The Travel Cafe VIP Coordinating Service

The Travel Cafe is an independent cafe/agency based in Southbank London. As centrally located and convenient to reach, we have now launched new VIP Coordinating Service for business filming in London.



We have recently worked with TvN/Olive TV Korea for the programme called ‘One Night Food Trip’, where the celebrities visit different countries to try out the best local food. The filming started on mid January 2017 and it is now on air.


The Travel Cafe Team was in charge of coordinating of filming in London, starring BTOB Jung Il Hoon. We managed services such as: airport pick-ups, arrangement of hotels, getting authorisation for filming at each restaurants and market and transportation. The filming went smoothly and ended successfully, without any glitch.

Regarding information about the visited restaurants, please refer to my other posting:

Regarding information about the programmes, please visit TvN/Olive TV website:



The Travel Cafe is happy to offer services such as:

  • Personalised Coordination- We can arrange appointments with all kinds of venues according to filming schedule, trying our best to suit the customer needs.
  • On location interpreter- We have our own interpreter available to be ready on site, who can help you with translations while filming  and to help when any unexpected situation arises.
  • Booking Accommodation- Both of them can be arranged to make sure the filming goes smoothly. Best location will be carefully selected by member of our team.
  • Private Transportation- Private transportation can be arranged during filming to facilitate movement from one site to another.
  • Airport pick-up service: Airport pick up can be arranged. Our driver will be holding out your name card at arrivals to bring you safely to your desired location.

For any other information/questions about our service, please contact us on our blog/website or email us directly on:



Cotswolds: Where you can feel like being inside a fairytale


The Cotswolds is a rural area of south central England covering parts of 6 counties, notably Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Its rolling hills and grassland harbour thatched medieval villages, churches and stately homes built of distinctive local yellow limestone.


For visitors in UK, Cotswolds is one of famous touristic place. Castle Combe, a small village inside Cotswolds is a must-see venue, where you can find pretty, classy houses that make such a beautiful scene.


You can either come here by car/train/bus:

By Train- Train runs from London to Chippenham or Bath. As Castle Combe is quite a small village it might be worth to group your travel with Bath.

By Bus- Bus operates from Victoria Coach station to Chippenham.


For more information regarding what’s happening at Cotswolds/Castle Combe, please visit their official websites:



TvN/Olive TV: One Night Food Trip in London Season 2


TvN/Olive TV is now back with new season of One Night Food Trip, and this time it is in London! The programme is all about introducing trendy food around the world and the challengers go and try as many food as possible. This season they are going to Europe an going to visit London as one of the place.


England used to have worst reputation amongst people. The reason mainly is because during the industrial revolution, labourers tended to prefer quick and cheap food so they could grab a bite and get back to work. This has then been carried on for some time, hence became ‘the English food’.

However, things are different nowadays. People started to look for more delicate, gourmet food where they can enjoy some quality food and pay decent amount for it. In this programme, we are going to film some of the restaurants which gained high reputation from critics.


Hook Camden
Famous fish & chips restaurant in Camden London. Found by Barry and Simon, sensible fish choices backed up with creative coatings and served with homemade sauces started from scratch in their kitchen. With variety of sauces and flavourings, they have added glamorous twist on ordinary fish and chips.

For more information, please refer to my posting:

Borough Market
Please refer to my previous posting:

Flat Iron/Hawksmoor
Please refer to my previous posting:


Reform Social & Grill
Smart bar & grill with retro decor serving all-day menu of British classics, plus cocktails at the Mandeville Hotel. If you would like to try a proper gentleman’s afternoon tea, this is the place to be. They also serve some classic British food, including famous Yorkshire puddings.


Wright Brothers
Craving for some seafood but on a tight budget? Then visit Wright Brothers. Not only they serve some quality seafood in decent price, they also offer a happy hour (3pm-6pm) where you can have oysters for a pound only.

