Nancy and I were in London together recently, and here is what we found.

Getting around:

Want a black cab at your disposal at all times?!  Download the new Hailo app onto your iPhone, iPad or Android.  Two taps on your screen and a Hailo taxi driver will respond by name and tell you when your black cab will arrive. We used Hailo in the rain and after the theater.  In our experience, the wait is no more than three minutes – usually less.  If you give Hailo your credit card details, your transaction will be cashless.  Those of you who have used UBER in the US will want to try Hailo in London.  British food goes well beyond porridge:

Chef Yotam Ottolenghi is the man of the hour in London culinary circles.  His inventive, healthy, Mediterranean dishes will expand your pallet to include spices you’ve never experienced.  Ottolenghi’s NOPI Restaurant offers a tasting menu downstairs with a view of the kitchen.  Don’t miss it.

Nopi, 21-22 Warwick Street, London W1B5NE

www.nopi-restaurant.com Ottolenghi has shops across London with prepared foods and exotic spices.  Find them at: https://maps.google.com/maps

For traditional British food, only better, we recommend:

Bellamy’s of Bruton Place,

18-18A Bruton Place, W1J 6LY, London, 207 491 2727

www.bellamysrestaurant.co.uk

 

Culture is food for the soul…

 See ‘The Audience’ with Helen Mirren starring as the Queen meeting with her pantheon of Prime Ministers.  Tickets at: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk

 

We love Tate Modern, but on your next trip take a fresh look at Tate Britain.  The curators have re-hung the Tate’s collection in chronological order to create “Meet 500 Years of British Art”.  You walk from gallery to gallery progressing through British masters, 30 to 50 years at a time.

 

If you have a reason to go out to Primrose Hill/Regent’s Park area, make sure you stop by this wonderful shop, Graham & Greene.  It is right on the main drag and has a delightful selection of traditional to contemporary housewares, gifts and personal accessories.  It’s open six days a week. There are also locations at 4 Elgin Crescent (Notting Hill area) and 340 King’s Road.
http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/