The capital city of England's public transit system, Transport for London, shuttles more than a billion passengers across a network of hundreds of miles each year. For such a large system, it's easy to use, as long as you know the basics. Here's what you need to know before catching a ride.
Transport for London manages the city's subway, light rail, railway, and bus systems under one integrated network, so you can easily transfer from system to system with a single ticket. The city is divided into nine zones, with Zones 1 and 2 in central London and Zones 3 through 9 progressively further away from the center. Most trips are priced by the zone, which means traveling within a single zone is cheaper than traveling through multiple zones.
Prices start at 2.30 pounds for travel within Zone 1 and go up to 6.90 pounds for travel between Zones 1 and 9. If possible, avoid traveling during morning or evening rush hour. Not only will you find overly crowded buses and subways, but the cost to travel during these times is also higher. Travel at any time other than rush hour, and you'll benefit from Transport for London's off-peak pricing.
There are several ways to pay for your trip across London. For standalone trips or day passes, paper tickets are a quick and easy option. You can buy Day Travelcards and single fares at ticket machines in all rail and subway stations, but beware that buying a ticket for a single fare will cost you about twice as much as on a ticket machine as any other payment method. If you're looking to save on a single fare, use contactless payment methods, such as credit cards and smartphones, when boarding buses and entering rail and subway stations.
If you want to feel like a local, opt for Transport for London's Oyster card. This is a permanent card that you can refill with weekly and monthly passes or funds for individual trips. Travelers can order a Visitor Oyster card in advance or buy one at select transit stations upon arrival. If you're visiting for a week or more, this is your most economical choice.
Transport for London Systems
The London Underground, better known as the Tube, refers to London's extensive subway system. The Tube boasts a massive network of 270 stations on 11 lines, each with a unique name and a distinct color to make tracing your route on the Tube map easier.
The London Overground is a rail network that provides quick access to suburban stations and includes 83 stations on six lines. Many Overground lines link with Underground lines, so transferring between the two networks is a breeze at over a dozen stations, especially since the Overground system extends to most corners of London.
Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is a light rail system that includes 45 stations on seven lines. True to its name, the DLR transports passengers to the Docklands area in east London. It's easy to transfer between DLR and Underground lines, though the DLR's reach is more geographically limited.
National Rail isn't exclusive to London, but its network includes several major stations in the city. With National Rail included in the larger Transport for London network, travelers can quickly transfer from London's city and suburban lines to trains departing for England's far reaches. City dwellers can also use National Rail as a sort of express train service from one side of London to the other.
Transport for London wouldn't be complete without the city's iconic red buses, many of them double-deckers. Because they operate at street level, London's buses are a great way to travel to your destination while taking in the sights along the way. The city's buses are cash-free, which means you'll need to have an Oyster card, a Day Travelcard, or a contactless payment form to hop aboard.
London's transit system is comprehensive, but costs can add up quickly if you're not careful. Plan out your destinations ahead of time, and make sure to buy the right ticket for your trip.
by Megan McDonough
I have yet to meet a person who returns from a trip to London with less than stellar reviews. Despite the dreary weather, London is full of art, culture and of course pubs. I spent about five months working and studying here during college and I was not thrilled in the least when it was time to return back home.
While in London, I made the most of every moment. I visited museums, saw a play at the Shakespeare Globe, went pub hopping and sang along to more West End musicals than I care to count. Although I had months to do all this, there are certain things any traveler hoping to get a local experience should do on a trip to London.
1. Become a Local by Finding a “Local”
This may sound confusing at first, but it makes perfect sense I promise. By “local” I mean a local pub. In London, because the Tube closes at midnight, many time people stick to a pub close to their flat, therefore calling the pub their “local.” My flat was located in the indie neighborhood of Islington and although I was closer to the Angel Tube stop, my local became a pub closer to the Old Street stop, which was a few minutes walk in the other direction. If you are an Amy Winehouse fan, I suggest exploring the Camden neighborhood and toasting to Miss Winehouse at her old local, The Hawley Arms.
2. Picnic in Primrose Hill
I’m always surprised by the amount of people who have not even heard of Primrose Hill. Granted, the park is not as centrally located as Regent’s Park, Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens, but the views from Primrose Hill are unbeatable. It wasn’t until the last month of my study abroad program that I finally made it here but once I discovered how peaceful the area was, I always recommend it to anyone traveling to London. A quick way to get here is to take the Northern Line to the Chalk Farm Tube stop and simply walk about five minutes until you reach the park entrance. I recommend coming here for a picnic with a group of friends and watching the sunset.