For more information, please refer to my blog post on:


Coppa Club
Lovely restaurant on the riverside. They serve early breakfast from 7:30am during weekdays and from 9:00am on weekends. There’s a wide selection of breakfast and brunch dishes and the bar serves carefully-chosen wines, beers and classic cocktails as well as new creations. Coppa Club Towerbridge also added nice addition of igloos on their terrace during winter, exclusively for customers.


Blue Print Cafe
Market-led Modern European menu in a casual setting with Tower Bridge views. Benefiting from a private entrance, views of Tower Bridge to the West and Canary Wharf to the East. Chefs design a menu daily using fresh and seasonal ingredients carefully sourced from local farms and suppliers in the British Isles.

London Shopping: 10 most bought items in London


Whenever you are travelling, you can never miss out a shopping from destination. It is always worth buying the brands originated within the country as you can find something special at reduced budget.

Here are 10 most bought items when visitors come to London and do shopping. I have been trying to group them in one area so you can visit all the stores on foot. You can also get tax refund if you shop more than certain amount. For more information, please visit their websites.


LUSH-feature-980x588.jpg1. Lush Oxford Street: Lush is everywhere, in every countries. However, you can only find some limited edition bath bombs or some other products at Lush flagship store, on Oxford Street. Perfect gift for yourself or for your friends.

001.jpg2. Barbour Picadilly Circus: Looking for famous waxing jacket? Barbour quilted/waxed jacket is perfect for unpredictable British weather and you can get them cheapest in UK, where they are made from.

Churchs-windows-Singapore.jpg3. Church’s Picadilly: Comfortable, elegant shoemakers founded in 1873. From chelsea boots to oxford shoes. It is pricy, but you can wear them for a lifetime so definitely worth having one.

Moosejaw_Shopfitting-Cath-Kidston-04.jpg4. Cath Kidston Picadilly: Cath Kidston is now international but it is still cheapest in UK. From the iconic floral bags to clothing, you can find all the gift and souvenirs you need for different age group.

MoltonBrown_3_944x450.jpg5. Molton Brown Picadilly: Luxurious hand wash and shower gel made in England. Also sells travelling kit, where you can bring it with you wherever you go. There are a lot of fragrance you can choose from, so I am sure you will be able to find the scent of your choice.

penhaligons_flagship_boutique_20__r.jpg6. Penhaligon’s Picadilly: Next to Jo Malone, Penhaligon’s is one of most loved British perfume. Apart from iconic perfumes, you will find 38 unusual and distinctive fragrances, where they come in cute bottle with unique bow of Penhaligon’s.

hunter6.jpg7. Hunters Picadilly: Infamous British wellingtons! You can go anywhere from streets to festival events with this pair without getting your feet soaked in raining water. Variety of colours and length to choose from.

image          8. Paul Smith Sale shop Bond Street: One of most well-known designer brand in UK. If the price is still too expensive, try the sale shop on bond street. The shop has constant sale and you could get a pair of trousers for just 50 quid or so.

liberty-london-hertiage-suite-12.jpg9. Liberty London: One of oldest department store and famous for its own patterns. You can find their own collections, from clothing to bags and home accessories etc. Thee are also quite a lot of collaboration between other brands and Liberty, which is worth having a look at.

8_27_14_all_saints_kabik-293.jpg10. All Saints Picadilly: Becoming trendy brand between tourists, All Saints makes nice quality but affordable genuine leather jackets (also known as biker jacket) for both men and women.

City Welcome Pack: Most useful and meaningful gift you can get for your friends coming to London


The Travel Cafe would like to announce our new launch of the ‘City Welcome Pack’ for travellers in London! This information pack includes all the useful information for first time travellers in London. Perfect gift for yourself and to your friends who are planning to visit London sometime soon 🙂

You can simply order it from one of our website: or


Inside the City Welcome Pack, you will find:

  1. London Mini Guidebook: Simple, pocket sized guide only with all useful information for you to stay in London.  You can find transport information, use of mobile in UK and some useful guides and maps inside this booklet. Only available from The Travel Cafe.
  2. Visitor Oyster: A smartcard pre-loaded with pay as you go credit that you can use to travel in London. It is a quick and easy way to pay for journeys on bus, tube and most national rail services in London. Unlike normal oyster, visitor oyster also has some discount features. You can simply present the card where the discount is available (For more info: please refer to the blog
  3. Three Simcard: Mostly used pay as you go sim card in UK. You will get different allowances for voice calls, texts and data depending on the amount you top up each time. Can also be used around Europe.
  4. Free Worldwide Delivery: Any customers from any countries can buy our Welcome Pack as we will deliver this worldwide with no extra cost (+Additional £5.00 for tracked&signed delivery).



