Places to visit during the Olympics

first_imgTHEATRE & MUSIC 1 – War Horse | The story of a boy and his horse set in World War I (from Rs 4,730, New London Theatre).2 – Chariots of Fire | A must-watch; relive Eric Liddel and Harold Abrahams’ dramatic runs in the 1924 Games (from Rs 2,840, Gielgud Theatre).3 – Henry V | This classic will be featured where Shakespeare originally staged his plays (from Rs 430, The Globe).4 – Matilda the Musical | A little girl takes on nasty powers-that-be at her school (from Rs 1,720, Cambridge Theatre).5 – The BBC Proms | The world’s largest classical music event returns this summer (from Rs 430, Royal Albert Hall).6 – Thriller-Live | This MJ-tribute features the King of Pop’s biggest hits and best dance moves from his early days to his last hurrah (from Rs 3,010, Lyric Theatre).MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS 7 – Mind the Map | A collection of old maps explores London’s evolving public transport (Rs 1,160, Transport Museum).8 – Yoko Ono | John Lennon’s multitalented widow puts on a multimedia art display (Free, Serpentine Gallery).9 – Superhuman | A look at how humans have been enhancing their physical powers from Ancient Egypt to the modern battlefield (Free,Wellcome Collection).10 – Codebreaker: Alan Turing’s Life and Legacy | A celebration of the WWII codebreaker & computing pioneer on his birth centenary (Free, Science Museum).11 – Shakespeare: Staging the World | Interpreting the early 1600s through the Bard’s plays (Rs 1,200, British Museum).12 – Scott’s Last Expedition | Relive the adventure and science of this Antarctic voyage (Rs 770, Natural History Museum).13 – War Story: Serving in Afghanistan | Personal items, videos, photos and war memorabilia from British soldiers serving in Afghanistan (Free, Imperial War Museum).advertisement14 – British Design 1948-2012 | A look at the modern history of British design, from the endearing Mini car to Jonathan Ive’s iMac G3. (Rs 1,160,Victoria & Albert Museum).15 – Another London | An exploration of the capital city through the eyes of some of the biggest names in international photography (Rs 860, Tate Britain).16 – The Nine Eyes of Google Street View | A look at bizzare and unusual photos captured by Google’s roving cameras as they map every street on Earth. (Free, Saatchi Gallery).PARKS & RECREATION 17 – Hyde Park | 4,000 trees, a lake, rose gardens and the Diana Memorial Fountain (Entry Free).18 – Battersea Park | Popular with families and joggers, the park features play areas and the Battersea Children’s Zoo (Entry Free).19 – St James’s Park | Surrounded by three Royal palaces and is home to the Horse Guards Parade and Inn The Park cafe (Entry Free)20 – Regent’s Park | Designed in 1811 by John Nash, it includes stunning rose gardens and the largest outdoor sports area in London, Also find wild birds and the Open Air Theatre (Entry Free).21 – Kensington Gardens | Home to Kensington Palace, the Italian Gardens, the Albert Memorial, the Serpentine Gallery and the Princess Diana memorial playground (Entry Free).PUBS AND BRITISH FOOD1 – Hawksmoor Guildhall | Won Best New Restaurant in 2011 (Rs 11,180).2 – Medlar | Local and seasonal produce with a twist (Rs 3,440).3 – Dog & Duck | Favourite with locals.4 – Ye Olde Mitre | Has been in business since 1546 and oozes charm!FINE DINING5 – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal | Has a creative take on British food (Rs 6,880).6 – Rasoi | This Michelin-starred Indian restaurant is a can’t miss'(Rs 6,450).7 – Hakkasan | It continues to redefine Chinese cuisine (Rs 11,180).8 – Restaurant Gordon Ramsay | One of the UK’s best. Period (Rs 10,750).VEGETARIAN FOOD9 – Vanilla Black | Won a Michelin star for its inventive cuisine (Rs 4,300).10 – Itadaki Zen | Serves pure vegan Japanese fusion food (Rs 2,580).11 – Woodlands Restaurant | Dishes out south and north Indian fare (Rs 3,010).12 – Food For Thought | Has stayed a favourite for 40 years (Rs 2,150)SHOPPING13 – Neal’s Yard Dairy | Stocks specialist cheeses from 70 farms in Britain.14 – The Spice Shop | Has more than 2,500 spices from all over the world.15 – Twinings | This shop has been selling top-quality teas for centuries.16 – Berry Bros & Rudd | Stocks rare, high-quality wines and spirits.17 – Borough Market | Offers high quality meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees and pastries.18 – Alfie’s Antique Market | Stocks silver, furniture, paintings, jewellery, ceramics and vintage clothes.19 – Portobello Road | It’s known for jewellery, art, vintage clothes and more.20 – Grays Antique Markets | Has a reputation for expertise and choice with more than 80 dealers.21 – Debenhams | Stocks affordable ranges from British designers.22 – Fortnum & Mason | Sells quality food, luggage, homeware and clothes and is official grocer to the Queen.23 – Marks & Spencer | Stocks affordable lingerie, clothing, flowers, toiletries, furniture and fabrics.24 – Primark | Popular for its highly affordable, popularstyled clothing.25 – Selfridges | This regular big box stocks everything you’d ever want.advertisement26 – Harrods | Offers food, fashion, furniture and special services like pet care.27 – Sales and Promotions | Look out for bumper discounts that major stores at Oxford Street will have on offer for tourists.THE BEST OF LONDON28 – Best View | Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park is one of the city’s poshest addresses and offers stunning panoramas of central London.29 – Best of Old London | Built in 1066, the Tower of London holds the crown jewels.30 – Best of Tradition | Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a centuries-old tradition that takes place daily at 11:30 am.31 – Best Fish & Chips | Sea Shell of Lisson Grove has been serving up this most traditional of all British snacks for more than 30 years.32 – Best Afternoon Tea | The Palm Court at the 140-year-old Langham London hotel is where this very British tradition was born.33 – Best Chocolates | Paul A Young mixes odd flavours with classic techniques. Tomato, basil and olive oil chocolate, anyone?34 – Best Martini | Egerton House in Knightsbridge combines a discrete location, theatric barmen and exceptional service.35 – Best Irish Pub | Waxy O’ Connor’s serves up traditional Guinness with good food and a cavernous interior.36 – Best Nightclub | Ministry of Sound attracts 5,000 party-goers every weekend. Dance your shoes off!37 – Best Shopping for Women | Soho has affordable fashion stores like H&M, Mango and Zara galore. Grab that bargain.38 – Best Shopping for Teens | Topshop is a teen shopper’s dream come true with the latest fashion off the runways.39 – Best Ethical Shopping | Alara serves up organic, vegetarian and vegan foods, plus cosmetics and household products.40 – Best Perfume Shop | Les Senteurs stocks products that use natural essences and quality ingredients.last_img

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