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CONTRIBUTORS Hello, I'm Beth, and I’m a 19-year-old university student, studying in London, but from the East of the UK. I am a food loving, tube travelling, shopaholic and I’m excited to share my experiences of London with you. I am the editor of this magazine and I’ll also be taking you through the best restaurants to get some delicious, traditional food here in the capital and where you can find them. I’m always on the hunt for a bargain, so expect some tips for a cheap trip from me too. I’m Jasmine, I am 20 years old, in my second year studying at Middlesex University. I have been lucky enough to live in London my entire life, public transport is available at my door step, a grocery store and fast food chain on almost every corner and to be able to appreciate the diverse cultures. Living in London has offered me countless opportunities to travel around central London, try new foods and shop at some of the biggest stores. I hope you enjoy reading some pieces I have about lifestyle in London and enjoy travelling to all the places we have mentioned throughout. Hi, my name is Ellen Andrea, and I’m a 23-year-old university student from Norway. Living in London provides many exciting adventures, but sometimes the city is too big and can feel a bit intimidating for you to choose what to do. I get inspiration for my London-adventures through Instagram, and with the way social media and our frequent use of smartphones is today, Instagram is likely the place we all tend to use. For a push in a direction of endless picture-perfect opportunities, you can count on me. Hello, I am tori, a 20-year-old student from Kent and in my second year of university. My ambition is to travel outside of England and spread my wings. My interests include Japanese culture, reading, drawing and on occasion exploring. I rarely go out but when I do I visit central London for events, shopping, museum visits and sometimes the odd photo shoot or walking tour. What I enjoy about London is that there is always a variety of new things to do, see and explore. I am Flora, a 22 years old girl currently studying Publishing and Digital Culture in London. As a writer I’m constantly looking for new inspirations, experiences and ideas, and therefore I try to challenge myself, whether it means travelling alone to the end of the world or taking Central Line in the busiest hours. Enjoying life is my thing, even though my bank account does not always approve that, especially when here in London a simple night out might cover your week’s rent. So if you’re looking to have some fun and enjoy London in all its aspects, just follow me and my guide around! Hi, my name is Shanelle I'm a 20 year old second year student from Hungary and Canada. I've lived and travelled to many countries, and use my touristic approach to London to live it to the best. Living on a budget with the best experiences are what I look for the most. I love to discover art, and attend social events. I typically attend concerts and festivals to best of the art involved in the world.

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EDITOR'S NOTES Welcome to the first issue of #MyLondon. Whether you’re planning your first ever trip to Britain’s capital, or you’re a London local, we hope this magazine will provide you with fresh travel ideas. Our project has been to evolve a stronger and more relatable guide to fit your London adventure. This city is diverse,fast-paced and exciting with countless opportunities such as new jobs, being able to engage with different people, to try new things, and encourages self-expression everyday without fear, as everyone in London embraces individuality. The best secrets of London are left undiscovered and understanding the city as your own is what we want for you. We created this publication to discover London in more depth; to connect with everyone and anyone exploring the city. The contributors of this magazine have each shared unique locations for you to experience, with budget, locality and aesthetics in mind. Our mix of students, foreigners and locals brings a strong informational build to understanding the city in a better context. #MyLondon, guided with our Instagram, is everything you need to discover the ways of a secret Londoner.

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INSIDE This issue... Pages 6-7

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Be the envy of all your Insta friends with out guide to London street art. We'll share the best spots to find it, as well as other fantastic art locations spread around the capital.

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seasonal events We'll give you an overview of the best things you can do in London throughout the year. There's something for everyone no matter what season you are visiting in.

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london street art Be the envy of all your Insta friends with out guide to London street art. We'll share the best spots to find it, as well as other fantastic art locations spread around the capital.

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food in london

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From traditional British dishes, to the amazing flavours of India, Japan and Mexico, we show you where to find the most delicious food no matter what your budget is.

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nightlife in four corners of london No matter what part of London you're in, there's somewhere to party!

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nstagram for inspiration for our future travels. We are constantly exposed to stunning shots of beautiful places from all over the world, often with the most glorious colours and spectacular views that really draws you in and makes you save that photo for future references. Instead of looking at an actual map and plan our travels like it used to be done, we now look on our smartphones. The world of social media takes over, and the need to document our trips is now vital for staying interesting on online platforms. If you do not post anything on Instagram, you haven’t really been there, have you? It is crucial to find a balance between life online and life offline, to be able to truly appreciate the things we discover and experience along our travels. This magazine will give you the opportunity to see London from every picture-perfect angle, but at the same time hopefully make you understand that it is important to take your time with each place and just embrace the moments handed to you.

London is an adventurers’ dream, you can find anything from concrete jungle to huge and open, green parks, fancy modern architecture to old cosy English mews, big shopping malls to cute markets, football to west end musicals. The opportunities are endless. It is the variety this city offers that keeps London interesting, and what compel its visitors. To easily understand how to get from one place to another, or find that specific picture-perfect place you saved on your phone, ‘Citymapper’ is the way to go. You just plot in your desired destination and this app will find the best route for you, whether it is walking, bussing or ubering, this app estimates the travel time and cost for you. One of the most beautiful days I have had in this city over the years was when I just visited London for a short weekend back in 2014, I was in town to celebrate my 20th birthday. It was mid-April, and of course London was blooming and showing of from its absolute best side. The sun was out to celebrate with me, dancing around the pavement of this beautiful city we call London, and the skies were completely blue. There was none of that typical London wind or rain, and that means every Londoner was outside taking full advantage of the sunshine. London in spring is an absolute treasure, which you have to experience for yourself. I celebrated with my sister and my best friend, all of us already well travelled around London and we all had most definitely seen all the

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tourist traps already. Nonetheless, we pointed our noses in the direction of Westminster. If there is a place I never will get tired of it must be Westminster. No matter how touristy or typical that might seem, it is never boring because anywhere you turn yougaze,breath-taking architecture stares back at you. So, we strolled around the area for a good hour or so, and really took the time to just stand still and enjoy Big Ben, London Eye, the parliament, the bridge, observing the colours the sun brings out in all the architecture that is Westminster. The Clock Tower, known as Big Ben, celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009. It is a British cultural icon which is recognised all over the world as the symbol of the United Kingdom. The famous London Eye which is a giant Ferris wheel was opened to the public in 2000, was the world’s tallest wheel at the time.

