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The essential City of London Itinerary

Today I would like to propose an itinerary through an area of London that tourists tend to overlook. I’m talking about The City. Let me rephrase that. It’s not really that they overlook the area, as many come to St Paul’s Cathedral and from there visit The Tower of London. But the distance between these two sites is over one and a half kilometres, and they don’t visit any sites on the way? In London? Surely that’s not right!? So we have mapped out a walking itinerary that may well take you a busy morning, or even a full day. Ideally you should do this  ...

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Shopping in Camden. And drinks. And concerts. And etc…

Shopping in London is always an experience: Regent Street, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Soho, Kensington High Street and an endless etcetera… One of the places you should not miss under any circumstances is the Camden district, which has become one of London’s most popular, and probably most authentic, districts. Here you will find a mix of pubs, tea shops, restaurants and shops, all with one common denominator: alternative music. A stroll along Camden High Street admiring the window displays is not to be missed. Their façades are just great. Punk clothing, vintage boots,  ...

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Itinerary for London’s Soho: sex, music, shopping and culture (II)

Here we pick up where we left off on our itinerary through London’s Soho. A quick reminder of the proposed itinerary: Turn right onto Peter Street and head up Wardour Street, one of the mythical streets of Soho. Why? For the venue I commented on before: The Marquee Club, formerly frequented by The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Genesis, Led Zeppelin and many others. All this during the 60s and 70s. Later, in the 80s, it was also the birthplace of New Wave, British Punk and Synth Pop, with artists like The Pretenders, The Sex Pistols, The Cure, Clash and a  ...

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Itinerary for London’s Soho: sex, music, shopping and culture (I)

London Soho is one of those neighbourhoods that is in a constant state of flux. It’s as though something is always bubbling just under the surface And unfortunately, most tourists barely make time to take in two or three of its most famous streets, like Carnaby Street, for example. Well, that’s their loss. This district was farm and grazing land up until the 16th century, and later became a royal park during the reign of Henry VIII. That’s right, the royal hunting grounds. In fact, the name Soho appears as early as the 17th century and was probably some sort of war cry.  ...

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In the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes, a London Walking Tour (II)

We very recently published the first part of the Sherlock Holmes London itinerary. Ideally, after eating, the tour will continue as follows: A) We set out from the Criterium on a full stomach and head for Piccadilly Circus, which gets several mentions in the works of Conan Doyle. B) Head down Haymarket Street to the Royal Haymarket Theatre, built in 1720. A spectacular theatre, by the way. They even organize a tour on the first Thursday of every month at 11 am. It’s a little expensive, considering it lasts just an hour and a half, but it’s worth it. This is where Josiah  ...

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In the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes, a London Walking Tour (I)

Sherlock Holmes is currently in vogue. He always has been. But even more so today. On the one hand this is undoubtedly due to the release in 2011 of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the second of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films, which stars Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law. And, on the other hand, because of the second season of the TV series Sherlock, which is even more interesting and exciting than the first, if possible. Anyhow, we have decided to pick up the Sherlock Holmes trail and propose an all-day route featuring the famous fictional character created by Sir Arthur  ...

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48 hours in London: What you should not miss under any circumstances

Visiting London is always a great idea. However, as usual, we face a dilemma: A city this size in just two days? Of course we can! That’s the main reason behind these proposed itineraries – so you don’t miss out on any of the major attractions and make the most of your stay in London. Before starting your journey, remember to download the PDF format city map (free) with all the points of interest marked. And, of course, the tube map here. It will prove to be a great help. Another recommendation? The London audio guide for free. Just upload it onto your mp3 player and let  ...

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London Notting Hill Itinerary, a must for all romantics

Notting Hill was back on TV this week. And yes, I admit, I watched it. Yet again. And I still love it. What can I do? Call me soppy or corny. But I love it. So without further ado, today I want to propose a London itinerary for all those lovers of Notting Hill, the film. By the way, besides the romance between Anna Scott – Julia Roberts – and William Thacker – Hugh Grant – I would like to emphasise the relationship between Bella – Gina McKee- and Max -Tim McInnerny. The scene where Max gets out of the car to help Bella aboard in order to begin the search for Anna  ...

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Charles Dickens in London

Today is the perfect day to talk about Charles Dickens, this great English writer, renowned throughout the literary world for works such as Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, David Copperfield, The Flagman and the oft-adapted A Christmas Carol, among others. Now I’m not going to tell you anything about his life or his wonderful novels, but rather encourage you to discover Charles Dickens for yourself in London. Here are our three essential visits. 1) His home. Today, a museum. For starters, you simply cannot miss the Charles Dickens Museum, located at number 48 Doughty Street.  ...

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Harry Potter in Warner Bros Studio Tour, London. Not to be missed!

Very recently we published a post about the various Harry Potter film locations in London… and what a success it turned out to be! In just two days it has been one of the most-read posts in the brief history of this blog. Apparently, it’s not just the kids in the house who like Harry Potter… right? Well, today we dive into the main course. That’s right, the real Harry Potter’s experience. How so? Because we’re going to talk about the recently inaugurated Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. Well, the tour doesn’t take place in London itself, but  ...