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The Most Unusual Traditions and Events in London (part 2)

Guy Fawkes Night

On November 5th every year, bonfires are lit in the country and scarecrow-like effigies of a man named Guy Fawkes are soaked in flames at the same time fireworks are illuminating the night sky.

The reason is that on that day of the year 1605, Guy Fawkes and a group of his Catholic cronies reportedly plotted to blow up the Palace of Westminster when the State Opening of Parliament was held. They are said to have planned to kill Protestant King James I of England and Ireland, kidnap his daughter, Elizabeth, and install her on the throne, hoping that she would be a monarch sympathetic to the Catholics of the realm. As a result, Britons light bonfires in order to remind themselves not to be like Guy.

A decree from King Charles II admits that there is a requirement that at least six ravens is always kept at the Tower of London. Rumor has it that the law stemmed from a warning the king received in the courtyard, telling the king that if the Tower could not be abandoned by ravens, then the monarchy would collapse and Britain would fall.

Annual Sheep Drive Across London Bridge

Perhaps London Bridge is most widely known for its falling down, but every year in September, it becomes the place for a strange spectacle when a herd of sheep is driven across the bridge by the freemen of London. Somehow like sheep, Londoners with an agricultural influence flocked to the event. This is exactly the event: 2017 saw the wealth of the world and the presenter of The Great British Bake Off Mary Berry.

The Worshipful Company of Woolmen, one of the City’s Livery Companies – corporations and ancient and modern commercial organizations – has been around since the 11th century and is responsible for this whole issue. Nowadays, the event was held with the intention of promoting the wool industry, but in the past, traveling with sheep across the London Bridge was the norm as it was the only way to market it to the City. Learn more about the annual sheep drive in London.

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Top Five Football Attractions in London

With a rich history of sport dating back centuries, 13 football teams, and a dizzying array of stadiums, the sporting culture of London is enough to rival any other city in the world. In fact, tourism to the city is also energized by sport, particularly football. There’s lots of things for football fans to explore when visiting London. And we have compiled five of the top football attractions in the city.

Stamford Bridge Stadium

Located in West London’s Fulham area, Stamford Bridge Stadium is home of Chelsea FC. Easy to reach from the nearby Shaftesbury Paddington Hotel, this historic stadium promises not only Premiership excitement but more than 140 years of sporting history.

Emirates Stadium

Located in North London, the Emirates Stadium is home to Arsenal FC, one of the best UEFA Premier League teams in the UK.

The Emirates Stadium has a capacity of 60,000 prospectors. It offers world-class football throughout the season as well as matchday tours, self-guided tours, and Legends Tours that provide a unique insight into the history of the club. It is the fourth largest stadium in the UK.

White Hart Lane

Located in East London’s Tottenham area, with a capacity of 62,000 spectators, the White Hart Lane is the new stadium for the Tottenham Hotspurs. The multi-purpose stadium also hosts NFL games and live performance events thanks to a first of a kind removable pitch.

Olympic Park

The Olympic Park is a football stadium but is also used for other sporting activities as well. It was first developed in the East London’s Stratford area for the 2012 Olympic Games. It was also used for West Ham United’s home games and other international sporting events for track and field athletics.

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium was the home to the Tottenham Hotspurs during their recent Stadium renovations. With a capacity of 90,000, it is the largest football stadium in the UK. This stadium comes equipped with expansive tours and its own museum.

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The Most Unusual Traditions and Events in London (part 1)

London is a capital city that has such a long history so it hangs on to some archaic traditions that may not make a lot of sense to the unknowing observer. Here is a list of the most unusual traditions and events in London.

Peter Pan Cup

Many people love to spend Christmas morning going to church to open the presents left under the tree by Father Christmas. Meanwhile, many others take to freezing cold water in Hyde Park for the 100-yard swimming race Peter Pan Cup. Inaugurated in 1864, the unusual race acquired its name in 1903 when the writer for children J. M. Barrie presented the winner’s cup, a role he performed until 1932.

Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

The pearly tradition of London is positively peculiar. Every year, in September, pearly kings and queens descend on Guildhall for the Harvest Festival, involving Morris and marching bands, maypole dancing, and a pearly parade.

The festival has its origins with 19th-century market traders (costermongers) and a street cleaner and rat catcher by the name of Henry Croft became the first Pearly King during the Victorian era. He may have got the idea from the flashy style of the kings and queens, who were elected to represent the collective interests of the market traders.