“It is crucial to find a balance between life online and life offline, to be able to truly appreciate the things we discover and experience along our travels.� We later made our way towards Buckingham Palace. On the way there, you get to see most of the things you just saw, but from totally different perspectives, which is one of the beautiful trades London offers: there is always ten, if not one-hundred different perspectives. We strolled through the park near the palace, and in the parks around town, you get to witness London in its different seasons so clearly and in such effortless beauty. We saw pink flowers on trees with the sun

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peeking out behind them, and the air smelled of warm asphalt and pollen, which for some causes a sneeze fit or two, but you will not be mad because it is spring and summer is just around the corner. When we arrived at the palace, we just sat down in the grass and watched the tourists buzzing around like busy little bees under the blue skies casting shadows on the pavement. The tulips were saying hello, and endless picture taking was happening in front of them. As the day went by, the need to find some shadow actually became our mission. We then went to Covent Garden, and there we found ourselves a terrace bar, where we enjoyed some cold cocktails while glancing down at the entertainers you always find in Covent Garden. Since the 1960s Covent Garden has never missed a chance to put on a performance. The first recorded street entertainer came in 1662, and ever since the custom has continued.

"‌in the parks around town, you get to witness London in its different seasons so clearly and in such effortless beauty." Still, the best parts of this day were free of charge, and just about enjoying the big historical landmarks of London and all the glory it brings. And that sums up the real London experience, you can easily have the best days of your life just by embracing the city’s vibration and ambiance.


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Why not take a tour around the homes of royalty? It doesn’t get more British than that. I highly recommend a visit to Buckingham Palace; look for the flag to see if the Queen is in residence. Sadly, no photos are allowed inside the palace, but there is plenty of opportunity outside. Get the timings right and you could see the ‘changing of the guard’, a traditional ceremony with marching band, right outside the palace – get there early for the best view. Kensington Palace dates back to the 17th century and has since been the home to Prince Charles and Diana and now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children. In another Kensington Palace cottage resides newlyweds Harry and Meghan. Here you can also see a new exhibition of Princess Diana’s outfits and you’re allowed to take as many photos as you like! If you’re looking to step just outside of London, the Queen’s second home, Windsor Castle, lies in Berkshire, and features stunning state rooms and Queen Mary’s 16th century dolls house. Fancy seeing the crown jewels? These are not kept in a palace, but instead guarded in the Tower of London. Beth Cleveland

HIDDEN SPOTS

London’s attractions and monuments are famous around the world, but if you think you’ve seen enough of it and you’re looking for something special and hidden, there are many hidden spots around the city you can visit (and that’s even on your way to somewhere else!) If you’re in Bank and heading towards Tower Bridge, stop nearby Saint Dunstan in the East Church Garden. This hidden church was destroyed in the Second World War and now its ruins serve as a public garden that makes you forget you’re surrounded by skyscrapers and busy streets. Leadenhall Market might be your next stop as it’s located only a short walk up to the Gracechurch Street and if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll know why people say it looks like Diagon Alley from the books. Florentyna Kaminska

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original Wembley Stadium. The stadium hosts major matches and top artist concerts. The impeccable building costs nearly 790 million pounds to build and is decorated with a metal arch crossing over the stadium. On important evenings, such as matches or important dates, it is lit up and can been displayed in many different colors. When not hosting events, the stadium offers visits to the public to tour inside.

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walking tours There are a variety of Free or paid for walking tours in and around central London that you can look for online or via pamphlets that are found in stations. Some of these walking tours include: Ghost walks, Secret London, Jack the Ripper guided tours and Fandom based tours such as Harry Potter or Sherlock Holmes themed. The Sherlock walking tour I have been on was hosted by friends of mine who are avid fans of the BBC Sherlock television series who cosplay as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson at conventions and for photoshoots since the series started in 2010. The meeting point was at Speedy's cafĂŠ which is the cafĂŠ next door to 221b baker street in the television series and the walking tour was around 4 hours long and we only managed to go to 5 locations because the group decided to stay at St James' park which was a disappointing walk for me as I had planned to visit more places from the books as well as from the TV series. Some good websites to look at for walking tours whether they are paid for or free or as inspiration for your own walking tours include: http://www.walks.com/ https://www.london-walking-tours.co.uk/ https://freetoursbyfoot.com/london-tours/ Tori Cammell

London Southbank is home to many attractions, starting with the London Eye, which is a large ferris wheel, that is 135m at the top, giving you a 360-degree view of central London; from the eye you can see Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge and all that Southbank has to offer. If you are afraid of heights there is also the Sea Life Centre, where you can walk round at your own pace looking at all the different species of fish; or visit Shrek’s adventure which is an interactive walkthrough experience. If you are feeling brave, you can visit London Dungeons which is also a walkthrough experience, however is not for the faint hearted; but if these experiences are not your cup of tea, Southbank is also home to the Florence Nightingale museum, and the jubilee gardens which are lovely to visit on a warm day. The Royal Festival Hall is within Southbank’s center, and has many concerts, dance, plays and talks happening very often; as you can see Southbank has an activity that is suitable for everyone, all weathers and all pricing. *You can visit Southbank using many different tube and train lines, buses and cabs, Waterloo is the closest station to all attractions, check maps and website for Jasmine French details.

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A festival lasting the whole of October, hosting high end and gourmet restaurants from around the world with famous and top Michelin starred chefs visiting. The soon to be ninth year running festival offers new restaurant experiences and offer hundreds of different food menus to choose from. There is also a list of different events to choose; champagne gourmet odysseys, tasting menus, tasting menus with great British chefs, restaurant-hopping tours, restaurant recipes, ultimate gastronomic weekend, and eat film. Depending on your budget, each choice will have a different price range, and luckily fits all types of budgets. Stars as small as a neighborhood favorite, to Michelin chefs will be featured at the events.

