WINTER WONDERLAND

Located in the heart of London in Hyde Park, get ready to fully immerse yourself in all things festive from 21st November 2019 to 5th January 2020. Open at 4pm on Thursday 21st November, Winter Wonderland is then open every day from 10am to 10pm. Offering an array of attractions, activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages – there really is something for everyone!

Winter Wonderland is FREE to enterand this year we’ve got loads in store with exciting new attractions including the world’s tallest transportable Observation Wheel, a new theme ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Magical Ice Kingdom, a Season Ride Pass, Paddington™ on Ice, Mr. Men & Little Miss and a fantastic new programme of comics at the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club. Let’s not forget our returning favourites including the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, funky new après ski vibes at Bar Ice and jaw dropping acts in the Circus MegaDome!

Mornings are great for families where you can enjoy Winter Wonderland at a leisurely pace. At night, Hyde Park is transformed by thousands of sparkling lights, so enjoy a mulled wine or Bavarian beer and join in the festive atmosphere.

With over 100 spectacular rides and attractions, thrilling shows, London’s biggest Christmas Market, Santa Land, which is a whole area dedicated to little ones, restaurants, cafes and themed bars, this Christmas extravaganza will keep you topped up with festive cheer!

Don’t just take our word for it, take a look for yourself at our Pre-bookable Attractions!

At Winter Wonderland we have a number of pre-bookable attractions that will give you the full festive experience.

Skate on the UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink
Take a journey into The Magical Ice Kingdom
Join Paddington on his big adventurePaddington™ on Ice
Watch jaw-dropping acts in the Circus MegaDome: Zippos & Cirque Berserk
Experience even taller spectacular views from the Giant Observation Wheel
Join the family fun with Mr. Men and Little Miss – The Show
Drink festive cocktails at Bar Ice
Get the ultimate karaoke experience atBar Hütte
Watch the finest comedy talents at Winter Wonderland Comedy Club
Bring out your inner artist at the Ice Sculpting Workshops
Enjoy speedy access to all the rides with the new Season Ride Pass
A brand new pre-bookable restaurant Cedar & Spruce Bar + Kitchen

Leave your everyday life behind and enter a world of winter magic!

Winter Wonderland is located in the heart of London in Hyde Park. As one of the capital’s 8 Royal Parks, Hyde Park is visited by millions of Londoners and tourists every year. Covering 350 acres, it’s home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.

For over 10 years, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has been spreading the Christmas spirit throughout London. The winter festival has become a landmark event for Londoners and tourists alike. With humble beginnings as an open-air Christmas market in Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland has since grown into an extravaganza with ice skating, shows, roller coaster rides, street food stalls, festive bars and live music. It is still free to enter the Winter Wonderland grounds and take in the joyous atmosphere. With over 100 spectacular rides and attractions, it is no wonder why thousands of visitors return to Winter Wonderland each year to celebrate the Christmas season.

PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION GEMS

  1. Kew Gardens

  2. According to Wikipedia, “Kew Gardens is the world’s largest collection of living plants”.
    From the exotic glasshouse gardens filled with succulents and tropical blooms to a stroll down to the Chinese Pagoda, there’s much to see and photograph.

  3. A great perk, if you’re a member, you can get to visit Kew before any of the tourists, which means you could almost have the place for yourself, to enjoy as you please.
    It is most certainly one of my top favourite places to go to and best photo shoot location spots thanks to the glass house that provides the best light one could dream of. If you don’t believe me, check out this Autumn engagement session in Kew Garden we did or this Summer portrait session from the glasshouses!

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  5. Richmond Park

  6. Ah, Richmond Park is pretty special for us. We pretty much moved further South West so we could be closer to this place and get away from the busy city for a bit. There’s always deers, majestic stags and also patches of forest where we love walking through.

  7. We loved shooting quite a few engagement sessions in the park, so we got to see the forest changing colours each season and also on different times of the day. We shot this beautiful couples’ engagement photosduring the Summer whilst on a different occasion, on a hazy Winters morning, we got to take some engagement portraits in Richmond Park  for another happy couple! Probably my favourite time of the day is just before Sunset, when everything seems to just slow down and the light between the trees is magical. Reminds me of the Sunset engagement pictures we took one day in Richmond.

