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.
London is a melting pot of cultures. Because of this, you can practically enjoy flavors from different corners of the globe everyday.
Across London, there are restaurants that offer the best genuine cuisines which may well represent food stalls in Vietnam or maybe hawkers in Morocco. Your food adventure around the city does not have to be very expensive as you can find meals costing below thirty quids.
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.
In celebration of the 2012 London Olympics, an artist has turned a double-decker bus to mimic an athlete doing some push-ups.
Reports say that the 1957 double-deck bus was purchased from an owner located in the Netherlands. The Czech artist installed two big arms, an electric engine, and a good amount of suspension tools and wiring. The bus is now called the London Booster.
The new arm and other mechanics help the six-ton ride move its arms and make it push against the ground. The motion of the arms raises the body of the vehicle in several angles. The bus even groans and plays videos on its windows that have been converted to digital displays.
The artist behind this very creative tribute is David Cerny. He said the push-up is a very common exercise for almost all athletes.
Watch London Booster in action below: