No one does afternoon tea like the British, as our tearoom list shows
A symbol of Britain across the world, tea is one of the most definitive aspects of culture and daily life in the United Kingdom. While the drink is popular in countries from Argentina to Taiwan, tea has a special meaning in Britain, where it recalls the country’s global reach as well as the comfort of home for members of the British diaspora. More than just the capital of the UK, London is a global capital for all things tea, with hundreds of tea shops worth a visit. We’ve narrowed down the list to the following selection of only the best:
1. My Tea Shop
This venue has been home to tea houses since 1930, with three successive owners leading to the current iteration, a convenient spot for breakfast or early afternoon tea located right across the Thames from the City of London. Between the modern London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral and the Shard, it’s easy to find an excuse to pop into this charming little tea shop. Their renowned full English breakfast offers something for everyone, even coffee so that the less tea-inclined can get their caffeine fix. Our tips and etiquette can make sure you do English tea the right way. This tea house is best for a morning pick-me-up, since it closes at 3:30pm. Located at 23 Duke St Hill, Southwark, London SE1 2SW. Read the entire story here…»
Toast to the start of a lovely romantic getaway to this charming city of London.
London is a city with a population comparable to New York City; however it covers an area twice the size! This means that your romantic getaway to London will require a lengthy stay; therefore a comfortable accommodation is necessary. We have made a list of the best furnished apartments for your romantic stay in this beautiful city of London.
One Bedroom Rental in Bloomsbury
The large floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of natural light to enter the space.
This one bedroom apartment in Bloomsburyhas everything you could need for a romantic stay in London! The contemporary décor highlights the many desirable features of this apartment including hardwood flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows. If you plan to make romantic dinners for two, this modern kitchen has everything needed, including a fridge, oven and dishwasher, to spice up your cuisine and night! Cozy up to your significant other in the bedroom, which features an elegant full sized bed or stargaze on your own private balcony. Bloomsbury is known for the many gardens throughout the neighborhood as well as many artistic retreats including galleries and museums. Before venturing into this neighborhood, check out our tips for navigating this neighborhood and everything it has to offer!Read the entire story here…»
London’s Big Ben, framed by fall leaves on the Thames River
Whether it’s rain or shine in London, there are lots of activities to do for visitors of all ages. You can take advantage of the warm weather at the beginning of autumn in one of London’s many parks and outdoor spaces or head to one of the city’s world-renowned museums for rotating exhibits. Special events throughout the season can help you plan your trip and make the most of your time in London!
1. Spend an afternoon in Kensington Park at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
Located in Kensington Park, one of central London’s largest green spaces, this playground is a great stop on an afternoon walk or as a destination of its own. There’s a large ship, a tree house complex and a teepee camp to play on, one of many great free options for exploring the city. It’s no wonder that this is the most popular park in London! For parents, there’s a convenient café and changing stations, making it easy to relax while the kids are having fun. Nearby the playground in the northwest corner of the park, you can also check out the round pond and gardens in the back of Kensington Palace. Admission to the royal residence is free for children under 13 and £16-£17 for adults. For other green spaces in London, check out our Top 10 list!Read the entire story here…»
Big Ben and Parliament are iconic images of the city
London, a metropolitan wonder, does not disappoint during the summertime. For the millions who call this U.K. capital home (and to the many more who visit in the months of June, July, and August) it is a city that celebrates its sunny days with style! Here are some of our favorite events and activities to enjoy in the 2015 London sunshine!
See Outdoor Movies in London
The South Bank is just one place where you can catch an outdoor movie screening!
Pop Up Screens: Science lovers are in for a treat during this annual cinema screening series. Alien, The Terminator 2, Apollo 13, Shaun of the Dead and others will be shown beginning May 15. For just £18 (and £12 for those in the National Union of Students) you can enjoy these films – with commentary discussing their scientific validity – at Chelsea Old Town Hall. Read the entire story here…»
It’s arguably the favorite word of children everywhere – summertime! Question: When school is out, what can you do to keep the kids from getting bored? Answer: get inspired from our list of our top 10 favorite family-friendly things to do in London! (But who says summertime gets all the fun? We recommend these top yearly events in London, too!)
1. Nearby beaches
Nothing spells summertime quite like a dip in the water! Broadstairs and Sunny Sands are two beaches located in the nearby county of Kent. In the county of East Sussex, you’ll find Camber Sands and in the county of West Sussex you’ll find Littlehampton Beach. The best part? All of these locales are under a two hour commute from the city. Day trip or weekend excursion? You decide. Take advantage of our London vacation rentals for easy access to beachfront adventures! Read the entire story here…»
View of the Saint James Palace in the oldest park in London, Saint James Park!
