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London with Sarah Elaine

Well, I give in. Despite my ongoing campaign to get people out of the city, I know that most travellers just won't have time. This is my new list of London things. Some of them are even free!

Updated September 23, 2013
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  1. Expensive "Hotels & Accommodations" in London, England, UK
    New Years 2005-6 I treated myself to a stay here. It was brilliant - it is a push your boat out sort of occasion, but for a special night, not bad at all. Actually, the internet rate at the weekend was around £70 which is really good for the quali…
  2. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    I love this bar! It's in camden, for a start. It's an easy lurch from the high street and the tube. It has two for one cocktails for two hours on weeknights. Can't go wrong! Aside from one of the most extensive cocktail menus I have ever seen- si…
  3. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in United Kingdom
    This is a reprint of a previous Blog entry - someone said it wa smore of a review than a Blog, so I apologise to those of you who've read it twice. Round about the two month mark in any trip, people start asking me if I'm homesick yet. I'm not.…
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The British Museum is The British Museum. Depending on how right on you're feeling, or whether or not you're Greek (because of the marbles), it is either one of the finest collections of antiquities in the world, or a horde of stuff that the Victori…
  5. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Caribbean scene is a restaurant in the Royal Victoria Dock, London. It is not particularly promising, from the outside. You might think that the glass fronted restaurant, under a skyscraper in the heart of conference-centre docklands, is a bad sign…
  6. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    Gordon’s is a wine bar that seems to specialise in port. It is on Villiers street, near the Strand. It is very like having a glass of port in a cave, and I mean that in a good way. Gordon’s is in some cellars, and if you were tall, you wou…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The Royal Observatory in Greenwich is a fascinating museum that shows the history of astronomy and timekeeping, and how important they were to the development of shipping and commerce in Britain. It is free entrance. The main reason people come t…
    This review was featured on Monday May 24th, 2010
  8. Expensive "General Tips & Advice" in London, England, UK
    The London Underground - "the tube" - is one of the oldest, most famous mass transit systems in the world. Mostly, it works very well, but there are things that you should bear in mind when using it. The first is that decades of underinvestmen…
  9. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in London, England, UK
    I have no idea what this place costs, as it was a business trip. I will divide this review into hotel and conference facilties, because my experiences were so different, but have to say right up front the service was lovely. Conference facilities…
  10. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Oasis leisure centre in Covent Garden is a council-run leisure centre with an outdoor pool. There is an indoor pool too, but it is often being used for classes and things like that and the outdoor pool is open to the public all the time. There are …
  11. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in London, England, UK
    The Park Inn is a well located hotel in Bloomsbury, which is in the centre of London. It is very close to Euston station and the British museum. If you are travelling on business, it is very close to High Holborn and the Inns of Court. It is also …
  12. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Regent’s Park is a large park in London, close to oxford street and Euston Station. This time of year in particular, it is very beautiful. Parts of the park are laid out as gardens, where others are more open parkland. There are also childre…
  13. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in London, England, UK
    The Strand Palace is a large hotel in central London. The location is excellent, as it is about five minutes from the river, two minutes from Covent Garden, and surrounded by the theatre district. There is no gym or pool, but there are several lo…
  14. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Maldon, England, UK
    UK opening hours over Christmas Check in advance, some people shut up early, and some people stay open all night. The january sales are good fun, but if there's a park adn ride use that - parking is horrific. I've been in car park queues for 4…
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Tate Modern is one of the UK's best art galleries. It specialises in modern, twentieth century and contemporary art, although there are sometimes a couple of Monets around. Tate is arranged thematically, rather than by artist, country or era. The…
  16. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    Tattershall Castle is a bar on a boat in the Thames. It has comedy nights from time to time, but the night I went it was just a normal bar. People who have mobility problems might struggle to get in, although I think you would be fine on crutches. …
  17. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The British Music Experience is an interactive attraction in the O2 arena. Taking the form of video walls, interactive displays, a dance booth and a guitar studio, the emphasis is very much on playing with the buttons. There are also physical exhbi…
  18. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    The National Theatre is a theatre complex on the south bank of the Thames, opposite Embankment station. It is part of the bonkers concrete sprawl of arts buildings that also includes the South Bank centre and National Film Theatre. I’m going to tr…
