Hotels and Travel

One of the great joys in life is to be able to travel to exotic and different destinations to soak up their history, culture and good food and nowhere is this truer than in London, England. London offers its visitors some of the most glorified history in the world, not to mention a host of attractions including world class theater productions and a varied and amazing night life.

Whether you are in London on business or for pleasure, finding a little bit of time to explore this charming, historical old city is a must. However, one thing that sets London apart from many other cities is that it is historically known for being a somewhat expensive city. This being said, the challenge is to book the perfect hotel room, that will give you quick and easy access to all the major attractions, but at the same time, will not completely bust your travel budget.

Thankfully, finding this hotel room is no longer the daunting challenge that it once was. Thanks to the Internet and online hotel booking sites, you can now browse all the hotels available and compare their prices -vs- location and make an informed and practical decision. Although many people would love to book their hotel directly in London, which gives close access to all the major attractions, comparison shopping is always a smart and practical move. So before booking any room, once again, you are encouraged to do your homework and make sure that you are getting the best deal possible.

London offers visitors all of the historical attractions they can possibly imagine. From Buckingham Palace to Big Ben to the National Gallery, the choices are amazingly overwhelming. However, have you considered visiting some “out of the way” attractions? In many cases, these are hidden gems that are worth seeing and will also take you out of the mad hustle of the crowds.

Consider the Brampton Cemetery, a beautiful park with jugglers and a serene atmosphere. If you are a fan of literature, visit Stoke Newington where Edgar Allan Poe went to school. How about Greenwich? Granted, these are not historical sites that are of interest to everyone, but if you are looking for something different, then consider these wonderful attractions.

Of course, you cannot visit London without doing the “tourist thing”. Here again, doing a lot of research ahead of the trip will be very helpful. Your hotel room should be considered your headquarters as you visit and travel around London – so choosing its location is your foremost priority. Once you have chosen your hotel, everything will work itself out around it which will give you the time to enjoy your trip.

5 Best Restaurants in London

When you are in London, you are bound to be confused about where to have your lunch or dinner. One choice you definitely have is the Subway or McDonalds. However, if you want to enjoy your meals leisurely with good ambiance, here is a list of best restaurants in London. Most of these restaurants mentioned here cater to all types of budgets. They not only excel in the variety of cuisines they have, but also in service and ambiance. Read on to see which one of these best restaurants in London you would select to enjoy your meals.

1) Hereford Road

Until 1997, British cuisine wasn’t nearly as popular as today. Tom Pemberton was one of them who propelled the British cuisine into highlight with this restaurant. Located on 3 Hereford Road, this restaurant offers bold, British cooking for its customers. The menu changes here regularly (on a daily basis). The common ingredients here are lamb’s sweetbreads, calves’ kidneys and brains, and British puddings.

2) Hawksmoor Seven Dials

This restaurant is located on 11 Langley Road in the Coventry Garden location and a truly sensational one. Though the entrance is slightly hidden, once you enter this restaurant, you will feel as if it is a century old restaurant. The surprising part is that the restaurant was opened only near the end of 2010. The quality of meat is far better than the expensive Mayfair steak restaurants. If you are willing to part with nearly £50 per ahead, this is a restaurant can provide you quite a pleasant experience.

3) Gordon Ramsay’s The Savoy Grill

The Savoy, located on The Strand and a few steps away from Coventry Garden, is forming a part of the Gordon Ramsay Empire of restaurants. The Savoy Grill is located inside the Savoy Hotel and dates back to 1889. It was recently restored back to its former glory. The menu here is inspired by the by the classic dishes of Britain and France. The selection of meats such as Roe deer venison and Herdwick mutton cutlets is outstanding,

4) Le Gavroche

Le Gavroche from Michael Roux Jr. is a “toptable Best Food award” winner and a holder of two Michelin stars. Located in the heart of Mayfair with an unimposing doorway, the restaurant offers you a typical country house atmosphere just before you enter the classically designed main restaurant. This restaurant is unpretentious and offers you some of the best French food UK can provide.

5) Mezzanine Restaurant

The Mezzanine Restaurant presents to you some of the best seasonal modern European cuisine London has to offer. Located on the Southbank and inside the famous National Theatre, this restaurant overlooks the River Thames. It is a more formal, chic and stylish dining room whose specialty is the Pre theatre dining. The restaurant is conveniently situated for visitors to the National Theatre and is also a hit among the local foodies.

Now that I have mentioned some of the best restaurants in London, where do you prefer to eat the next time you are in London?