A special tour with The Travel Cafe: morning, music, street of London with Charlotte Campbell

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The Travel Cafe proudly present our first themed tour with Charlotte Campbell- one of renowned local singer and artist based in London.

By following her songs and stories, you will find this tour more intimate and unique compared to any other tours in London.

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About Charlotte:
After writing music for 10 years, she began singing on London Southbank, capturing the hearts of tourists and Londoners with her sweet vocals and thoughtful lyrics. Charlotte sings her favourite cover songs as well as performing her own music and became one of famous busking artist in Southbank area.

To listen to her songs and find out more about charlotte, please visit her youtube page on: https://www.youtube.com/user/CCampbellMusic/featured.

“She takes to the microphone, chirrups a smily greeting to passers-by and launches into a series of soulful, husky-voiced reworking of chart hits. It’s a lovely experience: all smiles and chirpy ditties” – Time Out London.

Charlotte knows everything around London as a local. instead of joining some tours which are just about the same, with Charlotte you will see  in Londoner’s eye. She will take you though to areas where you can enjoy the view and landmarks of London with some different local artists performing at the same time.

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Theme

Morning: provided breakfast at the travel cafe in the morning
Music: breakfast busking at the travel cafe by charlotte
Street: walking tour around the areas of London with charlotte.

Time

Breakfast & Busking : 8am- 9am
Walking tour: 9:30am- 11:30am

Contents

Music & Breakfast:
– Enjoy free busking performed by charlotte, with complementary breakfast from the travel cafe.

Walking tour around London:
– Starting from Waterloo, along the Thames river to Hungerford Bridge – There are lots of musicians and street artists to be seen and heard as you enjoy the views of the river and Big Ben.

– Across the bridge to Trafalgar Square
A popular sightseeing spot that has been home to street performers for many years. See London’s tourists highlights along with hearing the sounds of it’s local artists.

– Through Leicester Square
This entertainment district also features a lot of street artists, mostly dancers and magicians as well as musicians.

– Ending in Covent Garden
See London’s most infamous street artist scene, with jugglers, unicyclists and musicians alike. There is also a market and shops to browse before finding somewhere to eat in the many local restaurants.

Price

£50.00 per person for the tour including breakfast.
However, a
s our Airbnb guests, you will get special discount promotion: £25.00 per person including breakfast.
3 people minimum & 6 people maximum per tour.

For further details, please ask any member of staff available or email: ask@travel.cafe 

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Visitor Oyster Card: Ways of smart saving while travelling in London

A lot of visitors are still unaware of visitor oyster card, which you can enjoy fantastic offers and discounts in London.

You only need to show your card to benefit from these offers:

  • Up to £150 worth of discounts on food, drinks, shopping, culture and entertainment in London
  • Complimentary champagne and cocktails at selected restaurants
  • 2-for-1 West End theatre tickets
  • Up to 25% discount on museum entrance tickets
  • 15% discount at London’s iconic bookstore and a world-famous chocolate shop!
  • Up to 26% discount on Emirates Air Line cable car tickets
  • 10% discount on single tickets on most Thames Clippers river buses

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Food & Drink

• Billy and the Chicks • Bodean’s • Brewers Inn Pub • Columbia Restaurant • Dickie Fitz • Ed’s Easy Diner • Hard Rock Cafe • Heddon Street Kitchen • HIX Restaurants • Muriel’s Kitchen • Nusadua • Planet Hollywood • Poppies Fish & Chips • Vapiano • Where the Pancakes Are • Zizzi Restaurant

Planet Hollywood: 20% off food, soft drinks and merchandise Eat, drink. Valid Monday to Friday 11.30am to midnight, Saturdays 11am to 3pm and Sundays 11.30am to 11pm. Maximum 8 people per Visitor Oyster card shown.

Hard Rock Cafe: Free hot fudge sundae with every entrée purchased Free gift with a £40 spend at The Rock Shop. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 11.30pm and Sunday 9.30am to 11pm.

Vapiano: 20% off the food bill Homemade and fresh pasta, pizza and salads. Offer valid Monday to Friday only. Maximum 6 people per each Visitor Oyster card shown.

Zizzi: 25% off your food bill With 140 restaurants in the UK (39 in London). Offer available at all Zizzi restaurants in the UK.

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

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Theatres & Entertainment

• Namco Fun Scape • Ripley’s Believe it or Not • The London Bridge Experience & Tombs • The Peacock • The Railway Children • The Woman in Black • The View from The Shard

Namco Fun Escape: 2-for-1 bowling experience. Buy one full priced game per person and receive your second game per person for free. Walk in customers only. Offer valid until May 2017 for up to 6 persons per Visitor Oyster card shown.

