More than 300 languages are spoken in this green city where there are more than 143 registered parks and gardens; which is split into two by the Thames River and of which name is believed to literally mean "flowing river". If you've decided to come to London, which is mentioned as one of the 5 centers of the world, you can buy tickets on flypgs.com for cheap flights to London and you should definitely take the info we've prepared on topics like food and drinks, places to see and walking routes with you. Let's start!
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London is home to 5 different aiports as one of the biggest cities of Northern Europe. The biggest two of these are Heathrow and Stansted where especially international and intercontinental flights land. These two airports are followed by Gatwick, Luton and London City Airport, where mostly short distance flights take place. You land in Stansted Airport with your Pegasus flight. The trains, that take off in every 15 minutes from Stansted, arrive at Liverpool Street in the city center in 46 minutes. You can use https://www.stanstedexpress.com/ to buy tickets in advance or use tickets machines in the airport.
Also, you can easily reach the city center from Stansted by taxis that work 7/24. The cost, which is £99 for 4 people, is the same as you'll pay for metro if you're travelling as a group. You can make reservations by calling +44 (0)1279 661111 if you'd like or choose you car on www.24x7stansted.com in advance. Another alternative for rental cars is flypgs.com.
Buses for transportation to the city central is not recommended since it takes long but it's possible. Terravision A5, which takes off in every 30 minutes, reaches the city center after 40 minutes; National Express A9, on the other hand, takes you to the city center after a 1 hour journey.
Being a city where many different cultures come together, London has a kitchen where you can find the most delicious foods of the world. Let us share a couple of recommendations to answer your questions about what to eat and where to eat in London and what the most famous London dishes are.
You know him from television. He's known for reminding those who aspire to be chefs how hard this job is. Contrary to the common belief, he's not really an arrogant person. Just visit his restaurant. You'll pay £90 for a set menu which includes luscious meats. It's expensive for a dinner but very reasonable for a dinner that comes from the hands of a worldwide known chef. You can also see other wonders of Ramsey on his website.
68 Royal Hospital Road SW3 4HP
Tel: 020 7352 4441
Simple, fast. delicious, luscious. This is what Jamie Oliver's philosphy is all about. We've saw him preparing picnic sandwiches for kids one day and cooking Sunday fiesta for old friends on the other. We've watched his show and tried to imitate him. The truth is, we've never manage to create the taste that fills into our noses from the tv screen. That's why we definitely recommend you to visit Jamie's Italian, which is the restaurant of the chef who has spent half of his life learning how to cook traditional foods in Italian towns. It's not only delicious but also budget-friendly. Since we know that you'll be fascinated by Jamie's foods, we also recommend you to taste meats cooked on fire in Barbecoa, which he has created with Adam Perry Lang, and try delicacies that are created by young chefs in Fifteen.
Covent Garden 11 Upper St Martin's Lane, WC2H 9FB
Tel: 0203 326 6390.
There are Indian restaurants where you can eat curry located side by side on Brick Lane but we want to recommend Cinnamon Soho, which is a bit more modern interpretation. Chef Vivek Singh's menu starts with crabs, potatoes and kebab balls and continues with meats with white onions and green curry. Everything is in small portions, just big enough to discover their tastes and delicious. A meal that will fill two people up costs around £70.
5 Kingly St W1B 5PF
Tel: 020 7437 1664
We all think of shushi when one says Japan but Koya's "thing" is different. Udon, in other words pasta served in water and vegetables, is served here. It costs £30 for two people to leave the table happy.
49 Frith St, W1D 4SG
Tel: 020 7434 4463
It looks like a huge refectory. You get in from the counter and pick whatever you like and put them on your tray. If you go there around noon, you can see pastas on the tables of groups made of bankers and lawyers.
135 Wardour St, Soho, W1F 0UF
Tel: 020 7478 8888
Another hip cuisine in this multi-cultured city is Lebanon cuisine. Halloumi fried with fresh mint and olives and chicken legs flavoured with grapefruit juice will be you favourites among Lebanon foods, which are also known as being very similar to Turkish cuisine.