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  10. Petersham Nurseries

  11. This place is yet another London hidden gem. I have heard about it in an article, but little did I know I would fall in love with it! Part cafe, restaurant, part store or events location, there’s beauty at every corner you turn!

  12. Important to note, before planning your journey: check the opening times for Petersham Nurseries, as they always have lots of events happening and it would be so sad to arrive to closed gates. If you arrive here during the weekend, there’s no chance you could take some portraits without others around, but during the week, we actually took a few engagement portraits at Petersham Nurseries without bothering anyone.

  13. You can also plan your wedding reception here, in case you were wondering! And yes, we’re more than happy to be your wedding photographers! I dedicated a whole blog post to this beautiful cafe in South West London if you care to have a read!

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  15. St. Dunstan in the East

  16. A former Church of England parish, St. Dunstan in the East was largely destroyed in the Second World War, so the ruins are now a public garden.
    It’s certainly one of London’s hidden gems, as this garden is found between London Bridge and the Tower of London, in one of the business areas of London, as an oasis of tranquility and history. One could easily miss if you didn’t know about it beforehand.
    A brilliant spot for some photographs, if I may say so myself, as I love the grunginess and somewhat Mediterranean feel of it. It’s a very unexpected gem, I believe.

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  18. Leadenhall Market

  19. Discovered this place purely by chance, as I was trying to hide from rain one day. When I got in, I was completely mesmerised.
    Leadenhall Market is one of the oldest markets in London, dating from the 14th century and is located in the historic centre of the City of London‘s financial district. It’s still very much in use as a local market, which I find absolutely amazing.
    Surrounded by skyscrapers and forever rushing business people, enter this market and you instantly get taken back in time. Leadenhall Market has also been one of the filming locations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Just saying.

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  21. Wilton’s Music Hall

  22. Best described by Wilton’s Music Hall own website, ” it is a gem in the heart of London and the oldest grand music hall in the world.” Or, as The Guardian would say, “this vast barrel-vaulted venue is the East End’s best-kept secret.”
    If this is not enough to make you want to see it yourself, I don’t know what is.

  23. My favourite thing though, is the fact that Wilton’s are also hosting weddings (among other events) in this pub and it’s one of my dream list locations to shoot a wedding at (hint!).

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  25. Pergola Gardens

  26. Now this is a location I could rave about for hours as it is by far one of my favourite places to walk in and definitely a London hidden gem!
    Although everyone knows about Hampstead Heath Park, it seems that not many know of Pergola and Hill Gardens, which is quite convenient as you get to have some peace and quiet and not having to dodge tourists at every step you take.

  27. My personal favourite photo shoot location, we shot some beautiful engagement sessions at Pergola Gardens.  If you’re ever in the area, do yourself a favour and go inside. You can thank me later.
    I’m over the moon to share with you an actual wedding we shot at Pergola Gardens in London and absolutely loved shooting the outdoor wedding ceremony by the pond. It’s a dream place to shoot at, of course!

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  29. South Bank

  30. When one thinks of the South Bank area in London, you immediately think of London Eye, Big Ben, Tate Modern and the famous bridges.
    This right here is the perfect spot for hundreds and hundreds of tourists walking constantly and stoping for photographs. As they should.
    But I felt there must be something more to South Bank, places that are a bit more private (yes, that is quite possible) and different.
    So what do you do when everyone is going one way? You go the opposite. Instead of taking photos on the main South Bank, why not go few steps down and maybe walk on the shores (same amazing view, less the people) or under the bridges which offer an amazing architecture.

  31. The best part yet, during Sunset, the tide goes out, not in, so you could get a beautiful light and nobody would even know you’re there!

  32. Quite important though, as I don’t want to have anyone on my conscience, please be extremely aware of the tide coming back in, as you do not want to be caught in the river Thames. Safety comes first!

