Hey there, Ge­orgie girl...

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...what’s with the Rus­sian ac­cent? Lon­don may be gripped by new-monied af­fluenza and a se­ri­ous out­break of chain store-itis, but fret not, this dolly hasn’t been around for nigh on 2,000 years and not learnt a trick or two. While her hy­per-fab cul­tural riches and fash-for­ward sass have never been in ques­tion, her ballsy Brit-dish cook­ing, and the resur­gence of her vil­lagey nabes and ar­ti­sanal pride have breathed fresh life into the lovely Old Smoke.


Tak­ing buzzy Soho as your cen­tre, leafy hi-so en­claves Kens­ing­ton and Not­ting Hill sprawl west; spiffy red-brick Maryle­bone sits northwest; quinoa-fu­elled Is­ling­ton is perched north; grit-cool Shored­itch is be­yond banker bower City in the East End; and south of the River Thames are the lesser-sung joys of Ber­mond­sey. Cool Bri­tan­nia.

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On a bud­get? Don’t come to Lon­don In Lon­don on a bud­get? Start cry­ing. This city is one huge cash-re­moval zone – ei­ther put up or shut up Lon­don’s a year-round event. The tourist swarms never dis­si­pate and the weather can be go­daw­ful what­ever the sea­son, so there’s re­ally no bad/good time to visit Lon­don has var­i­ous air­ports, but try for easy Heathrow Heathrow to cen­tral: 50 mins / £50-70 by black cab; 15 mins / £26 by Heathrow Ex­press to Padding­ton Stn; 30 mins / £5.70 by un­der­ground – your choice, Joyce ‘ The Tube’: Lon­don’s vast un­der­ground is a nec­es­sary evil. Buy a multi-jour­ney Oys­ter card, grab a free map, and skirt rush hour when all hell breaks loose Handy street maps are pinned at each un­der­ground exit Black cabs cost as much as air tick­ets, but driv­ers have ‘the knowl­edge’. Or, the vastly cheaper Uber is pro­lific Bar­clays Cy­cle Hire is the eco/bud­get A-B / tfl.gov.uk Avoid Le­ices­ter Sq, Re­gent & Ox­ford Sts like the plague Best deal? Most ma­jor mu­se­ums and gal­leries are free Many smaller shops close on Sun, mak­ing it a great day for mu­se­ums, mar­kets, mas­sage, parks and picnics... Clued-in Lon­don­ers hit bars, restau­rants and clubs on week­days; week­ends in town can get rather skanky Book well ahead for the big-ticket restau­rants, un­less you’re happy to dine at 5pm with an ‘L’ sign Go for lunchtime taster menus to save a packet Tip 10-15% – though many es­tab­lish­ments add it on as a ‘dis­cre­tionary’ charge, so check your bill first The int’l di­alling code for the UK is +44, and all Lon­don land­lines be­gin with 020, mo­biles are pre­fixed with 07 In all emer­gen­cies call 999 (bro­ken nails don’t count)

Four phrases to help you de­ci­pher Brit-speak...

Re­ally, how in­ter­est­ing : You’re bor­ing me to death Not bad : Very good. Quite good : Rather dis­ap­point­ing Bob’s your un­cle, Fanny’s your aunt : Voila!

...now, orf you jolly well pop!

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