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The Best Views In London

Excellent spots to take a walk, grab a bite, or enjoy music and theatre with a view   French philosopher Michel de Certeau wrote beautifully about the eerie power of standing above a city and gazing down at it from a great height in his seminal essay ‘Walking in the City’. In it, Certeau begins atop the Empire State Building and notices how this position is one of great privilege: to see the city from above, not from the streets: […]

Top 5 Things to Do When Visiting London during Olympic Games

The world has once again gone Olympic crazy and we’re seeing the five coloured rings wherever we turn. With all eyes on London and its medal-worthy athletes this summer, this is the best time to sample and enjoy everything that the capital has to offer. From the buzz around the Olympic village to the finest venues being packed with sporting superstars, London is the only place to head this summer to see all the excitement of the Olympic and Paralympic […]

12 Things To Do In London by MyDestination.com

Found a cool inforgraphic with 12 things to do in London, so check it out if you’re headed that way! Made by My Destination London, locally informed, globally inspired travel guides and information.

Over the Stile

For those backpackers who travel beyond London to venture into the idyllic countryside, the stile is a very familiar part of the scenery. A stile is fence or pathway that allows walkers to pass through an area while keeping the wildlife or sheep at bay. It seems so quintessential to the British experience however to hop over the stile and explore the rolling hills and brambles. For those in London, there are few within a train ride from either Heathrow […]

Unusual Events in the UK

The UK is home to many weird and wonderful and truly varied events and a trip to the UK just wouldnít be complete without seeing some of them. Almost every weekend there is something happening somewhere, so whether you are holidaying in the British countryside or visiting for the day, get off the beaten track and have a look! The World Wellie Wanging Championships, Upperthong, West Yorkshire This rather strange sounding event takes place in Upperthong at the Village in […]

London’s Harry Potter Studio Tour

Since its inception the wonderful world of Harry Potter has delighted readers and viewers alike. Now you can experience the magic of the Harry Potter films in a way like no other, with the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Through this unique walking tour you can delve behind the scenes, and see exactly how this record breaking film series came to life, and according to some family who visited while I was living in London, this is something Harry Potter […]

Geek Travel Tips from HostelBookers.com!

If you’re all about exploring new places on holiday rather than doing the same old bar crawls and beach-baking, this is the travel guide for you! HostelBookers asked their favourite professional geeks to give us their top travel tips, creating a destination guide that’s perfect for those with inquiring minds. Read below for the best geek travel tips… London, United Kingdom Geek tip: The Wellcome Collection Located in north London, the Wellcome Collection displays eccentric 19th-century world traveller Sir Henry […]

Photos from the City of Bath (UNESCO Site #16)

While spending a weekend in the English countryside, Danielle, myself, and a friend of ours took the opportunity to visit the Roman City of Bath, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a tourist hotspot for people from around the world. The city of Bath was literally created as a thermal spa during the Roman rule. After the fall of the Roman empire the city developed into an economic center for the wool industry. In the 18th century a […]

A Weekend in the English Countryside

Fortunately we arrived in London already knowing a few people. Entering a city like London with no one to “take you by the hand” can be quite a daunting ordeal. Luckily not only were we taken by the hand, but we were invited to places to see and do things we probably would never have experienced. One of those such things, was spending a weekend in the English Countryside, in the Cotswolds just easy of Wales. Life is lived differently […]

The Tower of London (UNESCO Site #15)

During a day tour around London we stopped and what was my fifteenth UNESCO World Heritage Site, The London Tower. The Tower of London was built almost 1000 years ago, in the year 1066. It was built as a symbol of Norman power after the Norman conquests took over England. The tower was used both as a defensive mechanism, and a place to garrison and execute criminals. Over the centuries additional buildings and fortification were added to the tower, further […]

A Photo Tour of London Part 1

We have been renting here in London for over a month now because the hotels, and even the hostels, were very expensive for long term! Although we’ve been out of the UK for about half of this time, we’ve had plenty of time to explore the city. At the same time, we could easily stay here for a year and never cover the entirety of the city. London is truly one of the world’s most magnificent cities, and here are […]

My First English Pub

I’m a big beer guy. No question about it. And I’m not talking about Natty Light or Bud Light or any of that crap. I love trying beers from around the world from smaller high quality breweries (commonly called craft beer in the U.S.). In fact, when I’m traveling, I make it a point to do my best to experience the beer there (or whatever alcohol is famous there). It is my opinion that the three most important things to […]

I See London, I See… Still London

So I haven’t even finished up my posts from Portugal and Spain, but today Danielle and I arrived in London for our extended stay. You’ll remember my original plan was to live and work here in London for 2 1/2 months, but things have changed, I won’t be working, and instead we’ll be using London as our home base to explore the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, and possibly Ireland! The next two weeks we’ll be getting situated here and […]

Top Ten Tuesdays – Things to Do in London

This week’s “Top Ten Tuesdays” post is a guest post by Leon Levy and is on the beautiful city of London. This city is close to my heart, even though I’ve never even been there. In fact, I’ve never even set foot on the continent. Later this week, however, I’ll be flying to Spain, where I’ll spend a month backpacking around, before journeying to London. I’ll spend between two and three months living in the city, making this post extremely […]