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Ladies and gentlemen, jingle those bells and dust off your best ugly Christmas sweater because you’ve just tuned in to the merriest episode yet of “London Asked and Answered”! As the phantom chills of Halloween fade into the frosty embrace of Yuletide cheer, we find ourselves trading pumpkins for poinsettias and ghoulish grins for gleeful giggles. That’s right, Christmas season is not just coming to town, it has burst through the doors with all the subtlety of a brass band in a library!
In today’s tinsel-trimmed episode, we’re flipping the switch on London’s Christmas lights, illuminating the city with a twinkling tour of festive fairy lights that could guide Santa’s sleigh from a continent away. But the merrymaking doesn’t stop there – oh no, I’m dashing through the snow to bring you a sleigh-load of pre-Christmas shenanigans you can get up to in our fair city. From mince pie marathons to carol-oke contests, I’ve got your holiday itinerary more stuffed than a turkey at a Christmas feast!
And because it’s the season of giving, I’ll be donning my Santa hat and doling out answers to your burning questions faster than you can say ‘figgy pudding’. So, whether you’re curious about the best spot for a mistletoe moment or you’re pondering where to find the crispiest roasties in all of London, I’ve got you covered like snow on a holly bush.
Strap in your reindeer, folks, because this episode is going to be a wild sleigh ride of festive fun. Welcome to “London Asked and Answered” – the podcast that’s more stuffed with holiday spirit than a stocking on Christmas morning!
Table of Content
- CABARET AT SELFRIDGES
- Twinkling Through Time: The Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre
- ICE SKATING RINKS
- A Feast for the Senses at the Winter Market
- Old Royal Naval College
- Carolynn asks: “I’ve been wondering about tipping etiquette in London, especially regarding hotel staff like housekeeping or bellboys. What’s your take on this? Should we tip them?”
- Germain asks: “We’re staying at The Rembrandt Hotel near South Kensington station in a week, and I’m super excited! We’re aware of the nearby museums and Harrods, as well as the Brompton Oratory. Could you suggest any hidden gems in the area, like unique shops, restaurants, or pubs?”
- Maria asks: “We’ll be in London in early December and are looking to enjoy an Indian meal one evening. Our hotel is on Elystan Street in Chelsea. Could you recommend a good Indian restaurant nearby?”
- Lucas asks: “I’m planning a trip to London for May next year. I’ve heard that the Queensway Hotel is favorably located. Do you have any opinions or insights about this?”
SEE YOU IN LONDON
Roll up, roll up, my dear listeners! It’s time to pull the curtain back on a little spruce-up I’ve been tinkering with behind the scenes. If you’ve been eagle-eyed, you might have noticed a bit of a shuffle in my name game. That’s right, I’m taking a leap across the pond of branding and landing with a new title that’s as fresh as a London morning: “See You in London”!
Now, don’t you worry, this isn’t one of those rebrands that sweeps away all the good stuff like a gust of the Great British breeze. This is more of a fusion, a smashing together of two great titans. “See You in London,” the beloved German-themed London website, is joining hands with “London Asked and Answered,” the website and podcast that’s become the crumpet to your tea, to create one jolly, unified front of London-loving goodness.
I’m streamlining like the Thames itself, merging my English-speaking fanfare with my German roots to bring you a single, splendid spot for all things London. And for those of you clutching your mugs in panic, fear not! Aside from the name, everything you cherish about the website and the podcast, from the cheeky chats to the savvy city insights, will stay as gloriously unchanged as the guards at Buckingham Palace.
Oh, and speaking of regal affairs, let’s not forget the crown jewel in my rebranding treasure chest – the book, “London Asked and Answered: Your Comprehensive Travel Guide to the Big Smoke.” It’s still your go-to tome for navigating the city’s cobbled streets and hidden pubs, packed with everything you’ve ever wanted to know about London town.
So, from 2024 onward, when you look for the website and podcast that has been your audio tour guide, you’ll find me waving at you under my new marquee, “See You in London.” It’s a promise that, although the sign above my door may change, the home inside will be just as warm, inviting, and bursting with London lore as ever.
