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Travel Photo – August 2, 2012

Travel Photo – August 2, 2012

Travel Photo – August 2, 2012

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Big Ben: London, England

Travel Deal of the Day – August 1, 2012

Travel Deal of the Day, brought to you by The Student Globe Trotter! Enjoy and happy travels!

The City of London Hotel + Tours Source: LivingSocial

All Things English in the Heart of London

Premium Tours • London, United Kingdom

Escape Kit

  • A Three- ($999), Four- ($1,149), or Five-Night ($1,299) Stay for Two in an Executive Room
  • Or, a Three- ($749), Four- ($919), or Five-Night ($1,085) Stay for One Guest in an Executive Room
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Vintage Open-Top Double-Decker Bus Tour and River Thames Cruise
  • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace with a Professional Guide and Private Tour of the Tower of London

It’s no secret that the capital will be buzzing this year—carry on the party beyond the summer courtesy of our Celebrate With London Collection. In short: London’s calling, and it’s time to pay a visit to the city named one of the best places to visit in 2012 by National Geographic Traveler.

Make it happen with this week’s Escape from Premium Tours: a three- ($999), four- ($1,149), or five-night ($1,299) stay for two; or a three- ($749), four- ($919), or five-night ($1,085) stay for one guest.

Shack up in style at the mod-luxe, five-star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, situated in a prime, central location near the famed Tower of London (a private tour is included in your Escape). Besides plush beds you’ll want to sink right into, you’ll find a gorgeous spa, indoor infinity pool, fully appointed health club, and inclusive Wi-Fi.

Wake up each morning to a continental breakfast, then see the sights—including Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been coronated for centuries and where recently, Wills and Kate tied the knot—in style atop a vintage, open-top double-decker bus. Later, take a cruise down the River Thames and check out the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace accompanied by the illuminating commentary of a professional guide.

You’ll also have plenty of time to hit the town on your own, whether it’s stocking up on high-street accessories at Topshop; strolling the halls of the Tate Modern; sipping Pimm’s Cup cocktails; or getting a taste of nose-to-tail guru Fergus Henderson’s St. John Bar & Restaurant, which serves delicacies like braised lamb neck and lamb sweetbreads in addition to gastropub standards like gooey Welsh rarebit.

With more included than a certain British nanny could fit in her bottomless bag, the possibilities are endless—making this one British invasion you won’t want to miss.

To discover more exciting experiences in the capital, head over to visitlondon.com.

Travel Article – East to West: My Perfect London Day Out by City Guide Editor Ben Olins (The Guardian UK)

In honor of the 2012 Olympics in London, England, I thought I would introduce some articles that are London- and/or Olympics-related. Cheerio!

Source: East to west: My perfect London day out by city guide editor Ben Olins. The Guardian UK

We’ve asked top London bloggers and guidebook writers for their ideal day out in the capital. Here, Ben Olins of pocket guide producer Herb Lester travels from a traditional East End cafe to sophisticated Kensington, taking in fine art and even finer views…

Kensington Roof Gardens, with flamingoes. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

For more than 100 years, busy days have begun at E Pellici, at 332 Bethnal Green Road in the East End, and we can think of no better place to start ours than in this honeyed art-deco-style Anglo-Italian cafe. If possible we’ll take a seat at the rear by the serving hatch and enjoy breakfast with the accompanying back-and-forth banter between customers and staff.

From here we walk to Liverpool Street, we catch the 214 bus to Camden Town, and head to Regent’s Park (royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park), entering at Gloucester Gate. Our goal is Queen Mary’s Gardens, with its fragrant, formal rose plantings, the varieties named after dimly remembered actors and newscasters. Beyond this lies a lake well-supplied with ducks and swans, and a gently cascading waterfall, at the summit of which are conveniently placed benches, a tranquil resting place with a watery soundtrack.

Our next stop is The Wallace Collection (wallacecollection.org), just across the arterial Marylebone Road. This grand 18th-century house is home to a wonderful art collection, among which is Frans Hals’s The Laughing Cavalier, whose grin we always find disconcerting. Despite its location, The Wallace Collection is rarely overly busy, and to prowl its quiet corridors lined with suits of armour has a frisson of trespassing.

We are hungry again, so head to Paul Rothe & Son at 35 Marylebone Lane). This tiny little cafe feels something like a village shop, its shelves full of biscuit tins and preserves. It is an old-fashioned, courteous place, where your simple egg and cress sandwich will be cut into four and brought to your table.

Then it’s onward to Hyde Park (royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park): probably the least painful route is up Wigmore Street and via a subway. It is not a glorious entrance, but the park itself is, and warrants dawdling and dilly-dallying. We head vaguely for the Serpentine, veering east into Kensington Gardens and to the Albert Memorial, which gleams magnificently whatever the weather.

It is a short ride on the number 9 bus from here, Kensington Gore, to 99 Kensington High Street and the entrance to the Roof Gardens (roofgardens.virgin.com). At the summit of what was the Derry & Toms building, and also home to the ill-fated big Biba, are a series of three gardens – Moorish, Tudor and English Woodland, through which, incongruously, pink flamingos totter. There’s a restaurant here, for which you are advised to book, but it’s possible to come just to see the gardens, provided no private events are booked. From this vantage point you can look west and back east over the day’s sights.

• Find Ben’s guides at herblester.com

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