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  33. St.Katherine Docks

  34. Isn’t this place exciting? For years I had no idea of its existence, until one day, when Sam decided to go explore further from Tower Bridge.
    St. Katherine Docks almost takes you back in time, surrounded by old buildings, an inn and lots and lots of boats. Completely hidden from the main attractions in the city, this place is a London hidden gem located very close to Tower Bridge, so why not adding it on your list while in the area?

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  36. Fulham Palace

  37. A beautiful open garden, glasshouses, flowers in bloom and brick walls, all in a place less visited by tourists which makes for one great location for a photo shoot or a private event.

  38. And if you’re looking for some diversity, just walk a few steps out of Fulham Palace and you’re right on the shore of river Thames.

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  40. Lincoln’s Inn, the Chapel

  41. It’s always exciting discovering a new location and this one didn’t disappoint. Very close to Temple Tube Station, Lincoln’s Inn chapel beautifully stand hidden behind office buildings and quite narrow streets. But the moment we could see if, I was pretty excited, as you can imagine. 

  42. There’s actually a church that’s in use all year for concerts on the higher level, while below  the chapel, there is a 17th century vaulted undercroft, as you can see in the photos. Isn’t it just beautiful?

  43. Somerset House

  44. Situated on the South side of the Strand in central London, overlooking the River ThamesSomerset House is a major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London.

  45. For photographers, this is the most amazing light scenario, with white faded walls and floors. It’s basically a huge outdoor studio, with beautiful light bouncing off everywhere.

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  47. Covent Garden

  48. I wouldn’t say this is necessarily a London hidden gem, as pretty much everyone heard or knows about it’s existence, having become very popular in the West End. Nevertheless, I think it’s definitely worth mentioning. It is such a beautiful market and trading area, especially during Christmas time, when designers get a chance to show their creativity with some amazing decor.

  49. If you plan on taking photos here, you might want to go on the off peak times, as this place gets pretty busy, quite quickly.

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANTS: LONDON

AUTUMN WALKS WITH BEER

Brits love a bracing walk (and it’s set to be a pretty bracing start to Spring). In fact, we’d probably pick a rugged, cold climb up a crumbling path over a pleasant downhill stroll with the sun on our faces. It’s that red-faced, cheek-tingling, numb extremities feeling – it’s like our crack. Or maybe it’s the promise of a pint at the end. Because let’s face it, we all know what ‘bracing’ actually means. It means tip your heart rate ever-so slightly over 100bpm and let the wind whip you around enough so that three pints and a packet of crisps in front of an open log fire tastes even better. And you know what, there ain’t nothing wrong with that. Especially at the weekend.

 

1. Go for a walk in… Hampstead Heath

Home to Emma Thompson, 180 bird species and a pretty unbeatable view of London, Hampstead Heath is a beautiful place to take a stroll on a Sunday morning. A circuit of the Heath, starting and ending at Parliament Hill, is 6 miles long, which is that perfect distance between not-too-short that you’ll wonder why you bothered and not-too-long that you’ll…wonder why you bothered.

 

And then go for a pint at… The Spaniards Inn

A prominent feature of Hampstead since 1585, The Spaniards Inn was Keats and Dickens’ favourite watering hole back in the day. With dark panels and low beams stretching throughout the bar area, it’s certainly retained a touch of that 16th Century charm (even if the prices have suffered a bit of inflation). We’re not sure what the food was like back when the literary greats used to frequent it but we can safely say that by 2015, these guys know how to do a damn good Scotch Egg.

Spaniards Road, Nw3 7JJ

 

2. Go for a walk in…Richmond Park

Not just a prime location for getting a pic of Bambi and his mates, Richmond Park is also a top UK site for ancient trees and has over 250 different types of fungi (if it looks like a parasol don’t eat it I DON’T CARE HOW SKINT YOU ARE). The road around the edge of the park is 6.73km long but for a more scenic walk make sure you dip into the Isabella Plantation – it’s a beautiful spot that we could talk about till the cows come home. Or the deer.