Cheers to new beginnings, and as always, I can’t wait to see you in London!
So what’s happening in London?
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON
The Yuletide season in London is a spectacle to behold, and the switch-on of the Christmas lights across the city marks the official commencement of the holiday cheer. This 2023, the festivities are even brighter and more exciting, with iconic streets like Oxford Street and Regent Street, and enchanting locales such as Covent Garden and Carnaby Street, all partaking in this merry tradition with their own unique flair.
Oxford Street illuminated the skies on November 2nd, with over 5,000 stars comprising 300,000 tiny LED bulbs, creating a dazzling display of Christmas spirit. Not just a visual treat, but also a beacon of hope, as Oxford Street partners with the children’s charity Starlight to bring joy to hospitalised children.
Carnaby Street, known for its spectacular Christmas lights*, has switched on its lights on November 2nd as well. This year’s theme is “Carnaby Universe,” where neon colors and light waves will transform the area into a cosmic wonderland. In support of Choose Love Charity, a pop-up shop will offer limited edition products to aid refugees globally.
Regent Street followed suit on November 9th, where the street once again transformed into a pedestrian paradise filled with stalls, activities, and live performances.
Covent Garden cast its spell on November 7th, promising a new Christmas installation that’s sure to become a photogenic hotspot. Amidst the festive decor, a towering Christmas tree will stand outside the piazza, surrounded by a series of free events through December to stir up the festive mood.
The grand Trafalgar Square Christmas tree lighting is slated for December 7th, with carol singing choirs adding to the magical atmosphere from December 9th to 24th, beneath the grandeur of London’s tallest Christmas tree.
For Londoners and visitors alike, these events are more than just about lights; they’re a communal celebration of the season’s joy, a time to gather, to shop, to enjoy live music, and to be part of the city’s collective embrace of the festive spirit. London is about to get a whole lot brighter.
As London’s streets come alive with the twinkling of Christmas lights, casting a glow on the city’s festive cheer, there’s a particular sparkle beckoning from the historic Oxford Street. Beyond the shimmering lights, a doorway to the past opens at Selfridges, inviting you into the lavish and risqué world of Weimar-era entertainment. This is where the timeless allure of cabaret meets contemporary celebration, offering an experience that’s as effervescent as the season itself. Step off the bustling streets adorned with festive splendor and into the Kit Kat Club at Selfridges, where the spirit of Christmas is celebrated with a twist of cabaret magic.
CABARET AT SELFRIDGES
Step into a world where the champagne sparkles, the performances dazzle, and the atmosphere transports you to an era of indulgence and intrigue. This Christmas, the legendary Kit Kat Club is setting up its home in the iconic Selfridges on Oxford Street, offering a slice of Weimar Germany’s opulent cabaret life right in the heart of modern-day London.
From the 29th of November to the 31st of December, the fourth floor of Selfridges will transform into a hub of 1920s glamour, where the Kit Kat Club’s Prologue company will enchant guests with regular performances. The experience is immersive, with a specially designed bar echoing the era’s decadent aesthetics, and a window display on Duke Street that will capture the eyes and imagination of passersby.
For those who desire a touch of exclusivity, private tables can be booked, where guests will be treated to the finest champagne, exquisite wines, and a selection of cocktails crafted to perfection. Small plates will complement the libations, all savored as the backdrop of performances and the ambiance of the Kit Kat Club engulf you.
This isn’t just any pop-up; it’s a foray into a time of cultural richness and artistic rebellion. As you step into this experience, every sense will be engaged, from the visual splendor of the decor to the auditory delight of music and performance, all while the taste of luxury tickles your palate.
The Kit Kat Club at Selfridges isn’t just about the spectacle; it’s also a retail experience. On the Ground Floor, visitors will find merchandise and souvenirs unlike anything seen before. These are keepsakes from a time travel experience, tangible memories of a Christmas season spent in the lap of cabaret luxury.
