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Derby at White Hart Lane

Tottenham fans, White Hart Lane

Going to a football match in Britain is something else. It is not just a football match – it is a unique experience.

I have been at White Hart Lane, the home of Tottenham Hotspur, in North East London a few times now and every time I go there I get blown away by the atmosphere. The cheers from the crowd roaring inside the stadium can be almost deafening and people are singing during the entire match. What is different with Barclays Premier League from many other football leagues is that it is not only the biggest matches between the biggest teams that attract big audiences. Almost every match is packed with people and the atmosphere can be just as intense – if not more intense – in a smaller stadium than in the major ones.

Chelsea - Cole & Drogba

Chelsea stars Drogba and Cole

I recently visited a friend in London and went to the derby match between Tottenham and Chelsea. We started off by having lunch (classic football food: burgers and chips) close to the stadium with some other fans, discussing possible starting lineups, goal scorers and final score. The match ended 1-1 with Chelsea missing a penalty late in the game – to my great relief.

After the match we walked with the rest of the crowd (most of them still singing) to the bus stop and took a bus to Angel where my friend lives. We ended the day with a really nice dinner at a the local gastropub around the corner, called The Alma. London really is packed with great pubs!

The Alma

The Alma, a great gastropub in Islington

So, even if you are not that much into football, I can definitely recommend you to go to a football match in Britain. Tickets vary in price but doesn’t necessarily have to cost more than they do in the Nordics – but the entertainment is so much better!

Read more about the league and how to see a match at our football website.
See where White Hart Lane is located on our Britain Map.
Find The Alma on our Britain Map.

Come on you Spurs!
/Carl

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Vintage Cars at Historic Car Run

On Sunday it is time for the 77th running of the world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (LBVCR).

The first run was held in 1896 and is the oldest still running motoring event. The next run was held in 1927 as a re-enactment of the 1896 Run and after that the run has been held every November, with exception for the year 1947 (because of the petrol rationing) and the war years. The run is not a race, but an endurance event and as the name suggests it goes along the 60 mile long historic route from London to Brighton.

This year 567 vehicles, representing 23 nations from all over the world participate in the run. The run features 166 different marques, covering one of the most important periods of motor car development, from the 2 cylinder 2 h.p. 1895 Peugeot to the 4 cylinder 20 h.p. 1904 Renault.

The run starts at the Hyde Park Start line in London at 7.04pm on Sunday the 7th of November and then leave in pairs until approximately 8.40am. All vehicles travel at approximately 20mph (32km/h) and will start to arrive at Preston Park in Brighton from 10.05am (see detailed entry list on LBVCR’s website). The spectating of the run is free and can be viewed from the roadside along the 60-mile route.

Except for the run on Sunday, the whole weekend is full of activities, starting on Friday the 5th of November with LBVCR Auction by Bonhams and continues with the LBVCR International Concours on Saturday. So find your binoculars and prepare for a weekend full of beautiful veteran cars.

Find your way to the start line in London or the finish line in Brighton on our Britain Map or read more about the run on LBVCR’s website: http://www.lbvcr.com.

Enjoy!
– Towe

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Heaven for a shoe lover

Selfridges new shoe gallery. No wonder this attracts a shoe lover like Pernilla....

Swedish celebrity and shoe lover Pernilla Wahlgren was in London recently for the opening of the new shoe gallery at Selfridges. The biggest shoe department in the world! I had a chat with Pernilla to find out some more about her love for shoes!

Too many shoes! I can't decide!!!

Pernilla, we know you had loads of shoes before you went to London. How many pairs do you have in your collection now?

“Well, I haven’t counted them but there are probably a 100 of them. And I bought 5 new shoes at Selfridges..(!), so perhaps there are 105 of them now”?

What did you like most about the new shoe gallery?

“I was impressed that there is something for all wallets, even if you don’t have that much money to spend you can easily find something. But there are of course all the luxury brands as well. And what I especially liked was that you can walk around and look at luxury brands like Louboutin, and still feel comfortable, even if you don’t can afford to buy anything.  I don’t always feel comfortable doing that”.

Pernilla's new London shoes.

You spent a whole day at Selfridges, but if you only have an hour or so, what should a visitor focus on you think?

“As a shoe addict – don’t miss the shoe gallery, of course. And then I heard they have a fortune teller! I will definitely pay her a visit next time! And then I would suggest visiting the children’s departement, if you have kids…”

Afternoon tea at The Berkeley.

Pernilla Wahlgren spent two days in London, and besides spending time at Selfridges she also had time for a fashionistas afternoon tea (my favourite!) – the Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley Hotel.

Find your way to Selfridges with our Britain Map and read more about the store in our blog post “World’s biggest destination for shoe lovers”.

To find our more about Pernilla’s London visit, click here, to view all her posts on London. Write the word “London” in the search engine.