Originally a German festival every year, London has joined in on the fun. Different bars and beer sponsors across London host parties and events for Oktoberfest (End of September - October). Beer companies and pubs will host events over the months. Small pop up festival can be found across London during October, and tickets could be found online. Oktoberfest is said to be one of the crowd's favorite events of the year, eating and drinking German cuisine.

Halloween ÂŁÂŁÂŁÂŁ During all of October, the city will be decorated with pumpkins, ghosts and any spooky decorations to set the mood for the 31st. Luckily if you wish to get more involved during the month of spook there are events worth visiting.

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Haunted Happenings / Fright Nights London are ghost hunting tours in London. Terrifying London Attractions worth visiting: London Dungeon, Old Operating Theatre, London Bridge experiences and London Tombs There are family friendly events if the spook is too much, Warner Bros Studio hosts a London tour with Harry Potter.

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winter winter wonderland ÂŁÂŁÂŁÂŁ After Halloween it is finally time to get into the festive spirit, with a lot of shopping to do and everyone rushing around almost all the time, it is nice to wind down with family and friends at Winter Wonderland; it is the perfect atmosphere to get you ready and into the Christmas spirit. The exhilarating rides, German Christmas market and many bars and wooden cabins to enjoy some food, there is something for everyone. Winter Wonderland is a seasonal event that takes place over the Christmas period in London, it is essentially a funfair and a German market place, that surrounds the theme of Christmas. Luckily it has something for everyone, with food chinatown stalls, bars, rides to suit all, and a market place that sells the đ&#x;“ˇBeth Cleveland most amazing individual gifts. Food ranges between Gerorchid festival ÂŁÂŁÂŁÂŁ man hotdogs, burgers, jacket potatoes, as well as a lot of Orchids festival is a month festival from the first week in pancake, donut and sweet stands; drinks also include soft February until the second week of March. It takes place in drinks and alcohol such as German cider and beer. Kew Gardens. The festival is an indoor garden celebrating The rides are funfair rides that will entertain the frill the beautiful nature and flowers of Thailand. There is no seekers as well as those who do not like things too fast or extra price to the visitation to the garden, and just requires high; there is also a ferris wheel that goes quite high, but at a the base entry ticket to Kew Gardens. Adult prices range slow place that allows you to have a view of the entire Winter between ÂŁ15 - 20. Kids are under ÂŁ10 and children Wonderland, as well under four years of age are free. as a ride known as the viewpoint, which is where you chinese new year ÂŁÂŁÂŁÂŁ stand in this indoor platform, that rises above ground to Chinese New Year takes place every year between give you a 360 degree view mid-January to mid-February. In London, it is the of the entire park as well. biggest Chinese celebration outside of Asia. The Other entertainment is things Chinese New Year is celebrated around the West like a circus, and ice skating End, starting at Shaftesbury Avenue and stretching to to accommodate those who Trafalgar Square. Chinatown in Leicester Square do not enjoy funfair rides; is filled with entertainment food, and activities the market also is a clear year-round, but especially exciting during Chinese representation of a typical New Year. The year 2018 is the year of the dog, German Christmas market that and 2019 is the year of Pig. A parade takes place allows you to take your time starting from Charing Cross and finishing at Chinatown, to look at all the gifts and where over 50 floats will be beautifully decorated for embrace the Christmas atmocelebration. It is one of the most celebrated events sphere.Luckily there is somein London every year, and highly recommended winter wonderland thing for everyone and is easily đ&#x;“ˇEllen Andrea Hansen accessible to all; Winter Wonderland is the perfect place to get you into the Christmas spirit. Jasmine French

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Pride, held by the LGBTQ+ community holds a march and parade every year celebrating everyone of every color, shape, and form. The beautiful parade takes place every year in the beginning of July. It is London's largest one day event. It takes place near to Oxford Circus, on Regent Street, down Piccadilly Circus, and towards Trafalgar Square and finishes at Whitehall. There is a main stage that is held at Trafalgar Square where there are motivational speakers, artists performing, and pop up bars. The Event is held entirely off of donations, there are no entrance fees, so donations are highly recommended. The beautiful and colorful event supporting equality and love is one event I recommend no to miss.

BBC proms is the biggest classical music festival, held at the Royal Albert Hall and in other places in London. The two months festival is set at cheaper prices and set to be informal to invite all ground to attend the finest classical music concerts and performances. The stages host leading musicians, singers, and orchestras from all sides of the world. A standing ticket to the performance can be as little as 6 pounds. The seasonal festival brings culture and history to the public with easy access and invites everyone and anyone. wimbledon tennis ÂŁÂŁÂŁÂŁ

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Wimbledon tennis is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is played on outdoor grass. It is one of the four grand slam tennis tournaments. The tournament takes place for two weeks in early July every summer. Tickets to the public are dispersed through ballots, and picked through computers, and randomize the matches and players. There have been reported instances on Ticketmaster dispensing tickets a day before the event, but is not authorized legally, and cannot promise to be ensured tickets. It is tradition that the royal family attends Wimbledon and sit at center court, other famous faces and names attend the event. It is a highly formal event, a suit and tie event. holi festival ÂŁÂŁÂŁÂŁ Holi Festival takes place in the mid to late July every year. The paid event (price range depending on the packages) will buy you sachets to throw at the event or special passes, it is an eighteen or older event, and holds concerts and stage performances.

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Lovebox is a two-day music festival that takes place every mid-July. It is a music festival held in Gunnersbury Park. Depending on how early you buy the tickets (there are multiple releases), prices can range from 60 pounds to 115 pounds for general two-day admission. Lovebox is London's most famous music festival and invites top name artists every year to perform.


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"I’ve been walking about London for the last thirty years, and I find something fresh in it every day." ~Walter Besant, 1901

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A four-day festival from the ninth to the thirteenth of May. The festival invites craftsman from all around the world. New and experienced craftsman attend the festival with different ranges of artwork. The festival hosts workshops and galleries and is designed to be interactive with the public. london marathon ÂŁÂŁÂŁÂŁ

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The London marathon takes place every spring, it takes place in central London. The 26.2 mile race starts in Greenwich and winds around the roads near the river Thames. The race eventually crosses The Tower Bridge, and loops rounds and eventually ends in at St. James Park. The marathon is hosted by Virgin, accompanied by sponsors where runners will run for charity. In 2017 over forty thousand athletes joined at the start off.