  19. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Tower Bridge is an icon of London, with many tourists assuming it must be London bridge itself. Of course, you can cross it for free, and there aren’t that many places on the Thames where you can’t admire its gothic towers. It is a prime exampl…
  20. Expensive "General Tips & Advice" in Manchester, England, UK
    Things you need to know about getting trains in the UK: Book ahead No - really. Book ahead. A single to London from Swindon can cost between £7.50 and £45, depending on restrictions and how organised you've been. And almost all tickets you…
  21. Expensive "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    Wyndham’s theatre is a gorgeous theatre in the West End, just next to Leicester Square tube station. It isn’t very big by West End standards, and is currently hosting Avenue Q. The theatre is tall and narrow, and decorated in light blue wit…
  22. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Yo! Sushi sells sushi. This particular branch is in Paddington station, but there are branches across the UK. It has many small plates that run around on little tracks, and you help yourself; at the end, a waitres comes and adds up hte bill accordi…
  23. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in London, England, UK
    The M25 is a road that can strike terror into the hearts of almost any Brit. It is essentially a large motorway (that's highway, to our American visitors) that circles London. Theoretically, anyway. I've seen it described as the world's largest ca…
  24. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    Nell Gwyn is a pub near the strand, partly hidden up a back alley. It is a real pub. A quiet pub is a rare find in central London, and the fact that I managed to get a table on a Tuesday is a special bonus. The pub is a free house and the range of …
  25. Cheap "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    The Almeida theatre is a small theatre in Islington, near central London. It has recently been refurbished. The white building is tucked up a side street not far from Islington Green and Angel Tube station, although from where I was staying the…
  26. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Ciao Bella is an Italian Restaurant in London, near Coram’s fields and Russell Square on Lamb Conduit Street. It has restored my faith in Italian Restaurants. Ciao Bella is up a little side street, and the waiters seemed to know half the peop…
  27. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Panchetto Bistro is a small bistro on St Giles High Street, London. And just to start, I want to say that the waitress was lovely. As it is probably the only nice thing I am going to say, let’s say that first. Of course, it was my own fault fo…
  28. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Kulu Kulu sushi is a sushi restaurant in the seven dials area of central London, and I think it has branches in Kensington and somewhere else in central London. It is ace. Based around conveyer belt sushi, but decorated like a provincial take away,…
  29. Expensive "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    The Cove is a bar in Covent Garden, with a little upstairs outside terrace. It is nice, although the prices are London tourist prices – a pint and a glass of wine came to just under ten pounds. This is a small fortune compared with the North West…
  30. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Caprice is a Mediterranean restaurant very close to Euston Station in London. I’m afraid I didn’t take photos – I was running late for a train (my fault not theirs!). Caprice is about four minutes walk from Euston, very close to the Briti…
  31. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The British Library is a copyright library, holding one copy at least of every book that was ever published in the UK, as long as there still are copies. That alone is enough to get my pulse racing. But somehow, until now, I hadn’t realised that …
  32. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Studio 6 is a pleasant restaurant in Gabriel’s Wharf, London. It is a good place to get some nice food, and seems to be a little quieter than the busy chain restaurants along the river, despite being nicer. I can only assume that this is because …
  33. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    Udderbelly is a comedy venue that appears on the Southbank in early summer, and travels north to the Edinburgh Festival later in the summer. It is a giant, purple, inflatable cow and when it is on the Southbank it is surrounded by a beer tent and a …
  34. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in London, England, UK
    London is a great, glorious city, and one of the most exciting cities in the world. It is also a sprawling, sweaty nightmare, with overcrowded public transport and some of the grumpiest natives you’ll see anywhere. Nobody can possibly claim to en…
  35. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The Wellcome Collection is the museum of the Wellcome Trust, and is a free attraction for "the incurably curious" right opposite Euston Station in London. It is an interesting museum, focusing mostly on the history of medicine with some art throw…
  36. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Dishoom is a really nice Indian restaurant in Covent Garden. It has a much smaller menu than most Indian restaurants, focusing on a handful of dishes and small plates rather than every possible variation on curry. It also doesn’t look like a curr…
  37. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden is one of the best known opera and ballet venues in the UK, and possibly in the world. It’s gorgeous. Right in the heart of Covent Garden, the Royal Opera House is home to some incredible opera and balle…
