A GUIDE TO LONDON – LONDON IN A NUTSHELL
Maybe I’ve said it a thousand times on this website. One way to describe London is its richness in culture and tourism. There are so many things to do and so little time. You’d think just because it’s an island, you’d cover every nooks and cranny that London has to offer. Nope. Just as you think you covered the best parts of London, on your last day, you wished you could have had more time in a particular area. Everywhere you turn, there’s always something quirky, unique, and different. That’s why I’m quite lucky to be living here and you could be lucky too if you plan ahead and read this post.
This post doesn’t just cover facts and figures of London, it also covers what people don’t tell you about London. Have you ever thought of visiting a place and when you get there, it’s not what you thought it was? Well, this guide will tell you that.
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Information on comparing flights and accommodation, getting by on public transport, travel insurance, visas, and what people don’t tell you before you arrive in London. It also includes top 10 attractions, free attractions, time you need in London, recommendations, advice and tips on the attractions you visit.
Information on where to find cheap food outlets, using your Oyster Card without spending a lot on public transport, visiting free museums and galleries, taking beautiful photos in front of iconic landmarks and places to to take Instagram worthy photos, great walks around London, relaxing and socialising in the 8 royal parks, visiting free attractions and exploring markets, and where to get cheap theatre tickets.
Restaurants, pubs and cafes
Vapiano’s Italian Restaurant is always busy and the line can be long with up to 10 minutes wait. The way it works is you arrive at the restaurant, and each section is categorised by different Italian dishes; pasta or pizza. You take a tray and cutleries with you and line up. There are as many as 10 chefs cooking behind a hot frying pan in heat while you wait in front and you can usually spell the strong garlic, herbs and spices mixed into one. You can hear the sizzling of the frying pan and crowds of people talking among themselves. Although the restaurant can be cramped, the dishes are what matters. Although can get busy too, check the first floor for a quieter area, if you’re lucky! Usually upstairs is always half full, whereas downstairs can be packed.
Depending on which restaurant you visit, the menus include antipasti and soup which consists of tomato soup with Italian hard cheese, croutons, as well as fresh strawberries. Pastas include campanelle, spaghetti (of course), fusilli, linguine, penne, tagliatelle, the brown spelt spaghetti, spelt fusilli, and zoodles. My recommendation is the Salmone which consists of hot fillet salmon, white wine, creme, creme fraiche, cherry tomatoes and rocket salad.
Other dishes include a selection of pizza, insalata, risotto, and dolci (desserts) and order hot and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the bar.
The team there will always give you 5 star service.
The Moon and Stars Gastro Pub
Situated in Leicester Square, The Moon and Stars Gastro Pub is always busy with people. Personally, I do love a busy atmosphere. When you want to order food in the pub, you’d have to order at the bar with your drinks, although some will offer table service. Since The Moon and Star Gastropub is quite busy, you may have to get there once it opens just after breakfast or during brunch for fish and chips.
The pub looks small from the outside, but as you step inside, you’ll see how long and big it is. You can feel the British 19th Century atmosphere and this pub is ideal for pre-theatre dinner in Shaftesbury Avenue.
Draughts Board Game Cafe
Draughts Board Game Cafe is situated in either Hackney or Waterloo. We went in the Waterloo branch. The menu consists of average British selections from burgers, chips, onion rings, nachos and more. The flavour is no different to other average small cafes serving British dishes. However, because of their board game concept, it has become a popular restaurant.
As you step into the cafe, you are surrounded by thousands of board games stacked on bookshelves. The colourful board game boxes will make you feel indecisive to choose what to play. From Battleship to Cluedo, to Monopoly, to family orientated Guess Who, there’s surely laughter and fun among family and friends. The one in Hackney is a recommendation since it’s larger with around 100 tables and chairs and the team will help you choose which board games to play.
Information on Buckingham Palace, Harry Potter Studio Tour, Madame Tussauds, Sealife London Aquarium, London Dungeon, London Zoo, Hop on Hop off bus tour, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, The London Eye.
Free London Attractions
Information on free attractions in London.
Information on the 8 Royal Parks in London including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Greenwich Park, Regent’s Park, St. James’ Park, Bushy Park, Richmond Park, The Green Park.
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