Big Ben has been accurately keeping time in London since 1859, except for a couple of instances. In 1949, a flock of starlings landed on the minute hand, but there were so many of the… More
I’ve discovered something about London which I’m thrilled about, and is right up my street. Apparently, there’s this thing called ‘Christmas in July’ where various places – mainly hotels – put on Christmas exhibitions and get the media in to see what they’re planning for December. The Crowne Plaza Hotel invited me along and to be honest, I was wowed by the hotel before I even got the Christmas part.
I loved American food before I even lived in America, and my time spent there only succeeded in furthering my obsession for top notch American cuisine – but at a reasonable price. If you’re looking for meaty burgers or dressed up hot dogs, look no further than my three choices below.
All located in central London, they’re super convenient and won’t break the bank either.
The beauty of London is you can walk down a street and immediately be surrounded by history. Sometimes it’s obvious – a plaque on the wall, a date inscribed in stone, a famous building. And sometimes it isn’t – an unassuming blue door behind which a significant event in British history played out.
I have put together a walking tour of the City of London to hit some pretty impressive historical hot-spots.
Tasty Tapas @ The Bird In Hand, Kensington
Finding a great restaurant on a random road in London always feels like you’ve discovered something that the locals have been keeping a secret. That’s definitely the case with The Bird In Hand on Masbro Road. Inside this refurbished old pub is a modern chic restaurant serving little plates of tapas and pizzas.
Budget-Friendly Bowling and Arcade in London
Bowling is a great way to spend a rainy day in London with friends and family, but it can be hella expensive with so-called “Boutique Bowling Alleys” hiking up the price of fun. However, you can still bag a bargain in 2017 at Rowans Tenpin Bowl in Finsbury Park. This is your classic bowling alley / bar / arcade combo and so can meet the needs of kids and adults alike.
Who’s Trying to Blow Up Hammersmith Bridge?
Hammersmith Bridge is one of the weakest bridges in London, but it is also one of the strongest in its ability to stand up to the many people who have – accidentally and purposefully – almost destroyed it since it was first built in 1827.
Hidden Gem London Bookshop
Daunt Books is the local treasure of Marylebone. Housed in an historic and beautiful Edwardian building, this bookshop seems to go on forever with oak galleries containing second-hand wonders and the shelves extending into the basement.
Discover A Dim Sum Diamond in the Rough
Usually when I’m in the mood for Dim Sum I step into Dim T or Ping Pong rather than stepping off the beaten track. Tried, tested, I love them.
But Steam in Hammersmith is the very proof I needed to forgo the chains I love and try something new.
Visit London’s Vibrant Chinatown
London’s Chinatown is home to a fantastic array of Asian restaurants serving delicious food. The way they hang cooked poultry in the windows is reminiscent of what restaurants actually do in Hong Kong and China. Having lived in Hong Kong for 6 years, I love to check out the corner shops to snag some old favourite snacks.
“People often refer to Big Ben when they’re talking about the clock tower attached to the Palace of Westminster.
Big Ben is the name of the largest bell, and even that’s a nickname and not an official one. The tower is named the Elizabeth Tower (formerly the Clock Tower), a name it was officially given in 2012 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee.
The clock is simply known as the Great Clock.”
– Laura Reynolds, The Londonist
Cheap Things You’ll ACTUALLY Want To Do In London
In 2015 I posted a video about my top things to do in London on the cheap, and it’s almost reached 50,000 views! This is super exciting, and I still stand beside everything I mentioned in the video as great suggestions of things to do. I categorised everything into 10 different things so I mentioned a lot of stuff!
Muriel’s Kitchen, Soho
Sometimes I’m super glad for business meetings in London, because on occasions they take place in lovely little restaurants like Muriel’s Kitchen on Old Compton Road. This beautifully decorated, light and airy restaurant immediately became a favourite as I stepped through the door, largely due to the swing-set table and chairs in the front which we slid on over to like a moth to a flame.