February 29, 2012

Secret Tips for Traveling Around London

London, as per most major capitals around the world has an extensive selection of fantastic food halls, markets and restaurants to satisfy a wide variety of tastes. Whether to you want top class fish and chips, to the finest French cuisine, there will be a place to suit. Below, we will highlight some of the more quirky eateries in town.

Enchanting Eateries

Meat Liquor – a new ‘pop up’ restaurant venture from the creators of ‘The Meatwagon’ and #meateasy hashtag are a purveyor of excellent American style burgers, chilli cheese fries, deep fried pickles and cocktails. Arrive early to avoid the notorious queues, as the restaurant has a strict ‘no reservations allowed’ policy.

For something a little more personal, why not try James Ramsden’s ‘Secret Larder’ supper club, which is ran fortnightly in his North London home. Established with his sister, Mary, this event happens every other Thursday night with a range of hearty home cooking, wine and music. Guests can stay as long as they want in the evening, making it a relaxed and intriguing affair.

Dans le Noir

For something more sensory, why not try Dans le Noir on Clerkenwell road – the restaurant which serves its diners in complete darkness. Once in the main dining area, you will eat, drink and socialise with no lighting to guide you, allowing your taste and smell receptors to do the work for you.

Travel Ideas

In order to facilitate your various trips around London, we also should consider a few of the best travel tips.

Why not take a trip down the Thames on a Thames Clipper. One of the very best views of London is from the river and this water-bound taxi has unlimited usage for £8 per day. The boat runs from Millbank (Tate Britain) to the O2 music arena at Greenwich, stopping at all the usual sights, such as the London Eye or the Globe theatre.

For those looking to watch their spending, why not take the number 11 bus around central London, rather than the expensive tourist bus companies. While you may not get the commentary along with the ride, you will save around £15-20 per person whilst taking in the sights of Ludgate Hill, St Paul's, the Bank of England, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Victoria Street, the Strand and more.

An extra tip would be to buy an ‘Oyster’ card from the TFL website and add some credit to it for your travels. Oyster card bus journeys cost £1.35 per fare, compared with a cash single fare of £2.30 – A considerable saving if you are taking multiple journeys in one day. This also comes with a daily cap of £4.20, meaning you will never be charged more than that in any single day regardless of the number of journeys you make.

Oyster card

These savings also apply to tube journeys, with an oyster fare costing just £2-2.70 in zone 1-2 compared with £4.30 for a single cash fare. Where possible, it is almost always cheaper to use an Oyster card.


This post was written by Scott Wood from onefinestay. Visit onefinestay.com for luxury vacation rentals in Central London.