdays 10:00 – 14:00

Nearest Tube or Overground: St Johns or Elverson

Types of stalls: Fruit and vegetables, meats and poultry, ethnic cuisine, and seasonal treats.

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7. Broadway Market
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Broadway Market first began in 1900 when Fred Cooke began selling jellied eels in the East End. Though the market was forced to close for several years due to the crumbling infrastructure of the surrounding area, Broadway Market finally reopened in 2004. Today, there are 135 stalls selling a variety of produce, artisan bread, cakes, and artwork.

Open:  Saturdays 9:00-17:00

Nearest Tube or Overground: London Fields

Types of stalls: Fruit and vegetables, breads, cakes, art and and merchandise.


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8. Berwick Street Market

Though not as famous as some of the other markets, Berwick Street berwick_street_market_1Market has been around since 1778. The variation in stalls is immense; expect to find stalls selling different ethnic cuisines, fruits and vegetables, and meats and cheeses, as well as clothing, art,
antiques, and flowers.

Open: Monday –  Saturday: 8:00 – 18:00

Nearest Tube or Overground: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus

Types of stalls: Fruit and vegetables, meats and poultry, take-aways, flowers, art, and antiques.


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