12 Winsley St, W1W 8HQ
Tel: 020 7287 7663
You're in London, not Mexico. However, quesadilla, burritos and enchiladas plates don't say so. Its salsa is homemade and properly hot.
125 Westbourne Park Road London W2 5Q
Tel: 020 7727 6771
Brett Graham, who started his career in a fish restaurant on Australia, has opened its 2 Michelin Star restaurant after coming to England. Its menu is comprised of ingredients that change depending on the season. Calf and lamb chopsteaks are peerless.
127 Ledbury Road Notting Hill, Greater London W11 2AQ
Tel: 020 7792 9090
The new concept restaurant of Polpo and Polpetto, which is a very popular team that serves Italian foods in small servings, is more like an American diner. Toast with egg and truffles; chopsteaks with pickles and mac & cheese are among their specialties. Prices range between £20-40.
61 Rupert Street, W1D 7PW
La Petite Maison
Your taste journey that starts with anchovy and onion pie in this French restaurant will continue with home-made pasta with shrimps or branzino with artichoke and chorizos. This place is open between 12 pm - 3 pm and 6 pm - 11 pm.
53-54 Brook’s Mews, W1K 4EG
Tel: 020 7495 4774
If you need a good Italian restaurant at the heart of East London, Pizza East is where you need to go. Salads are fresh, delicious an daily prepared in this place that is converted from a storage.
56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
Tel: : 020 7729 1888
Bistrot Bruno Loubet
Beetroot ravioli, calf with mango and chili sardines are specialties of the restaurant. Entrees are around £8.00 and main courses are around £17.50.
St John's Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RJ
Tel: 020 7324 4455
The best meat restaurant in Londong according to Esquire and The Times writers. Its 3 different restaurants in 3 different places serve 3 meals every day.
This restaurant, which is the creation of the famous chef Mark Hix, looks lika an ordinary place when you see it. Dont be fooled by it. Their meats are cooked in woodfire and side dishes like salad and potatoes are elaborately prepared.
66-70, Brewer Street, London, W1F 9UP
Tel: 020 7292 3518
There is a menu system that is based on plate number in Viajente, of which aim is to make you feel comfortable and happy as well as turn your meal into a journey. The fixed menu with 6 plates served with a suitable drink costs £115. Reservation is a must because this is one of the favourite restaurants of Londoners these days.
Patriot Square, E2 9NF
Tel: 020 7434 7066
British people are famous for eating black pudding, beans, saussages and pan fried eggs on the side of tea for breakfast. Then, let's give some addresses for those who want much local tastes for breakfast than hotel meals.
Offering a kind of poached eggs with mushrooms, chili and guacamole for vegetarians, Bill's' lunch service is famous for its sandviches. It costs £20 for 2 people.
28 St Martin’s Courtyard, WC2E 9AB
Tel: 020 7240 8183
We recommend this for fusion cuisine lovers: ricatta pancakes served with avocado and raisins; Turkish egg that is poached eggs with yoghurt and chili pepper. It costs £25 for 2 people to get full.
32-34 Monmouth St, WC2H 9HA
Tel: 020 7240 6076
A true British restaurant where you can order the most traditional plates. Saussages, eggs, pan cooked tomatoes, mushrooms and dried meat. You can also make changes about other things you want in your plate. After a breakfast here, your new destinatio is Borough Market.
The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney St, SE1 1TL
Tel: 020 7940 1300
It's possible to find something for yourself, your home or your dog in every street of London. We've wanted to give you the names of some of the shopping centers and markets to make things a bit easier for you.
Shopping on Streets
If you're looking for the leading British brands and luxury brands, Oxford Street and Regent Street are the right places for you. Especially, you can find new, young and soon-to-be-famous designers on the bottom floor of Top Shop that is located on Oxford. Another store you should definitely visit in Oxford is Urban Outfitters. There are really cool products inside.
Stores of the most luxurious brands like Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Chanel are in Knightsbridge.