The club operates Monday to Saturday from 12 pm to 10 pm and on Sundays from 12 pm to 5.30 pm, with altered hours on select dates. Note that the doors will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, giving even the performers a rest in the height of the holiday season.
For those spellbound by the cabaret and wishing to delve further into this entrancing world, there’s the opportunity to witness the full splendor of the Cabaret Musical*. Tickets to this extravaganza are the keys to an evening of unbridled entertainment, a night where the heart of cabaret beats the strongest.
After immersing yourself in the glitz and glamour of the Kit Kat Club at Selfridges, why not continue your festive journey back in time at the Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre? Swap the cabaret’s modern twist on Weimar decadence for the regal opulence of Tudor England. Here, within the walls of Henry VIII’s storied residence, you’ll trade neon lights for the soft glow of lanterns and the echoes of jazz for the harmonies of carolers dressed in period garb. It’s a seamless transition from the electric energy of contemporary London to the stately charm of a Christmas past, steeped in history and royal tradition.
Twinkling Through Time: The Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre
As the festive season wraps London in its sparkling embrace, the Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre stands out as a beacon of historical merriment and modern-day cheer. This grand event, set against the backdrop of Henry VIII’s majestic former home, is a time-honored tradition that ignites the yuletide spirit with an elegant blend of history and celebration.
A Royal Christmas Experience
The Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre, a cherished event in the heart of Surrey, transforms the grounds of this Tudor palace into a wonderland of festive delights. The fayre typically commences in early December, inviting visitors to step back in time and experience Christmas as the royals might have centuries ago.
Culinary Delights and Artisan Gifts
Among the cobblestone courtyards and manicured gardens, artisans from across the country gather to showcase their crafts. The air is rich with the scent of mulled wine and roasting chestnuts, while stalls brimming with artisanal gifts and hand-crafted decorations offer unique finds for those on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift.
Entertainment of Yesteryears
Historically, the event has been known for its array of entertainment, featuring everything from Tudor cookery demonstrations in the palace kitchens to carol singers clothed in period attire. The fayre often hosts an impressive lineup of chefs and food experts, giving live demonstrations and sharing their culinary secrets with enthusiastic foodies.
A Stroll Through History
The palace itself, a storied residence of the British monarchy, provides a majestic setting for the fayre. Visitors can explore the historic rooms and halls, adorned with festive decorations that pay homage to the palace’s rich past. The stories of Hampton Court’s former inhabitants echo through the corridors, adding a layer of depth to the holiday experience.
Festivities for All Ages
The Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre is a family-friendly event, with activities and workshops designed to delight visitors of all ages. From storytelling sessions for the little ones to wine-tasting for the adults, the fayre is a celebration of the season’s joy and a reflection of the palace’s grandeur.
A Royal Conclusion
As the event draws to a close, the grandeur of Hampton Court Palace continues to cast a regal glow over the festivities. The history of the Festive Fayre, woven into the very fabric of the palace’s walls, leaves visitors with a sense of having participated in a centuries-old tradition, one that will continue to enchant for years to come.
So, if you’re in London over the best season of the year. Than check out Hampton Court Palace.
From the historic grandeur of the Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre, glide over to one of London’s many enchanting ice rinks. As you leave behind the regal Tudor settings and artisanal markets, you’ll find the city’s winter wonderlands beckoning with the promise of icy adventure. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of lacing up a pair of skates and taking to the ice, surrounded by twinkling lights and the capital’s iconic landmarks. Whether you’re a seasoned skater or stepping onto the ice for the first time, London’s ice rinks offer a magical backdrop for creating new winter memories.
ICE SKATING RINKS
Tis’ the season for pirouettes and axels beneath the London skies! As the festive lights dazzle above, the city’s ice rinks invite you to lace up your skates and twirl into the spirit of the holidays. Let’s embark on a frosty tour of London’s ice skating rinks, where magic is literally underfoot and the thrill of the glide is matched only by the cheer of the season.