 

And then go for a pint at…The Roebuck

Situated atop of Richmond Hill, the Roebuck offers beautiful views of London, which make the District Line shlep there totally worth it. After a long walk around the park (and a huff and puff up the hill), a pint at this much-loved local will feel like that first sip of water after a sleepless night. Too dramatic? Maybe. Apparently The Roebuck has fed Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall…hopefully not all at once.

130 Richmond Hill, TW10 6RN 

 

3. Go for a walk in… Victoria Park

The City’s oldest purpose built park, Victoria park is the ultimate East London go-to-for-your-greenery. A bit rougher round the edges than the its western counterparts, Vicky park is a great place to get one-to-one with nature and watch the seasons change. It’s also wonderful for the littluns with some great playgrounds and a pretty impressive array of wildlife.

 

And then go for a pint at… The People’s Park Tavern

Arguably one of the best beer gardens in town, this grown-up hipster hangout backs onto Victoria Park so it’s the perfect place to visit after an afternoon stroll. This superb Hackney pub has its own micro-brewery on site and they also serve hearty, traditional pub food, with a rather magnificent roast lunch option on the day of rest. Because let’s be honest – what else are Sundays for?

TUBE CRUSH: A BREACH?

As someone that travels into Canary Wharf each day, it’s quite sad seeing 99% of commuters with their necks arched over staring at their little screens. This is society across the board now. The consumption of disposable content.

Then I came across this article about a site posting candid shots of commuters deemed ‘hot’. I was

More curious to know anyone else’s thoughts on this, if you or your partner were snapped and featured, how would you feel?

It was a Friday evening on a Piccadilly line carriage packed with people making a beeline for the pub. George Weir was one of them. He’d swept his hair into a quiff and was tanned from a recent trip to Ibiza, where he runs a boat charter company. Little did he know this relatively unremarkable journey to Camden would be immortalised on a website where men are rated on their looks.

Paying homage to the homme

Tube Crush has been ‘paying homage to the homme’ since 2011. Over the years, this digital gallery, where unsuspecting men are framed by innuendo-heavy captions, has attracted the attention of three million users. Founder, Steve Motion says he launched Tube Crush “as a way to share the people we feel attracted to on our daily commute that we’re quite frankly too shy to speak to because the tube is always so quiet.”

Never mind that taking a sneaky pic of someone doesn’t exactly break the silence (unless you get caught), there’s obviously a market for finding romance on your route to work, from the Metro’s Rush Hour Crush to hook up apps such as Happn, where you can chat with people who have crossed your path.

But neither of those have provoked the kind of controversy that courts Tube Crush. Controversy that isn’t going away anytime soon. Picture that first scene, but it’s a woman who is being photographed without her permission. It’s something Motion hopes to have in place by the end of the year, as part of a plan to branch into the world of online dating.

“If I saw someone slyly taking a picture of a girl, I’d think, ‘oh you’re a bit of a perv.'”

So, how does it feel to have your photo hung on this digital hall of fame? Weir, now in his 30s says he took the post as a compliment: “If someone wants to celebrate the way I look enough to upload my photo online then obviously that’s a confidence booster. However, I do think it wouldn’t go down too well if it was a man taking photos of a woman. If I was sat on the tube and I saw someone slyly taking a picture of a girl, I’d think, ‘oh you’re a bit of a perv’, but if I saw a girl taking a picture of a guy I’d think it was funny, I don’t know why that is — maybe it’s just the way we’ve been educated as a society.”

Weir is one of the few guys to have appeared on the site twice but he accepts it as just part and parcel of modern urban life. “We’re used to being on CCTV and in the background of photos every day, so I think it’s fine if someone’s taking a photo of me when I’m out in public on public transport. 

“If someone was taking a photo of me through my apartment window then that’s a different story.”

“Their partner wasn’t as comfortable with the image being online”

Yet what counts as an ego massage for some might feel like an uncomfortable invasion of privacy for others. Since launching eight years ago, Tube Crush has received around 20 photo removal requests. “These were from guys who were generally flattered to be included but would prefer their picture be removed because of their work or because their partner wasn’t as comfortable with the image being online”, says Motion.

