Here is our very first What’s Up London quarterly travel video guide. In this episode you’ll learn about our more off the beaten track London gems.
In this video you’ll hear about:
Honey & Co
Great for: Israeli street food and amazing cakes.
Why go: Simply put, Honey & Co is a labour of love for owners Sarit & Itamar and if you’re looking for authentic Middle Eastern food, this is the place. The coffee’s great and the staff are super friendly too.
Where: 25a Warren Street, London, W1T 5LZ
When: Any time you like :)
The International Ska Festival
Great for: Rhythm & Blues, Mento and Calypso, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, 2 Tone, Skapunk and beyond.
Why go: Headline acts include Horace Andy, Derrick Morgan, Keith & Tex, Ken Parker, Mad Professor, Dennis Bovell, Jazz Jamaica and King Prawn, whilst venues include the lawns of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Prince Charles cinema in Leicester Sq (screening Madness’ 1981 Take It or Leave It film), The Dixie Queen Thames cruise, and Camden Town’s Jazz Cafe, Dingwalls, Barfly, The Forge and Electric Ballroom.
Where: Camden Town.
When: 17-20th April 2014.
Oxford & Cambridge Goat Race
Great for: Beyond bonkers fun! Crazy British culture.
Why go: Better then running with the bulls in Pamplona!
Where: Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street. E1 5AR
When: Sunday 6th April 2014
Open Garden Squares
Great for: Seeing hidden parts of London not normally open to the public.
Why go: A once a year chance to see over 200 unique London green spaces including 10 Downing Street!
Where: All over London and covers 25 boroughs.
When: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June 2014.
Ye Olde Mitre Est 1546
Great for: Seeing a very traditional London Pub established in 1546! Tudor culture and heritage.
Why go: Soak up the atmosphere and drink where Knights and Squires have drunk for hundreds of years. A proper introduction to traditional English pub food. Travellers meet the cheese toasty and the pickled Gherkin!
Where: 1 Ely Court, Ely Place, London EC1N 6SJ
When: Any time you like.
Canal tours from King’s Cross
Great for: Seeing a side of London very few people see. Canals have been used for hundreds of year in England and were the main trade routes before the rail network and the motorways took over. Today they are a great way to see a different side of London.
Why go: Pretty sights, unexpected views of London, a slower paced side of London rarely seen by tourists. Oh and you’ll get a free cocktail on board the Disco Volante :)
Where: Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4AA
When: All year round.
Camley Street Nature Park
Great for: Seeing two unique acres of wild green space right in the heart of London, this innovative and internationally acclaimed reserve on the banks of the Regent’s Canal is a place for both people to chillax and wildlife hide away from busy London life.
Why go: Why not go is the question. Camley is a delightful hidden space and you’ll really feel that you’ve entered a different world.
Where: Camley Street, King’s Cross, London. Look for signs outside the station.
When: October to March. Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm. Sundays: 10am to 4pm
Chriswick House & Gardens Trust
Great for: Seeing a magnificent neo-Palladian villa set in beautiful historic gardens.
Why go: Built by the third Earl of Burlington in 1729 to showcase his art collection and to enthral his guests, the house continues to display many spectacular works of art. The gardens at Chiswick are the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and have inspired countless gardens including New York’s Central Park. I bet the Yanks don’t know that!
Where: Chiswick House, Great West Road, Chiswick
When: All year round.
Tonkotsu Japanese Ramen Bar
Great for: Japanese Ramen (Really tasty pork broth)
Why go: Although common in Japan, Ramen is still a rare find in Central London.
Where: 63 Dean Street, London, W1D 4QG (Soho)
When: Any time you feel hungry!
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