Winter Wonderland: Hyde Park’s Frosted Gem
Begin at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, the largest and arguably the most festive rink, set in the heart of London’s beloved park from November 17, 2023, to January 1, 2024. For a starting price of just £8.50, you can skate to your heart’s content surrounded by the charm of Christmas markets and the aroma of seasonal treats.
Skating by the Thames: Somerset House
Next, twirl over to Somerset House’s magnificent rink. From November 15, 2023, to January 14, 2024, and starting at £11.00, you can glide beneath a grand Christmas tree, all while the sound of Christmas carols fills the air.
Royal Rinks: Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace
For those seeking a touch of royal splendor with their skating, the Kensington Palace Gardens rink opens from November 30 to January 7, 2024, starting at £16.00. Imagine skating in the shadow of the royal residence, where kings and queens once roamed. Not far behind is the Hampton Court Palace rink, boasting one of London’s largest ice surfaces, open from November 17, 2023, to January 7, 2024, with tickets starting at £11.50.
Canary Wharf: Skate Among Skyscrapers
Canary Wharf offers a chance to skate amid the towering modern monuments of London’s financial district. From October 21, 2023, to February 24, 2024, with prices ranging from £13.50 to £17.95, you can enjoy this ice rink set amongst some of the tallest buildings in the city.
A Power Station Transformed: Battersea Power Station
The redeveloped Battersea Power Station is debuting its first ice rink, adding a modern twist to the historic site. Open every day except Christmas Day from November 10, 2023, to January 7, 2024, and starting at £12.00, it combines skating fun with fairground attractions and food stalls.
Skate with a View: Queen´s House Greenwich
Queen´s House offers a picturesque skating experience with views of Greenwich. Available from November 23, 2023, to January 7, 2024, this rink charges £10 for children and £16 for adults, ensuring a family-friendly atmosphere.
Rooftop Wonders: Skylight
Last but not least, Skylight at Tobacco Dock promises a rooftop skating experience like no other. Although the dates for 2023 – 2024 are to be confirmed, a ticket for £15 provides not just skating but also a wintery beverage to enjoy.
Remember, while some rinks might offer tickets on the spot, it’s a wiser choice to book in advance to secure your spot on the ice, especially during peak holiday times. Each rink has its own unique charm and is a swirl of festive activity, perfect for family outings, romantic dates, or simply enjoying the London winter scene. So, wrap up warm and set out for a skate; London’s ice awaits!
After whirling and twirling on the ice at London’s enchanting rinks, it’s time to slide over to the vibrant South Bank. As you leave the icy glimmer behind, prepare to immerse yourself in the cultural and festive heartbeat of London. The South Bank, known for its eclectic mix of arts, entertainment, and stunning riverside views, is a treasure trove of Yuletide festivities. Whether it’s seasonal markets, captivating performances, or culinary delights, the South Bank during Christmas is a dazzling display of the city’s festive spirit. Let’s discover what this lively area has in store for us this holiday season!
This holiday season, London’s iconic South Bank transforms into a winter wonderland with the return of the beloved Winter Market and the Winter Festival at the Southbank Centre. From November 2nd to December 26th, 2023, the riverside promenade comes alive with festive cheer, offering a heartwarming blend of food, entertainment, and culture.
A Feast for the Senses at the Winter Market
Located along the Queen’s Walk, between the Royal Festival Hall and Jubilee Gardens, the Winter Market is a must-visit destination. Alpine-style pop-up chalets line the riverbank, creating a picturesque setting reminiscent of a storybook Christmas village. The market offers an array of delectable treats ranging from truffle burgers, duck wraps, and spicy Thai food to Dutch pancakes and the much-loved Choco-Fruit. Warm up with a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate as you stroll under twinkling lights, browsing through unique gifts, jewelry, and decorations crafted by independent creatives.
Adding to the winter charm are pop-up bars and a range of street food stalls. Highlights include the winter pop-up bars by Beltane & Pop and The Thirsty Farrier, the pop-up restaurant Fire & Fromage, and the après-ski-themed party spot, The Curling Club.