Ripley’s Believe or Not: 15% discount at the gift shop. Offer up to six people per Visitor Oyster card shown.

The Railway Children: 25% off tickets. Offer valid on price Band A tickets (£49.50 reduce to £37) only. To book, quote ‘Oyster card’ at the box office or call 0844 871 7604.

The View from the Shard: 15% discount at the gift shop. Visit The View from The Shard website for opening times.

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

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Museums & Galleries

• British Museum • Design Museum • Foundling Museum • Jewish Museum London • London Canal Museum • London Motor Museum • Museum of Brands • Museum of London • Portrait Restaurant – National Portrait Gallery • Royal Albert Hall • Royal College of Music • Somerset House • The Wallace Collection

British Museum: 20% off in the British Museum cafés and restaurant. Discount available on food and drink purchased Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm.

Design Museum: 25% off entrance adult ticket. One entrance ticket for every Visitor Oyster card shown at the front desk.

Royal Albert Hall: 20% discount on your meal and selected tours London’s most iconic venue. Your meal in Verdi – Italian Kitchen valid Tuesday to Sunday for up to four people per card shown. Tours available The Secret History and Inside Out Architectural Tour.

Somerset House: 2-for-1 full price temporary exhibitions. Offer only applies to tickets purchased at the admissions desk and not tickets purchased online in advance. Please check list of available exhibitions on http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visitoroyster

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

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Travel

• Emirates Air Line cable car • Thames Clipper River Bus

Emirates Air Line cable car: Enjoy up to 26% discount on your ride. Touch your Visitor Oyster card on the yellow card reader and touch again at the end. Discounts also available on the Discovery Experience – ask the staff for more information. *Fares are not included in the Visitor Oyster card daily fare cap.

Thames Clipper River Bus: Save up to 19% on single journeys. Touch your Visitor Oyster card on the yellow card reader as you board the boat and touch out at the end of your journey. *Fares are not included in the Visitor Oyster card daily fare cap.

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

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Shopping

• Bicester Village • Crest of London • Debenhams Travel Money • Foyles • M&M’s World • The Nickelodeon Store

Bicester Village: Free Bicester Village VIP Card when you travel to Bicester Village. Offer gives you an additional 10% saving on all your purchases.

Crest of London: 10% discount in store The premier souvenir shop in London. Discount not valid on postage stamps, bus tickets, London Passes or Lebara Phone Cards.

Foyles: 15% off at Foyles bookshops in London. Discount not available on stamps, gift cards, national book tokens, theatre tickets and some standard items.

M&M’s World: 15% off your entire purchase in-store London’s sweetest attraction located in Leicester Square. Limit one per person per visit. Not valid online or at any other retail locations.

Nickelodeon Store: 15% off purchases of £35 or more Nickelodeon’s flagship store features all of your favourite character merchandise. 15% off purchases in-store of £35 spent or more. Complimentary SpongeBob key-chain too after purchase whilst supply lasts.

For further information please refer to: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-card-special-offers-and-discounts-sep16.pdf

2016-2017 UK National Holidays

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A lot of travellers come here without realising some important national holidays in UK and end up wasting a day not doing anything. One of the most uncommon national holiday in Britain is called’Bank Holiday’, where everything close on Monday.

For this year, we have Christmas on Saturday and New year on Sunday which makes the worst holidays being set in few years. However, to compensate the loss, we have substitute day on Tuesday the 27th and Monday the 2nd! So it’s still not too late to plan your short breaks from work.

 

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Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales

2016
26 December Monday Boxing Day
27 December Tuesday Christmas Day (substitute day)
2017
2 January Monday New Year’s Day (substitute day)
14 April Friday Good Friday
17 April Monday Easter Monday
1 May Monday Early May bank holiday
29 May Monday Spring bank holiday
28 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Monday Christmas Day
26 December Tuesday Boxing Day

 

 

Christmas craft workshops in London

You can always buy some Christmas gifts such as vouchers, clothes, perfumes etc, but sometimes you can make it a lot more personal and special by creating your own gift. You are not sure how to do so? Don’t worry, there are plenty of workshops in London where you can just book, pop-in and voila!

So let me introduce you to some of lovely workshops that you can visit this week:

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  • Christmas Workshops at Drink Shop Do
    Drink, Shop & Do , King’s Cross Until Thursday December 22 2016.
    Craft yourself a handmade Christmas at one of Drink Shop Do’s festive workshops. Choose between pompom garland making, 3D printed festive stars and naughty tree decoration construction.