The O2 arena is famously known for holding some of the world’s biggest concerts, but it also has a lot more than just performances to offer. The O2 arena has many restaurants, a cinema, the climb experience where you can climb over the top of the O2 with a trained professional in the morning, afternoon or evening, and the Emirates Airline cable car. The cable car goes over the River Thames, providing a different view of London from above. The restaurants within the arena are well known and well-priced places to eat, with something for everyone’s taste and budget. During an event all restaurants, and bars are likely to be very busy, so book ahead, however on quieter days, the restaurants are a nice place to go to that is out of the ordinary with a lovely atmosphere for all occasions. The O2 arena is a massive venue, to enjoy all different types of activities, so there is something to suit Jasmine French everyone.

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conventions ££££ For fans of anime, manga, gaming, comics, films, cosplay and Japanese culture there are some seasonal events and conventions to visit. These include: London film and comic con which happens in the last weekend of July at the Olympia where you expect to see cosplayers from mainly movies, comics or films, stalls that feature replica props and masks and actors from mainly sci-fi movies and series. MCM expo that comes to the excel centre in London bi-annually in May and October where you are expected to see mainly anime and game cosplays as well as some super hero cosplayers either from Marvel or DC and stalls which cover most of the buildings warehouse space. Hyper Japan, is another convention which is predominantly based around Japanese pop culture, occurs bi-annually at the tobacco dock and other venues during the second weekend of July and November with a variety of stalls, entertainment, new game releases and performances from Japanese musicians. The Japan Matsuri which takes place in Trafalgar square during the last weekend of September every year to coincide with the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri, festival for an abundant harvest at the Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto, Japan. At this festival there are a variety of stalls full of Japanese street food, tourism information and things for children to do. They also have a stage for performances from Japanese musicians, dancers and mascots. There are also many Japanese concerts happening in London every year however they are very rare and the list of concerts can be viewed on the website www.jame-world.com/uk/.

Notting Hill Carnival ££££ The first Carnival events were arranged as a demonstration of racial unity after the Notting Hill Race Riots of 1958. Now the Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s biggest street festival, and traditionally takes place on the bank holiday weekend at the end of August annually. It is a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present, celebrating Caribbean communities along with their culture and traditions. It is a hell of a party signifying the celebration of culture and heritage. It takes place throughout W10 in west London, and spreads through the streets of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. The main parade starts on Great Western Road. This could be one of the most colourful experiences of your life! It of course also offers you a chance to cover yourself in glitter and rhinestones, bold and loud colours, feathers and headpieces; only your imagination can stop you. Ellen Andrea Hansen

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The west end ££££ London’s West End is a must-do experience whilst you’re here. It will require some pre-planning, as tickets are likely to sell out, but it’s a fantastic opportunity to see world class, fantastic entertainment. For Disney lovers, The Lion King, at the Lyceum Theatre is London’s longest running musical attracting theatre goers from all over the world. If you’re a fan of this, you might also like Aladdin, at the Prince Edward Theatre which comes from the same producers as The Lion King. Other top shows include Les Misérables at Queen’s Theatre, Annie at Piccadilly Theatre and for music lovers, Stomp is at the Ambassador’s Theatre. Tickets start at around £30 but expect to pay closer to £80 each for the best seats. If you’re looking for cheaper tickets, try off-peak shows during the week and discreetly ask at the box office a few hours before the performance, it could be sold out or you could get some bargain seats! Beth Cleveland

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he importance of street art is that it is a reflection of the realities of youth culture in urban environments. Street art is creative and unrestricted and helps to make broad statements whether political, cultural or inspirational. It's an incredibly diverse and varied art movement and is growing in popularity as works that are being exhibited in the urbanized streets of London and around the UK continue to develop in terms of size, style and skill. Graffiti and street art share a colourful and complex history with art being created on walls by cavemen to depict successful hunts and now it is being created for a huge variety of different reasons. Street art is diverse from every way you look at it. There's so many types of street art, from paste-ups to murals; stencils to tags and so many more. There are street artists in nearly every country in the world who are influenced and inspired by a multitude of cultures and styles which results in a wide and expansive body of urban art that can be found all over the world. There are no limits to what an artist can decide to exhibit on the street however, some of these exhibits might require a little law breakage, vandalism or trespassing. With the invention of social media platforms such as Instagram it is now easier than ever to find artists' official profiles and learn about their work and why they do what they do. However, a lot of street artists prefer to remain anonymous for both privacy and legal reasons. Street art isn't just limited to painting on walls. It's about the interactions within the public space to show creativity. Some street artists that are present in London that people should be aware of include artists are: Stik, Banksy, ROA, C215, Phlegm, Bambi, Connor Harrington, Jimmy C, Sweet Toof, Ben Wilson, and the late King Robbo, Banksy's rival and underground street artist who passed away in 2014.

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barbican The Barbican Centre, in the City of London, is a performing arts centre that hosts a wide range of art events. This year, you can see fantastic art exhibitions from Jean-Michael Basquiat and Gayle Chong Kwan (photos allowed), as well as live architecture talks from globally renowned architects. Keep an eye on their events calendar online for art workshops too, such as paper folding, polystyrene moulding and weaving. Further to this, you can catch theatre performances including works of Shakespeare and Royal Ballet dances. The centre is also home to a cosy cinema; film showings are limited however they do show some independent movies that are not seen in mainstream cinemas as well as the top new releases. If you’re a student, take along your ID for cheaper tickets. Take a break from the busy London city and pop in the Barbican conservatory, open on selected Sundays and bank holidays. It’s a beautiful tropical oasis, with exotic plants and fish – you will feel miles away from the hustle and bustle. Beth Cleveland Street art