You can get suits tailored for you by traditional British tailors on Piccadily or you can find anaything you want especially about vinyls or music on the streets of Soho.
More kitsch design stores can be found all along Bond Street, Sloane Street and Brick Lane.
If you say that you like shopping malls more than streets, then Harrods (87-135 Brompton Road) is where you need to go.
From Market to Market
Markets describe the charcteristics of London the best. That's why we've made a short list for you. Maybe, you want to give yourself the chance to walk around shops set on streets and buy unique pieces for cheap prices.
Camden Lock: Wouldn't you like to spend your saturday and sunday by looking at jewelleries, clothes and accessories among stands that have been set up in a Victorian building?
Camden Passage: Books, antiques, salvages... You may find chairs as well as one of the first editions of Jules Verne's books in this market area that is visited on wednesdays and saturdays by those who are aware of it.
Stables Market: There are clothes, art supplies, foods and drinks in tiny shopes lined side by side on saturdays and sundays.
Covent Garden: It's ideal for souvenirs and tinsels and baubles. It's open between 9 am - 6.30 pm every day.
Borough Market: Gourmet food, cheese, delicatessen and fruit and vegetable sections. This is a market that can be visited every day except sundays.
Portabello Road: Portabello Road, which sells antiques, jewelleries and second hand products, is open every day except sundays.
Spitalfields: Old, new and classic. It's possible to find anything you're looking for in terms of fashion here. It's open every day except saturdays. If you go there, we also recommend you to explore soon-to-be-famous designers in All Saints which has stores all over London.
Brick Lane: You can have a long trip from luggages and lamps to vintage clothes with a hotdog in your hand in this area which lies along for kilometers on sundays. Don't forget to drop by Columbia Market and fill yourself with the smell of flowers afterwards.
5 Best British Designers
Alexander McQueen committed suicide in 2010 but he also wrote history with many awards as the biggest talent British fashion had seen for long years.
Paul Smith, who is the creator of classical stripes, is a start that keeps British lifestyle alive especially in menswear.
Stella McCartney, who is the daughter of Paul from The Beatles and activist-photographer Linda, has a higher position on our wishlists with urban, stylish and sexy silhouttes she creates.
Vivienne Westwood, who is a bit crazy, very colorful and inspired by punk as well as being on women's lists of must-haves very frequently thanks to Sex & The City, is also a British genius.
Led by Christopher Bailey, Burberry is originally a British brand. You know it from its perfumes as well as socks, scarfs and coats that have become iconic thanks to its tartan pattern.
In London, which hosts many tourists from different backgrounds, also has accommodation alternatives suitable for these different groups of people. Don't forget to check our list for the most luxurious hotels, hostels and more.
Recommendations for luxury seekers...
Dark and mysterious. These are the two words that can be used to describe this hotel. Rooms are created with inspirations from Turkish, Chinese, Italian and Indian cultures and they say that it's the right place for a romantic escape for two. It's worth paying £318-£450 for a night for such a pleasure once in a blue moon.
33 Roland Gardens, SW7 3PF
Tel: 020 7370 6701
1906’da açılan The Ritz, which has opened in 1906, has a true gentlemen's club atmosphere. It's been decorated in a XVI. Louis style with rural French house mode.
150 Piccadilly, W1J9BR
Tel: 020 7493 8181
Monet painted, Churchill ate, Pavlova ate. Accommodating in this hotel which was opened in 1889 in Riverside is more like living London's history once again from the start. It's for sure that you'll see the traces of time during its traditional 5 o'clock tea or in one of its 230 rooms that are decorated in Art Deco style.
Greater London WC2R 0EU
Tel: 020 7836 4343
Even though it's not the only hotel that offers butler service in London, it has become the most famous one for having boxes to keep guns during hunting season. If you want to live in London like a Victorian British person, you'll want to rent one of the rooms that cost £650 per night.
