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Aerial photography: Tim Motion www.timmotion.com One of the best things about London is its abundance of open spaces. What's more, spending the day exploring the city's majestic parks is absolutely free. London's major parks
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Central top 10 budget eats Daddy Donkey, Holborn Stalls, vans, mobile trailers: in the last 18 months, London's street food scene has exploded. A new wave of "mobilers" have rolled into town, parked up, and started to offer high-quality takeaway food at highly competitive prices. Such is the current interest that there is even a subset of rival London burrito slingers, including Daddy Donkey, Luardos and Freebird Burritos. For now Daddy Donkey remains the, erm, daddy, so popular that it needs barriers to manage the queue during the lunchtime rush.
West - top 10 budget eats Hereford Road Restaurant, Notting Hill As you would expect from a graduate of Fergus Henderson's St John, chef-owner Tom Pemberton specialises in common-sense cooking. His kitchen works diligently to extract maximum flavour from often neglected ingredients (skirt steak, mutton, mackerel etc) and Pemberton tries to keep the prices down accordingly. At £13, the two-course set lunch is excellent value, but with this feature's self-imposed £10-a-head price limit in mind, the express lunch (£9.50 for a daily changing no-choice main course, a glass of wine and coffee) is an absolute steal. A sample plate of lentils and roasted quail was great.
North London's top 10 budget eats Antepliler, Harringay The main road that runs through Harringay, Green Lanes, is home to several great Turkish restaurants. Three in particular are regularly namechecked by local authorities on such matters: Yayla (429 Green Lanes), Hala (29 Green Lanes) and this gem.
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The Big Six: London pubs with rooms - Hotels, Travel The Fox & Anchor, Smithfield The latest venture of the Hotel du Vin and Malmaison group is this Victorian pub, next to Smithfield meat market. At the pewter-topped bar, real ales are served on tap, while hearty food (pies, steak, fish and chips) can be enjoyed amid the wood panelling and brass of the pub's main room. The bedrooms are more contemporary, with velvet soft furnishings, smart baths and striking photography of the London landmarks after which each of them is named. The Fox & Anchor, 115 Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6AA (020-7250 1300; foxandanchor.com). Doubles start at £125, room only.
Thursday 17th March is St Patrick’s Day – the annual celebration of the patron saint of Ireland and a great excuse for the rest of the world to down pints of Guinness and bowls of Irish stew. London’s official St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will take place this Sunday (March 13th), with colourful floats and marching bands proceeding from Green Park to Trafalgar Square from 12 noon. The square will host the festival programme of live Irish dance and music – a great family day out, and it’s free! Throughout the week and on the 17th itself, lots of London restaurants and bars will be celebrating with Irish-themed menus, drinks, offers and events. Celebrate St Patrick's Day In London