Naiise Travels: London, England
We all started knowing the city from a nursery rhyme about its iconic bridge but beyond that and the Big Ben, London's vibrant arts scene and forward lifestyle make the city the top choice for many 'wanderlusters'.
A few of us were lucky enough to travel to the land with the world's longest-reigning female monarch (read: Queen Elizabeth II) and got to experience why the British style is influencing the world over.
Food, Glorious Food
Fancy duck confit with waffles and the iconic 30 St Mary Axe right outside your window?
Located on the 40th floor, Duck & Waffle (Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY, United Kingdom) is the highest restaurant in the UK that offers not just great food but also a panoramic view of the city.
If you're up for it, there's also a wine bar here. It's never too early for alcohol, aye?
Yes, you heard right — it's duck confit with waffles.
The English-gastronomy experience is also never complete without having scones.
One of the best ones we had was at The Muffin Man Tea Shop (12 Wrights Ln, London W8 6TA, United Kingdom).
We could have these golden fluffy scones for breakfast everyday.
The English may love their tea but they sure do know how to make mean coffee too!
For an instant morning perk, we recommend heading over to Hummingbird Cafe (1C Oaklands Grove, London W12 0JD, United Kingdom) — a cosy antipodean-style cafe where every food item is unpretentious and prepared with utmost care.
And good morning to you too...
Ok, we admit, this is not English but if you're craving for some good o' Italian gelato, head down to Amorino (41 Old Compton St, London W1D 6HF, United Kingdom) for their artisanal flavours and pretty-as-a-flower cones. By the way, they're open till 1a.m if you're having midnight dessert pangs.
Told you it's pretty as a flower...
There's no better place to indulge in your inner arty-fartyness than at Shoreditch Design Triangle (www.shoreditchdesigntriangle.com) — one of the main draws during London Design Festival, bringing together a comprehensive collection of designers, stores, galleries, studios, cafes, bars, brands and one-off events.
Shoes dangling mid-air at Shoreditch, very artistic (and random) indeed.
And just about 4km north of the centre of London is Camden Town — where the city's most popular open-air market, Camden Market, is at. Be prepared for a mind-bending mix of stalls selling items of eclecticism and intrigue.
Just couldn't pass on a photo booth opportunity...
And of course, you must be mad, or rather, completely off your rocker, if you don't catch any of the top class theatre shows and musicals available in London.
Yes, even if it means having to brave the unforgiving weather...
By the way, if you're on a flexible schedule, get on-the-day discounted tickets at the TKTS booth (the same folks for discounted NY's Broadway tickets) located at Leicester Square!
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