Carlos Place, W1K 2AL
Tel: 020 7499 7070
Charlotte Street Hotel
Having been a dental hospital once, this building has been turned into a hotel which brings classical British wallpapers to rooms in a modern style and offers open buffets for 5 o'clock teas. 15-17 Charlotte Street
Tel: 20 7806 2000
Fox and Anchor
All of the rooms of this 6-room boutique hotel, which is very suitable to the atmosphere of London and has its own pub downstairs, are decorated in accordance with the motto of "simple and chic". You can get rid of the exhaustion of the day in its bathtubs.
115 Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6AA
Tel: 020 7250 1300
Rooms are decorated in pastel colors between white walls; a fitness center has been added for your health and there is even a pool at its top. Prices for a night for two ranges between £75-£225 depending on the rooms and the season.
Ebor Street, E1 6AW
Tel: 020 7739 5040
Dean Street Townhouse
A building remaining from 1730s, Rainforest inspired showers in rooms that cost £90 if small and go up to £410 if the biggest and a big library next to reception are all in your sevice.
69-71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE
Tel: 020 7434 1775
A very special hotel for those who like classical British style, want to feel like a princess or want to read the book they've lended from the library in their own "offices". It costs around £203-£311 for two per night.
6 Frith Street, W1D 3JA
Tel: 020 7434 1771
If you want to have a breakfast in a bistro created by Chef Bruno Loubet and wake up to a new day in a room filled with sunlight, you're in the right address.
86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RJ
Tel: 020-7833 3533
You'll love everything from the system in which you can plug your iPad and listen to music to curtains that can be controlled remotely, hip chairs to leather items. It costs £129 for two people to stay in this hostel where you sleep at night and find a breakfast table ready in the morning.
38 Gloucester Road, SW7 4QT
A bed with soft fabric brought from Ethiopia on it located in the middle of cream color walls and dark brown floors. The rooms, where two people can stay for £109-£150 with breakfasts, are very well decorated.
26-28 Trebovir Road, SW5 9NJ
Church Street Hotel
There is a Cuban atmosphere in this colorful hotel that has been created by José Raido. Rooms that share bathrooms cost around £90 and the one with private bathroom range between £120- £150. The tapas restaurant located downstairs, namely Angels & Gypsies, is a place where you need to make reservations.
29-33 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR
Tel: 020 7703 5984
The house that was constructed in 1717 has been reinterpreted by David Carter and turned into a hotel. One night for two costs £175 in this place where photographers, models, stylists and fashion editors stay and make photoshoots.
109 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ
Tel: 020 77900259
From Queen Elizabeth's palace to British Museum, Big Ben to Trafalgar Square... There are too many museums to see and countless streets to wander in London. That's why we've made a list of must-see places for you.
The palace is Queen Elizabeth's home in London. The Royal Family has been living here since 1837. Queens Gallery, where examples from the royal collection are exhibited, Royal Mews, where trolleys used in special days are located, and some of the halls are open to public. It's a must to watch the guard changing ceremony that takes place twice a day.
Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA
The building that is the clock tower of Westminster Palace has been constructed in a Neo-Gothic style according to Augustus Pugin's design. Its voice is heard in England's radio and tv stations during new year celebrations. Moreover, a special ceremony is held every year on November 11 to remember the end of the war.
House of Commons, SW1A 0AA
It's not acceptable to go back without having a walk through Trafalgar Square which is the main square where big celebrations and concerts take place and which takes its name from Trafalgar War in which British navy lead by Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated French and Spanish navies.a
The square that is connected to Soho, Chinatown and Leicester Square is very lively with its restaurants, bars, theatres and pubs.
Looking a like a giant ferris wheel, this observation wheel is located at the opposite of Westminster Palace by the River Thames. Even though a full circle takes 20 minutes, the view you'll see at the top is glamourous.
World's biggest collection on Egypt, Western Asia, Old and Ancient Greece, prehistoric England and Eastern culture is exhibited in British Museum. Friezes from Bodrum Halikarnassos, sculptures from Athens Acropolis... The list very long, a trip is a must.
Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG
Natural History Museum
This museum, where you'll see the changes nature has gone under since Big Bang, is also an expert of dinosaur fossils.
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Victoria and Albert Museum
Renaissance bronze, costumes of the period of Edward, peerless examples of the art of weaving, fashion, textile, glass items and jewelleries are among the pieces of this museum's collection.
Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
Theatre, opera, movies of important musicians like Bob Marley, the history of James Bond costumes, Back2Black Festival. You'll see unique works filled with talent in all areas. It's open until 11 pm every day of the week.
Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
Tower Bridge, that was constructed for 1 million punds in 1894, Albert Bridge, which is a suspension bridge and Millennium Bridge that holds the title of world's first horizontal suspension bridge... There are many bridges and stories in London but London Bridge is a classic. This building, which had been the only bridge of London until the construction of Westminster Bridge in 1750, is 283 meters long and can be seen in many postcards.
The National Gallery
It's the homke of European paintings that have been created since 1250s. In addition to its permanent collection, it also exhibits artworks lended from museum.
Drawings, comics, stories, fairy tales, photos. Whatever you're looking for about life exists on these walls.
77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX
You'll find many audio works as well as visual ones here.
National Portrait Gallery
More than 160.000 portraits created with many different techniques from drawing to watercolors, stroking to gouache are here.
2 St Martin's Place, WC2
Works of many modern artists like Hogarth, Turner, Constable, Blake can be seen in the collections of Tate Modern and Tate Britain.
Millbank London SW1P 4RG
You'll see the original works of Poussin, Rembrant and Rubens in this small museum which is created by Wallace's private collection to be turned into a gallery after his death in 1897.
Manchester Square, W1U 3BN
If you want to explore new local artists, this should be your address.
Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA
Legendary Names of Music
United Kingdim is one of the countries that lead the world in music. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Oasis, Blur, Coldplay, Radiohead, Sir Elthon John, Amy Winehouse, XX and tens of more names... We don't know if it's the weather or they have something in their water but it has created many
legends taht will never go out of fashion in the world. We've made a compilation of these classics. It may be your playlist to listen while walking down the streets of London.
London is The Place for Me - Lord Kitchener
LDN - Lily Allen
London Girls - Tori Amos
London - The Smiths
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
Across the River Thames - Elton John
A Day in The Life - The Beatles
All the Umbrellas in London - The Magnetic Fields
Best Days - Blur
Capital Radio - The Clash
London By Night - Frank Sinatra
Born Slippy - Underworld
Lady Grinning Soul - David Bowie
Play With Fire - The Rolling Stones
It's enough to learn about these names to know more about the British cinema.
Alfred Hitchcock: The master of the horror cinema is known for movies like Psycho, Birds, North by Northwest.
Ken Loach: Two of the most famous movies by Loach, who is the founder of English socialist wave, are Land and Freedom and My Name is Joe.
Gary Oldman: Oldman, whoc comes from a career of acting in cinema and theatres is the creator of Hannibal and Batman Begins.
Ridley Scott: American Ganster, Alien and Blade Runner are some of his names we watch over and over again.
Guy Ritchie: Even though he hadn't got married with Madonna and divorced from her, we would still remember him with movies like Snatch and RocknRolla.
Neighbourhoods of London
The City of London: In this oldest center, it's possible to find Tower Bridge, Saint Paul’s Cathedral and the relics of the city's original walls.
South Bank: The Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare showed his plays, Tiyatrosu, Tate Modern Museum, London Eye, parks where London's skateboarders come together, the gastronomy heaven that is set on saturdays named Borough Market... You'll come across all of them in South Bank area.
Westminster: In this area, where Queen's house is located and noblemen used to live, Big Ben is waitimg for you with all its glory.
Notting Hill: You'll remember it from the movie, it's the area filled with artists and shops in West London. Portobello Market, which is one of the flea markets of Europe, is set here on every saturday.
South Kensington: Victoria and Albert Museum is also located in this neighbourhood of science and knowledge.