    This review was featured on Wednesday September 22nd, 2010
  38. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Le Comptoir Libonaise is a wonderful café in the Oxford Street area of London. It also has a delicatessen. Located about a block from Oxford Street, in the heart of tourist London, I was very surprised by both how good this café is and ho…
  39. Expensive "Hotels & Accommodations" in London, England, UK
    The Radisson Edwardian Grafton is part of the Radisson chain, and is located right on the corner of Euston Road and Tottenham Court Road outside Warren Street tube station. If you are travelling in from the North West of England, that makes it ve…
  40. Expensive "Hotels & Accommodations" in London, England, UK
    The Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt is in Kensington, London, near the Natural History and V&A Museums. It is a nice hotel, with posh check in desks and pleasant, if random, décor. I missed breakfast (my own fault) so I can’t comment on the foo…
  41. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Konaki is a Greek restaurant close to the British Museum in Bloomsbury.  Decorated cosily, with great service, it is a nice place to eat even if you are on your own.  The food is excellent and there is nice wine; several people there seemed t…
  42. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    The Crown is one of several pubs called The Crown in the Holborn/St Giles area of London. So for once, I have taken a helpful picture of the outside. It is traditional, cosy pub just a stone’s throw from Covent Garden, but quieter and cheape…
  43. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in United Kingdom
    Can I trust this review?  Many travellers now rely heavily on online reviews to choose hotels and other attrachtions.  But it is a real issue deciding who you can trust online.  With some sites having hundreds of reviews saying wildly different t…
  44. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    I came across Rossopomodoro whilst I was looking for somewhere to eat with my brother and my mum. I had eaten in the Reykjavik branch (and I know how obnoxious that sentence looks!) and it had been great, so I thought I would give it a go. …
  45. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in London, England, UK
    The Bloomsbury Park hotel is a nice hotel near the British Museum. It is a short walk away from the Russell Square and Holborn tubes. It is recently refurbished, although there are some nice period windows. The rooms are small, but that's not un…
  46. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Maxwells is a restaurant in Covent Garden that has good discounts on Monday nights. It serves nice burgers and other American-ish dishes. The service was very good, and although they were busy and said there’d be a bit of a wait we were seated…
  47. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in London, England, UK
    St Giles hotel is just off the Tottenham Court Road. This is a very good location for shopping, and a reasonably good location for she West End. It’s not, however, a great location for sleeping. I was there on business, and so I didn’t pay for…
  48. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    It can be really difficult to chose a restaurant in Chinatown, because there are so many. Quite often, you are left with the old “that one looks OK” technique of restaurant selection, which is always a gamble. In this case it paid off. H…
  49. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Addis is an Ethiopian restaurant on Caledonian Road, near Kings Cross station. I had never tried Ethiopian food before. It turns out that it’s really good. Most of the items on the menu were spiced stews, which are nicely warm but you can…
  50. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    I’d been aware of Café Mode for a while, because there are often people giving you free tastes of pizza in the street to promote their two for one pizza offer. But usually, I am alone, and a two for one pizza offer would be of limited use to me. …
  51. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in London, England, UK
    The Tara Copthorne is a large modern hotel in Kensington. It is easy to find, because most of Kensington is very pretty and the Tara is in a big ugly building. Inside, however, it is a nice hotel. The reception staff are efficient – this makes a …
  52. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in London, England, UK
    I like this hotel. The location isn’t great, being a good ten minute walk from Old Street tube station and in a funny sort of place. The good thing about the location is it’s right opposite an excellent fish restaurant, which is a funny place f…
  53. Very cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    This place is a completely brilliant find. It’s tucked on the edge of Little Newport street and Chinatown, in a discrete premises with a sliding automatic door. It has lovely cosy wooden décor, at nice tables, and it stays open late enough to go…
  54. Expensive "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    This is the home of the English National Opera. It is quite a large theatre. The ENO is a well respected opera company who sing in English. Whether this is a good thing or not depends entirely on whether you think the original language is impor…
  55. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Pomipdou is a small café close to King’s Cross, where I stopped for a coffee when I was too early for dinner. It is cheaper and nicer than the nearby Starbucks. Slightly old fashioned in décor, which I like, the staff are friendly, and the coffee…