The lack of outcry could simply be down to men not being aware that their photo is plastered across the site (under tags such as ‘boy next door’, ‘classically good looking’ and simply, ‘arms’) or it could, as Weir suggested, be down to younger generations who have grown up camera-ready. Selfies aside, London is one the most surveilled cities in the world. There are more CCTV cameras in Oxford Circus than the whole of Manchester.

Motion reckons we can’t help who we fancy and his website is a reflection of that. “A recent study by the University of Coventry found that the posts with the highest likes could be linked to a ‘narrow ideal’ of man, however, we believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you find someone attractive because they go to the gym and look after themselves, then there is nothing wrong with that.”

“It’s all very well if you’re the possessor of bulging biceps and an expensive watch”

Dr Adrienne Evans, the media and communications lecturer behind that Coventry University research found that the dominant type of masculinity on offer is white, wealthy and well-endowed in the, er, muscle department. “Despite the progress feminism has made, these images really haven’t changed that much. So you find we still have these very normative ideas about what should be desirable,” says Evans who thinks celebrated traits such as physical strength and wealth are problematic for a society which has a history of physical and economic violence against women.

Yet the issues don’t stop there. According to the last census of England and Wales, London has the smallest percentage of White British people, at 44.9%, but you wouldn’t know this from browsing Tube Crush. 

It’s all very well if you’re the possessor of bulging biceps and an expensive watch, but falling short of society’s expectations can’t do wonders for a guy’s self-esteem, particularly when we consider that, in the UK, suicide remains the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45. “Ranking strangers based on their appearance only furthers the idea that people are only worth how ‘good’ they look in relation to rigid and harmful societal standards,” says Molly Ackhurst from Hollaback! an organisation which campaigns to end harassment in public spaces. 

Ethical considerations aside, there is humour to be found in the comments and captions, says Dr Evans, who also thinks “there’s something wonderful in bringing together the desires of straight women and gay men as historically there exists that shared oppression”. And for regular Tube Crush contributor Nadia Leguel, the website is just a game between her and mates to see who can snap the hottest guys. Beats reading the news in the morning, right? 

“If men’s photos appear on the site without their permission, then the same should be allowed for women”

It’s this lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek tone, which Motion brings up when I ask how he would ensure the female version of the site didn’t objectify women or foster a space where harassment could flourish. “Tube Crush has set the tone over the last eight years that our site is jovial and we plan to keep it that way. We have been avid supporters of organisations such as Hollaback! London and we will update our site guidelines to ensure users know what is acceptable and what is not.”

I ask Leguel, 45, whether she feels empowered when she takes a photo and how she would react if she were to encounter her own face on the site. “I don’t believe control is gender specific anymore. In whatever situation — whether sexual, romantic, professional etc, a person should feel empowered because of their circumstances rather than their gender. If men’s pictures appear on the site without their permission, then the same should be allowed for women — it has to work both ways.”

While Nadia may be lucky enough not to have encountered gender-based discrimination, charities such as Hollaback! wouldn’t be necessary if we were all living in a post-sexist society. Ackhurst isn’t convinced keeping the tone ‘jovial’ is enough to protect women, girls and gender non-conforming people from feeling like they have been objectified. “Minimising sexual violence by pretending it is one big joke and ‘not that bad’ is something we hear every day. And it is what has — and continues — to silence survivors.

“Tube Crush must take seriously the impacts which their planned changes will have on the lives of many women, girls and gender non-conforming people, and if they truly are ‘avid supporters’ of the work of Hollaback! London we believe they should take down their website.”

DARK AND STORMY

A Little Background

For all its name’s melodrama, the Dark and Stormy’s history is tame. In 1806, an early Gosling family member sailed from England bound for Virginia. He didn’t make it to America—the sea was too still—so the ship headed for the nearest dock instead, which happened to be in Bermuda. There, he used his family background in spirits to create the recipe for Gosling’s aged black rum. On another part of the island after World War I, British naval officers were brewing up ginger beer to combat sea sickness. They swirled the two together in a cup, a sailor allegedly commented it looked “the color of a cloud only a fool or a dead man would sail under,” and the Dark and Stormy was christened. Many things disappear into the Bermuda Triangle. The Dark and Stormy was one thing to come out of it.

