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Voted as the Best New London Experience 2019 at the AirBnB Awards here is your chance to learn more about the Capital whilst taking fantastic photos at many landmarks around the city. A great way to spice up your photo albums or Instagram profile. If you want to have the most fun you can have with a camera and to learn quirky facts that bring London alive, the Instagram Tour of London is for you.

2. Food Tour of London

The No Diet Club Food Tour is a fantastic way to discover some of London hidden culinary gems in a fun atmosphere and friendly host. Try the juiciest burgers, scrumptious halloumi fries, delicious ribs, mac and cheese, avocado egg buns, ice cream, chocolate covered fruit and more. All in a relaxed atmosphere, at your own pace and without counting the calories. This street food tour is a must for foodies in London.

3. Sourdough Pizza Making Class

Want to learn the secrets to making the perfect sourdough pizza? Then this Airbnb experience is for you. For a day you’ll become a “pizzaiolo” making your own pizza from scratch, learning how to stretch the dough , add all the toppings and at the end learn how to bake it in the oven. As a sourdough pizza needs at least 24 hours to rise you’ll take home the dough you make to enjoy later and instead get to sample a pre-prepared one. Get ready to eat a light and crispy sourdough pizza.

4. Living Like a Local in South London

This tour allows you to experience South London Like A Local as you walk through the streets to hidden gem bars under railway arches, and sample some of the juiciest Soft Pork Buns in town. From enjoying a delicious cocktail to slurping spaghetti the tour will head through a community space where you can eat, drink and even shop vintage clothing. Climbing 10 levels to a converted rooftop bar, you can watch the sunset with one of the best views over London, pint in hand. The tour finishes off in a multi-storey car park bar which is a great pop-up boozer and eatery.

5. Soho Music & Historic Pubs Tours

Experience London like a true local, in the company of a true local, where you will delve down secret alleyways and discover hidden venues only a local would know. As part of the tour you will explore four historic Pubs where some of the most famous musicians, artists, performers, playwrights, actors and deep thinkers all lived, worked and played. You will discover where the Beatles recorded Hey Jude, where the Rolling Stones kicked off their career, and where Jimi Hendrix partied hard through the night and plenty more.

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Top 10 Attractions Now Open in London

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1. The London Eye

(Photo: London Eye)

One of the most popular attractions in the capital is now welcoming visitors every day from 11am. to 6pm. The number of people allowed in the cabins is reduced, so a safe social distance can be implemented. What is more, the government advises people to stay closer to their family or friends and wear their face masks during the journey. For more information and ticket prices you can visit their website London Eye.

2. The London Dungeon

(Photo: London Dungeon)

Are you ready to make your blood run cold? The London Dungeon is now opened every day from 10am to 4pm. However, the capacity is reduced and visitors should keep the social distancing rules and wear a face covering. If you want to make sure that your place is secured, book in advance and you do not have to wait in a long queue for a ticket. Check prices and availability here- London Dungeon.

The London Dungeon dates back from 1974 becoming one of the most famous attractions for both visitors and locals. England is full of history and this is the place where you can even experience it. If you are interested in the dark side of London you can go 1000 years back and learn more about the characters that you have been reading for in the books.

3. Clink Prison

(Photo: Clink Prison)

Hidden between the tall buildings of Southwark, the Clink Prison keeps scary secrets about the people who were trapped in it. The prison kept not only the usual drunken and criminals but also rebels like Sir Thomas Wyatt protesting against the Queen “Bloody Mary” or John Rogers who translated the Bible from English to Latin under the reign of the same Queen. The prison operated from 1144 to 1780 leaving its never ending horror history absorbed in the walls and air.

4. Harrods

(Photo: Harrods)

One of the largest, most famous and expensive department stores in the world, Harrods, was founded in 1849 starting as a small shop with little number of employees, selling fruit, vegetables and medicine. It is opened for visitors at the moment and even if you are not buying anything you can still visit it. Harrods is a must visit attraction for many reasons. To begin with its breathtaking interior design, spacious and luxurious. There is an abundance of brands and boutiques from famous designers like Channel, Gucci or Louis Vuitton. The store sells many expensive things like bags, shoes, perfumes or sweet goods. One of the most expensive things that Harrods have ever sold are the Stuart Weitzman Ruby Slippers evaluated at $1.6 Million.

5. Sky Garden

(Photo: Sky Garden)

Sky Garden is the perfect place to have a nice dinner or drink and delight an amazing scenery looking towards the heart of London. With its gardens full of flowers and an abundance of unique plants like African lilies or Red Hot Poker. Sky Garden is not only famous for its design but also for the events that are being organised at the restaurant and the bar area. There is no entering fee but the capacity is limited, that is why you should book in advance.

6. Camden Market

(Photo: Camden Market)

No charging fees, no bookings, the street markets are a good way to try different quisines and to buy various products or goods. One of the largest markets in London is now opened waiting for visitors from 10pm. Camden Market comprises 6 markets and you will need around 2.5 hours to see all of them.

