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An Insiders Guide to London

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A September 2006 trip to London by Shady Ady

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Quote: After living in London for 15 months, I hope I can introduce a few ideas and places to visit that aren't mentioned in the guidebooks, and which offer people an affordable and cultural experience of one of the most diverse cities in the world.

An Insiders Guide to London

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Tate Modern Museum Borough Market People-Watching at Covent Garden The Porterhouse Strand on the Green La Perla Mexican Restaurant Richmond Park Going to Wimbledon to watch the tennis. Quick Tips: Take time to have a lazy walk along the Thames at some point during your trip. I would recommend walking from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and then crossing over the river and walking along the other side of the River Thames. You won't believe how many things you get to see along the route. Plus, you get to see many of the famous London landmarks and you don't have to pay a penny! Unfortunately there are many pick-pockets operating on...Read More

Swan Private Guest House

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Considering the location of this guesthouses, I don't think you will find a better valued place to stay in the whole of London. I have stayed here a number of times, and have always been impressed by the cleanliness of the place. Although the decorations are basic, you really cannot complain at the price of £25 per room per night, especially when some of the rooms have up to 3 beds. Breakfast is also included (between 7am and 9am), which consists of a traditional English breakfast with the choice of a number of cereals as well. Each room has coffee and tea making facilities, TV, and alarm clock. The bathrooms and toilets are shared, but these are always clean and I have never...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 15, 2006

Swan Private Guest House
17 Thornton Ave.
London, England W4 1QE
+44 (208) 994 2870

La Perla Bar

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Restaurant | "La Perla Mexican Restaurant"

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I was introduced to Mexican Food by my girlfriend, and was quite disappointed to fine that London lacks a wide variety of Mexican restaurants. Of the few that are on offer I would say that La Perla is by far the best, and I would say that it is up there with some of the traditional Mexican restaurants I have eaten at while in America.  They offer a full Mexican menu, from starters to dessert, and I would personally recommend the nachos for starters and the vegetarian Burrito for main, which is huge. For this meal you are looking at paying around £11, which considering the location and the quality and quantity of the food, is excellent value.  Along with a good food menu, there is als...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2006

La Perla Bar
28 Maiden Lane
London, England
+44 (20) 7240 7400

Borough Market

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Attraction

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This has to be my favourite place in London and luckily, although it can get busy, it isn't one of the top tourist hot spots, which means it keeps its appeal as a typically English market atmosphere. The best bit for me is the amount of free tasters on offer, so if you are short on cash and are feeling a little peckish, then you can easily feed your appetite on free tasters here. Another favourite that I would recommend people trying is the Somerset Cider Stall that is located near the restaurant. It's gorgeous stuff! You can lose yourself here easily for a couple of hours looking at the wide array of fruit, vegetables, breads, cheeses, meats, fish and other speciality foods ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 15, 2006

Borough Market
West of Borough High Street
London, England SE1

Richmond Park

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Richmond Park Photo, London, England
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London has many parks, but for me the best of the lot is a short trip outside of London to the suburb of Richmond, where you will find Richmond Park. Richmond Park, is almost 1000 hectares in size, with a diameter of approximately 10 miles, making it ideal for those who like to run or cycle. It is the largest Royal Park in London and unlike any of the others, it has a population of approximately 650 deer which are free roaming. The deer are an ideal highlight if you have children, as not only are they easy to find but they are used to humans, so you can get very close to them. Cars are allowed to drive through the roads in the park, meaning that it is easy to travel to whic...Read More

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Richmond Park
Richmond
Surrey, England TW6
+44 20 8948 3209

Porterhouse

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Attraction | "The Porterhouse"

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Within Central London this is one of my favourite bars, not only for the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that you will find here, but also for the ridiculous amount of beers on offer, both on tap and in bottles. They have about 300 different beers on offer from throughout the world, so there is something for everyone so to speak. The pub is large and has many seperate level floors (5 in total), but due to its popularity and closeness to Covent Gardens it is normally very busy especially on weekends, which can have a bit of a negative effect on the enjoyment you can have here. The Porterhouse also has a large selction of pub food, which is very good quality and I would recommend a lunch...Read More

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Porterhouse
21-22 Maiden Lane
London, England WC2E 7NA
020 7379 7917

Wimbledon Tennis Championship

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Attraction | "A Cheap Days Tennis at Wimbledon"

Wimbledon Tennis Championship Photo, London, England
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I am sure visiting Wimbledon is mentioned in every guide book, but I want to comment on my experience of visiting Wimbledon last year (2005) to show that you do not need money, nor a lot of time to enjoy one of the greatest tennis events on the planet. Every year their are always stories in the newspapers at the ridiculous prices charged for strawberries and cream and a drink of Pimms, but don't let these stories have any influence on your decision, as a trip to Wimbledon can be as 'cheap as chips'! I was working in London last year while Wimbledon was playing and decided to go along with my girlfriend, even though the earliest I could finish work was at 4:30pm. I managed to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2006

Wimbledon Tennis Championship
Church Road
London, England SW19 5AE
+44 20 8944 1066

The London Eye

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Attraction | "Is the British Airways London Eye Over-Rated?"

The London Eye Photo, London, England
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There is no doubting that the British Airways London Eye is one of the biggest tourist attractions in London. On a good day you can see for 25 miles across the sprawling city of London, viewing other top tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden, Big Ben, and St. Pauls Cathedral, to name but a few. Even though a ride on the London Eye is an unparalled experience, and the only way of seeing London from the air, for some reason the experience didn't live up to my expectations, and by the end I was left feeling a little disappointed. A ride on the London Eye isn't that expensive (about £12.50 for adults) but I feel the time spent queueing to buy your tickets, ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 17, 2006

The London Eye
South Bank of the River Thames
London, England SE1 9TA
+44 (870) 500 0600