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The Best Flea Markets in London

06Mar

Markets have always been a key part of trade in London. Whether you’re looking for food, clothes, gadgets or whatever, there’s always a place to haggle and enjoy the bustle of a marketplace. However, if you’re looking for a real steal, then the flea market is the place to go. Here’s a list of our favourites around London, for whatever you are looking for.

Deptford Market

This is one of the lesser considered markets in London. It’s a mash-mash of sprawling market stalls and bustling people. However, this is really all part of the fun. Hunting through the half eaten chocolate bars to find treasure makes it more worthwhile, but the stall owners here aren’t fans of the haggle.

Deptford Market is on every Wednesday and Friday, 7.30-5.30, and Saturday, 9-5.30.

Hackney Flea Market

In the true spirit of the flea market, this market in Hackney takes place on Stoke Newington’s Church Street. Here you can find jewellery, vintage fabrics, furniture, maps and kitchen accessories. Alongside that, you’ll find some homemade treats to enjoy, and a few DJs keeping the energy levels up.

This market isn’t on such a standard timetable but you can find more information here.

Old Spitalfields Market

A very common market in London, though not everyone is a big fan, is the redeveloped Spitalfields market. This market in East London is a renovated 1887 marketplace with a modern shopping precint next to it. However, this whole area of London has some very interesting independent stores as well. Within this market you can find lots of interesting clothes, up-and-coming designers, crafts and more. If you get peckish, they have plenty amazing food as well. If you’re a vinyl fan as well, this is definitely a place to visit.

Open everyday, 10-5, and until 6pm on Saturdays.

Sunbury Antiques

Whilst this market is a little out of the city, it is well worth the day trip. If you’re looking to buy props for a film, or just spruce up your house with some vintage furniture, taking a trip to the Sandown Park Racecourse will put you in the centre of a furniture bazaar.

Whilst not a regular fixture, to see when the next market is click here.

Brick Lane Market

Whilst there are plenty of markets in Brick Lane, the biggest one and the must-attend is the Sunday UpMarket in the Old Truman Brewery. You’ll find a crowd of art students looking for quirky steals, bona fide locals and crazy stalls filled with all sorts of eclectic things.

The market takes place every Sunday.

Art Fairs in London This Spring

02Mar

As the weather hopefully starts to warm up, we’re looking forward to being able to step outside and explore the city once again. And with spring approaching, it is also one of the most important times for London’s Art Scene. Plenty of markets and fairs begin to pop up where you can see some amazing up-and-coming artists, well-renowned artists and local craftsmen. Here are some of the amazing fairs you should check out this year.

Talented Art Fair

This art fair takes place in the Old Truman Brewery (2-4 March, Entry is Free) and highlights mainly up-and-coming and new international and British artists. The fair includes photographers, painters, sculptors, printmakers and more, and includes emerging artists as well those who have won awards. The artwork will be priced between £50-5,000, giving every art collector the chance to take home something amazing.

The Other Art Fair

A very well established art fair, the Other Art Fair is presented by Saatchi Art and features emerging and undiscovered artists. Taking place in the historical Victoria House, there will be 130 artists exhibiting which are handpicked by a committee of industry experts. This will be a truly amazingly curated show on 22-25th March.

The Affordable Art Fair

Popping up all around the world, the Affordable Art Fair gets its name from exhibiting artworks which everyone can purchase. Curating this experience for over 20 years, the Affordable Art Fair works with individual artists and galleries to ensure an amazing representation of emerging artists. Taking place on 8-11 March in Battersea, this is one to attend.

BMW Tate Live

If you’re looking for something with a little more movement, the BMW Tate Live is a week long collection of performances and shows. Presenting since 2003, the objective of this show is to create a platform for innovative artists to explore more kinetic forms of art. View the programme and selection of shows here.

Photo: Artwork by Kelly Grace, exhibiting with Lustre Contemporary Gallery

Winter is magical in London

14Dec

London is beautiful; it looks more beautiful in some seasons than the others. One of the best times to be in London is the winter season. During winter, London looks beautiful, not minding the cold weather, the festive period still lights up the place.

The city is decorated for Christmas

London is beautiful during winter because of the festive periods coming up There is no doubt about it. During winter, places like were Carnaby, Regent Street and Oxford Street are decorated in celebration of Christmas

Seeing a city like London decorated for Christmas is awesome.

Ice skating

Ice skating is one of the best pastime in London be it outdoor or indoor.During the winter, skating rinks pops up all over the place. Whether or not you are good at skating, you will have a fun filled winter. London has more skating rinks than other places inEurope.You can visit some of the iconic locations such as Hampton Court Palace, Westfield London or the Natural History Museum etc.