Camden Market dates back from 1800 starting with only few small craft shops. With the time it is becoming one of the most visited markets in England. What is more, if you are really interested in getting to know its history and secrets, there are tours organised by tour guides that will help you to trace the story.

7. Madame Tussauds Museum

(Photo: Madame Tussauds Museum)

One of the most famous museums in the world presenting waxworks of well known and historical figures, opened its doors to the public and is now selling tickets. It is recommended to book in advance because cash is no longer accepted due to the current health and safety regulations. It is required for the visitors to wear their face masks and they will be asked to get their temperature checked when entering.

The museum is called after the wax sculptor Marie Tussaud (Grosholtz before her marriage) She found it 200 years ago, starting with only few sculptures. By the time of the French Revolution she got imprisoned in Paris and forced to make death masks from corps, victims of the revolution. The museum keeps the history between its walls. You should definitely visit it!

8. Royal Greenwich Observatory

(Photo: The Royal Greenwich Observatory)

The Royal Observatory is part of the Maritime Museum and preserve years of an astronomy and navigation history.It is located on the top of Greenwich park, giving the visitors a chance not only to explore its history but also to enjoy an amazing view towards Greenwich university, the Maritime museum which is only minutes away and of course a view of Canary Wharf with its stunning buildings. It is a fact that the Greenwich Meridian passes through that location, making the Observatory a must-visit attraction for tourists. They can stay on the both sides of the equator, isn’t it impressive! Visitors can also see the clocks that change time itself or explore the world of astronomy.

9. ArcelorMittal Orbit

(Photo: ArcelorMittal Orbit)

The tallest and largest sculpture in London created for the Olympic games in 2012. The story traces the idea of this amazing creation. The Londoners wanted to keep the memory of the games forever so the government and the largest steel company were ready for the new project. A 114,5m tall tunnel slide was built up in honour of the Olympic games.

The Orbit is located at the centre of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is opened Friday to Monday. Tickets can be purchased online and visitors should follow the health and safety measures which include keeping safe distance and wearing face covering.

10. The View from the Shard

(Photo: The Shard)

An amazing experience in London’s tallest building, giving a chance for unforgettable experiences. To go to ‘The view’ there is an entery fee ,however there is an option where you can enjoy the view for free like from the bar or the restaurant area. It is important to be noted that there is a dress code and you cannot enter with trainers or a simple T-shirt. You can book tickets on their website The Shard.

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Ally Pally – London’s new It Place

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You still want to take advantage and enjoy the last days of summer, have an amazing view and perhaps take some great pictures for your Instagram feed, enjoy fresh air and a nice cold drink and maybe at the end go and see a movie while maintaining social distancing and follow the guidelines, but at the same time you want to have some privacy, does this sound like you? 

Alexandra Palace or Ally Pally must be the first on your list on your next day or night out. Besides offering an amazing view which is constantly photographed, overflown by drones, and admired by North Londoners and not only, turned out to be the IT place offering exactly what you need after a day at work or to make the end of the week special for you, your friends and family. 

From professional photographers to amateurs, vloggers to joggers, there are constantly people animating the place, enjoying London from above or the activities offered by the area. 

1. Drive-In Film Club

Three film screenings a day during weekends and 2 in the week, bringing back the nostalgia of drive-in cinema, helping Londoners during these difficult times we live in. They also support the NHS workers for their amazing job, by reserving 20 discounted tickets per screening. Who can say no to drive-in cinema?

2. Pitch & Putt

If you love golf or just looking for a friendly competition between your friends and family, they offer a 10 hole golf course with the most amazing view. You can play a round with up to 4 people and they allow a group to start every 15 minutes. The best part? Every weekday from 9-11 am you can take advantage of their Off-Peak offer, pricing starting from just £4 per person. 

3. London’s Largest Beer Garden

The Terrace offers a drink with a panoramic view of London having street food vendors and a bar stocked with everything you need, and it’s all one booking away or should I say, one app away? After booking a table of up to 6 people (£5 per person), download your e-ticket on your smartphone, download the Ally Pally Food & Drink App and show your e-ticket to gain entry to The Terrace. Once you get there all your orders have to be made through the App or online as they provide a cashless service. This must be indeed one of the greatest places!

4. Lakeside Boats

Rowing and pedal boats located next to Lakeside Café, exactly what you need to make a day out of it, with great coffee and food, all for small prices. 

5. Go Ape

Or if you are more on the adventurous side, Go Ape for urban lovers offers Treetop Adventure, Treetop Adventure+, and a Treetop Challenge, having something for both newbies and thrill-seekers. And of course, all of them come with the beloved panoramic view.

Ally Pally proves to be the perfect place, offering something for everyone, from a quiet read between the trees to a nice picnic or your next adventure, Alexandra Palace covers without a doubt, everything you might need. 

