London Makes Top 3 City in the World for Fun and Adventure

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Tips | 0 comments

Recently a group of 17 travel sites were polled by GetYourGuide and GoEuro to establish which city in the world is the most fun to visit. The poll ranked over 1800 cities on eleven different categories including restaurants, bars, clubs and other attractions.

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Paris Grabbed third place, London snuck into second and out in front was Berlin. The German capital was picked due to its low cost beer (average €0.83 per pint) and no last orders in the bars. But what makes a city ‘fun’ and why are some of the top cities in the poll better than others?

Berlin

Berlin came out on top in the poll, so what makes this city so much fun to visit? The cheap beer and no last orders may have helped to pip London and Paris to first place but there is a lot more to Berlin than just drinking.

There are plenty of tours to take you around the city either by bus or on foot. Take in such sites as the Brandenberg Gate and the Reichstag building as well as the Berlin wall. Tiergarten which is one of the world’s largest inner city parks stretches over 600 acres and is conveniently situated right next door to Berlin zoo.

When it comes to eating out there are plenty of places to grab a traditional currywurst. If you’d prefer a restaurant there’s one to suit any taste. There’s award winning Heising, serving French cuisine is one of the most popular in Berlin, along with Madami which serves authentic Vietnamese and Asian dishes.

For nightlife a trip to the Puro Sky Lounge is essential. This club is situated on the 20th floor of the Europa-Center and boasts 360 degree views of the city. All in all Berlin is full of fun and excitement with plenty of culture and history to delve into.

London

London appears second on the list of most fun cities in the world. Boasting such sights as the London Eye (which is a giant Ferris wheel that stand 135 metres tall), Big Ben and the Tower of London. Another of London’s main attractions has to be its museums. From the Natural History and Science museums, to the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory in Greenwich. There’s something for everyone.

For food lovers, London offers every cuisine under the sun and with many world renowned chefs (Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Marco Pierre White) plying their trade in the capital you’ll find something to excite the taste buds.

London came top in the poll for having the best clubs and concerts. The capital is home to several super clubs including Fabric and Ministry of Sound. Peter Alder from CapialAlist, a guest list website comments “We are so pleased our London clubs came top and rightly so.  We have a diverse section of clubs across the capital with many being ranked the best in the world”.

For live music there’s the Royal Albert Hall which each year hosts the proms; The O2 Arena which stages many pop and rock bands throughout the year, and the Royal Festival Hall which plays host to all varieties of music from classical, to folk, to pop and rock.

Paris

Paris is said to be the most romantic city in the world. From its iconic architecture, to famous galleries and museums. Culturally Paris has to rank among the top cities in the world. The first thing that stands out when you visit Paris is of course the Eiffel Tower. This huge latticed, wrought iron structure stands 324 metres tall and dominates the city’s skyline. A visit to the capital wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the top of this iconic tower.

Another famous landmark of Paris is the Champs-Élysées which is the finish line for the annual Tour de France. The Louvre is a must see attraction in Paris. This world renowned art gallery hosts The Mona Lisa among many other famous works.

Although probably better known for its culture than its nightlife, Paris is still a hot bed of activity when night falls. Moulin Rouge which is probably one of the most famous nightclubs in the world puts on a variety of dance entertainment shows. Best known for its cabaret acts and for being the birthplace of the Can-Can.

Top Ten Cities

Some of the other cities in the top ten can boast equally enjoyable attractions such as:

  • The Empire State Building and Central Park in New York
  • Sensō-ji (Buddhist temple) and the Sky Tree in Tokyo
  • The Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome
  • The Sagrada Família church and Camp Nou in Barcelona
  • Topkapi Palace and Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul

Finding fun and adventure in any city is going to come down to personal preference. As with any major city, there’s bound to be something to entertain everyone. Each city in the list has its own unique attractions and deciding where to go is often going to be decide by these rather than the price of beer or how late the bars stay open.

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Top Tips For Planning A Valentine’s Break In London

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Tips |

For many, Valentine’s Day is the most romantic time of the year and the perfect opportunity to spoil your significant other.

To make this Valentine’s Day extra special, why not ditch the roses and head off on a romantic trip to London instead? With all it’s opulence and glamour, London is the perfect place for spending some romantic time with that special someone.

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For our ultimate guide to planning a romantic Valentine’s Day break in London, have a read of this.

Book a swanky hotel

To make your trip as romantic as possible, consider booking luxury accommodation. Nothing says romance, more than a swanky hotel room – rose petal on the bed, champagne on ice and chocolate on your pillows.