Holiday shopping

The festive decorations around the city would always give you the urge to go for Christmas shopping. During winter, places like the Oxford Street, Regent Street, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill offers discount for goods bought. You won’t want to miss out on discounts like this!

London Christmas market

This is also one of the many that makes London what it is during the winter. Places are opened to celebration of the festive period. You have to check out some of London Christmas markets where you can get soaked in the festive period such as the Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland in London which you don’t have to pay a dime to get in, Leicester Square, The London Bridge Wintertime Festival, or the Greenwich etc. On like other places, London is more enjoyable during winter.

There is no place worth spending your winter break than London

The Best Toy Shops for Kids – Gifts in London

14Dec

We all want to make our kids happy in a way or the other.  We all want to give beautiful gifts to our children this Christmas but getting the perfect gift is where we get it wrong. We have special stores in London where you can get all kind of Christmas, New Year, Birthday, and any other celebration. Few of our stores have tourist attraction for kids.

Internet shopping made the job of Father Christmas easier, but nothing makes kids happier than going into the shop with their pocket money to pick new toys themselves. Luckily, London still has a top-notch variety of dedicated shops that are a treasure islands for kid toy with staffs that are kids friendly.

Here are some of the places your kids would love to be for their toys:

HAMLEYS

The Harmeley is a must-go for every kid. It has both a tourist attraction for kids and an extremely large toy shop. The Hamley toy shop has all kids toy which are attractively displayed in a way that kids will love. The Hamley’s have toys for Gamers, preschoolers, girls, boys and hobbies. It’s a must go for your kids.

Sylvanians Families Shop

TheSylvanian Families toys have taken it upon themselves to put smile on the faces of both adult and children. The Sylvanians Families have been on top of their game as far as the mid 80’s and are still today. They also display variety of rare toys in their boot.

Disney store

One of the largest Disney stores in Europe is located on Oxford Street in London. This is also an ideal place to go for your kids toys of gift. Kids are fond of the 267ft high Princess Castle with the animated on it clock.

Just Williams

This store is a store for kids to spend their pennies. This store feature goodies for as low as £5. The shop has big brand figures such as Crayola, Lego and Micro scooters etc.

Check out some of London’s toy shops for your kids!

48 Hours in London – What to Do

08Sep

London is knew for architecture truly captures the heart, mind of people, which wish to see the whole part of the country. No matter you are a citizen of London or a visitor, there is always something in the corners of London you will love. If you want to go to London and have a short visit, here are the things that you can in London for 48 hours. From the time of arrival and checking in, you must not rest your jet lag. There are so many things waiting for you in the London Street.

Coffee at London Freestate

You surely will wish to have a taste of London Coffee; in every corner of the street, you will spot Starbucks, Costa, and various cafes. You can carry your coffee on your next stop.

Air John Soane’s Museum

Throw your coffee cup because your next destination is a peculiar attraction. Sir John Soane’s house became a museum that holds many collections. All the art and artefacts you can see inside is all his, and luckily for you the entrance is free.

The Silver Vaults

From the museum, you can go to the Silver Vaults. This place is the center of silver collections, here you can find countless of silver products and a silver specialist, who will be happy to educate you all about silver.

Leather Lane

Leather Lane of the home of affordable and delicious lunch, this place is rich in history yet affordable price. You can see the fine architecture in the place while you are enjoying your lunch.

The British Museum or the National Gallery

Half a day is not enough for you to explore the national gallery. There are many great works by amazing artists here, that you will be delighted to spend so much time admiring the work.

Dinner in Chinatown

If you want to eat foods like in Leather Lane there is a nearby food hub you can go. Right in the centre of Chinatown is the Canton. They serve authentic foods with reasonable price; here you can eat until you satisfy your craving.

Walk in St. James Park to National History Museum

The park is best in the morning because of the fresh air; it is near the Buckingham Palace. Your walk will lead you to the national museum. It is not what you see in the movies, just the close one from all the stuff. Here is the collection such as central hall’s behemoths and the earth tiniest creatures.

Lunch in Queensway Market

A market in London you will find the most delicious and affordable foods. They serve tasty food that will definitely satisfy your craving. A little walk in the market will lead you to Psychic Mews, inspire with the look of Victorian times that made you feel you enter into the world of Arthur Conan Doyle novel. You can also if you have the enthusiasm to move on, you can see the map and drop by in Oxford Circus and Fitzrovia before or after you have dinner at The Wild Game Co.

There is so much to do in 48 hours while you are in London, the time is not even enough to explore the area.