Parks play a vital role in what makes a city unique and London is no exception! London has an abundance of parks and squares, so residents and visitors do not lack precious green space. Not only do parks offer a retreat from city life, they are incredibly beneficial to the city’s economy, healthy lifestyle and vacation tourism. The parks also preserve ecological biodiversity, which benefits the environment, and also promotes outdoor living to encourage well-being! These ten parks in London showcase exactly why having parks can be so advantageous for the city and overall population.
Notting Hill, London is known for their beautiful townhouses, built in the 19th century.
Possibly one of the most transformative neighborhoods of London, Notting Hill has a rich history that encompasses multiple cultural aspects of art and music that make this neighborhood so charming and unique!
Notting Hill, London welcomes you!
Notting Hill is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is in close proximity to the Kensington and Holland Park neighborhoods. While these three neighborhoods are rich with modern conveniences, such as shopping and restaurants, Notting Hill has a much more dynamic antiquity. The neighborhood was considered less than desirable up until the 1980’s but has now become one of the most sought after areas of London! This area is known for its bi-weekly markets on Portobello Road and the annual Notting Hill Carnival! While those events attract tourists and locals alike, this neighborhood has a rich history in music and art that is less well known with tourists but are all the more enjoyable!
Once known as “Lambehitha,” or “landing place for lambs,” the Lambeth district is located in central London. From its early Viking days as a lamb trading port, this region has since developed into one of the most iconic areas in London and the world. Although initially a marsh, Lambeth is now home to everything from the London Eye to Waterloo. It is presently one of the most visited areas of London, along with the popular West End, and is a great place to visit for any intrepid traveler.
The Westminster Bridge connects two of London’s major neighborhoods: Lambeth and the City of Westminster.
The district of Lambeth is located along the south bank of the River Thames, opposite Westminster. (In fact, the two were linked by a horse ferry across the Thames until the opening of Westminster Bridge in 1750, followed by Blackfriars Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge.) It’s a great place in which to look for an apartment with a view of the Thames or just go for a walk along the river. Within the context of London Lambeth is centrally located with a wealth of culture all its own. Read the entire story here…»
There’s nothing quite like seeing the joy in children’s faces as they frolic in the snow. Of course, wintertime cannot be entirely devoted to those white flakes. The answer? London. Centuries of history spread out across 3 districts offer countless activities for you and your family during the winter season. Some of these activities take advantage of snowfall, while others are best for chilly days where you cannot bear to be anywhere besides indoors. Here is a list of our favorite things to do for families in the wintertime.
1. Visit the city’s museums
The National History Museum is just as famous for its architecture as it is for its exhibits
The metropolis of London is not short on museums, many featuring priceless artifacts! For marine fanatics, the HMS Belfast stores nine decks worth of history, from the ship’s mechanics to the ways in which sailors lived aboard the vessel. Want to know more about London’s iconic double-decker buses and black taxis? You’re in luck: The London Transport Museum seeks to educate the masses on the importance of London’s public transportation system. The National History Museum, one of London’s most prominent galleries, boasts exhibits dedicated to geology, ecology, zoology, paleontology as well as a wildlife garden. (And don’t miss the most complete Stegosaurus known to humankind.) For astronomy, engineering, and medicine, the Science Museum cannot be matched. A day of kitschy fun can be found at Madame Tussauds, where you and the kids can pose with the lifelike wax figurines of your favorite celebrities! And for the child in all of us (or the children in your party), there’s the V&A Museum of Childhood, which displays toys and other playthings as a testament to the boundless imagination of kids. South Kensington is home to many other museums; check out our guide to the district here. Read the entire story here…»
Canary Wharf is to London what Lower Manhattan is to New York – a financial powerhouse characterized by towering skyscrapers and finely pressed suits. Global banks and media houses attract some 100,000 workers daily. It is actually one of two main financial centers, sharing the title with the City of London. (See our video tour of the City of London here.) In fact, the second tallest building in the UK, One Canada Square, calls Canary Wharf home. Canary Wharf has historical roots in shipping, and for 160 years was one of the busiest docks in the world. The docks were finally closed in 1981 after the port industry began to decline. Its current iteration is the vision of Michael von Clemm who first came up with the idea to convert Canary Wharf into a bank office and business district in the late 1980’s. As one of the poshest districts in town, be sure you’re caught up on our basic tips for London etiquette.
Canary Wharf in London on the horizon of the Thames
Located on a little peninsula along the north of the River Thames, Canary Wharf and Docklands can be found in the east of London on the Isle of Dogs. Its northern borders stretch from Limehouse in the west to London City Airport in the east. For information on what else is in the area check out our video tour of Hackney and the East End. This article will discuss the places in Canary Wharf and Docklands mentioned in the video, including Cabot Square, the West India Quay, the Thames Barrier, Island Gardens, and the Greenwich foot tunnel. Read the entire story here…»
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