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london art fair London Art Fair has existed for the last thirty years and it provides access to brilliant modern and contemporary art in addition to expert insight on the ever-changing market. The London Art fair consists of a mix of international and British galleries, Art Projects and Photos. The fair invites collectors and visitors to discover works by renowned artists from the 20th Century to today as it is moving with the times. The Art Fair is also embracing edgy contemporary art and offering subsidised booths to international galleries looking to get a foothold in the British market. Ellen Andrea Hansen Wick is hackney wick Hackney home to part of London's most creative group of people and atmosphere, with graffiti art on the walls, art shows, studios, exhibitions and galleries available to go and visit all year round. The art in Hackney wick, gives a sense of community to Hackney, suggesting that people are encouraging, accepting, talented, and welcome all forms of art. Hackney Wick has a lot of exhibitions and galleries that host art events, that bring together the community of artists ad people who appreciate the art they see. Hackney Wick East London is famous for its outrageous amount of graffiti, exhibitions and art shows happening all the time and with the help of the website HackneyWicked, you are unlikely to ever miss an event. Even if you do not want to attend an event, you can walk through the streets of Hackney Wick and appreciate the art around you. Some events maybe be private so only certain people are allowed to enter, but all year round they have many open events which are also free to attend; with food and drink on offer, great art all around you, what better atmosphere could you possibly ask for. http://www.hackneywicked.co.uk/ Jasmine French

Lumiere London is a light show gallery free to the public that takes place every January. The event last for four days and it spread across all of central London. There are over fifty exhibitions, the first exhibition in London took place in 2016. Demand from such popularity had brought it back in 2018 for a second time and has since been a recurring project. Lumiere London is showcasing the top and grossing artist from the UK and international. Spreading from the north central to the south central of London, locations it can be found in are Mayfair, King’s Cross, Westminster, Victoria, South Bank, & Waterloo. The annual London event can be quite enlightening. Shanelle Konye

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You can see art and culture in London in almost every corner, whether it’s on the streets, shops or because of some events taking place around. London’s museums and galleries are a great way to spend your time, especially when they’re free and close nearby. Head out to British Museum if you’re interested with human history, art or culture (they host silent disco nights as well!), Tate Modern for international modern and contemporary art, National History Museum for exhibitions of various segments of natural history or Science Museum and National Gallery. Florentyna Kaminska They’re usually open seven days per week, from 10 am till around 5pm.

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f you’re new to Britain, you may not be familiar with the wonderful food heritage that can be found here. Our truly traditional food can be a little bizarre and perhaps not the most appetising, ‘offal’, the internal organs of an animal, for one does not feature so much on menus today. However, there are some very underrated, marvellous dishes that you can try in London, from conventional choices to modern twists on the classics.

Fish and chips have been a fundamental part of British food for more than 150 years, traditionally eaten on the beach – you can’t beat the smell of freshly cooked batter. Poppie’s Fish & Chips (££££) is based in Soho, the heart of London’s West End and they do the popular food justice in their 60’s themed restaurant – the interiors just beg for a selfie. Try out jellied eels, Cornish pasties or cod roe with your chips – don’t forget the bread and butter! Perfect for a pre-theatre meal that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Not in Soho? Poppie’s has a pop-up loca-

tion in Spitalfields Market. For a true English fry-up breakfast, that doesn’t skip the black pudding, Regency CafÊ (££££) is the best choice. The British breakfast has been tradition since the Middle Ages, when there were usually only two meals a day, and consisted of ale, bread and cold meat – today it’s far more delicious! Excellent if you’re on a budget, looking for a decent cup of strong tea and to eat plenty. Located close to central stops Westminster and Victoria, it’s the perfect place to visit before a day of sight-seeing. Get there early, this is a popular spot and queues are

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likely. It’s a typical London experience. For more than 200 years, Rules (ÂŁÂŁÂŁÂŁ) has served generations of food lovers. Despite their strong British heritage, the menu is surprisingly affordable and is a staple restaurant in Covent Garden. Far from the typical meagre plates of Michelin star food, Rules ensures that you leave feeling satisfied. Originally an oyster bar, seafood remains on the menu, along with local game meat, pies and puddings. An excellent alternative if St John’s is out of your budget. Don’t miss the delightfully quirky cocktail bar upstairs, where you can sip on a ‘Kate Middleton’ or take part in a cocktail masterclass.

If you can spend a little more on a meal out, then try out Lyle’s (££££), situated on the trendy streets of Shoreditch, is a pricier, Michelin star, option for a meal in the capital – at around £55pp. The layout is semi-industrial, with polished concrete floors and retro lighting. It’s not one for picky eaters as the establishment favour a set dinner menu which varies from day to day – a vegetarian menu is available too. Here you will receive a multitude of small, beautifully presented, courses full of fresh, local produce. If it’s modern, innovative British food you’re after, Lyles’s the place to go. We recommend you book ahead. Alternatively, hailed by food critics, St John’s (££££) quintessentially British menu features the likes of ox tongue, pigeon and trotter pie and Eccles cake, which is named after a town in Greater Manchester. In this Clerkenwell-based restaurant, you are sure to enjoy heaps of excellent, homely, comforting food, with an extensive amount of choice. The restaurant is minimalistic, therefore not distracting from the fantastic plates of food, and it is well set-out for a sociable experience. For a filling, hearty meal, you can’t go wrong with St John’s.

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shrove tuesday

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Forty-Seven days before Easter, a day that will fall between the third of February to the ninth of March. Shrove Tuesday comes just a day before Lent. Traditionally Shrove Tuesday is a celebration of using highly fatty foods to eat before Lent, however as time passed the fatty foods had mixed to be a massive Pancake meal. Since Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake day, is a popular day in London some of the best places needed to be visited early: The Breakfast club is a famous restaurant found across the UK, making the best breakfast meals, and surely the best pancake for Shrove Tuesday. Found in Soho, Islington, Hoxton and Spitalfields. CrĂŞpeaffaire A great quality fast food chain restaurant that serves crepes and galettes with wheat flour and gluten-free buckwheat. The restaurant serves both sweet and savoury, pleasing best of both worlds for Shrove Tuesday, missing out would be a CrĂŞpeaffaire. If you're feeling chic and trying a new style of pancakes, in The Borough, Where the Pancakes Are, are a restaurant serving deep dish Dutch pancakes baked in the oven, and are served straight out of the pan. They do both sweet, savoury, and stylish all at once. Head in early if you want a spot at this location!