 

The Best 1-Day Trips Out of London

08Sep

Some of London’s most beautiful and intriguing places are only a short train or car ride away from the city. In a couple of hours, you can be wandering around a stately home, marvelling at a stunning cathedral, seeing the remains of old relic or having lunch in a haunted and historic pub. If you are in need of the best one-day trip inspiration or cannot decide where to go, following are some of the best day trips you need to discover.

Fun Alternative Attractions in London (Part 2)

25Jul

Carrying on our series of interesting and under considered activities in London, we’re bringing you another set of 10 amazing attractions to see in London away from the standard stops.

Lee Valley VeloPark

The London 2012 Olympics was an amazing feat for the city, and its managed to leave a lasting memory. The Aquatics Centre is open to the public to swim, or you can go cycle in the Lee Valley VeloPark! There’s options for both Track and BMX, depending on what you’re after. You can even get inside the real velodrome, but it is required to take an accreditation course for safety reasons. If you don’t have your own bike, too, it’s not a problem – you can hire one for the day.

Brixton Windmill

Not an architectural feat you would probably consider to see in London, but there’s a windmill in Brixton. This adorable black-painted Windmill can be found in Blenheim Gardens, which also offers tours inside during the warmer seasons as well as storytelling days and food festivals. Whether you just want a postcard picture, or want a walk in the countryside, it’s worth a visit.

Dennis Severs’ House

This one terrace on Folgate Street can offer a glimpse into the colourful history of migrant populations and communities in London over the past 200 years. From room to room you are lead, in silence, to see a glimpse of scenes which look as if inhabitants have just left. Reflecting different times in history, the rooms take you literally through the past of London.

B Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Whilst there are plenty of London Bus Tours available out there, not all of them come with Afternoon Tea. The B Afternoon Tea Bus Tour takes you through London’s most famous sites, as well as Brigit and her team offering you a wonderful selection of brewed tea (or champagne, if you fancy) alongside sandwiches, scones, cakes and tarts. If you have dietary concerns, it’s not a problem either, as they offer both gluten free and vegetarian options as well.

Helicopter tours

We’ve seen Buses and Boats, and now we take to the air. See London’s landmarks away from the hustle and bustle, and take it all in with a bird’s eye view. Jump in a fancy helicopter and see London from above – London Eye, the Shard, the O2 Arena. It’ll never look the same again.

Sky Garden

Not quite as high up, the Sky Garden on Fenchurch Street is a beautiful high paradise in the centre of London. Fly up 35 floors in the Walkie Talkie building (London’s Ugliest Building?), and see these spectacular views. Entry is free, but you have to book a time slot at least 3 days in advance to see it. They have landscapes gardens with plants from all over the world, an open-air terrace, a bar, and two restaurants. What more could you want?

 

Image sourced from SkyGarden London

Fun Alternative Attractions in London (Part 1)

16Jul

If you’ve been to London several times and are bored of seeing the same old things, you’ve not seen enough of the city! Whilst London has some amazing tourist sites, it also has plenty of bizarre and unconsidered attractions that are entertaining and great to experience. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites to show you.

Lovebox Festival

12Jul

Once again we’ve been hit by the festival season, and the next runner up is Lovebox festival in Victoria Park. This weekend the park will be taken over by a range of stages, each with artists from all over the world playing their hits all weekend.

For those who are fans of electronic beats, you’ll have the amazing originality of Jamie XX, Chase & Status, and Bicep, amongst other artists.

The line-up also includes the amazing music of Solange, Sample, Kaytranada, Frank Ocean, Mac Miller, and many more amazing artists that it’s impossible to include them all!

Alongside the music stages, there’ll be a series of sponsored bars, a hip-hop karaoke camp, ping pong battles, a Photo Booth and of course a wide array of amazing food and drink stalls.

There are still some 2-Day Tickets and Saturday Tickets available to purchase here, and they are starting at £77.25.

Underground Tours from London Transport Museum

12Jul

If you’re visiting London and looking for something a little out of the ordinary, we’ve already mentioned the new opening of the London Transport Museum. However, alongside their main exhibitions they’re offering some more exciting tours.

Winston Churchill’s Secret Station

A tour of the ‘Secret Station’ on Down Street, which was used by Winston Churchill to host meetings and hide during the blitz. This mile-long World War II shelter in Clapham is definitely well worth a visit.

Photography Tour of Euston

Alongside this, there is also a photography tour of Euston Station which takes you through some of the disused rail lines, and it is a very slow tour to allow you to get some amazing photographs by the end of it.

Tickets for these amazing tours are available from today and can be booked from here. However, be warned – they’re selling out fast!

If you would like more information on the London Transport Museum, which is opening its doors this year, you can find out more on their website.

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