From July 27 to August 12, London will be the venue for the 2012 Olympic Games. If you are more relaxed, this storm should be preferred.
Open air cinema in the cemetery and bed stories in the Micro-Hotel. Five travel tips for the Olympic city of London.
Already without Olympia there is a lot of noise in London. From the 27th of July to the 12th of August, the metropolises will be more bustling and more international than ever. You should not suffer from a place to sit down – because in the tube it will be even closer than usual. And you should have a place to stay. Apart from that, you only travel when the Olympic storm has passed…
Bed stories in the Micro-Hotel
High-end hotels are available in London en Masse. Really special, as individual and familiar but small diamonds like the eccentric Micro-Hotel 40Winks in the hip East End. Not for no reason is the luxurious bed & breakfast in a four-story Townhouse Darling among creatives from the fashion and film world: it belongs to the successful interior designer David Carter. If you get a room here, you will feel like a visit to an extraordinary friend under the roof of the Stadthaus. In addition, Carter invites at irregular intervals to special evening events, such as the reading “Bedtime Stories”, which may only be visited in the pajamas. British eccentric at it’s best!
Celebrity peek and cupcakes
Not for no reason is Primrose Hill the celebrity district of London par excellence. Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Eva Green – the list of famous fans is great. Victorian “Ohh, I want to live” houses are lined up, and Regent’s Park is practically on the doorstep. Regent’s Park Road is home to tempting shops such as Spice Shoes, Designer Boutique Anna and Perfume Lost in Beauty. The biggest temptation in the neighborhood is Primrose Bakery. The welcoming café is renowned for its sensational cupcakes. Specially recommended: chocolate with marshmallow and raspberry with white chocolate. Mmmmmmh!
Camden: shopping with retro flair & chilli in the horsehospital
Also not to be missed is the district Camden Town with its colorful house facades, which often with bizarre decorations the eyes. Thanks to the now legendary Camden Markets, the district is always in the exceptional state and exudes a little bit of hippie flair from the 70s, when the markets began. The best way to get to Stables Market and Buck Street Market is to look for fashion, accessories, vintage and retro furniture. Ideal for a shopping break is the roof terrace of Proud Camden. In this 200-year-old, wonderfully restored former horse hospital, the various former stables offer art, good food and cultural events.
Indian for body and soul
Even if the British with stars like Jamie Oliver against the bad reputation of the British kitchens, what it is in any case to eat in London is Indian cuisine, because it is simply world class. For example in the Indian restaurant Karma Curry in the beautiful Kensington. Behind the purple shop façade with large windows looking out onto Blythe Road, the team around Chefkoch Sanjeev Singh serves up North Indian kormas and grill dishes and fine South Indian currys. Perfect for vegetarians and fish lovers.
Pop-up cinema in the cemetery
The evening can end in the summer London is hardly better than with an open-air movie theater. The selection of open-air cinema events is almost overwhelming. The most unusual event is certainly the “The Nomad Pop-Up Cinema” series (until 22 September). For – as the name implies – the performances take place at changing atmospheric locations. The busiest is Brompton Cemetery. Here, for example, Stephen Kings “Shining” is shown between old tombstones. If you like it more romantic, melt in Bishop’s Park in front of the facade of the Fulham Palace at “Casablanca”.