With so many restaurants around, London can be named one of the best places in the world to eat. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it’s also the cheapest. Don’t worry though if you’re hungry and on budget as London has the best street food markets to offer. Boxpark and Dinerama in Shoreditch, Brixton Village in Brixton, Bang Bang Oriental nearby Colindale – they are definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for some oriental dishes and interesting cocktails. Usually open from afternoon till late evening, sometimes even seven days per week!

japanese food

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The Japan centre food hall, located in 35b Panton street and an 8 minute walk away from Charing Cross station, opened September 13th, 2017. It is a good example of a traditional Japanese Depachika or basement food hall. Their opening times are 10:00am until 21:30pm every day with wait time of 5 minutes per customer and it is usually busier during the weekends between 13:00pm and 19:00pm. The central food hall seats up to 100 people and has at least 4 hooks under each table so the customers could hang their bags or baskets out of the way so people can walk through the seating area without tripping over. As you walk down the stairs into the main shop you are welcomed by 3 Specialist rooms: Miso room, Sake room, and Tea room. The flagship shop also offers a Brown rice milling service and seasonal events. With every visit I end up with at least one full bag of shopping which is mainly Japanese sweets and soft drinks with the occasional magazine or two depending on who is on the front cover. From their menu I recommend their karaage and katsu curry dishes that sell out by the end of the day as well as their takoyaki which is served at a stall at the entrance of the building.

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wahaca From the second you enter the doors, loud colours and steamy scents hit you like a brick wall, in the best way possible. A taco enthusiasts dream, Wahaca offers Mexican street food at its finest placed within a restaurant, at a reasonable price point. They offer a huge range of different mouth-watering tasty dishes, with everything from homemade nacho chips with guacamole to excellent pulled pork burritos. For the best experience, bring your friends and order all the different smaller plates to share, although I would strongly suggest you all each order the pork pibil tacos for yourself as you not would want to share that with anyone! To enjoy the ambiance to its fullest, a cold corona or salty margarita is highly recommended. The restaurant is easily accessible all-around London, for example can you find it in Covent Garden, Canary Wharf, Soho, Shoreditch and at the big shopping centres such as Westfield. Ellen Andrea Hansen

indian food You typically assume that London’s favourite meal is fish and chips, a roast dinner or afternoon tea; however, it is in fact going out to dine at an Indian restaurant. I think we all enjoy the flavours, and the many different dishes you can have alongside the main meal; whether it is a take away at home, or going out to eat, Indian food is always a popular choice amongst Londoners. Some people enjoy it so much, they have their local Indian takeaway and then a few restaurants they enjoy dining out in for special occasions; below are a few recommended Indian restaurants, depending on what part of London you are in. All these restaurants have lovely dim lighting, a comfortable dining area, and delicious food; meaning they are likely to be busy almost every day of the week, especially on the weekends, so it is important to pre-book a table to guarantee that you can enjoy your Jasmine French lovely Indian meal stress free. recommendations: Soho, W1D 4SG: Hoppers ££££ Convent Garden, WC2H 9FB: Dishoom ££££ Brentford, TW8 0BT: Pappadums ££££ Brentford, TW8 8AH: Tandoori House ££££ Isleworth, TW7 6AB: Cinnamon Lounge ££££

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Nightlife in four corners of London

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Busy streets and big crowds are the part of London’s life just much as rain and afternoon tea, but when the sun goes down, everything changes, even though people and rain might still be here.

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ondon’s nightlife is special in many aspects, and not just because the options are simply endless. The night reveals new lights of the city, makes it brighter, sparkling, colorful, and if you know where to go, you’ll surely find yourself surrounded not only by pretty sights, but also with a good drink in your hand. But just in case you didn’t, there’s always my guide to follow. That’s right, I’ve got it all covered, whether you fancy a quick pint or a long night out in the most trendy club. Just follow me and plan your night in one (or maybe all!) four corners of London!

CAMDEN TOWN Although there are so many pubs in London it’s difficult to even map them properly, there are certain districts in the city that stands out on the background of the others. Camden Town, located in North West London, is a home for many pubs, bars, street markets and music venues, which are strongly associated with alternative and rock culture. So if you’re looking for cheap and affordable place to go, and perhaps fancy a bit of live music and rock atmosphere, you should head out straight to Camden Town. Blue’s Kitchen, the Electric Ballroom, the Underworld, Koko or Camden Assembly are my top picks to go, but once you leave Camden Town Underground Station, you’ll see much more

possibilities around. Be careful with drinks, though! Camden is famous for its tattoo and piercing studios not without a reason. It is known that many people got their memorable tattoo without any memory of doing so at all so if you’re walking around Camden High Street and you’ve had too many drinks, watch out as you might get tempted to get one as well! And if you get hungry, they’ve got it covered as well. The famous Camden Market (also called ‘Camden Lock’) is not like any other street market you’ve seen, and not just it will satisfy even the pickiest customers. It’s located in the building that used to be a horse stables and hospital and there is a network of old stable blocks and tunnels that in the past could accommodate up to 800 horses. They were used to help pulling trains and barges along the canal, and if any of them got injured, they would be treated in the hospital – which now, 200 years later, is nothing else but a well-known bar called Proud Camden. Personally I love Camden Town, however I am aware that this is not something that would suit everybody, especially if you have liking for fancy and elegant places, with smart dress code and fashionable décor. It is still worth a try, even if to look at its famous street art and variety of people walking here and there.

SHOREDITCH Located in the East End of London, Shoreditch is one of the most popular parts of London. It’s believed that Shoreditch was named after the water that ran across this area’s marshland, originally known as Sewer’s Ditch or Shoreditch, and back in days it was a popular part of the city because of the church and nursery. Nowadays it’s known mostly for popular nightclubs and cocktail bars like XOYO, Cargo and 5CC Electricity Showroom, but also many hidden and secret places that can be found only if you know where to look. Don’t be afraid to peek in undergrounds, back streets or behind unassuming doors as that’s the only way to find ven-

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nightlife ues like The Looking Glass, the Lounge Bohemia or the Whistling Shop and come across secrets gigs and parties. And that’s not any ordinary secret parties like you might have experienced before! In the past they have housed Arctic Monkeys, Kylie Minogue and Mumford and Sons, but if you’re not lucky enough to see them there’s always VICE magazine hosts holding exclusive house parties – and that’s surely not something to be missed! However, don’t be fooled that Shoreditch is just about clubs and bars, even if very interesting ones. Shoreditch is also the home of the Urban Food Fest, and so a street food market being held every Saturday with variety of food from around the world. Live music, craft beers and cocktails are included as well, so if you’re not recovering after your Friday night in Camden, this is definitely worth a go! Electric Cinema might be your option as well, offering an exclusive cinematic experience with 50 comfortable seats and kitchen and bar downstairs. I am aware that all of the art and culture makes Shoreditch quite similar to Camden Town yet don’t be fooled – even if these two areas have a lot in common, the atmosphere here and there is completely different. If I need to be honest, Shoreditch might not be the area I visit a lot, but if I do, it’s always one of my most memorable and interesting night-outs.