Inspired by the pizzazz and community orientation of the coster kings, Henry smothered his suit in mother-of-pearl shiny buttons and collected money for charity. The coster kings and queens took part in his charitable cause as pearly kings and queens and every London borough quickly had its own pearly royalty. And a working-class tradition was born.

Bankside Twelfth Night

In London, a very unusual tradition takes place every January, as a man shrouded in a suit emerges from the Thames in a rowing boat accompanied by a merry posse. They wish good health to the people congregated by the Globe Theatre, Bankside of Shakespeare.

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London food guide: 8 things you need to try in London (part 3)

Sticky toffee pudding

Now let’s come back to desserts with one loaded with calories: Sticky toffee pudding – one modern British classic that was developed in the 1970s by Robert Lee and Francis Coulson, at the Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel. This dish consists of very moist sponge cake, finely chopped dates, and covered in a toffee sauce. Sometimes it is suggested to serve the sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream or vanilla custard. As its name suggests, this delicious treat sticks to your mouth and teeth, so remember to wash your teeth carefully after enjoying this dessert.

Cockles

Traditionally consumed in London’s East End, cockles are a type of small clams. They are available and easy to find in markets, grocery stores, and also ready-made on takeaway restaurants. For decades, they have been a staple food and definitely a must-try in London. Cockles are worth a try thanks to their advantage of being affordable and authentic at the same time.

Afternoon tea

The afternoon tea, served between 3:30 PM and 5 PM, is one of the most famous British traditions. It is a custom that originated among the wealthy classes in England in the 1840s. The habit of having a light meal accompanied with tea in the afternoon has been spread throughout the world. Foods served with the afternoon tea may be bread and butter, cucumber sandwiches, egg and cress sandwiches, cakes, scones, or pastries. Finger sandwiches are more favored in general, with the bread crust removed. Nowadays, afternoon teas are usually served as a treat in hotels or at special occasions. For more festive occasions, a glass of champagne can be added to the afternoon tea.

We are sure that if you visit London, you will highly appreciate British cuisine for its simple and nourishing food that will give you the energy you need for a long walk on the banks of The Thames.

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Top Five Alternative Team Sports To Try In London This Summer (part 2)

Rounders

Rounders is a fun summertime sport that is played throughout the parks of London. You might have come across Rounders at school, but it has become a social game particularly for adults and work-colleagues. The sport can be played with simple basic rules. The competitive clubs tend to be for women only, but there are lots of social mixed leagues that are developing, which is perfect if you have got a team of five or more already. If you want to play for a club, head to Rounders England’s website with the list of London clubs. If you want to join a social league, visit Go Mammoth’ website, which sets up groups and teams for individuals and groups.

Roller Derby

Roller Derby is the fastest growing sport in the UK, especially in London – the epicentre of this roller revolution. The sport has complicated rules, which can be roughly summed up: one person races round a track on skates while the other team tries to stop them. It is full contact, and there’s also plenty of styling. Ladies rosters in London include the London Roller Derby, London Rockin Rollers, and Croydon Roller Derby. There is also a men’s team, Southern Discomfort. If you like things punk and alternative, Roller Derby is the sport for you.

Dodgeball

Dodgeball, the sport popularized by the Ben Stiller cult comedy, is a underground hit with young professional community in London. The rules of the sport involve throwing rubber balls at the other team and then trying to hit them. It can be played in various ways. Go Mammoth and Dodgeball London organize a series of pay-in leagues that takes place during 10-12 weeks. You can join the leagues as an individual or a team. The UK Dodgeball Association lists all joinable teams if you want to go for the long haul.

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London food guide: 8 things you need to try in London (part 2)

Sunday roast

As its name suggests, Sunday roast is a main meal typically served on Sunday. It consists of roasted meat, roast potato, and accompaniments like sausages, vegetables, stuffing, gravy, and Yorkshire pudding. In a UK poll, this dish ranked the second in a list of things that people love about Britain. The meats used for the Sunday roast can be chicken, beef, pork, turkey, and lamb; therefore, it is a versatile dish that can suit a variety of tastes. when it comes to an original Sunday roast, the most important thing is to have the Yorkshire pudding on your table – this food is made from batter consisting of eggs, flour, and water or milk.