Goslings still plays a big part in Dark and Stormy lore, largely thanks to a slew of trademarks it owns on the cocktail. Technically speaking, a Dark and Stormy (dubbed Dark ‘N Stormy by Goslings) can only be made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum and Gosling’s Stormy ginger beer—no lime juice, but garnishing with a lime wedge is permissible. And Goslings is litigious about its intellectual property, going after competing beverage companies that try to rip off the name and recipe with their own rum brands. On some menus, you’ll find a cocktail called Safe Harbor, which is basically a Dark and Stormy without the legal baggage.

The Dark and Stormy cocktail was not born from the windy blackness of London, nor was it created in a barroom catering to the alcoholic needs of woebegone writers. In fact, it has nothing to do with bad literary tropes and gothic language. The Dark and Stormy is a drink that came to be in the Caribbean waters, where rum is plentiful and so are sailors. It’s a drink that was spit out by the sea, more or less. It’s a drink with a really cool name.

To make a Dark and Stormy—it has just three ingredients but lots of spice—Gosling’s Black Seal rum is the preferred brand, but really, anything dark and funky will work. Officially speaking, it is frowned upon to liven up your Dark and Stormy with lime juice, but we appreciate a layer of citrus. Just don’t swap in ginger ale for the ginger beer. That would be a crime.

Ingredients
2 oz. dark rum
3 oz. ginger beer
1/2 oz. lime juice (optional)
Directions
  1. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add rum.
  2. Pour in ginger beer and lime juice.
  3. Stir with a barspoon.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy. 

LONDON CASK ALES

WHETHER IT’S AN old-school pale ale or a sumptuous pint of stout, one thing is for sure: no one keeps cask beer quite like the British. While more or less every pub in London will have a couple of lines of cask on draught, it’s not always of tip-top quality. For the absolute best selection of cask beers – old-school and craft – give these pubs and bars a go. 

The Harp

47 CHANDOS PLACE, WC2N 4HS

If the thousands of pump clips hanging above this Covent Garden pub’s bar say anything to us, it’s that they probably know a thing or two about keeping a good pint of real ale. With an ever-evolving list of guest taps pouring a stellar selection of the UK’s finest ale from old favourites and craft upstarts (and most of it not silly-expensive), this is an absolute must if you’re at a loose end in the centre of town.

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The Euston Tap

190 EUSTON RD, NW1 2EF

Often monopolised by chain pubs and uninspiring tap lists, station boozers in London tend to get a pretty bad rap. The Euston Tap and its sister bar The East Lodge – both in Euston Square Gardens – change things. With a whopping 16 cask beers served across the two sites on a regularly rotating list, and some pints from just £3.40, we might start commuting via Euston just to drink here.

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The Wenlock Arms

26 WENLOCK RD, N1 7TA

It’s had its fair share of ups and downs since it poured its first pint in 1836, but backstreet Hoxton boozer The Wenlock Arms keeps coming back stronger than ever. Since almost being demolished in 2013, it’s become rather well known for its old-school vibes, forward-thinking cask beer selection and unfussy pub grub. So much so that CAMRA named it North London pub of the year last year. Nice.

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Moor Vaults

71 ENID ST, SE16 3RA

Seconds from Maltby Street Market, this South London outpost for Bristol’s Moor Beer Co brings a small, three- to six-line selection of top-class cask ale to the Bermondsey Beer Mile, giving you respite (however brief) from all those dank hopped NEIPAs that have been floating around. Sure, the selection isn’t vast, but you won’t be complaining when you’re supping a pint of cask pale ale brewed with modern English hops.

BREWDOG: PUNK IPA

THE BEER THAT STARTED IT ALL. 

A decade ago there was a revolution. A beer revolution.