If money is an issue, don’t panic – there are plenty of ways you can book a posh hotel room for a low price. To get high quality hotel rooms at low prices, have a look online at discount sites like Secret Escapes and LastMinute.com. Make sure to also have a look at holiday package sites like Wowcher and Groupon. With some discount sites, you can even add a romantic meal onto the cost of your stay for a low price, so these sites are well-worth checking out.

Get organised and create an itinerary

Once you have booked your accommodation, you can then start planning your trip.

The first thing to consider is whether or not you want to keep the trip a surprise from your partner. On the one hand, a surprise trip is incredibly romantic, but, on the other hand, you partner may want to help plan what you do while you are away. If your partner has been longing to visit London for a long time, it might be nice to include them in the planning so that they can get excited and feel involved.

Once you have decided on whether the trip is a surprise or not, you can then start creating an itinerary. Sit down and write a list of everything that you and your partner would like to see, and then create a plan that will allow you to fit everything in. Remember, it’s Valentine’s Day, so it is important to find ways to make the trip as romantic as possible.

As you are going away, it is important that you buy your partner’s gift in advance, especially if you are ordering it off the internet. For the perfect romantic gift, have a look on http://www.giftsfromhandpicked.co.uk/. With so many different things to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect gift for your partner.

Most romantic things to do in London

London is a very romantic place, packed full of luxury bars and restaurants, theatres, museums, and attractions; it is the perfect place for a weekend away.

Don’t miss out on visiting Gordon’s Wine Bar, it is the oldest wine bar in the city. With newspaper lined walls and candlelit tables, this is one of the city’s most romantic locations.

Spend an evening at the National Theatre, located on London’s fabulous South Bank. Spend time relaxing in the theatre, watching some of London’s finest productions. Just make sure to book your tickets in advance, as they tend to sell out quite quickly.

An absolute must for a romantic trip to London, is afternoon tea. While many of the city’s poshest hotels serve luxury afternoon tea, there are also many quirky and unique place you can also visit.

For the ultimate romantic experience, take a sunset ride on the London Eye. The city looks absolutely stunning as the sunsets, and what better way to experience it then from the sky.

If you are lucky enough to be staying in a hotel with a spa, book yourself and your partner in for a couples spa sessions. Massages, bubbles and facials are an excellent way to relax and unwind before heading out for a romantic dinner

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How to Travel Around London Safely

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Tips |

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London is definitely one of the safer cities to explore and you are far less likely to experience problems there than you would if you were visiting, say, Rio de Janeiro or Lagos. However, although London is relatively safe, it is still sensible to take a few precautions when travelling around the city, particularly at night. So if you are planning a trip to London, here are a few simple tips to ensure you see the sights and have fun – safely.

 

Walking Around the City

London is perfectly safe on foot and often it’s easier to get around on foot during rush hour. If you do choose to walk, carry a map and check your route before you set off. Always look before you attempt to cross over busy roads – cyclists can appear out of nowhere, especially at dusk. Appear confident at all times and don’t take short cuts down dark alleyways at night.

 

Beware Petty Thieves

London, like any other big city, has its fair share of shady people. Pickpockets are common in crowded tourist areas such as Covent Garden or Tower Bridge. Often the pickpocket works with accomplices, who distract you, perhaps by asking for directions, while the thief stealthily rifles through a bag or lift a wallet from your back pocket. By the time you realise what’s happening, they have melted into the crowd and your valuables are long gone.

Always carry anything of value in a zipped, secure pocket or bag when you are on foot. Don’t carry valuable items in an open handbag where criminals can spot them and target you as a result. It is also unwise to blatantly hold expensive mobile phones or tablets in full view since these will also make you a potential target.

 

Black Cabs in London

Black cabs are the only licensed taxis allowed to collect fares off the street. Mini cabs have to pick you up from a specified address. Never jump in an unlicensed taxi, even if you are desperate for a ride back to your accommodation. If in doubt about a minicab, ask the driver to confirm they know who you are and where you’re going before you jump in. Keep your mobile phone fully charged so you can call for assistance if necessary; download a phone charging app if you aren’t sure where the nearest charging points might be.

 

Stay Safe on Public Transport

Keep your wits about you when using the underground – especially late at night when it’s relatively quiet. The underground is mostly very safe, but keep hold of your bag at all times and don’t place wallets and other valuables in pockets where thieves can access them while you are crammed together on a crowded tube train at rush hour.

