London is one of the most diverse gastronomic locations in the world. Boasting flavours inspired by a rich influx of immigrants, travellers and individuals of all ethnicities, London provides variety and quality for those looking to sample something a little different.
As gastronomic tours are becoming ever more popular with tourists from all over the world, it might seem a bit daunting trying to organise a smooth culinary itinerary in such a busy and vibrant metropolis. Read on for all the information you need to know to arrange a relaxing stay in the capital.
Which part of London to stay in
Once you have planned your list of must visit restaurants, its best to pick a location that resides somewhere between what is in budget and what is in proximity to your chosen restaurants. For example, whilst staying in the West End is undoubtedly exciting, you could easily snap up a bargain hotel room in the suburbs of South-West London and commute in at half the cost.
On the other hand, East London boasts a clutch of affordable ‘edgy’ digs as well as designer hotels which could be perfect for your needs. Travelling to your destination a few hours early will give you the chance to soak up the fun vibes at South Bank and Covent Garden and visit a few museums, theatres and galleries for good measure.
Must visit culinary hotspots
To get a real flavour of London, try Borough Market first thing on a Saturday morning. Although expensive, it is very popular with Londoners and is a great way to experience the city like a local. Although Brick Lane has a reputation for good curry, in fact the best curries are actually found in areas with a heavy Asian population like South West London. Brick Lane is actually best for hot fresh bagels!
How to get around
Once you’ve selected your hotel, walking can be a great option to get you to your destination. However, always be sure to check your route in advance so that you make all your reservations on time.
Although the introduction of Oyster card makes it very easy to hop between the underground, trains and buses without the hassle of paper tickets, crowded public transport can be a nightmare for those travelling in groups. However, if you opt for a minicab London instantly becomes much easier to get around quickly and with minimum hassle.
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