Diverse Entertainment at the Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival
The Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival, running from October 28, 2023, to January 7, 2024, complements the Winter Market with an array of spellbinding shows and events. Families can enjoy Bluey’s Big Play, a theatrical adaptation of the popular TV show, and The House with Chicken Legs, a puppetry and live music performance. For those starting their New Year celebrations early, the Kids’ Countdown with Len Blanco is a perfect daytime party.
The festival also features immersive performances like a reimagined version of the Nutcracker, the Tuff Nutt Jazz Club, and Reuben Kaye’s comedy cabaret. The ultimate festive variety show, Christmas Actually, is a highlight, curated by the writer and director of “Love Actually,” Richard Curtis.
Dance enthusiasts can participate in the Christmas Eve social Five Go Jiving, the New Year’s Day Ceilidh, Heart n Soul’s Winter Rave, Bollyqueer’s empowering dance class, and Pxssy Liquor’s Office Christmas Party.
The festival also showcases luminous art with the Winter Light exhibition and the Hiroshi Sugimoto photography exhibition at the Hayward Gallery. In addition, the Royal Festival Hall hosts the Koestler Arts: IN CASE OF EMERGENCY exhibition.
Music lovers are in for a treat with free choirs and concerts, including winter classics at Fab-YULE-ous Voices, the Southbank Centre Youth Voices Winter Showcase, and a procession of festive classical music performances.
A Celebration of Culture and Community
The Winter Market and Winter Festival at the Southbank Centre embody the spirit of London during the holiday season. They offer a magical escape where one can indulge in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Christmas while immersing in a cultural feast that celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city.
Whether you’re seeking culinary delights, unique shopping experiences, cultural enrichment, or just a festive atmosphere to bask in, the South Bank’s Winter Market and Winter Festival offer it all. This holiday season, let the South Bank be your destination for making unforgettable memories amidst the charm and excitement of Christmas in London.
Electric Winter @South Bank
This winter, South Bank London is set to dazzle with its festive transformation, hosting the “Electric Winter” season. From November 10th to December 31st, 2023, the popular Between the Bridges pop-up near Jubilee Gardens will don a festive look, promising a bustling program of Christmassy events.
The highlight of Electric Winter includes Christmas drag shows featuring London’s biggest sleigh queens, Christmas karaoke and Massaoke, and a concert of Christmas anthems by the Old Dirty Brasstards. In addition, the central courtyard will host a variety of food stalls serving delicious street food, along with mulled wine and Christmas cocktails from festive pop-up bars.
Adding to the festive spirit, Between the Bridges will also host a new weekly Christmas craft market every Sunday afternoon. The SoLo Craft Fair Christmas Market will feature stalls from over 60 makers and designers from across south London, offering a perfect opportunity to find unique Christmas gifts.
Entrance to Between the Bridges is free, although some events may have an additional cost. This vibrant seasonal event is set to be a highlight of the winter season in London, combining entertainment, food, and festive shopping in one exciting location.
Having reveled in the festive splendor of South Bank’s Electric Winter, it’s time to journey a little further along the Thames to another historic gem of London – the Old Royal Naval College. As we move from the contemporary buzz of the South Bank, prepare to step into the grandeur of a bygone era, where the Old Royal Naval College offers its own array of captivating Christmas events, steeped in history and architectural beauty. Let’s discover the festive offerings at this iconic landmark, blending the charm of the past with the joy of the present.
Old Royal Naval College
This Christmas season, the Old Royal Naval College in London offers a series of enchanting events, promising a festive experience steeped in history and grandeur. From storytelling sessions with Father Christmas to artistic and musical showcases, the College becomes a hub of Yuletide joy and wonder.
Father Christmas Storytelling Session
The College welcomes the beloved Father Christmas for storytelling sessions in the Nelson Room, adjacent to the Painted Hall. These sessions, taking place from December 2nd to 23rd at various times, provide an opportunity for children and adults alike to enjoy a magical Christmas story. Tickets are priced at £8 for children and £12 for adults. The first performances will not include access to the “Coalescence” exhibition, which begins on December 9th. This offers a unique chance to receive a present and have a photo with Father Christmas, creating a memorable holiday experience.
