London Journals

Low Cost London

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A travel journal to London by sararevell

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Quote: In a city where food, drink and travel are all expensive, this journal aims to help visitors find events and attractions that are a little easier on the wallet. Ticket prices in the following entries range from free to around £10 per person.

Cutting Costs in London

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London Bus Photo, London, England
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Finding the bargains isn’t always easy but there are some handy tips that are worth considering for a cheaper trip to London:TRAVEL BY TRAINOne is that some of London’s big attractions offer two for one or reduced price tickets if you travel by train – that is an overground train, not the tube. All you need to show a valid train ticket for travel on that day. As London also has quite an extensive overground network, it can pay dividends to buy a one day ticket (rather than using the Oyster card). Check out this website for details: http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/ TRAVEL BY BUS – OR FOOTThe beauty and the disadvantage of London’s tube system is that it is ...Read More

Walkers Quay Jenny Wren Boat Cruise

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Attraction | "Camden to Little Venice by Boat"

Walkers Quay Jenny Wren Boat Cruise Photo, London, England
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Camden Town is synonymous with loud and lary teenage shoppers and its weekend markets draw such large crowds that even the tube station can’t cope with the numbers. It is therefore a surprise that one of London’s most relaxing trips can be found in the heart of the market.At Camden Lock, canal boat cruises depart for Little Venice, traveling the short distance up Regents Canal to Little Venice. To be honest, you could probably walk the tow path faster but for a guided tour, and a different perspective, floating along for 45 minutes isn’t a bad way to see the area. The canal boat cruises leave from Walkers Quay but tickets are purchased just inside the Inspiral Café at the bridg...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2011

Walkers Quay Jenny Wren Boat Cruise
250 Camden High Street
London
020 7485 4433

Columbia Road Market

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Attraction | "The Sunday Flower Market"

Columbia Road Market Photo, London, England
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There is no disputing the popularity of this Sunday market. Apart from the floral explosions from the outdoor market stalls, the pretty row of Victorian shops are an added attraction. The boutique retailers and cafes are housed in shops that were originally built in the 1860s and many used to serve as upholstery shops. There is no nearby tube station but the closest (Old Street) is only a fifteen-minute walk and there are buses that pass close by along Hackney Road and Kingsland Road. The flower market is open from 8am – 3pm every Sunday. While you would imagine that the ideal time to visit would be on a warm, sunny day, the crowds that gather are often so great that it makes e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2011

Columbia Road Market
Columbia Road
London, England E2

Dennis Severs' House

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Attraction | "Inside the Amazing Mind (and house) of Dennis Severs"

Dennis Severs' House Photo, London, England
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On the edge of East London’s fashionable shopping areas of Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market is a hidden house that, in my opinion, is one of London’s top attractions. Fortunately not many people know about it. I imagine no two visits would be the same and the experience is so consuming that I would readily go again. Dennis Severs is the late owner of 18 Folgate Street and is the creator of what lies within. An American Anglophile who once ran horse-drawn carriage tours around Hyde Park, Severs moved to the Georgian terraced house in 1979 and gradually brought each room to life through smell, sound and sight. We arrived at 18 Folgate Street on a Sunday afternoon. A group of fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2011

Dennis Severs' House
18 Folgate Street
London, England

Highgate Cemetery

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Attraction | "Life and Death on Highgate Hill"

Highgate Cemetery Photo, London, England
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One of Highgate’s biggest attractions is its beautiful Victorian cemetery where some 53,000 graves are spread over 37 acres of leafy land. It opened in 1839 during the reign of Queen Victoria and is split into ‘East’ and ‘West’ sides. It is still a working cemetery and is home to some distinguished people.The East Cemetery is the more accessible of the two. There is a small, cash-only, entry fee (£3 per adult as of mid-2011) and visitors can roam around at will. A map is available to purchase to help visitors locate the graves of likes of Douglas Adams and George Eliot although the lack of detail on the map is quite incredible and doesn’t necessarily make it easier to find who you’re looki...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2011

Highgate Cemetery
Swain's Lane
London, England N6
+44 20 8340 1834

Jameson Cult Film Club

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Attraction | "Whiskey Cocktails and Horror Films"

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While this activity is clearly a sponsored one, the Jameson Cult Film Club has been running for a few years now and given that it is free to those who attend, it deserves a mention. You have to sign up online to receive email notices of when and where film screenings will next take place and once announced, you then have to register your interest. If the application is successful, members receive an email back within a couple of days with a ticket for two people to attend the screening. I have been to a total of three Jameson Film Club screenings and while they have their pros and cons, the ticket usually entitles two people to a free film screening, two or three free Jameson’s cocktail dr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2011