3. Market Shop
Whether you are a shopaholic or you can’t stand a trip to your local mall, London has markets throughout the week that suit just about everyone’s taste. If you are in the city on a Saturday, head straight to Notting Hill for Portobello Road Market. Although the market is an antique-lover’s paradise, there are plenty of other shops worth checking out. I used to go here and buy dresses for only five pounds. This is a steal even when you convert the price back into American dollars. On Sundays, Spitalfields market and Columbia Flower market are two markets definitely worth a visit. Music lovers should head to Camden Market for an eclectic neighborhood experience.
4. Release your Inner Nerd
Everyone has a little nerd inside them. If you don’t think you do then I think you are lying. London is home to some of the most talented writers in history so there really is no excuse not to take advantage of the cultural influences that make this city so special. If you are visiting in the spring, a ticket to Shakespeare’s Globe is affordable and a very unique experience for tourists and locals alike. The Globe is designed exactly how it was during Elizabethan time and you really feel like you have time traveled. Even when shows are not currently in production tours are offered all year round. If you prefer musicals, West End shows offer great discounts for students. I used to get tickets for twenty pounds and if it was a matinee, this got me a front row seat.
5. View the City from a Double-Decker Bus
In just about any city you go to, there is some sort of obnoxious looking double decker bus that takes you to every tourist trap. London allows travelers to do this while feeling like a local. I used to take the bus nearly every day and not only does it offer you an amazing view of the city streets, but it’s an ideal way to observe local life. If you have a few hours of free time, just hop on a bus, go to the upper level and plant yourself in the front seats. You may not know where the bus is headed but sometimes getting lost is the best way to explore a new city.
Megan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bohemian Trails, an online travel magazine focusing on global art, culture and off-the-beaten path destinations. Born in Washington D.C. and now based in New York City, Megan is a freelance writer and social media specialist in the travel industry.
I had come to London to cover the first week at Wimbledon and though I had been to the city many times before, it was my first time staying in an apartment. For about the price of a mid-range hotel, I found a lovely one-bedroom apartment on the third floor of a classic Georgian style London walkup on Flipkey.
When I turned up at the doorstep of my flat in Nevern Square in London’s Earl’s Court neighborhood, I was soaking wet and I smelled like a sewer rat. I had tripped over a mooring post while walking along Regent’s Canal, near the Camden Lock market, and watched helplessly as my bag, carrying my DSLR camera and iPhone, plopped into the water and began to drift away, like a rubber ducky coasting over Niagara Falls. I dove into the murky water with all my clothes on in the hopes of salvaging my precious cargo and emerged soaking wet and a little smelly. As I bounded up the stairs at 2 Nevern Square, I felt quite pleased with the fact that I was checking into an apartment with a washing machine, rather than a hotel room.
A young man named Steve welcomed me into my new home for the week, a gorgeous one-bedroom apartment in a quintessential London neighborhood just steps from a picture perfect green sanctuary and a tube stop, and explained how to work all the unfamiliar equipment and appliances. As soon as he left, I wished I’d written down his instructions, but as I stripped my wet clothes off and fussed with the washing machine, I felt that odd sense of accomplishment in figuring out how things worked in another country.
It took me some time to figure out how to lock and unlock the door to the apartment, but once I had it down pat, I loved the act of crouching down to double bolt the second lock, which was bizarrely located about six inches off the ground. And I adored the tall windows and high ceilings in the apartment and the odd collection of signs and notices in the first floor common area- “No Free Newspapers, Please!” was my favorite.
I am not a nosy person but one of the things that I liked about living in this apartment was having the opportunity to imagine who lived there. Some of their cabinets and closets were discreetly sealed off from public view but their book collection was displayed prominently and when I saw titles by Noam Chomsky, Jane Austen and Niall Ferguson on the shelves, I felt like I almost knew the owner.
Steve gave me a local iPhone to use as part of the typical package that goes with the apartment. I had seen this in the advertisement but it didn’t register since I have my own iPhone. But since mine was on the fritz, the free loaner was like manna from heaven. The apartment came with toiletries, a box of chocolates and some tea, plus an iPhone app that contained recommendations for local restaurants and businesses.