From December 9, 2023, to February 4, 2024, visitors can experience “Coalescence” in the stunning setting of the Painted Hall. This exhibition adds an artistic dimension to the festive celebrations, combining the historic ambiance of the Painted Hall with contemporary art. It’s an opportunity to immerse oneself in a fusion of art and history, enhancing the festive spirit.
Carols and Coalescence
Adding to the festive atmosphere, the College hosts “Carols and Coalescence” on December 11th, 18th, and 19th from 2pm to 3pm. This event combines the beauty of carol singing with the artistic elements of the Coalescence exhibition, offering a rare chance to enjoy a festive concert in the beautiful Chapel. It’s a perfect blend of music and visual art, set against the backdrop of one of London’s most historic sites.
The Elves and the Magic Bear
For a heartwarming theatrical experience, the Admiral’s House at the College presents “The Elves and the Magic Bear” from December 9th to 21st. This Christmas performance promises to be a delightful treat for families, bringing a festive fairy tale to life. The performance offers a magical storytelling experience that captures the essence of Christmas magic and wonder.
Each of these events at the Old Royal Naval College presents a unique way to celebrate the Christmas season, combining tradition, art, and festive cheer. Whether you’re looking to be enchanted by storytelling, moved by carols, or inspired by art, the College offers a rich tapestry of experiences that encapsulate the spirit of Christmas in London.
After immersing ourselves in the festive cheer and Yuletide wonders across London, from the dazzling lights to the historic halls of the Old Royal Naval College, it’s time to cozy up and delve into a different kind of warmth – the engaging conversations and insightful queries from you, our beloved listeners. As we leave behind the twinkling lights and heartwarming tales of Christmas, we transition to answering your burning questions, bringing us closer through shared curiosity and lively discussion. So, grab your favorite winter beverage, settle in, and let’s explore the intriguing questions that you’ve sent our way. It’s time for a deep dive into the thoughts, wonders, and inquiries that you, our valued audience, have been eagerly waiting to have answered!
Time for your questions
Carolynn asks: “I’ve been wondering about tipping etiquette in London, especially regarding hotel staff like housekeeping or bellboys. What’s your take on this? Should we tip them?”
That’s a great question and something I often think about when I travel! For me, carrying cash in London is essential mainly for tipping hotel staff. I firmly believe that everyone is doing their job enhancing your vacation or holiday experience, so yes, they deserve a tip.
When it comes to bellboys, I make it a point to tip them both during check-in and check-out. They play a significant role in the first and last impressions of the hotel, and their efforts in handling luggage and other services shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Housekeeping, on the other hand, takes care of your room every single day of your stay. They ensure that your living space is comfortable, clean, and welcoming, which is crucial for a pleasant hotel experience. Therefore, I always make sure to tip them as well.
On the day of check-out, I take a moment to write a note to the housekeeping staff, thanking them for their work and dedication in making my stay feel like a dream. Along with this note, I leave a tip. This small gesture of appreciation not only acknowledges their hard work but also adds a personal touch to the gratitude I feel towards their service.
Remember, tipping is a personal choice and a way to show appreciation for exceptional service. While it’s not mandatory, it’s a kind gesture that can make a difference to those who work hard to ensure your stay is memorable.
Germain asks: “We’re staying at The Rembrandt Hotel near South Kensington station in a week, and I’m super excited! We’re aware of the nearby museums and Harrods, as well as the Brompton Oratory. Could you suggest any hidden gems in the area, like unique shops, restaurants, or pubs?”
That’s fantastic to hear! South Kensington is a treasure trove of delightful spots. Apart from the well-known attractions, there are several hidden gems that you must check out.
For a unique shopping experience, visit the V&A Shop. It’s not just any museum shop; it offers a range of unique gifts and art-inspired items. Also, Daunt Books on Fulham Road is a bibliophile’s dream, with an Edwardian interior and a vast collection of books.