SOHO If you’re already in central London and you don’t fancy going any further than that, especially when it’s a rush hour and tube stations might be temporarily closed (don’t we all just love Oxford Street?), just find your way around Piccadilly Circus and go straight up to Soho. Taking no more than a one mile, it can be easily explored on foot and it’s bordered by few of the most popular streets of central London – Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Charing Cross Road and Leicester Square. This London’s heart of the city LGBTQ+ scene is as rich in bars as in history. Here it’s where you’ll find the most popular clubs like Café de Paris, Club 49 and Bar Rumba or music venues like Borderline and 100 Club. If you’re a jazz fan, head out to Ronnie Scott’s or Ain’t Nothing But as they offer great jazz nights. You can also try to sing yourself – the Lucy Voice is one of the most popular karaoke bars where everyone can be a star (especially after few drinks). Don’t forget that Soho is also filled with theatres – Prince of Wales Theatre and Prince Edward Theatre host shows of all the kinds, whether you fancy something like Les Miserables or Thriller. If you ask me, Soho might

not be such artistic and high-culture place like Camden or Shoreditch with many party and noisy crowds everywhere, but it’s still one of my favorite areas of London and not just because it’s placed right in the city center. Soho is fashionable, fancy and elegant, and although many places and restaurants require bookings and evening dress code to get in, I like its style and unique atmosphere.

BRIXTON And finally, in case neither Camden, Shoreditch nor Soho were in your type, or in contrary, you liked them too much and would like to see yet another part of London, there’s always Brixton left to go. This home to one of the most diverse communities of London is located in the south and its history and popular culture make it yet another interesting part of the city. Through the years Brixton has been working on its name, proving well that this is a place where you’ll find buzzing bars and busy clubs for your night-out. You won’t find another area like that, with so many laid-back pubs with live music or The O2 Brixton Academy being one of the most respected music venues in the world. Go and check bars like Prince of Wales, Phonox, White Horse or if you feel like dancing, Byday Bynight, Winter Rooftop Rave and Blue Presents club will surely give you the right tunes. And if you don’t believe how much fun is Brixton, go and check Brixton Splash in August – a major street party with food, drinks and live music all afternoon! Although I like fancy places of Soho as much as rock and hipster venues in Camden, I must say that funky beats of Brixton get my attention as well, especially when there’re so many enthusiastic and positive people enjoying them around!

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cocktail bars Can you find The Blind Pig? Located in Soho, above the Social Eating House, a unique drinking experience awaits. Enter through the unmarked door, look for a neon optician’s sign and blindfolded pig door knocker, and you will find yourself in cosy, retro feeling bar, with snug leather armchairs to make for a perfect socializing space. The Blind Pig serves up a menu of pun-filled drinks, gin lovers should try ‘Dill or No Dill’, whilst ‘Ginger Spice’ is a favourite with vodka drinkers. Each drink is beautifully garnished, so take a snap before you take a sip. Reservations cannot be made online, but you can call them if you’re planning on visiting at a peak time. SAnother quirky option for cocktails is Mr Fogg’s Tavern, much more easily found in Covent Garden. The Victorian themed bar features lavish sofas and is decorated with obscure trinkets and elaborate lighting. Visit on a Thursday is you enjoy live music, or on a Sunday for a British Sunday lunch. Upstairs you can find the Gin Tavern, serving up more than 200 different gins. The ‘G & Tea’ afternoon tea is an excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon, with tea inspired cocktails and delicious cakes too. If you’re in London 1st-7th October 2018, you can enjoy London Cocktail Week, with 300 bars signed up and drinks are all £6.00. Beth Cleveland

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Good to know: laws & policies In London the legal age to drink alcohol is 18 years old, when buying alcohol, whether that is at a shop, or pub, you will be asked to present your ID, and if you do not have an ID, or your ID is not valid, you will be denied the alcohol. Most places that sell alcohol also have a rule that if you look under 25, even if you are of the legal drinking age, they will ask or your ID so they are 100% sure that it is legal for them to sell you the alcohol. When going into a bar or a club, your ID will be checked at the door, put in a scanner to log your details onto their system for safety reasons, and then you’ll be allowed to enter the bar or club.

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At the door of most bars, clubs and pubs (during peak times) there will be security guards, they will be checking your ID, although if you appear like you’ve had too much alcohol, or are causing a problem for them such as; being aggressive, not able to stand or walk, etc, they are allowed to either deny you entry completely or may do a breath test. The breath test determines how much alcohol is in your system, it will light up green if there is little to no alcohol, amber, where you will either be denied entry or asked to sober up and then they will let you in 30 minutes later, or red, which means you have too much alcohol in your system to be allowed entry into the bar or club. Jasmine French

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night transport When going home after a night out, the easiest and fastest method is likely to be the choice of an Uber. That is of course, if you remembered to charge your phone before going out, unless, you have an iPhone, which seems to have a mind of its own and decide to live or die at any point. Uber has decent prices; however, it is not the cheapest option if you’re looking to save money on transport. The night tube runs on Fridays and Saturdays on Victoria, Jubilee, and most of the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines. The night tube is cheaper, but nonetheless, for the cheapest (and also the slowest way of transport, if you’re slightly drunk and not in a hurry, this is the best option), night busses are available all over town. Me and a group of friends celebrated my best friend’s birthday at a club in central a while ago. It was really fun, and we even saw a celebrity: Nicholas Hoult. He came in the back entrance and he wore a baseball cap, he also denied being Hoult when we asked him. Nonetheless, my friend got a huge birthday cake from Hummingbird Bakery at the club, which we decided to bring home with us on the night bus. The bus usually takes us about an hour to get home, but affected by some alcohol, and very busy trying to eat the cake with our bare hands we got home in the blink of an eye. Ellen Andrea Hansen