Punk IPA is the beer that kick-started it. This light, golden classic has been subverted with new world hops to create an explosion of flavour. Bursts of caramel and tropical fruit with an all-out riot of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee, precede a spiky bitter finish. This is the beer that started it all – and it’s not done yet…

PUNK – Quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist.

PUNK. OUR FIRST BORN.

THE BEER THAT STARTED IT ALL

Our scene-stealing flagship is a byword for craft beer rebellion; synonymous with the insurgency against mass-produced, lowest common denominator beer.

  • COLOUR
  • BITTERNESS
  • HOPPY
  • MALTY

THE BREW SHEET

 

ABV

 

5.6

 

IBU

 

40

 

OG

 

1.053

 

STYLE

 

IPA

 

MALTS

 

Extra Pale, Caramalt

 

HOPS

 

Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe

INGREDIENTS

water, malted barley. hops, yeast.

LONDON TRAVEL TIPS

1.Travel around London with a Visitor Oyster card
A Visitor Oyster card is a smartcard with pay as you go credit that allows you to travel on most public transport in London. Buy one online and have it delivered to your home so that it’s ready to use as soon as you arrive in London. That way, you won’t have to queue to get one. 

Pay as you go fares are cheaper than buying paper single tickets. You can also use your contactless debit or credit card to pay as you go on London’s public transport, although overseas transaction fees may apply.

2. Touch in and out on the yellow card readers
Remember to touch your Visitor Oyster card in at the yellow card reader at the start of your journey and to touch out at the end on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London. On buses and trams, just touch your card on the yellow reader at the start of your journey – you don’t need to touch out when you get off.

3. Travel outside the busiest times
The busiest times to travel are 08:30 – 09:00 and 17:30 – 18:30, Monday to Friday. If you are able to travel outside these times, you could enjoy a quicker, more comfortable journey, especially if you’re carrying heavy luggage/a rucksack, or travelling in a group.

4. Stand on the right
Always stand on the right when using the escalators at Tube stations, leaving enough space free for passengers in a hurry. Once you get onto the platform, always stand behind the yellow line and move along the platform where more space is available so it’s easier to board the next train.

5. Travel differently
See a different side to London. You can hire a bike for as little as £2 with Santander Cycles, London’s self-service, bike-sharing scheme, take to the air with Emirates Air Line, London’s cable car or take a scenic boat trip along the River Thames. Alternatively, walking in central London is a great way to get around and experience the city. You’ll find that there are plenty of street maps to help you get around and it could be quick than taking the Tube or the bus.

Other travel tips

  • Luggage and rucksacks
    When carrying luggage on the Tube, look out for the raised platform areas to board and, where possible, avoid travelling during the busiest times: you may have an easier journey. Although staff will be present they may not be able to assist you with luggage as a result of carrying out other duties. If you’re carrying a rucksack, remove it when you board a train and place it by your feet
  • Travel by bus
    Try travelling by bus; it’s one of the cheapest and most scenic ways to travel. Use our Central London bus and attractions map to help you plan your way around the city and its landmarks. Remember, you cannot pay for your London bus fare in cash. You will need an Oyster or contactless payment card, or a valid ticket, to pay for your bus journey.
  • Don’t rush for the train
    The Tube operates a very frequent service, so there’s no need to rush for the first train. This allows you time to move down the platform where more space might be available.
  • Get expert advice – go to a visitor centre
    Visit a TfL visitor centre to plan your London visit. There you can buy tickets for travelling around London, getting to the airport or tickets for many of London’s major attractions and shows.

BEST VIEWS IN LONDON

1.) The Shard

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Get a ticket and head up to the View from the Shard for an amazing view across all of London. It covers a 360 view so this is easily one of the most impressive places to see all of London. 

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Price: around £30 for adults (discounts available). Book your tickets here.

Address: 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG

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2.) Big Ben

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You need to be resident in the UK for this one but basically, you get to climb up Big Ben for free if you are (contact your MP about this) and when you do, the view from the top is definitely worth it! Especially from such a historic site.

Price: Free, though due to current restoration work, you might not be able to grab an invite.

