Visit Borough Market by London Bridge to see a traditional London Fruit & Veg market in action surrounded by a host of top restaurants and bars it is a favourite haunt for an after work drink for those in the city.
If you are a serious carnivore then a trip to Smithfields Meat Market must be on the cards. You could browse the aisles of meat traders, but even better visit one of the many restaurants around it for the freshest, best steak in town!
Prefer your fish? We have a market for that as well, although it will involve you getting up at the crack of dawn! Billingsgate market not only sell you fish but also have fish preparation courses as well, so you can learn what you are doing and then leave with some of the freshest fish in the country.
How could you come to London without trying some of our famous Fish and Chips? Beware there are MANY imitations out there, with places using oven chips or even a MICROWAVE! If you want to try the best then make an effort to visit:
Rock and Sole Plaice, 47 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9AJ Telephone: 020 7836 3785, for what we think is the best Fish and Chips in town.
Although the vast majority of London's tourist destinations can be reached on foot, the network of undergound stations and bus routes are invaluable. However if you pay each time you use one of these methods of transport it will start to add up quickly. Should you wish to use public transport you would be advised to buy a "Travel Card" which allows unlimited travel during the validity of the card. They are available for 24 hour, 1 week, 1 month and annual cards.
When going to London's shopping streets try to go Monday to Thursday and get there early as they start to get busy at lunch time and after the working day has finished when locals join the throng
Although we all think that we are too street wise to be targeted by thieves, take extra care when visiting these areas as they are havens for pick pockets and beggars. Do not display your money, even in stores, as they often spot people paying in store and follow them out onto the street.
Try to plan your shopping day as I have lost count of how many people finish up their shopping day on the other side of London from their hotel. For a more relaxing experience try to plan your day so that you pass your hotel to "offload"!
Make sure you check the price of the total transaction - Many companies, including London's Leicester Square TKTS, will quote a selling price that seems fantastic but then add on a booking charge, a credit card fee and sometimes a delivery charge, resulting in a ticket that can be 20-30% more expensive than advertised.
Try to go Monday to Thursday nights and organise something else for the Saturday as you will save yourself a lot of money.
Many London Tourists make the same mistake locals do and wait until the last minute. Theatres sell almost all of their seats months in advance to ticket agencies and do not discount them towards the end. All that will happen is that you are left with the worst seats in house!
Most Theatre Box offices do not discount their tickets. For discounted tickets you need to either book online via one of the affiliated agencies or visit a certified Theatre Ticket kiosk.
Many of London's Attractions attract huge amount of visitors during peak seasons and queues of up to 2 hours plus are not unusual, however those who plan ahead can save this by booking their tickets before they get there. You can book online at sites like Easy Theatre Tickets or at Tour Offices, such as Fancy That of London
Most of the Attractions have a discounted late entry ticket, so if you don't mind rushing around them and want to save yourself some money, this is an option.
To make your money go further try to tie in some of the free alternatives in with your paid attraction. Madame Tussuads is based on the other side or Regent's Park, with it's duck ponds and sculptured gardens. Equally the Dungeons and the London Eye are based on London's South bank, which is packed with entertainers and stalls during the Summer months.
Did You Know? London has a population of over 8m people at any one time.