Hyde Park: You can take your picnic basket on a sunday mornin, shop around Hyde Park and lay on the hills on a blanket to see the locals of London.
North London: Camden Market, where alternative people and youth live, is known for its shops lined side by side along streets
Shoreditch: Artists, freelancers and arcitects live in these neighbourhoods which start from Spitalfields market place on the East of London and goes along Brick Lane, Hackney, Hoxton. We need to remind you that bars and pubs don't close their doors before 3 am at nights. It's a must to visit florists on Columbia Flower Road on sundays.
Chelsea: This area, where musicians like Rolling Stones used to live in 1960, now exists with those looking for traces of those times on King’s Road.
Hampstead: If you go there, you'll find the traces of authors and people of literature.
If you think that you've seen enough of London and want to see its vicinity as well, here are some recommendations for you:
Cambridge and Audley End: The are where English universities have been located since the 14th century is a true campus of students and academicians.
Edinburgh: The city that is founded arounf Edinburgh Castle is a good chance to learn about Scottish culture. You should definitely stop by Scotch Whisky Heritage Center that is located in Castlehill.
Greenwich: There is Greenwich Observatory and museum in this point where time is counted as zero.
Stonehenge: Being created 5000 years ago, this is one of the oldest monuments of the world.
Brighton Sea Life Center: It's ideal to watch sharks, turtles and sea fish in thousands of colours and shapes while walking around in underwater tunnels.
There are also many alternatives for nightlife in London, which is one of the most important metropols of th world. You can take a look at the alternatives on the list.
Experimental Cocktail Club
You have no idea that egg white, chili and cucumbers can make a delicious cocktail but they are well aware of that fact. All kinds of experimental glasses you can drink cost around £10.
13A Gerrard Street W1D 5PS
Tel: 020 7434 3559
It's a good idea to stop by here for all kinds of cocktails.
50 Blandford Street W1U 7HX
020 7935 0835
The Booking Office
This place that was inspired by train stations and constructed as the waiting hall of Midland Grand Hotel in 1873, is now the place of those who seek luxury after work hours.
St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel NW1 2AR
Tel: 020 7841 3540
Once the clock hits 6 pm, people take their places on pub stools in London. And then crowds get bigger, conversations flourish and the night gets longer. Here are the 5 best places for you in case you want to see and maybe take part in this atmosphere:
Blue Bar (The Berkeley, Wilton Place, London, SW1X 7RL)
Callooh Calley (65 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY)
Powder Keg Diplomacy (147 St John's Hill, London, SW11 1TQ)
Sebright Arms (31-35 Coate St, London, E2 9AG)
Zetter Townhouse (49-50 St John's Square, London, EC1V 4JJ)
In this night club of London, which is worldwide famous and has lines in front of its entrance, you'll see Brits' approach to music and dance and you'll love them.
77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 3HN
Tel: 020 7336 8898
The 100 Club
The stage, where The Clash and The Sex Pistols performed in the 60s, hosts names like The Hives and Kings of Leon these days.
100 Oxford Street, Fitzrovia, W1D 1LL
Tel: 020 7636 0933
The club, which was opened by DJ/producer Stuart Patterson in 2007, is an electronic music heaven.
89 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HX
Tel: 020 7739 5173
The Book Club
A ping pong table on one side, concert and conversation on the other. It's open every day including sundays.
100 -106 Leonard Street, LO
Tel: 020 7739 6500202
Ministry of Sound
This is a night club. No, it's a traiming center for DJs. Actually a radio station. No, a production company. In short, it's all of them at once.
103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP,
Tel: 0870 060 0010
From Reggea to Kerri Chandler, Moodymann, James Blake, Jamie Jones, Juan Atkins, Ben UFO, Basement Jaxx, Norman Jay, Scuba, Jesse Rose and Tevo Howard... Plan B is waiting for you for good music.
418 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 7AY
Tel: 020 7733 0926
Country code: 0044
Ambulance, Fire, Police: 999
Stansted Airports: 087 0000 0303
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