Jameson Cult Film Club
35-47 Bethnal Green Road
London, England

Kenwood House

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Attraction | "Art, Music and Room to Roam"

Kenwood House Photo, London, England
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NB. Kenwood House will be closed to the public from Winter 2011 – Summer 2013 for repairs and restoration.Overlooking a small patch on the north side of Hampstead Heath is the well-worn and well-loved Kenwood House. Operated by English Heritage, entry to Kenwood House is free to the public and the house and grounds offer a full day out for adults and children. Compared to many stately homes, Kenwood is modest in size but houses its own art collection and boasts a Rembrandt self-portrait. Built in the early 17th century, architect Robert Adam was charged with remodeling Kenwood in the 1700s. Shortly after, George Saunders added two wings plus offices, kitchen buildings and brewe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2011

Kenwood House
Hampstead Lane
London, England NW3 7JR
+44 20 8348 1286

London City Hall

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Attraction | "A Visit to the Mayor of London’s Headquarters"

London City Hall Photo, London, England
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It was by accident last year that I discovered that the London City Hall, home to the Mayor of London and headquarters of the Greater London Authority is open to the public. In recent months, public access has sadly been cut back and it is now only open from 8.30am-6.00pm Monday to Thursday (until 5.30pm on Friday) and for the London Open House weekend.As you enter, bags, keys, loose change and mobile phones have to be handed over for security screening. The City Hall stands, or depending on your view, slouches, beside the magnificent Tower Bridge, directly across the river from the Tower of London. Given its proximity to such tourist magnets it is refreshing to find that the City Hall has...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2009

London City Hall
The Queen's Walk
London, England
+44 020 7983 4100

Notting Hill Carnival

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Attraction | "West London Meets the Caribbean"

Notting Hill Carnival Photo, London, England
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Europe’s largest street festival takes place in West London every summer during the last weekend in August. Being that it is a bank holiday weekend, festivities run across Sunday and Monday and music and parades are concentrated around Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Grove, close to Notting Hill. The carnival began in 1964 as a local West Indian festival but has now grown into a full sized carnival, attracting over a million visitors each year and staffed by more than 40,000 volunteers. Festivities begin with a steel band competition on the Saturday but the full parades don’t take place until Sunday (which is ‘Kids’ Day’) and Monday, which is the main parade and is often a lot busier, louder...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2011

Notting Hill Carnival
Various venues throughout the city
London, England W11
+44 (0)20 8964 0544

Parkland Walk, Local Nature Reserve

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Hotel | "The Parkland Walk "

Parkland Walk, Local Nature Reserve Photo, London, England
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Away from the city smoke and noise is a leafy trail that runs through Crouch End. This gentle four-mile walk is ideal for children, dog walkers and railway aficionados.The north of London is blessed with green, open spaces. Hampstead Heath is one of the largest in the city and further north and east are Waterlow Park and Queens Wood in Highgate. London may be better known for its parks but there are also many public footpaths worth investigating. One such trail is the Parkland Walk, a 4.5 mile / 7.2km track that runs between Finsbury Park and Highgate. A final stretch continues on to Alexandra Palace and its park for far-reaching views over London. The trail is a nature reserve...Read More

Parkland Walk, Local Nature Reserve
North London
London

Tate Modern

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Attraction | "A Celebration of Art and Architecture"

Tate Modern Photo, London, England
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Even those with little or no interest in art, modern or otherwise, should make the effort visit the Tate Modern near Borough Market. Opened in 2000, this soaring museum is an architectural as much as an artistic wonder. Entry to the main galleries is free, with charged tickets for special exhibitions only. The museum was created from the skeleton of a disused power station and its soaring chimney tower and vast interior turbine hall are as much a part of the art as the exhibitions themselves. The power station was built between 1947 and 1963 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, also responsible for Battersea Power Station further up the river. He is also the designer of England’s famed ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 3, 2011

Tate Modern
Sumner Street
London SE1 9TG
+44 20 7887 8000

Waterlow Park (Lauderdale House)

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Attraction | "Waterlow Park & Lauderdale House"

Waterlow Park (Lauderdale House) Photo, London, England
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A brisk walk up Highgate Hill from Archway tube will eventually lead you to the lovely Waterlow Park, which provides the southern bookend to Highgate High Street. Rather bizarrely, Waterlow Park doesn’t show up on Google Maps and while it is tiny compared to neighbouring Hampstead Heath, it is definitely significant enough to be marked on a map.There are three ponds in the park, all fed by natural springs. It is the abundance of water, clean air and far-reaching views that has attracted Highgate’s predominantly wealthy residents both past and present. At the top of the park, the Earl of Lauderdale resided in a house that now bears his name and the house and adjoining terraced g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2011

Waterlow Park (Lauderdale House)
Highgate Hill
London, England