There are two types of City Welcome Pack available:

1-1. Basic Welcome Pack £20
You can get all the basic information you need in order to travel within London.
Visitor Oyster(£10) + Three Sim card (available to top up online) + London Mini Guidebook + Free world wide Postage (+Additional £5.00 for tracked&signed delivery).

1-2. Premium Welcome Pack £35
With the basic welcome pack included, we will also provide you with some introduction session and walking tour with our local guide, starting from The Travel Cafe. The tour will take approx. 20 minutes. Complementary tea time included .

Visitor Oyster(£13) + Three Sim card, Available to top up online + London Mini Guidebook + Free world wide Postage (+Additional £5.00 for tracked&signed delivery)

+ London introduction session (20min): Tea Time and walking tour with local guide at The Travel Cafe

Additional Oyster & Mobile top-up available on website


– London Pass
– Cereal London Guide Book

Can also be sold with our Welcome Pack. Please also refer to our website for further information regarding the products.

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


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:


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:


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

For further information please refer to:



• 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:



• 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:

New LEGO flagship store is now open in London!

Good new for the LEGO lovers (including me), new LEGO flagship store is now finally open in Leicester Square, London. It is located right opposite to m&m, where you will find a lot of people queueing for the store. Don’t worry though, the wait will be less than 10 minutes as the queue moves quite quickly.


Once you are in, you will find a lot of landmarks made of LEGO blocks, including Big Ben, London Bus, London Telephone box etc.


You can also find some limited edition LEGO blocks just sold in here, but only one box can be purchased by each customer! (might be sold out already)


There is also a photo zone where you can take photos with cute LEGO figures. The store also hands out LEGO passport, where you will have two stamps relating to LEGO Leicester Square.

Why don’t you try a visit this weekend, have some fun with the blocks?
Leg Godt 🙂


3 Swiss Court, London W1D 6AP


Brighton: Place to visit near London


Many people think they need to travel far from London to enjoy other part of Britain, where in fact, you can definitely see some different side of it just by travelling in an hour. For example: Brighton. 

Brighton is a cozy seaside city  which is just about an hour south of London by train. Perfect getaway location for the weekend, ideal for both couple and family. It has many kinds of attractions including the famous Brighton Pier, Churchill Square Shopping Centre and Preston Street where you can try all kinds of food from different countries.

There is also a Brighton marina, where has some nice restaurants, cinema and arcade (bowling!) just about 10 minutes walk from the Brighton seafront. Bare in mind to avoid windy day though, as the waves can be pretty strong.

If you like to see some historic place, there is also Brighton Pavilion but I would personally won’t recommend to pay to see the inside as it has more of oriental features than traditional Britain.

Recommended places to visit:

  1. Brighton Pier- enjoy the walk which brings you out into the sea. There are arcades you can enjoy, some nice restaurants and small theme park at the very back of the pier. You will meet some pretty seagulls too.
  2. Brighton Marina- Perfect for family. It has all types of attraction for every member of the family, including bowling arcade, cinema and even McDonalds. There is a huge ASDA if you would want some food shopping for the trip. Lovely Chinese restaurant called ‘Emperor of China’.
  3. Preston Street- If you want to try something new, try the restaurants in Preston street. You will see all kinds of food from different restaurants. I have tasted the best sashimi bibimbab from ‘Sushi Nara’.
  4. Churchill Square- Compact but has everything that you need for shopping, including Top Shop, H&M, Disney, Apple and LEGO store.