When it comes to dining, ‘CERU South Kensington’ offers an exciting menu with Eastern Mediterranean flavors. If you’re looking for classic British fare, ‘The Builder’s Arms’ on Britten Street is a charming pub with a cozy atmosphere. For a delightful Italian experience, ‘Margaux’ on Old Brompton Road provides exquisite dishes in a chic setting.
Don’t miss ‘Muriel’s Kitchen’ for a homely, British culinary experience, or ‘The Kensington Creperie’ for some sweet and savory crepes. If you’re in the mood for a café, ‘The Mosaic Rooms’ on Cromwell Road is a hidden art space with a lovely café serving Arabic-style coffee and snacks.
Lastly, for a tranquil escape, visit the nearby Chelsea Physic Garden. It’s London’s oldest botanical garden and a green haven of peace.
Enjoy your stay at The Rembrandt Hotel*, and I hope these recommendations make your London visit even more memorable!
Maria asks: “We’ll be in London in early December and are looking to enjoy an Indian meal one evening. Our hotel is on Elystan Street in Chelsea. Could you recommend a good Indian restaurant nearby?”
Certainly! Chelsea has some excellent Indian restaurants that you should definitely try. One notable option near Elystan Street is ‘Rasoi’. Located on Lincoln Street, it’s known for its gourmet Indian cuisine in a charming setting, offering a fusion of traditional and contemporary dishes.
Another great choice is ‘Amaya’, situated in the heart of Belgravia. This restaurant is slightly farther but well worth the visit for its unique grill-centric menu and stylish décor.
If you’re looking for something more casual yet equally delicious, ‘Dishoom Kensington’ on Derry Street is a great choice. Inspired by the old Irani cafes of Bombay, it offers a cozy atmosphere and a diverse menu.
Lastly, ‘Chutney Mary’ on St. James’s Street is renowned for its sophisticated take on Indian cuisine and elegant ambiance, perfect for a special evening out.
Each of these restaurants offers a unique dining experience, showcasing the rich flavors and diverse culinary traditions of India. Enjoy your meal and your time in London!
Lucas asks: “I’m planning a trip to London for May next year. I’ve heard that the Queensway Hotel is favorably located. Do you have any opinions or insights about this?”
Absolutely, the Queensway Hotel* in London is indeed well-regarded for its location. Situated in the Bayswater area, it offers convenient access to several key attractions and transport links. The hotel is close to Hyde Park, offering a great opportunity for leisurely strolls or morning jogs in one of London’s most iconic green spaces.
Additionally, it’s near Paddington Station, which is not only handy for rail and tube connections but also for the Heathrow Express, making airport transfers quite efficient. The area around Queensway and nearby Notting Hill is vibrant, with a variety of dining options, quaint cafes, and shops. It’s also a short distance from Kensington Palace and Gardens, adding a touch of royal charm to your stay.
Overall, Queensway Hotel’s location is indeed a major plus for tourists who want to explore central London with ease. However, as with any accommodation, it’s always a good idea to check recent reviews for the latest insights on service and facilities. Enjoy your trip to London next May!
And just like the final twinkling light on Regent Street, we’ve reached the end of another enthralling episode of our beloved podcast. From the hidden gems near The Rembrandt Hotel to the enchanting tales at the Old Royal Naval College, we’ve journeyed through London’s festive spirit and unearthed its wondrous secrets.
But before I say my fond ‘Cheerio,’ here are some delightful reminders:
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Now, for a bit of London fun before we part: Did you know that there’s a tiny mouse sculpture on the facade of Philpot Lane? This minuscule mouse is said to commemorate two builders who argued over a missing sandwich, only to discover a mouse had been the culprit. It’s the little surprises like these that make London endlessly fascinating.
With that whimsical note, it’s time to bid adieu. Whether you’re sipping tea overlooking the Thames or wandering through London’s historic lanes, remember, each step in this city is a story waiting to be told. Until next time, keep exploring, keep questioning, and as always, Cheerio! 🎩🇬🇧🎤