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  • Christmas Gingerbread Teepee and Cactus Cupcake Workshop 
    Habitat , Chelsea Wednesday December 14 2016
    Xanthe Milton, AKA Cookie Girl will run you through how to create ace looking festive treats at this hands-on workshop. Book in advance via the event page.

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  • Recycled Christmas Wreath Workshop
    Farmopolis, Greenwich Peninsula Wednesday December 21 2016
    Farmopolis is running a wreath workshop with a difference: you’ll be making yours out of 100% recycled materials. Free, but the suggested donation is £3.

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  • Grace and Thorn Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

    Grace and Thorn Flowers , Bethnal Green Wednesday December 14 2016
    Create your own festive wreath with green-fingered assistance from the Grace & Thorn gang. Classes run from 7pm-9pm at both Hackney and Soho branches. Advanced booking essential via the website.

For further information regarding all crafting workshop, please also refer to the Timeout website: http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/christmas-craft-workshops-in-london

 

Lush Spa: Perfect place to release your tension in London

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Whether you are locals or visitors and had a tiring week of working or walking, you can reward yourself with some nice spa treatment in London. If you are looking for something unique only in UK, you can visit one of Lush Spa across Britain.

 

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There are all sorts of different treatment you can have for your body, face and feet. You can book the treatment by calling the spa or email them directly. The vouchers can also be purchased from Lush website: https://uk.lush.com/products/treatments-0

For example, one of the treatment ‘The Spell’ is a foot treatment which includes:

Reviving foot massage and treatment with hot stones and a scalp massage.
Uses the ancient art of reflexology to treat areas of tension throughout the body.
60 minutes + approx. 15 minutes consultation.

 

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There are 7 spa locations: Bath, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Poole and two in London- Chelsea and Oxford Street.

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Make sure to reserve your slot in advance as the places fill up very quickly! You can also find some day-to-day available appointment on their Facebook:
1) Lush Chelsea: https://www.facebook.com/lushspakingsroad
2) Lush Oxford Street: https://www.facebook.com/LushOxfordStreet/

 

London Tips for Newcomers

 

It is not easy for newcomers (tourists, students etc) to find to how to get around London area by using different trasnsport. So here are some useful tips you can use in order to get used to TFL (Transport For London) as well as London life.

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London Transport System

  1. Tube: The quickest and easiet way to travel around. The best way of saving money is to get an oyster, a  resuable electronic card which can be topped up to pay for all types of transport in London. You can get the card from any underground station, tourist information centre and the aiport (2.30 single fare).
  2. Bus/Tram: Takes longer, but cheaper than the tube (1.50 single fare). Can only be paid by oyster card. The new “Hopper Fare’ has now been introduced which you can now make a second bus or tram journey for free within one hour of touching in on the first bus or tram.
  3. Taxi: Most expensive way of transport, but can be used if you are in hurry (minumum fare 2.60). Can save some fares by using different taxi such as Uber, which will be explained later on.

For more information please visit: https://tfl.gov.uk/
You can also check any major works&closure (especially on weekends) by visiting: https://tfl.gov.uk/status-updates/major-works-and-events?intcmp=25505

 

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Useful London Apps

  1. London Official Guide: Where shows major attractions and landmarks in London by giving you information of how to get there etc.
  2. Time Out: One of London’s famous event magasine. You can find all the information regarding restaurants, exhibitions and reviews here.
  3. Dojo: Similar to Time Out, but it sorts out all the events by timeline.
  4. Goop: Simple, clear app giving you informaton on accomadtions, food and shops.
  5. Google Map: You can go anythere with this app, even outside London.
  6. City Mapper: Can only be used in London but gives all the information including time and fare.
  7. Uber: If you need taxi but black cap is too expensive then call Uber. You can liase with the driver directly on the app in much cheaper price. Make sure to call the taxi on the time though, as the driver does not wait for you for more than 5 mintues and you will be charged for the wait.

 

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Mobile

If you are from Europe, don’t worry about this as most of your mobile company will change your network automatically (roaming). If you are from anywhere else, it might be chepaer for you to buy a simcard than use the network from your country.

The sim can be easily purchased anywhere in the city or even in the airport (but little more expensive). You will need to buy pay as you go simcard where then you can top up from 10 pounds onwards. For example, if you buy a simcard from Three and top up 20 pounds,you can get 3000 texts and 300 minutes plus 12GB data.