Pie and mash

This food has originated in London, making it even more a must-try when visiting London. Traditionally, it is a food of the working class, developed in the 19th century. Pie and mash consists of minced beef and cold water pastry pie served with mashed potato. Parsley sauce, commonly called eel liquor sauce or liquor (but it doesn’t contain any alcohol), is often added to the dish. It is one of the most affordable dishes in the capital of the UK, perfect at the end of your visit, when you might have little money left in your pocket.

Eton mess

A meal in the city of London can not be perfect without a typical English desert such as Eton mess. It is an English dessert consisting of broken meringue, strawberries, and whipped heavy cream. As its name suggests, it has originated at the famous Eton College with its first mention in print dating from 1893. Although meringue was added to the dessert later, what hasn’t changed is the messy aspect of the dessert with different fruits available. However, the classic strawberry version is the most favorite of both locals and tourists alike.

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London food guide: 8 things you need to try in London (part 1)

Every great city in the world has its special dishes, and may also offer a variety of ethnic dishes by the various ethnic groups established there. London is not an exception. This city is the place where you can have a hearty English breakfast as well as find one of the most delicious shawarmas. Food is culture, and the capital city of England has a very rich gastronomic culture, even if it might not be as famous as the French or Italian one. Let’s see what foods you need to try in London.

The English breakfast

If you enjoy a copious meal in the morning, you need to try this infamous English breakfast, which includes the following items in its full version: fried egg, sausage, hash browns, white and black pudding, baked beans, bacon, mushrooms, toast, and half a tomato. Some may think that this is enough food for an entire week, but in fact, this was the best option for those who could eat in the morning but have no idea when they can have food again throughout a day of hard work. Perhaps it’s not the type of breakfast you want to have every day, but it might be a good idea to try before a day of continuous sightseeing.

Fish and chips

Appeared in the 1860s, fish and chips is another iconic dish of Britain. This food consists of fried battered fish and hot potato chips. It is a takeaway food traditionally using beef dripping or lard for frying, with vegetable oils being preferred nowadays. This food has spread throughout English-speaking countries, including Canada, The United States, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and is sold by fish and chip shops. An interesting fact about this food: in the UK, waste oils from fish and chips shops is used as a source of biodiesel – a measure with a significant impact considering that fish and chip restaurants sell a quarter of the white fish consumed in the kingdom and 10% of all potatoes.

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Experiences in London on the cheap

London is one of the Europe’s costly towns. However with high-quality public transit, many unfastened museums, less costly performs, and amusing meals markets and pubs, the metropolis becomes extra low priced. Here are a number of my recommendations for savings.

London’s black cabs are iconic, but for the price of 1 ride, you can purchase an Oyster card transit skip, covering a week’s really worth of rides on buses and the London Underground (aka the Tube).

Finances sleeps. London is one of the few places I’d don’t forget staying in a series lodge. Goal an attractive community and read critiques at a lodge-reserving website together with reserving.com. Test public sale-kind web sites which include Priceline and Hotwire, which match tourists with empty inn rooms, regularly at expenses nicely below regular costs. Or e book thru Airbnb or a comparable enterprise as an alternative: I’d as an alternative rent a palatial room or apartment a 20-minute Tube trip from downtown than pay the same for a grubby finances lodge a 5-minute trip away.

London has plenty of loose performances, which includes lunch concert events at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and summertime movies at the inside track amphitheater near metropolis hall. There’s no rate to revel in the pageantry of the converting of the guard at Buckingham Palace, rants at speakers’ corner in Hyde Park (on Sunday afternoon), opulent shows at Harrods branch keep, the human beings-watching scene at Covent lawn and the colorful streets of the East stop. It’s unfastened to view the prison movement at the antique Bailey and the legislature at paintings in the houses of Parliament. You can get into a bit of the Tower of London and Windsor fortress by attending Sunday services in every location’s chapel (even though you’ll have chapel get admission to simplest). And, Greenwich is an less expensive trip: lots of its points of interest are unfastened, and the adventure with the aid of rail is reasonably-priced.

The London Walks excursions with professional courses are one of the quality offers going (approximately $16). Be aware that the guides for the “free” on foot excursions are unpaid by their organizations, and that they count on guidelines — I’d pay up the front for an expertly guided excursion alternatively. You’ll additionally locate fairly priced tours by bus, boat and motorbike.

Tickets for a lot of London’s maximum famous and steeply-priced attractions, consisting of the London Eye Ferris wheel, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, can be purchased online in advance, in order to no longer handiest prevent from status in ticket-shopping for traces, however will also generally save you some kilos consistent with price tag.