Wait for public transport in well-lit places. You should also sit near the driver when travelling alone on buses at night, and if you feel uncomfortable at any point, perhaps because another passenger is hassling you, ask for help or move to another seat.

London is a fantastic city to visit, with hundreds of great attractions, so have fun, stay safe, and you’ll be able to visit again soon.

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The Top Ways Of Getting Around London

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Travel Tips |

London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. It is busy, loud and vibrant but yet still manages to hold some tranquil and relaxing getaways. For these reasons and many more, it is the perfect place for tourist visits and family trips. There is something to do in London for every occasion, whether it is a birthday meal, a romantic break or just a little afternoon wander. Sometimes I love nothing more than just taking a walk around a local park or taking some time out relaxing in one of the quieter areas of the city. At other times, it is nice to be able to get just about anywhere you need to be, in record time. Whether it’s hopping in a taxi to a local bar or just taking a walk to your nearest restaurant for a bit to eat. Everything is accessible. But what other travel options are there and which is right for you?

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The Tube – everyone knows about the tube. It may not always be the nicest way to travel, but it does the job and makes for easy and fast travel on a convenient basis. It is worth investing in an Oyster card and making the process even quicker and easier on yourself. This can also be used on bus, tram, overground and rail services, so it’s no wonder, so many of us have them tucked safely in our purse at all times.

On The BusBus travel in London is one way of getting around. Sometimes it can be easier than catching the tube. If you are on a day trip to London, seeing the iconic bright red double decker busses drive past can be entertaining. This is a good way of traveling if you are on your own or as a couple. It’s not always the easiest when it comes to family travel and lugging buggies around.

By Bike – If you are fit and healthy or love a bit of the outdoors then traveling around by bike is certainly an option.Cycling insurance is an absolute must though. Traffic can get crazy in London during rush hours and peak times. You should ensure that you stay within the correct areas and give clear signals.

Taxi – Taxis in London can be expensive. They are a good way to get around if you are in a serious rush or when you’re late for a meeting. Be careful not to rely on them on a very regular basis though as you’ll find yourself severely out of pocket in no time.

By Water – The water taxi is another great way for tourists to see much more of the city. You can hop on and off, and it is especially fun when you are in town for a short stay and want to see the main attractions.

On Foot – As with any city, one of the best ways to see London is on foot. Most places can be easily reached simply by walking. If you have the time, this is a great way to explore the city and to find some sweet little eateries or markets that you might not know about.

 

 

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Shinebright this Christmas with glacéau vitaminwater

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Tips |

13th December ­ 17th December
15 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AQ

 

Following on from the summer¹s successful Shinebright studio, created to nurture and promote young creative talent, glacéau vitaminwater¹s exciting new project, the Œwrapping gallery¹ opens its doors to celebrate the work of local artists whilst offering consumers the chance to make sure their special gifts Shinebright this Christmas.

 

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The festive period could always be a little bit brighter and more original ­ so this Christmas, glacéau vitaminwater is doing away with the dull, uninspiring wrapping paper we are all so used to, and offering the public a one-stop pop-up shop for hand-made, completely unique wrapping paper that shines with creativity.

 

Lynnie Zulu, Wild Things

 

With infamous London-based painter and street artist Inkie* at the helm, the wrapping gallery will house 10 emerging artists including Jack Hudson, Lynnie Zulu, Lucy Vigrass and the Day Job collective. Over the course of 5 days, launching on Saturday 13th December the team of artists will be designing, screenprinting, illustrating, block printing, stamping and stenciling rolls upon rolls of gigantic wrapping paper with their own designs and interpretations of what it means to shine bright.

 

Lucy Vigrass, Raw Fruit

 

The space will be a destination for busy shoppers to seek calm and inspiration. A place to have their carefully selected gifts wrapped by professionals in one-off sheets of paper created on-site before their eyes by an array of talented young artists.
Take a step away from the madness of the festive shopping season and treat your special gift to special wrapping paper to make sure that it shines bright beneath the Christmas tree.

 

Jack Hudson, Hangtime

 

Inkie will be get the festive ball rolling from 11am on Saturday, 13th December ­ a great opportunity to come down and get a one-off piece of functional art from an artist that usually exhibits his work on the walls of contemporary art galleries. There will also be the opportunity to win framed and signed works from each artist during the 5 days. To enter just post a photo of your gift and wrapping paper with #Shinebright. Each artist will then choose his or her favourite snap as the winner and Vitaminwater will make sure the framed art is in your hands before Santa starts his rounds.