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Harry potter warner bros studio tour This experience is fantastic and a necessity for the diehard Harry Potter fan. Warner Bros offers a look behind the scenes, where you get to walk and experience the same sets as the actors from the films. This tour gives you the opportunity to experience the Great Hall where all the meals and house selections takes place in every film. You can walk along the Covered Bridge. You get to see the different iconic costumes, sets of different classrooms, the forbidden forest,

"This tour will leave you with a sense of belonging." you can fly a broomstick, and taste butter beer. You can buy yourself a chocolate frog and you get a card of a famous wizard inside it, just like in the films. You can experience the epic 9 and 3/4 train platform, with the actual train! You are given the opportunity to see, read and hear about how they did it all the movie magic, from the enchanted ceiling in the Great Hall to the Hippogriff Buckbeak. You can walk through the streets of Diagon Alley, just like Harry did that first time he went to get school supplies with Hagrid. They save the very best for last; you get to see Hogwarts, and it is just like coming home, it is so familiar and such a spectacular view. This tour will give you Goosebumps, it will leave you with a sense of belonging, it will leave you in awe, and it is truly a magical experience like no other. Ellen Andrea Hansen

travelling in london When travelling around London, you can drive, take the train, tube or bus. When driving in central London, there is a charge known as the congestion charge; it was introduced to reduce the amount of pollution in London; driving through and around London is not advisable as there is a lot of heavy traffic and is quite expensive to park. Lucky enough there are a lot of places that can be visited using the tube, trains or buses. Public transport is a cheaper and a quicker way of travelling around London, although you have to either have a ticket for the train or tube, an oyster card or contactless payment bank card. You can only use a contactless bank card or oyster card on the buses, they do not accept cash; although if you buy an oyster card then you can top up the amount on the card, using the machines in the train and tube stations. Oyster or contactless payment is a cheaper way to travel because once you have gone on three trains or buses the rest of the trains or buses you get on that day will be free; so you only have to pay three times in one day. Jasmine French

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Bookstores As an avid reader of a wide variety of books here are 3 bookstores that I'd like to recommend if you are visiting London for the day and have an interest in books that are unique and cannot necessarily be found in mainstream bookstores: JP books, the best place in London to get a hold of Japanese language textbooks, manga and magazines. This book store is located at 24-25 Denman street, Soho. I normally visit this place to window shop but I also buy most of my Japanese magazines from them and on occasion they sell CDs for Japanese pop and rock groups. Treadwell's books, which is described as an atmospheric bookshop stocking literature on magic and spiritualism, plus tarot readings and events. This book store is located at 33 store street, Fitzrovia. Gosh comics, an industrial-chic shop for comics and graphic novels, from mainstream to manga and cutting edge. This book store is located at 1 Berwick street, Soho. This comic book store has a variety of graphic novels and comics ranging from Tintin and Asterix to Marvel and DC. They also have a discounted manga section that gets updated frequently. Tori Cammell

fitness These gyms can be found across London. Fitness4Less £15.99-19.99 including the joining fee, or 5 gym sessions for £25. If you don’t want to sign for monthly membership, you can pay and upfront 3 month, or 12-month deal. TheGym £10.99-20.99 including joining fee. TheGym is a 24-hour gym, open at all times, every day. The membership prices determined the prices of the membership and can be up to £20.99 in central London, prices lower the farther out to Greater London. No pools at this gym, but classes are including. GymLondon / Better - £19.99 and more. There is no joining fee. Prices range depending on type of membership. Memberships for any better gym access, or including pool visits will be more expensive, however if you wish to not include pool, visits can be only £3. There is no mandatory 12 month contract fees, and the membership can be cancelled at any time. Pure Gym - £9.99-25.99 / month. Pure Gym is a chain that can be found nearly everywhere in London. Just like some other gyms, the central locations will cost more than the one in Greater London. Most locations don't require a joining fee. They're 24 hours and offer unlimited classes in the memberships. Shanelle Konye

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Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what society should be. ~ Oscar Wilde

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Treat yourself to a pampering whilst you’re here, London has a wealth of beauty treatment options to suit every style and budget. The Ned (££££), in the City of London, provides luxurious pampering that’s perfect for couples. Massages, facials, nails and a spa are all available, with a barber for him as well; it’s not the cheapest, but great for a relaxing day and you can stay overnight too. For a cheaper manicure that will still look great in those Instagrams, head to MW Nails (££££) in Spitalfields where you can get a quick file and polish for just £9. The salon is airline themed, decked out entirely with parts from a salvaged American Airlines plane – complete with mini cans of gin and tonic served from the hostess trolley, it’s certainly a unique beauty experience! For brows, go to Shavata Brow Studio (££££) in Knightsbridge. The experienced professionals are sure to do an excellent job, and they offer lash services too. Best of all, it’s right by Harrods, so you can indulge in some shopping after your treatment. Lastly, for your hair, Blue Tit (££££) hairdressers have several locations across London including Brixton and Stratford. The salons have stunning vintage interiors, and each have top reviews; last minute appointments can be made online. With each of these beauty picks, you’re sure to be looking and feeling your best whilst you’re here.

London is a city of fashion and you won’t have to look around twice to notice that. People here love shopping and luxury brands, and the big groups of people crowding in the most popular shopping malls prove it well enough. Visiting them is one of the must-things to do in London, even without spending thousands of pounds in one of the shops. Harrods, a luxury department store located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, has become one of the most recognizable places in London and it’s worth a trip even to make a famous selfie with its impressive, beautiful building in the background. But if you don’t feel like going anywhere far away from the central, Selfridges & Co., the second largest shop in the United Kingdom, is located on Oxford Street and offers wide range of products and brands. Their well-known window displays are also worth a check and if you’re lucky enough, you might even find some celebrities there! Harrods and Selfridges open daily from morning until 9 o’clock (apart from Sundays).

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