London Food Tours
If you're a foodie, you'd be remiss not to book a food tour while in London – one of the world's undisputed culinary capitals. Yes, you can go to a chippy (fish and chip shop) or have tea at Harrods, but to really dig deep into London's eclectic culinary scene, a tour is the only way to go. Luckily, the city offers plenty. One of the most popular tour outfitters is London Food Tours, which promises participants a taste of local life thanks to its neighborhood-themed tours, including the East End Food Tour and Twilight Soho Food Tour.
London Food Lovers also specializes in making travelers feel like locals on their tours. Get acquainted with classic British fare on the company's Modern Taste of Britain Food Tour, or learn a bit of local lore on the Jack the Ripper Happy Hour Tasting Tour. For an introduction into the vast variety of nationalities (more than 250) that call London home, sign up for the Soho International Tour. Secret Food Tours London also offers several specialized experiences, with a London Bridge Food Tour covering the city's famed Borough Market, as well as an Indian Food Tour through the lively Brick Lane thoroughfare. What's more, Secret Food Tours London also offer a craft brew tour of the city.
Travelers who booked a food tour of London thoroughly enjoyed their experiences with local guides, with tours to London's East End and the Borough Market being the most popular. Keep in mind that these tours will cost you: Most tours start at 65 pounds (about $85). Tours typically last three to four hours. Prices and hours vary by tour group; check the individual company website for more information.
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#1 British Museum
The British Museum is both an architectural beauty and a trove of some of the world's most noted antiquities. In fact, many travelers it's the best museum in all of London. What's more, it's free to visit. From the Rosetta Stone to the Elgin Marbles to the Lindow Man, the British Museum is a history buff's dream containing artifacts in the millions. The immense collection can make an initial museum visit seem overwhelming: Pick the exhibits that most interest you, and plan return trips if you feel so inclined.
If you want a little help navigating the museum's 8 million objects, consider tagging along on a guided tour. Several, including the daily eye-opener tours and weekly lunchtime gallery talks and Friday evening spotlight tours are free. You can also book a highlights and special early morning tour for 14 pounds (around $20) and 30 pounds (less than $45), respectively. Audio guides, which cost 7 pounds (less than $10), are also available to rent daily.
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