This beautiful neighborhood has become a tourist destination thanks to the internationally famous film Notting Hill. Now it's always full...even when it rains, people don't stop! It is said that if you seriously want to get a bargain, you have to go to Portobello before 8am, because after the tourists arrive, the prices go up...the colorful houses are fantastic, as are all the street performers that liven up the neighborhood. With stalls and shops selling everything you could possibly want, it's a great place to go for a shopping spree.
One of the main arteries of London, Oxford Circus connects to Piccadilly Circus. A stunning street where some of the world's best known stores with a good selection of restaurant and bars are situated. In the perpendicular, late in the afternoon, see how Londoners, in suits and fresh out of work enjoy a few beers in the warmer weather.
This is a pedestrian crossing where the Beatles landed in front of Abbey Road studios. It's a corner of the UK that every traveler should see. It is located in front of the studios, where they recorded that album, a place of homage for fans of the group in Liverpool.
No, we're not in Venice or Amsterdam ... this really is the center of London! Along Regent's Canal you'll find Little Venice, which begins and ends in the Docklands. This waterway runs past Camden Market, Victorian warehouses, parks and the zoo. Regent's Canal was originally built to connect the huge Paddington branch of the Grand Junction Canal with the River Thames, but today is mostly a place of entertainment for Londoners and tourists.
Walking around Liverpool is a fantastic feeling. It is a small city with a surprising amount of charm. You hear a lot about Liverpool (either because of the Beatles or the football team), that when you get there, you expect a big city with noise and people. And when you arrive and you find a small, quiet town with very little traffic and plenty of charming places to visit, you feel warm and cozy inside. You want to go out and explore. Shops, street stands, art....it's a really cool place!
Continue down the street Durward westward about 100 meters to reach Vallance Road. Take a right, cross the road carefully and take Hanbury Street where it runs through neighborhoods with modern houses built in the 60s and 70s. Continuing on Hanbury Street, in the backyard of number 29, just after crossing Brick Lane is the place where the body of the second victim Annie Chapman was found. It has changed since. For a while it was used as headquarters of the Truman Brewery, beer factory where it was distilled. Today beer is not made on site and buildings host different art gallery exhibitions. Rumor has it that in the ancient meeting rooms of the factory you feel an intense unexplained flush of cold and apparently the ghost of miserable Annie Chapman has been seen on the anniversary of her death (September 8, 1888 at about 5:30 am).
Whitehall Avenue links Trafalgar Square to the Parliament Square On this street you can find the most important ministries and departments of the British government. The Whitehall Palace was where Henry VIII celebrated his marriage to Anne of Boleyn in 1533 and where he died 14 years later.
The city of Newcastle is named precisely for Castle Keep, a castle that was built by the Normans in 1080, on a Roman building on top of a hill overlooking the River Tyne. The castle has gone through many transformations throughout its long history, but today, some things still remain in its original form. It has an indoor museum where you can see a large number of old artifacts. What I liked about the castle is the climb to the top. You can enjoy amazing panoramic views of the city: With the train station behind you, the river and bridges near Gateshead to the side, and the cathedral on the opposite side.
Buchanan Street is one of the busiest streets in Glasgow. This Scottish city is the best shopping city in the UK, right after London because it offers the most range, but it's much cheaper. There are several low cost airlines that fly to Glasgow, and accommodation and food are also about a fraction of what they would cost in London. Buchanan Street is part of the Golden Z, a small group of the "in" streets in Glasgow, Argyle and Sauchiehall. Up the street is Buchanan Street Station, which only has local trains and the Buchanan Galleries, a mid-high range shopping gallery, and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow which has classical concerts throughout the year. Going down the street is where all the high-class fashion stores are, like House of Fraser, which is a type of English Corte Ingles with all the classic British clothing chains and international restaurants and pubs. But it also has shops selling famous kilts. The Argyll Arcade, is one of the oldest shopping centers in the UK. It was constructed in 1827, and is shown carrying a metal bird above it. It's very cute and now it only has luxury stores.
St Giles is a wide street in the north of Oxford, towards Woodstock and Banbury and is the last point, if you come by car, where you can park - if you want go to the center you have to take a bus or walk, there's a deviation for cars. It's a pleasant town to explore on foot/by bike. Parking is free for 2 hours on Sunday but otherwise it's 1 pound/hour. In the northern part of St Gile's is the war memorial, the largest in the city. To the south is Martyrs Memorial which commemorates the death of the martyrs of Oxford, burnt for their religious views in the sixteenth century. There are several colleges and schools that make up the University of Oxford, St John's College and Balliol both have buildings in St Gile's. To the north is St Gile's Church which gives its name to the street. To the south the street meets Magdalen Street to become Cornmarket (the central pedestrian street). Don't miss the Ashmolean Museum with beautiful ancient art.
Guildford High Street is like Ramblas in Barcelona or Champs Elysées in Paris but on a much smaller scale. It is in the center of Guildford and it´s where you can find exclusive clothes, upscale food and anything "exclusive." You´ll also find, as in many business districts or wealthier areas, poor people playing the violin or begging. High Street is on a slope that goes from the river to the end of the street. It measures about 800 meters and traffic is pretty controlled because it only goes one direction. There are stores for clothing, furniture, beauty, jewelry, flowers, etc. interspersed with some pubs (like the "Three Pigeons") and supermarkets like "Sainsbury's" and "Marks And Spencers." Throughout the day there is a large movement of people shopping on the street and on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning it can be a bit stressful.
Grey Street is in the Grainger neighborhood, which is the "new" neighborhood as it built during the industrial revolution. It is also an entry point for Monument Metro Station. Grainger reformed the neighborhood making it cleaner. The street leading out from Grey's Monument (which is a column) goes down to Gateshead. John Dobson and Richard Grainger (the 1830s city architect) built Grey Street. Leaving the column you first come to the Theatre Royal, then posh pubs and cafes - it is a lively area and close to all the stores. The street is mostly famous for its elegant architecture and its seamless integration between buildings and monuments - it was voted the most beautiful street in the UK in a competition organized by the BBC. The street was used to carry goods to the nearby Bigg and Grainger markets, but since it has such a great historical value the trucks were re-routed - to the benefit of most pedestrians.
Located on one of the city's main streets, when you exit from Piccadilly it is curious to see people interspersed with cars and trams. It's one of those places where the people are not used to living with traffic, so cars can be strange for them. It is unusual because it combines street shopping with a high platform from which you can see an interesting view of the area. From there, towards Cross Street, you can see major stores in the city that are very close to Arndale.
This is the most famous street in Liverpool. It is a street which is full of history, particularly music history. It is the place where you can find the legendary establishment known as The Cavern. It is the street where the Beatles began their legendary music career and where generations of the city´s residents and visitors have enjoyed the live music of the highest quality possible. Today, it is the most touristic street of Liverpool. A place to go to relive history and, of course, have a drink. It is very common here to clump tourists and buskers together, to the sound of The Beatles, helping tourists to feel even more comfortable. In my case, the feeling was most curious. Dozens of Real Madrid fans with banners and chants, media recording scenes ... Everything helped to make it memorable.