no secret that your dollar won't go very
far in Britain. If you're on a budget you
can't expect to eat in posh places yet that
doesn't mean that you can't eat well in
perfectly delightful surroundings. My travel
pal and I sought out tiny cafes or ethnic
restaurants and found delicious, reasonable
treats at each and every stop. We lunched
on steaming bowls of soup (carrot and dill)
augmented by shared sandwiches (smoked salmon
and cheese) and desserts (English Trifle
or savoury apple tarts). For dinner we ate
Indian food around Brick Lane and Chinese
in Chinatown. Our hotel had a tiny fridge
as well as coffee and tea making appliances.
That was a real money saver for us. We often
popped into Marks and Spencer's foodhalls
to buy fruit, yoghurt, individual packets
of English cheddar cheese and fresh rolls
for breakfast. That also meant that there
was always something to snack on in the
evening while we were watching the telly.
are a few of the eateries we tried and recommend
to other women:
1) The Buttery
Cafe at Burgh House in Hampstead
Village. A delightful stop off the beaten
track serving light meals. Ask locals for
2) The Portrait
Cafe (downstairs basement
of the Portrait Gallery) off Trafalgar Square.
Sandwiches, soups, tarts, etc.
3) Poons Chinese
Restaurant (4 Leicester
Square). The place was clean and the food
Expect to spend about 25% more than you
do at home for Chinese.
4) Food For
Thought is located at 31
Neal Street in Covent Gardens. This is a
tiny, reasonably priced vegetarian restaurant
serving huge portions of comfort food. While
the food was great, their housekeeping was
a tad lacking so if you are a stickler for
absolute cleanliness, skip this one.
5) Dil Chad
Indian Restaurant is located
at 24 Widegate Street in London's East End.
Easily accessible by tube. Food was tasty,
the place was clean and many businesswomen
and men were enjoying lunch there.
6) Le Metro,
located two minutes from Harrods at 28 Basil
Street is a tiny, sophisticated neighbourhood
restaurant and wine bar serving the tastiest
fish and chips I've had in a long time.
This is not a budget restaurant but costs
are very manageable if your meal is shared.
Besides, it was impossible to be hungry
with the yummy fresh French bread and butter
that we ordered as well.
tickets for less...
out the TKTS
Half Price Ticket booth
close to Leicester Square. They offer same
day tickets for reduced prices. You won't
always get your first-choice in shows but
this method offers the terrific opportunity
to experience excellent London Theatre without
breaking the bank. If you're lazy or pressed
for time your hotel concierge can locate
seats for you but expect to spend an extra
£10 - 20 pounds per ticket. For further
advice on ticket buying see: http://www.thisistheatre.com/halfpricetickets.html
as well as: http://www.journeywoman.com/gfc/theatre.html
is a walking city and its architecture is
a fabulous feast for tourists' eyes. Take
your map and head towards all those sights
you've read about, seen in films or on television.
History becomes alive as you spot Big Ben,
Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, The
Tower of London and much, much more. Cross
the modern Millennium Bridge, stroll the
bank of the Thames River, make your way
to museums. The list of goodies you'll encounter
is endless and you won't have to spend a
tours are a delight...
is a very strong advocate of walking tours.
Not only do the guides make history come
alive, this is also a perfect way to meet
other curious folks from the four corners
of the world. My friend Marilyn and I chose
two individual tours offered by an excellent
company called, 'The
London Walks'. Their itineraries
are endless with walks scheduled for each
morning, afternoon and evening of the week.
Topics range from 'Soho in the Morning'
to 'Old Hampstead Village' the 'Old Jewish
Quarter', ' The Beatles Magical Mystery
Tour' and 'Jack the Ripper Haunts' -- something
for every taste and interest. Most tours
are two hours long, they're led by friendly,
expert guides each with specific areas of
interest. Jean is a writer who lectures
on local history. A former actress and teacher,
her storytelling abilities were superb.
Peter G. is an actor who loves architecture
and parish churches. He led a dozen of us
through the village of Hampstead and showed
us where poet Keats and painter Constable
used to live and where Russell Crowe and
the Spice Girls live now. We saw where Joan
Collins will eventually be buried and where
President DeGalle went to church during
the war. We walked, chatted, listened, learned
and had a wonderful time. For further information
Browsing shops, museums, woman’s library
and a huge splurge