Every night on my way home from Wimbledon, I stopped off at a pub at the top of my street called Earl’s Court Tavern for a pint of beer and a bit of conversation. When people I met asked where I was staying and I was able to reply, “In a flat just on the square there,” I felt legit. I was not a tourist, you see.
On my last morning in London, a soft, golden light bathed the rain soaked streets in a pink, ethereal glow that made my imminent departure all the more difficult to swallow. I had just discovered a second supermarket just steps from the apartment, another pub that looked inviting and a kebab shop I wanted to become a regular at. Was it time to go home already? My iPhone and camera had spent 4 days soaking in piles of rice inside zip lock bags, a common cure for water damage. It cured my camera but not the phone.
I lost a phone in London but what I gained was this: a sense of what it’s like to live like a Londoner, if only for a week.
Dave Seminara is a journalist and former diplomat based in Chicago who contributes to The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, and a wide variety of other publications and sites. Follow him on Twitter at @DaveSem
Admit it, you've always wanted to grab a pint in London. The thought of strolling into the bar, Champions League match on every television, you mingle with the locals while they cheer on their team like it is life or death. Or maybe forget the TVs altogether, you stroll into a dark pub that feels lived-in, dank, yet cozy, because it has been that way for a century or more. Drinking is truly an artform in London, and it shows in its most popular establishments. With only a limited time in the area it can be difficult to choose where to spend your coin, and that's where we come in.
The atmosphere, the unbeatable food, the unparalleled service, and of course, the right location, put these establishments over the top and onto our list of the best pubs worth traveling for in London:
Cask Pub & Kitchen: "CASK was founded in 2009 with the intention of bringing together some of the best breweries from the UK and beyond. As CASK has evolved over time, the focus has remained on sourcing high quality beer while providing a comfortable and inviting atmosphere."
Craft Beer Co.: "We are proud of our continuously changing cask beers sourced from the finest, independent UK micro-breweries. We offer a vast, ever-changing selection of keg beers, as well as some regular house favourites from the likes of Thornbridge, Dark Star and Ilkley. We stock a huge range of bottled beers which are sourced from all over the world. We are constantly adding to our selection so you will always be able to find something new."
Holborn Whippet: "Welcome to the Holborn Whippet. The Holborn Whippet is a public house situated at the Bloomsbury end of Sicilian Avenue. We stock only small craft breweries, quality wines and a super lunch and dinner menu. We look forward to meeting you in the near future."
Lamb and Flag: "Great London pubs don't get more historic than this. The very first mention of a pub on this site is in 1772, when it was known as The Coopers Arms (the name changed to The Lamb & Flag in 1833). The building's brickwork is circa 1958 and conceals what may be an early 18th century frame of a house, replacing the original one built in 1638. The pub acquired a reputation in the early nineteenth century for staging bare-knuckle prize fights earning it the nickname 'The Bucket of Blood,' and the alleyway beside the pub was the scene of an attack on the poet John Dryden in 1679 by thugs hired by John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, with whom he had a long-standing conflict. In the early 19th century, the Lamb & Flag acquired something of a reputation for bare-knuckle fighting, earning it the nickname 'The Bucket of Blood.' Nowadays it's somewhat more friendly!"
Lord Nelson: We work hard to create a menu that is interesting, constantly evolving & a little out of the ordinary... We do the basics well — soups, pies, bakes, stews etc are all home-made, our sauces & gravies likewise & we even make 'real' chips — ie we buy potatoes, cut them, twice cook them. It makes a difference. Much of our meat & weekly specials are sourced from Sillfield & Gamston Farms @ Borough Market. Our Sausages are made from Peter Gott's rare-breed pigs and our Zebra burgers are made from, well... Zebra! Courtesy of Sue @ Gamston Farm who also provide our regular Friday BBQ's with Llama, Ostrich, Camel, Springbok & Water Buffalo Burgers. We also create our own Burgers, which are more than a little renowned... The Juicy Lucy (Beef Stuffed w/ Cheddar), Bluesy Lucy (Stuffed w/ Bacon & Blue Cheese) and the Greek Economic Miracle Burger (Lamb & Mint Stuffed w/ Feta & Haloumi) are all now staples and favourites. Lord Nelson is available for Private BBQ's, Birthday Parties, Leaving Do's — and we can Cater for all too. Also, Private Hire of the whole pub at Weekends. Just ask... Mondays & Tuesdays are a hotbed of healthy Sports, Activities & good/ unique service — the Bar often run by Slo-Mo, Cheap Pints, Spirits & Connect 4 & Jenga for ALL. Oh Yes. With a little ambition, liquid refreshment & olive oil, our peachy garden seats, oh... 100's. Without a shadow of doubt, we attract the friendliest, mixed & fantastic crowd always — the best summer nights in SE1, bar none. We have no trouble ever - happy folks only. Pub rule. In addition, we offer 20% discount on food for students & take-away... kids, squirrels, dogs are welcomed but we do not welcome Cameron or Clegg under any circumstances. We're also known for friendly if confused staff, art & decor like no other, best music in town & home-made vodka shots that kick like a mule... (Werthers, Mars, Banoffee, Marmite... new flavours each week)
The Churchill Arms: "The Churchill Arms was built way back in 1750, making it one of the older, more historic pubs in London. In the 1800s, Winston Churchill's Grandparents were regular visitors - which eventually led to the naming of the pub after World War 2. Step inside today and you'll find plenty of Churchill memorabilia hanging from the walls. The pub has other claims to fame too, and is known as the first pub in London to serve Thai food. We also gained recognition through our beautiful flower displays, and are one of very few pubs that can claim to be a Chelsea flower show winner! Did you know The Churchill Arms was the very first London pub with a Thai restaurant? It's something of a trend setter."