  56. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    edap is a small Malaysian restaurant on Old Street, near the Barbican and Clerkenwell areas of town. I went on a week night and it was almost full, which is always a good sign. I really like Malaysian food, so I was glad to find this place so…
  57. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Often overlooked by tourists, the Museum of London shows the history of London itself, rather than the more international flavour of the British Museum. It’s a really interesting look at the people who’ve lived in London,from many centuries BC to…
    This review was featured on Thursday September 26th, 2013
  58. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    South of the River, an unknown land to many tourists, is Borough Market. It is a food market, which still supplies meat, fish, vegetables and groceries to many of the restaurants in the city. Here, you can find everything from carrots and fish thro…
  59. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in London, England, UK
    When I was small, my father travelled a lot for work.  I told him how jealous I was, and he said it sucked.  “I see the inside of a train, the inside of a hotel, the inside of a meeting venue and then the inside of a train,” he said.  I though…
  60. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in London, England, UK
    The Ramada Jarvis Hyde Park is a hotel near Hyde Park.  It is close to Queensway tube.   Breakfast is in an airy room with big glass windows, rather than the basement you get in many hotels, and is very nice.  The staff were lovely.  The roo…
  61. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Scandinavian Kitchen is a small café not far from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, on a back street near the BT Tower. Serving Swedish food, it is a nice, light place to grab some lunch. I had a hot dog and some juice for less than £5,…
  62. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in London, England, UK
    The Corus at Lancaster Gate is a very nice hotel on the edge of Hyde Park. It is near to Lancaster Gate tube station.  The rooms are a decent size, and there is a bath in the bathroom.  They are pleasantly decorated and have heavy shutters instead …
  63. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Minimaxi is a Chinese and Malaysian restaurant near Marble Arch tube.  I really enjoyed my meal there.  I found it by accident walking around the streets to the north of Hyde park, trying to find somewhere that was neither too expensive not t…
  64. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    I didn’t like Polpo very much, but it will take a while to explain why not. I will start with the positives.  The food tastes excellent.  I’m told that they are aiming for Venetian – it was just like Italian tapas – and was great.  The …
  65. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Sacred Tea is a lovely tea and coffee shop near Carnaby Street in London.  It is sort of New Zealand themed, and open slightly later than many cafes and shops in the area.  It has a lovely, laid back atmosphere and nice decoration and lighting.  T…
  66. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The Victoria and Albert museum (V&A) is a large museum in Kensington, South London.  Established with a specific mission as an educational resource for architects, artists and designers who could not afford to go abroad to study, it has a genuinely …
  67. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    The Barbican Theatre is part of the Barbican estate in London, a sprawling piece of twentieth century utopian architecture, where they were trying really hard to prove that you could build a public housing project with parks, fountains, flowers, worl…
  68. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    Mushu is an Asian restaurant in London, close to Euston Station and the south eastern corner of Regents Park. It does excellent dumplings, as well as sushi, noodles and other good food.  Portion sizes are great too.   The restaurant is light and …
  69. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    S&M Clubhouse café, despite sounding like something you wouldn’t write about on a family friendly website, is actually a very cute café in the Spitalfields area of London.  It serves traditional British food, like sausage and mash and fish and c…
  70. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Despite the nearby Liverpool Street station being my gateway to London for much of my adult life, I had no idea what Spitalfields was like until I accidentally stumbled into it by taking a slightly long way home.  Nestling so close to the financial …
  71. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in London, England, UK
    The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is in the Queen Mary Gardens, one of the nicest parts of Regent’s Park, and stages Shakespeare, plays and musicals throughout the summer.  As ever, I will try to review the venue rather than the play.  It …
  72. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Whitechapel Art Gallery is in the East End of London, right outside Aldgate East tube station.  It is free admission, unless you are attending a special exhibition, and is open until 6pm.  The gallery is quite small, and won’t take long to vi…
  73. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    La Porchetta is a small Italian restaurant nestled in the Bloomsbury district of central London. I had a lovely meal here. Service is excellent, the food was great, and it is a lovely relaxed place to eat. The Carbonara was lovely, and the coffe…
joseph98 says:
Wow, that's quite a list you've got there! Good to see you've included some not so good stuff as well - London is certainly a place that can ensnare the unwary!
Posted on: Sep 23, 2013
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