London's major parks. 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. Click through to read more about each park and the sports, music, theatre and family events taking place there. You're sure to find the perfect spot, whether you're up for a wander or a picnic, want to burn some calories or simply kick back and let nature revitalise you. Share photos and videos on Twitter. 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. How many street market mobilers can say that? Malletti, Soho and Clerkenwell There are two reasons to love Malletti. Yalla Yalla, Soho and Oxford Street You might imagine that modern day Soho is a neutered, vanilla shadow of its once seedy self. Bea's of Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury and St Paul's It is easy to see why Bea's is so popular.
Princi, Soho The Harp, Covent Garden Mooli's, Soho "F*ck the chicken tikka," runs the provocative slogan painted on the wall in the toilet. 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. Antepliler is actually three premises: a cafe, the restaurant and a patisserie, whose various pistachio and walnut baklavas, made with good quality floral honeys, are not to be missed. The restaurant – plain and sturdy, a solid traditional Ottoman space – majors on charcoal-grilled kebabs and dishes cooked in the huge wood-fired oven that squats by the entrance. Best burgers in London. £7 plus 50p for optional bacon.
You have to also factor in £5 for a bucket of mind-blowing chicken wings and £2.50 for chips. Do it! 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. Celebrate St Patrick's Day In London. 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. Here are some of the best places to enjoy the craic. Corrigan’s – In Mayfair, at the culinary home of Irish chef Richard Corrigan, they are celebrating with a week-long festival of Irish food. Bentley’s – At Corrigan’s other restaurant, Bentley’s on Swallow Street, they will be hosting an Irish buffet in the private Jameson Room.