42 Tips for a London Honeymoon

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The Churchill Arms pub in Kensington at Christmas. Photo courtesy of Churchill Arms.

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16. Pubs are one of the most authentic British establishments you can visit. Just think of them as more-relaxed bars that also serve a lot of home style British cooking. And the great thing about pubs is they’re basically on every street in London. You will find, however, that most pubs are owned and operated by a small number of companies, meaning that you’ll be seeing the same beer and menu selections should you go on an informal pub crawl.

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Ye Olde Chesire Cheese pub in the City of London

17. At the pub, you’ll need to understand some basic terminology — beer comes in pints and half pints, and the cider is not the same as the non-alcoholic bubbly your mom serves the kids on holidays. Also know that you order everything at the bar and tipping is not expected.

18. After you’ve had a few pints, you’ll probably be starving. Great time to try out some authentic British cuisine! No seriously, there’s nothing better than fresh fish and chips (aka French fries), some hearty shepherd’s pie or a good bit of roast beef.

19. For the best fish and chips, try Toff’s of Muswell Hill. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, this restaurant won’t disappoint. And if you have room for dessert, be sure to sample the sticky toffee pudding.

20. British cuisine not your thing? Don’t sweat it, you won’t go hungry in London. The city is home to some of the finest restaurants in the world, and is especially famous for Indian food (the best is on Brick Lane). French, Italian, Lebanese, Thai, Chinese and Persian cuisines are also well-known and readily available fares in the city, but really you can find just about any food imaginable in London.

21. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is often regarded as the finest French restaurant in the world. Sure, it’s a splurge, but you will not regret it. Make sure to make reservations well in advance, as this exclusive eatery fills up quickly.

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A dish at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. Photo courtesy of Alain Ducasse.

22. Looking for mouthwatering filet? Let King’s Road Steakhouse & Grill help you out. Located in fashionable Chelsea, this quaint restaurant is one of the best spots to enjoy a romantic dinner.

23. If you’re on the run and need to grab a quick bite, there are two places you’ll need to know. The first: Pret a Manger, a quick French-inspired eatery that specializes in cheap eats, and locations that span the city. The second: Wasabi. Another quick hotspot that has an ample amount of locations, this Japanese spot is always packed with tourists and locals.

24. To satisfy your sweet tooth, you have to try Ben’s Cookies for delicious, doughy cookies.

25. An upper crust tradition in Britain, high tea is a must. Try out The Orangery located at Kensington Palace for an authentic high tea experience that won’t completely burn through your budget. If you do want to spend a little more on the tea and pastries afternoon ritual, we recommend The Tea Room at Harrods, the world-renowned experience at The Ritz London, or for something a little different with an amazing view of the city, try the roof-top restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

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High tea at The Orangery. Photo courtesy of The Orangery.

26. For something a little fancier than the neighborhood pub, Searcy’s St. Pancras Grand and Champagne Bar is Europe’s longest champagne bar and a hot evening spot for young couples. The train station-turned-champagne lounge provides a unique setting unlike any other in the city, making it the perfect place to unwind in style.

27. When dining, don’t worry about adding in a tip. The restaurant will usually add a suggested gratuity into your bill (somewhat defeating the purpose of ‘suggested’).

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Searcy’s St. Pancras Grand and Champagne Bar. Photo courtesy of Searcy’s.

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