Address: (Really? 😉 Okay, then…) Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

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3.) The London Eye

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The view from the London Eye is particularly great for Westminster and the St Paul’s area. One bit of advice I’d give is to get a spot near the window as soon as you get in so you don’t have to struggle for a view with other people on your pod. The view is pretty good from all angles.

Price: Around £25+ (discounts available). Book your tickets, here.

Address: London SE1 7PB, right across the river from the Houses of Parliament.

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4.) Vertigo 42 Champagne Bar

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Yes, the prices at Vertigo42 Champagne Bar are at a premium but if you think of it as paying for admission to a place with amazing views across all of London, it starts to make sense. Plus you get to enjoy this view while chilling out on a comfy sofa in a warm environment so there’s always that too. 

This is an ideal, pre (or post) dinner venue but remember to make a reservation in advance as they fill up quite quickly.

Price: Prices start at around £12+ for a glass of wine and £14+ for cocktails.

Address: Level 42, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ

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5.) Duck and Waffle

Duck and Waffle is a lovely restaurant with an amazing view over London. Perfect for sunrise or sunset as they’re open 24 hours.

Price: A meal can cost upwards of £20-30

Address: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

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6.) Primrose Hill

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This offers amazing views of London for free from one of London’s Royal Parks.

It might not necessarily be the most amazing or most impressive view of the lot but it sure looks great with the backdrop of the park that leads up to the view of London.

Price: Free

Address: (Same as the name – Primrose Hill)

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7.) Tower Bridge

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You can either pay or do this via your MP but the view from the top of Tower Bridge is make that extra sweet by getting to see the exhibition in the Tower and actually be inside such an iconic part of London and city’s heritage.

Price: £10+ with discounts available. You can book a lunch and entry package here.

Address: Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UP

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8.) Oxo Tower

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The OXO Tower is most definitely food with a view. Pretty much everyone who’s been here loves it and so my guess is that you probably will too! 😉 

Price: Starting at around £21.50 for a main

Address: Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London, SE1 9PH

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9.) Sushi Samba

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Sushi Samba is actually next to Duck and Waffle and also offers amazing views over all of London.

The food isn’t cheap as you can imagine but one of those cases where it’s definitely worth it (it’s delicious and there’s the view so. 

Price: Starting at £15+ for plates

Address: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

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10.) Sky Garden

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Covered this already in this post but to recap, it’s there is an amazing view from the Sky Garden all over London. Best of all, it’s free.

Just make sure to book your free tickets, here.

Price: Free

Address: 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3BY

11.) St Paul’s Cathedral

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Climb to the top of the iconic London landmark for amazing panoramic views of London. St Paul’s really has some gorgeous vantage points over the city. 

Price: £18+ (discounts available). You can book St Paul’s with a gorgeous meal, here.

Address: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD

12.) Up at the O2

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Climb the O2 and be rewarded with a fantastic view of Canary Wharf. Of course, the view of Canary Wharf means that it’s harder to see other parts of the city but it’s a nice fun activity to do in London and definitely worth checking out. 

Price: £28+ Book tickets, here for two people and a fancy dinner.

Address: Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

13.) ArcelorMittal Orbit

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This sculpture made for the Olympics in London back in 2012 offers amazing panoramic views of London from the East End. You can even slide down from the top! 

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Reception (to the way it looks) was initially mixed when it was unveiled in London but takes nothing away from the amazing view (and brilliant photos) you will get from the top of the sculpture. (More details available here) Plus, who can resist the slide down? 🤣

Price: Around £15+ each. You can book your tickets, here.

Address: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 3 Thornton Street, London E20 2ST

14.) Emirates Air Line

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This is a cable car that crosses the River Thames (around the same area where the O2 is) and is another great way to get a brilliant view over all of London. 

Of course, it’s not free but it only costs £3.30 for Oyster card holder (half for children) so it’s easily one of the cheapest options of the paid for ones above. 

Price: £3.40 with Oystercard (£4.50+ without – discounts available)

Address: Emirates Cable Car Terminal, Edmund Halley Way, London SE10 0FR