 

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13th December ­ 17th December
11am- 7pm
Wrapping gallery- 15 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AQ
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8 Quirky Ways to Spend Your Time in London

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Food, Travel Tips |

London is a place where there’s something for everybody. The place is so vast, with such a wide variety of things to do, that nobody can say ‘London isn’t my cup of tea’. London is everybody’s cup of tea! You just need to go to the right places. Want a quirky time in London? Try the following 8 things.

At The Outdoor Cinema

Haven’t you always wanted to go to an outdoor cinema? Take a beer, a blanket, a snack or two and you’ll have a great time. There are a number of outdoor cinemas in London, so take your pick. They usually play classic films, so it’s more about the experience than the film itself. Either way, you’ll have a fab time.

In Choccywoccydoodah

This colourful cake shop has even had its own TV show. Celebrities commission the top cake makers to create amazing looking and tasting creators for special occasions. Katie Melua commissioned a cake from them, and the staff surprised her with a mermaid version of herself in cake form. You can go and see it all for yourself and even try some special treats in the London store!

In Borough Market

Borough market is full of weird and wonderful food vendors that you’ll enjoy sinking your teeth into, as well as people selling all kinds of cool wares.

Enjoy Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is big in London; just about every hotel you can think of offers their own special version. Don’t settle for any old hotel though; take a look at the best hotels for afternoon tea before you book your day out. The perfect place to take a friend or relative. A nice way to relax and get away from all of the hustle and bustle too.

Drink Beer on a Roof

If you fancy a beer, head up to a roof to make it even more exciting. I love Frank’s Cafe in Peckham. I’m betting you will too!

A Street Art Tour

This is one of the best places to explore street art in the whole world. There’s a London street art tour for all budgets and time limits too, from a few hours to the whole day. The tour should be both fun and educational. It’ll probably make you want to go out and buy yourself some spray paints too!

In Kentish Town

Kentish town is full of little vintage boutiques for shopping and plenty more quirky places to explore. It’s great for food too, so don’t hesitate to have a bite to eat here.

At Camden Market

Going to Camden is like going to a whole different world. It’s a great place to go if you want to add some quirky accessories to your collection, as well as smoke some Shisha and buy unique clothes. Even if you don’t have a lot of cash to spend, just soaking up the atmosphere is enough.

These are just 8 of the quirky ways you can spend your time in London. There are plenty more, but I’ll let you discover them for yourself! See you next time!

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Ways To Make Your Trip To London That Bit More Special

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Travel Tips |

There is no denying that the capital city is one of the most impressive places to visit in the worldly. The fact that London has so much to see and do means that people from all over the globe want to come here at visit. However, just because your London holiday seems amazing that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it even better

Afternoon Tea

Without a doubt, afternoon tea is an English tradition that you should partake in while you’re in England. There are hundreds of places in London where you could take afternoon tea, with some of these offering more than others. Generally speaking afternoon tea is some finger sandwiches and cakes followed by scones with clotted cream and of course a few cups of tea. Claridge’s offer a world renowned afternoon that is well worth checking out while you are there. It’s a popular place though so you will probably need to book in advance.

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Afternoon Tea

Travel In Style

You can avoid public transport by hiring a car from somewhere such as  http://www.expressrentacar.co.uk/ to explore London. That said, London isn’t one of the nicest places to drive around so why not make sure that you get someone else to drive you around instead? Hiring a chauffeur driven vehicle to take you where you need to go can help to ensure you have a good time. Not only that but you get to avoid the hustle and bustle of public transport and the stress of navigating the busy streets of London.

Fun London Bus Tours

As much as travelling in luxury is great, you do need to get out there and experience London too! London bus tours are a great way to do this. There are London bus tours that run all day and you can simply hop on and off of them as and when you want. On top of that there are other types of bus tour you can sign up for. A bus tour which incorporates afternoon tea or dinner for example or ghost bus tours which mainly operate around Halloween.

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Other Things You Should Do While You’re in London

One of the best things you can do for a trip to London is packed as full as possible. As London offers so much it is important to do as much as possible. So, for example you have to experience dinner in China Town and a wander around Leicester Square a night. A trip to London is also not complete without watching a show in the West End and travelling on a London tube train. You also need to make sure that you see London from the skies by riding the London Eye and visiting any seasonal attractions that are taking place in Waterloo.

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The London Eye

London has something for everyone, so make sure you get out of it exactly what you want. There is an abundance  of websites online that can act as a London tour guide. Just make sure you read up on what London offers so you can plan your trip accordingly.

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