The Harp: "A choice of 10 hand-pumps is music to the ears of any ale aficionado - and in this Covent Garden pub, the sweet sound of pint-pouring is the only tune you'll hear. The Harp is a blissfully traditional place with no TV, no jukebox - just great beer and good old conversation. A pub full of charm and character, The Harp is a great example of a traditional British ale house. The eclectic interior sees portraits line the walls and pump clips decorate the bar - a reminder of all the beers and ciders sold here over the years. Located in London's famous Covent Garden area, the pub makes a great base from which to explore some of London's highlights. Trafalgar Square is just round the corner, while the bright lights of the West End beckon nearby too."
The Spaniards Inn: "A Hampstead pub with more than a few tales to tell. As one of London's oldest pubs, The Spaniards has earned itself a place in the history books, quite literally. Dickens immortalised it in The Pickwick Papers, and it's said that Keats wrote Ode to a Nightingale here over a claret or two. Indeed, our characterful 16th century inn is a romantic idyll in itself, with a few tales of its own to tell. A country pub in the city, it boasts a garden grand enough to rival the great Heath itself, a separate dining area, roaring fires in the winter and plenty of intriguing nooks in which to muse over our superlative food and drinks menus."
Ye Olde Chesire Cheese: Customer Review - "I peeked down an alley and found this pub and was so glad. I actually had read about it in a guide book but never found it on my first trip to London. On my second trip, stumbled upon by accident! It is exactly what I imagined an English pub to be in my American imagination. I really enjoyed it, and when my roast beef, yorkshire pudding, and mashed potatoes came I was not disappointed. The seating in the dining room is limited but there are large tables where more than one party can sit together. I happened to sit at a table with a plaque marking the spot where Charles Dickens used to sit, I rather enjoyed that. Our service was good and the food was very delicious."
Ye Olde Mitre: "Built in 1546 for the servants of the Bishops of Ely, The Ye Olde Mitre is famous for having a cherry tree, (now supporting the front) that Queen Elizabeth once danced around with Sir Christopher Hatton. The pub was actually a part of Cambridge (Ely being in Cambridge) and the licencees used to have to go there for their licence. Set in a part of London steeped in history, it's near where William Wallace was hung, drawn and quartered at Smithfield, along with martyers and traitors who were also killed nearby. A pub of no little history, built in 1546 and extended in 1782. Henry VIII was married in St.Ethelredas next door and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth, is said to have danced around the cherry tree at our door with Sir Christopher Hatton."
History buffs love London, England. The city is a brilliant mix of ancient and modern history. No matter what your favorite time period is, London displays its history as if the events happened yesterday.
If kings and political intrigue fascinate you, the Tower of London is a must-see spot. Feast your eyes on the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom and take selfies with the iconic Beefeaters.
The Tower of London complex has a notorious history. William the Conqueror originally built the White Tower in 1078 as a residence. Later, kings imprisoned people here for crimes - some no greater than birthright. At the same time, the structure was a shelter for people who sought protection. The castle served as a prison until 1952.
While assigning Westminster Abbey to a particular time period is difficult, as the structure is still functioning as a place of worship, its construction in 960 makes it medieval in origins. The grandeur of this UNESCO Heritage Site is breathtaking. With the first new tower planned for completion in 2018 - the first new construction since 1745 - now may be your last chance to see the structure as its historic self.
Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and the rest of their Tudor line have long fascinated the crowds. This fascination for these colorful characters has led to them being the subjects of countless television shows, books, and plays. If you want to see whether the real historic spots resemble the BBC's version, check out Lambeth Palace or take the short train ride to Hampton Court.
World War II On Display
The London bombings went on for six months during World War II's London Blitz. Historians enjoy the fascinating stories of children evacuated from London to live in the country with strangers - James Bond's Roger Moore was one of those children - as well as vivid accounts of the blackouts and bombings from people who remained. London Walks leads a walking tour of London Blitz locations. Shrapnel damage can still be seen at Cleopatra's Needle and other spots around town.
The Churchill War Rooms and wartime bunker that housed Churchill are part of a secret historic underground area filled with stories of people who lived there during the London bombings. The interactive Churchill Museum offers amazing details of this leader's life.
The HMS Belfast is part of the Imperial War Museum. The warship, anchored in the Thames River between the London Bridge and the Tower Bridge, launched in 1938 and worked to block Germany's ports. Damage from a bomb kept the ship out of service for three years. When the ship rejoined the war, the vessel was crucial in the Battle of North Cape and was one of the first cruisers to fire during the D-Day mission.
Nearly half a century ago, the Beatles took London. Their world-renowned Abbey Road Studios and Abbey Road crossing - pictured on their album cover and emulated by thousands of people in the nearly 50 years since the photo - draw a crowd. Abbey Road is still an operating commercial recording studio and is not open to the public, but that fact doesn't stop anyone from taking a picture there. For 20th-century historians, a Beatles Walking Tour might be in order.
London is history: The two words cannot be extricated from one another. Americans are often surprised that old in England means a few years A.D., while old in the U.S. more often refers to something from the last century. History buffs can't possibly schedule a vacation long enough to enjoy everything London has to offer.
1) Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace is the Queen's official London home and is used to receive and entertain guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions for the Royal Family. It is a centerpiece and although usually closed to visitors, you may view the interior for brief periods each summer while the royals are away on holiday!
Additionally, a trip to London would not be complete without heading to Westminster Abbey. Perhaps you know it as the place where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said “I Do” in April 2011. The architecture is breath taking and there is over 1000 years of history within these walls.
2) Royal Observatory
The Royal Observatory is a fun and free attraction in London. The planetarium seats 120-and is located overlooking the rest of the Royal Museums Greenwich from the top of the hill. The architecture reflects its astrological position: the semi-submerged cone tilts at 51.5 degrees, the latitude of Greenwich, pointing to the North Star. Come experience the sky in a new city.
3) Golden Union Fish Bar
Perhaps the best know meal in the UK is Fish and Chips. Cast an eye over the menu and it’s evident that Golden Union will offer you the best in town. Fish delivered daily grade-A potatoes, a combo of two frying oils changed at least four times a week, and freshly made beer batter. The point is get ready for a top notch meal.
4) London Transport Museum
Known as one of London’s best museums, the London Transport Museum is a pleasure for all ages. The design gallery is a tribute to Frank Pick, the man responsible for rolling out the London Underground. For children, the London Transport Museum has an under-fives play area decorated with Steven Appleby illustrations and the chance to sit in the driver's cab of a red bus and guide a Northern Line simulator through tunnels and up to platforms.
Mon-Thur, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm); Fri 11am-6pm (*last admission 5.15pm).
5) Greenwich Market
Weekends see Greenwich Market packed with international tourists enjoying arts, craft and food stalls. While the market is on all week (Tue-Sun), antiques and collectible dealers dominate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
6) Big Ben
Big Ben or the Elizabeth Tower as it is officially known holds the second largest four faced chiming clock. The tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of the UK.
7) The London Eye
Visible from all over the city, the London Eye is one of the world's biggest observation wheels! . A circuit on the Eye will show you the city's key sights in 30 minutes, and each of the 32 pods (one for every London borough) is equipped with a touchscreen to explain what you're looking at. There are usually tickets available for walk-ups, but tickets are more expensive than if you book ahead online; disabled visitors and wheelchair users must book in advance.
Fun Fact: On a clear day you can see as far as Windsor Castle, 25 miles away, from the top of the London Eye, one of the world's largest observation wheels.