And don’t miss Pernilla’s other posts of her trip to London here on our blog, where she gives her favourite tips to the city.

-Helene-

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The Javelin – already an important part of 2012

Olympic Park, London. Credit: London2012

On a recent trip to London, I had the privilege of a close-up view of the Olympic Park, it was amazing to see how quickly this incredible build is progressing. The Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre are taking shape and I’m convinced they will be worthy icons for our great capital and the games in 2012.

I was also lucky enough to experience one of the improved transport links that is already in place to serve Londoners and visitors for the games. I was so impressed I made a short film!

The Olympic Javelin Shuttle is a high-speed shuttle service that takes just seven minutes to get from St Pancras International to Stratford, a journey that would normally take, ‘quite a long time’ by underground!

This will be a major part of linking the games to the rest of Britain, so visitors can comfortably commute from the Midlands, Scotland and Northern England to the games. It is expected that over 80% of Olympic spectators will travel to and from the venues by rail. Services to the Olympic Park are projected to have a capacity of 240,000 travellers per hour, with around 25,000 of those using the Javelin service!

And you know what? For a train, I think it’s rather attractive. What do you think?

/Gary

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Damn good coffee!

After my dad had been on my back about it for a while, I finally started watching the classic tv crime series Twin Peaks a few weeks ago. I never watched it on it’s first tv run (possibly because I was 7 years old back then) and it is just, for lack of a better word, fantastic. The eccentric FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper has become a favorite of mine, particularly his unpredictable changes of conversation – from the really brutal and serious matters in his work to the utterly trivial, like the “damn good coffee” that he takes “black as midnight on a moonless night” or the “fantastic trees” they have growing up in Washington. David Lynch really did succeed in combining humour and thriller in a very unique way.

Have you, like me, rediscovered this beautifully bizarre tv series? Or would you like to? Then you will fancy this:

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first UK broadcast of Twin Peaks. To celebrate, the Battersea Arts Centre in London presents a weekend-long programme of theatre and film inspired by the series – including a 32 hour all-nighter cinema screening of all episodes in the Grand Hall!

The event will take place on 23-24 October, read more about it here. It seems to be sold out at the moment but keep an eye on it – sometimes you can get hold of tickets closer to the event. You need to bring your own pillow to sit on but don’t worry, cherry pie and coffee “black as midnight on a moonless night” will of course be served. Find your way to Battersea Arts Centre with our Britain Map.

Enjoy!

/Carl

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London top 5 – by Pernilla Wahlgren

Swedish popstar and musical performer Pernilla Wahlgren is in London at the moment and I asked her to give us her top five experiences in the city.

Most Swedes will know that Piccadilly Circus was the song that made Pernilla famous in the 80’s.  But there is more to London than Piccadilly Circus. Even if you’re name is Pernilla Wahlgren!

Pernilla’s London top 5 :

1. Selfridges for great shopping!
2. Go and see at least ONE musical!
3. Madame Tussauds if you visit London with your family.

4.
Afternoon tea at the Berkeley Hotel!
5. NOBU for great food!

And Piccadilly Circus – Of course!! 🙂

One of Pernilla’s favourites below – Selfridges – heaven for shoe lover Pernilla – and all the rest of us around the world! I wonder how many shoes Pernilla will have in her closest after this…

Read more about Pernilla’s great experiences in London in our previous post Pernilla Wahlgren’s favourite London on her own blog Pernillas Värld.

-Helene

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Pernilla Wahlgren’s favourite London

Glamour, a love for fashion, shoes, good food – and a passion for London.

I asked Swedish superstar Pernilla Wahlgren to tell us about her top experiences in the city, her favourite British brands and to share some of her great travel experiences from the past!

Q: What inspires you to go to London? I really love London for the great shopping , the fantastic restaurants and hotels, and of course for all the musicals you can see there!

Q: Who is your favourite British designer: Stella McCartney

Q: Favourite British brand: Habitat

Q: Favourite British film: Notting Hill

Q: Favourite British actor/actress: Hugh Grant

Q: Favourite British TV series: X-factor

Q: Favourite British pop band: Coldplay

Q: I never travel without .. ? A cosy pillow for the flight. Good hair products, my facial creams and make-up!

Q: Your craziest memory of London? When I went to Stock Atkin Waterman’s Christmas party in the 80’s. All their record artists were invited and I didn’t know anyone but was sitting at the same table as Rick Astley and Bananarama!

Q: Your best travel experience ever: My first shopping trip to London with my best friend in the eighties! We really shopped till we dropped…!  (The images from Pernilla’s private album tells you the story!).

The first time I went to Thailand was magic!

Q: Your worst travel experience: When I was in New York for the first time I almost missed my plane home , because I were shopping and forgot the time completely!!

And dear readers, please come back tomorrow and I will tell you about Pernilla’s top five tips for London.

In the meanwhile, you can also have a look at Pernillas Värld.

Bye for now.

-Helene

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