All eyes are on London as Prince William ties the knot with Kate Middleton this coming week. Hotels are booked for those who want to do some royal spotting. No one can deny that a London holiday means expensive London hotels but did you know that you have a ton of options when it comes to free things to do in London. Here are some of the best London attractions that you can enjoy for free:
Museum of London
A lot of travelers missed the Museum of London but it is another great London attractions. You will have a good idea of how the city evolved from the geology around the Thames through the Anglo-Saxons and through the important events of the recent past.
The much awaited Bulgari Hotel in London will not open until June 1 but there are other hotel openings in London that we have our spotlight on this summer, The Cafe Royal.
The plans to build The Royal Cafe first surfaced in 2008 when the landmark on Regent Street was eyed to be converted to a hotel. And from then on the construction has been going well and the website of the hotel shares that the new property will be part of the Set Hotels Collection that also includes the Amsterdam new hotel the Conservatorium and the Lutetia in Paris.
Set Hotels will be offering a 159 guestrooms for this luxury London hotel out of the old Cafe Royal and will also have the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center which will have its own yoga studios, meditation centers, spa, gym, and pool. The hotel will also have its restaurants, Domino Room, Grill Room, and bars.
London travel on a budget is possible, believe it or not. You get to book a room in these cool hotels without sacrificing your taste and style. Here are some of the best budget London hotels where you can book a double room for around £50:
London House Hotel in Bayswater
The London House is just a few minutes by foot from the Notting Hill and Hyde Park and is conveniently located a few hops from the tube station in Bayswater.. With its dining area taking inspiration from minimalist design lines, it gives it a modern hostel vibe. The other features though tell us that it is still pretty much a hotel. The more than 100 rooms have a mini fridge and an ens suite bath. You can book a room for two starting at £67.
Barclay House Hotel in Fulham
A London holiday surely is far from being described as cheap by any measure. The daily rates of hotels especially with the approaching London Olympics are skyrocketing. You will also be lucky if you can get a booking for the dates of the games. The travel money too is hard to stretch if you have to eat out every time. There are alternative London accommodations though if you really want to witness the 2012 Olympics:
Bed & Breakfast Club
You will find The Bed & Breakfast Club houses in the more pleasant neighborhoods of London offering rooms of private residences offered for rent. Since you will be occupying a private room, do not expect luxury hotel like conveniences and pampering. It will have the basics though like entertainment system, phone, and twenty four hour check-in. Add to the simple elements the personal touch of the service.
London is all set for the upcoming 2012 Olympics this week. Aside from the athletes and the venues, owners and staff pubs and restaurants are also gearing up for the hoards of tourist flocking to the city. Here are some of the best Olympic eats:
This stylish restaurant is house among art studios and warehouses. It has a very glamorous bar with its interior dominated by the minimalist theme. Drop by to have some coffee or a feast of the seasonal British food.
Jimmy’s Supper Club
London might be on any traveler’s wish list. It is a confident and trendsetting city which continues to thrive with new hotels, galleries, boutiques, and restaurants despite the big downturn of the global economy.
A London holiday is undoubtedly expensive with your Heathrow Express ride from airport to the city that costs $50 round trip. Enjoying the best London destinations will also set you back a bit like a small fortune you need to spend for Madame Tussauds or the London Eye.
Here is a quick guide to help you navigate thru London and avoid common pitfalls of unprepared travelers:
Harrods has been a a tourist magnet for years now and it is common to see those who are about to fly out of London with their Harrods plastic totes. It might be best for your budget to veer away from Harrods but its Valley of the King inspired Egyptian escalator is always a reason to go.
The street-food scene has been surging in the major cities around the globe and London does not want to be left behind. All eyes are on this city as the Queen Celebrates her Diamond Jubilee and as the rest of the world awaits the clash of the best of athletes during the Olympics.
There are more sots in London now that are open to food trucks and food vans which serve different specialties from different corners of the globe. The standard of food is very high and so gourmet that people from different corners of Britain and travelers look for them just like any other excellent restaurant in London.
Here are some of the best food stalls you can find in London now:
During the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, a lot of people were amazed with how James Bond and “the Queen” jumped from a hovering chopper, how David Beckham delivered the Olympic torch, how Mr. Bean delivered his antics in a very momentous event, and how the Olympic Cauldron became the highlight of the ceremonies.
The 2012 Olympic Cauldron was crafted by Thomas Heatherwick. It featured 204 petals made from copper that represented each nation competing in the games. These petals were brought to the Olympic Stadium by each team during the procession of athletes. The petals were attached to the assembly of long pipes located at the center of the stadium.
After the parade of athletes and flags, young athletes carried the Olympic Torch which they used to light some petals and eventually setting off a cascading effect to light all of them. Slowly, the 204 lighted petals rose to form a giant torch.