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9 Budget-Friendly Things to See & Do in London

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Put your favourite outfit on and start exploring the capital. Although it can be expensive there are still plenty of spots and activities to enjoy on a budget. Here are some ideas for the perfect day off without spending a fortune.

1. Westminster Abbey

(Photo: Westminster Abbey)

An architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries, Westminster Abbey also presents a unique pageant of British history. It has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 and for numerous other royal occasions, including sixteen royal weddings.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site Westminster Abbey is a major tourist attraction with a fascinating history. It was built by Henry III in 1245 and is one of the most important Gothic buildings of England.  It contains a treasury full of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles, books and various other artefacts plus the most significant collection of monumental sculptures of the UK.

2. Richmond Park

(Photo: Richmond Park)

Escape to the great outdoors in Richmond Park with its wide open spaces, grasslands and deer herds, just a stone’s throw from central London. The park is a top UK site for ancient trees and supports a range of rare species including fungi, birds, beetles, bats, grasses and wildflowers.

Discover the Isabella Plantation woodland gardens, refuel at Pembroke Lodge tea rooms and enjoy distant views of St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound. Try your hand at power kiting, horse riding or golf, or hire a bike for some off-road cycling along the Tamsin Trail.

3. National Gallery

(Photo: National gallery)

The National Gallery in London houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world with a collection that contains over 2,300 works, including many famous works, such as van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus, Turner’s Fighting Temeraire and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

All major traditions of Western European painting are represented from the artists of late medieval and Renaissance Italy to the French Impressionists. These pictures belong to the public and entrance to see them is free.

4. Natural History Museum

(Photo / Natural History Museum)

The Museum first opened its doors on 18 April 1881, but its origins stretch back to 1753. The Museum remained a part of the British Museum until 1963 and was only re-branded as the Natural History Museum in 1992.

This world-renowned museum allows you the discover the natural world through exciting exhibits and galleries, a flourishing wildlife garden and an impressive collection of geological collections.

Meet the roaring T. rex and wander among fossils in the Dinosaurs gallery or explore the evolution of life on our planet in the Beginning gallery. Entry to the Museum remains free however donations are welcome.

5. Borough Market

Borough Market is the oldest street market in the capital (Photo: Kristina Pavlinova)

The Borough Market is the oldest street market in the capital with a thousand year history. It differentiates itself with delicious Street food and good quality produce. There is a wide range of cuisine on offer and there is something for everyone.

The traders have built their reputations on seeking out small-scale artisan producers and bringing their wares to Borough. Together, the Market’s stalls, shops and restaurants reflect London’s status as a truly global city, with traditional British produce sitting alongside regional specialities from around the world.

6. Emirates Air Line

Emirates Air Line crosses the River Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, just five minutes from the O2 by North Greenwich Tube station. Cabins arrive every 30 seconds and flights are approximately 10 minutes each way. Whether you’re having a night out with friends or indulging in a romantic evening sunset, the Emirates Air Line is a must do experience.

Discover a unique perspective of London’s captivating night sky including the reflections of the O2 and the awe-inspiring lights of Canary Wharf. You can also opt for the Discovery experience tour for a round trip with added extras. You can use Oyster pay as you go to buy tickets at discounted prices. You can also enjoy the stunning night flight experience on the Emirates Air Line which runs from 19:00 and flight duration’s are extended to approximately 25 minutes

7. Tower Bridge

Visit London’s defining landmark and enjoy spectacular views of the city. Your visit begins at the North Tower as you enter this iconic landmark. Discover the history and discover what made this architectural marvel possible. In The Walkway you can enjoy panoramic views of London for a stunning perspective above the river.

You can also have a unique view of the city through the glass floor. At the South Tower learn about the people who have maintained the tower since it’s completion in 1894. At the blue line you can learn more about the people who helped to operate and construct the bridge.

8. Kyoto Garden

(Photo: Kyoto Garden)

The 22-hectare Holland park in west London features the stunning Kyoto Garden which is situated around the ruins of Holland House. One of the most beautiful gardens to be found in London, it offers a tranquil, Japanese-style landscape perfect for meditation and relaxation.

The Kyoto Garden opened in 1991 and was a gift from the city of Kyoto in Japan. The garden features tranquil tiered waterfalls and a serene pond full of beautiful koi carp. There are stone lanterns, Japanese maple trees and you might even spot a peacock or two wandering around.

9. The Golden Hinde

Marvel in this living-history museum built in 1973. The Golden Hinde was launched in a grand ceremony, attended by the Countess of Devon. Since the launch it has sailed over 100,000 miles, with a full circumnavigation, and two more Atlantic crossings to its name. For its maiden voyages, The Golden Hinde was captained by Adrian Small, a forty-three- year-old sea-captain who lived in Brixham, Devon. 

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