8) Experience Craft Beer (Craft Beer Company and Holborn Whippet)
What would a trip to London be without some pubs or bars? Beer is once again at the height of popularity in London and it has lead to plenty of craft beer locations such as Craft Beer Company and Holborn Whippet.
The Craft Beer Company has an impressive 37 beers on draught (yes, 37) – consisting of 16 cask ales sourced from independent British breweries, a stupendous selection of unpasteurised lagers and keg-conditioned ales from the US, Belgium, Scandinavia and beyond.
Holborn Whippet is a pub that sells only draught. Sixteen beers and ciders on constant rotation are dispensed from a central column, upon which blackboards advertise the current offer in a rather abstruse way. Decode it though and you’ll find the superb likes of Adnams, Bristol Beer Company, Dark Star and Williams Bros from the UK, and Konig, St Bernardus and Maisel from over the German Sea.
Tr one out or better yet, make sure to check both out!
9) The House of Parliament
House of Parliament -otherwise known as the center of political life in the UK. Audio tours of the Houses of Parliament offer a unique combination of one thousand years of history, modern day politics and stunning art and architecture. If you’re going to take a tour make sure to include afternoon tea in the Terrace Pavillion! This room provides fine views over the River Thames and can accommodate up to 70 people per sitting.
10) Bermondsey Square Antiques Market
Following the redevelopment of Bermondsey Square the ancient antiques market is now in an expanded space that accommodates 200 stalls that now include food, fashion and craft stalls. Traders sell everything and you will find great knowledge among the antique traders. Make sure to get here early because many antique sellers will be gone by lunchtime!
Market is open Fri 6am-2pm
London is a bustling metropolis and the capital of the United Kingdom. The Queen lives there for crying out loud! It's a major spot on the map. There is no surprise that some of the strongest writers and bloggers are based in London, covering food, drink, city life, travel, and more. We've created a list of our favorite 9, along with a bit about each award-winner.
A Girl in London: "Girl in London is where I pour my heart and soul. Part travel blog, part London journal, my goal is to inspire others to explore the world by sharing my personal story."
A Lady in London: "A Lady in London covers all things travel and lifestyle, and is a great resource for travel in London and across the world."
Eat Cook Explore: "I am a Londoner who likes to eat and travel. I am fearless in food choices and will eat almost anything that moves, with and without a dare. Don’t much like insects though. I occasionally cook and am obsessed by fancy kitchen gadgets so will try to share some on here too. Love to try new restaurants and different cuisines too and will share some of my finding along the way. Would like to explore the locavore’s way of living but in London, that has been a bit of an uphill battle but all the new foodie friends on twitter has shared some great resources."
Eat Like a Girl: "I am often asked, why the name Eat Like a Girl? The answer is simple. Why should eating like a girl be a bad thing? Don’t we eat too? Real food, delicious food, food that is packed with flavour? We do. And that is what I share here. Recipes for food that you will want to cook at home and that will cheer your lunch box and your evenings. Trustworthy restaurant recommendations to help you plan your social outings. Travel stories and recommendations for where you should eat, where you should stay and what you should bring home when you travel. This is my space, and I share it with you, happily. Welcome! Make yourself at home. Shall I put the kettle on?"
Flora the Explorer: "Flora the Explorer' is a place for aspiring travellers, avid volunteers and those who want to explore the world through meaningful interaction with local people and their cultures. Through the site's stories and photographs about long-term, slow travel experiences, I want to evoke the sense of adventure and curiosity we all have - both for the world itself, and our place within it."
London New Girl: "London New Girl is a London lifestyle and international travel blog written through the eyes of a twenty-something year old Australian expat, with big dreams and a bigger bucket list. Come and discover what it's like to set up a new, adventurous life in London, with lots of travel, advice, storytelling and good coffee along the way."
London Unattached: "Are you visiting London - why not live like a Londoner? London-Unattached provides an insight into restaurants, theatre and events in London with a section on out of town excursions both in the UK and overseas."
Love and London: "I'm a native New Yorker who met the love of her life in Prague and is now living the expat dream in London. I write and vlog about my adventures in my new city and my travels around the world."
The Lost Londoner: ""The Lost Londoner isn't your everyday travel blog. It's the experiences of an outspoken 28 year old Londoner who aims to give readers a laugh and an honest point of view on backpacking. She embarked on her crazy adventure five months ago and plans to travel infinitely. She has also written a comprehensive RTW trip planner and quirky guide to hidden London."
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