Bypass what’s completely pants (Brit-communicate for no longer really worth it). Skip the London Dungeon. It’s gimmicky, overpriced and a horrible fee, no matter what the long line on the door would possibly propose. And the price of the journey to the pinnacle of The Shard, western Europe’s tallest skyscraper, is alas even more breathtaking than its view.

In comparison with Broadway’s costs, London’s theater can be a good buy. Dearching for out the freestanding TKTS booth at Leicester square to get reductions from 25% to 50% on suitable seats (and full-charge tickets to the freshest suggests without a carrier fees). shopping for without delay at the theater container office can score you a incredible deal on identical-day tickets. A $6.50 “groundling” price ticket for a play at Shakespeare’s Globe is the satisfactory theater deal in town. Tickets to the open air Theatre at north London’s Regent’s Park start at approximately $30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UK built a wild park on the landfill site

Standing at the top of the visitor center at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, you may be disappointed with the view: a large field of bushes. Few know, however, that 10 years earlier, the landscape was even more disappointing: the garbage mountains piled up on one of Europe’s largest landfills.

For 50 years, Thurrock Thameside was a dump for London residents. But now only the discarded metal is the only thing reminiscent of that past.

The park may not look very attractive at first glance, but the Reserve is cared for by the Essex Wildlife Trust (EWT) and is a valuable refuge for some of the most rare species in the UK, such as cuckoo and striped snake , water rats and bees are extremely rare.

“This is the most beautiful scene in Essex,” EWT communications manager Emily McParland affirmed and urged visitors to come to the land at the mouth of the Thames to “honor the unspoiled landscape”.

“Many people do not know how shrubs are a valuable habitat. Shrubs are one of the most underrated habitats but some of Britain’s most iconic species need bushes to thrive, so that’s what we try to convey to travelers. ”

When opening the Thurrock Thameside Nature Reserve in 2013, Sir David Attenborough said the conversion marks a “new chapter” at the mouth of the Thames. In the following years, EWT said the number of plant species in the reserve increased from 48 to 91, including bee orchids, yellow rattle flowers and bird’s feet clover.

The sylvia communis, black-headed starches, thrushes and barren all use shrubs of thorns to build nests and make food. In the coming years, EWT plans to intercrop cereals and millet to attract many species of field birds that have been significantly reduced, including the Europeans, cranes and crows. Brother.

Reptiles such as the snake also proliferate, hibernate in peaceful bushes and wake up in the spring to warm up on the grass.

Thurrock Thameside is far from a well-cared but natural environment for this type of soil, says Professor Karl Williams, Director of the Center for Waste Management at Central Lancashire University.

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What to Buy for Your Family After A London Trip

Souvenirs are not just simple items you bring home after a trip, but most of all, they also show your love for your loved ones. Are you looking for meaningful souvenirs to give to friends and relatives, or you are looking to buy a unique item to keep as a souvenir after your trip to London? Here is a list of some souvenirs you can’t miss.

Book

One of the features that attracts visitors to London is a rich treasure of historical literature. If you have the opportunity to experience the life and culture of London, buy a few books to better understand the customs, beliefs and people here and the book is also an ideal gift for everyone. It can be said that books are the way to help us shorten the time and distance to integrate and feel the beauty of a land. Some famous bookstores in London that you can visit are Daunt Books, Lutyens & Rubinstein, London Review Bookshop, Foyles, Koenig Books, etc.

Postcard

Another interesting suggestion is to find postcards with many symbols representing the beauty of London. These postcards are an opportunity for you to introduce the beautiful sights and attractions you have come across to people at home. You can buy postcards at most attractions in London. Your relatives and friends will be delighted by this meaningful gift!

Liberty silk fabric

Considered a unique gift that you can only buy in London, Liberty silk fabric has an elegant color, eye-catching pattern, sophisticated design, and especially high-quality fabric. If you’re still wondering, not sure what to buy as a gift, try stopping by a few stores and choosing a few favorite fabrics!

Scarf

Scarf is one of the souvenirs that many tourists find buying when coming to London. You can find famous Liberty scarves; or you can order online, or buy in other fashion stores, shopping centers. These scarves are made from fabrics and printed with impressive motifs and prints. In particular, you can find towels printed with logo emblem of famous football clubs in the UK.

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