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Introducing London

London is the capital city of both England and the United Kingdom (UK). It has a lot to offer to those who care to navigate in the right way – beyond the Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and the Madame Tussad’s Wax Museum. Of course these instantly recognizable and most famous landmarks, including the Big Ben and the Westminster Abbey to name a few others, form a captivating and historical narrative of the ancient city. But enhancing the architectural character further are modern additions such as The Shard and the Wembley Stadium. London offers densely packed urban centers as well as open vistas and serene landscapes with some amazing pubs and cafes, some by the picturesque River Thames. The tube, that is the city’s underground railway service, is the oldest in the world. The public transportation network here is considered to be one of the best in the world. From being home to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to becoming a major financial capital in the world – London has done it all.


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Best Time to Visit

London has temperate maritime climate with moderate temperatures during most of the year. During summers, the average temperature is around 21–24°C. Winters can get really cold with average temperature ranging around 5–8 °C but London does not regularly witness a significant amount of snowfall. The busiest tourist season in London is during late spring and warm summer months, that is from May to September. During Christmas and year-end too there is a mad rush of tourists flocking the city to shop and enjoy the festive season.  It is ideal to book well in advance if you plan to go during these months and expect high prices and crowded tourist spots. From October to November and March to April are relatively slower tourist seasons where the weather can be unpredictable and unpleasant. January and February are usually not preferred as the temperatures fall too low and rainfall becomes frequent and heavy – if you don’t mind the weather, it is cheaper to visit London during this off season.  

History & Culture

London is deeply soaked in history which can be seen in the antique buildings and landscapes. In the 17th century, London lost one-fifth of its population in the Great Plague and then the Great Fire of London caused massive destruction. Since then, the city has rebuilt itself and grown multifold. In terms of population, London is a city of multicultural people. Thousands of people came to London seeking work as a result of the Industrial Revolution. At the beginning of the 20th century immigrants from other European countries came and later people from Britain’s colonies settled in London. 

The city is a paradise for art and theatre enthusiasts. The British Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world, housing more than seven million artifacts from across the world, across eras. The National Gallery houses a great selection of European paintings while the Tate Gallery has works of modern art. London’s theatres still perform the best renditions of the works of Shakespeare and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden hosts big orchestras. As you look for a cultural dose in the city, it is always a great idea to visit neighborhoods rather than particular attractions to really enjoy the vibe of a place. And do it all while you walk (a lot!) and commute on a hop-on-hop-off bus – that’s indeed the best way to see London.



London is situated on River Thames in the south of England and it is one of the most important urban centers in all of Europe. Geographically, the tidal river runs from East to South-West and is the most important feature of the city which cuts it into northern and southern halves. Built in the river basin, the city is on lowland and generally flat. It has been flooded several times and hence the Thames Barrier was built to protect the city. The West End of the city includes government district Westminster, shopping streets around Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, some famous cinemas, theatres and bars. The area to the south of the Thames River is a cultural hub with many concert halls, museums and theatres. Beautiful panoramas of London by the river can be seen from vast parks like Kew Gardens or structures like the Hampton Court Palace. 



Things to Do in London

Sherlock Home's
Visiting Sherlock’s home is like visiting a fictional history. And after reading the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, with their vivid attention to detail, it’s hard to believe that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective never actually existed. His flat at 221B Bakers Street in London, is a core attraction in London and it surely draws everyone’s attention. The buildings address is the most famous one in fiction, it also consist of the messy room as quirky and complex as its resident, serves as study, drawing room, laboratory, library and office for Holmes and Watson. 
Harry Potter set at Warner Bros Studio
Harry Potter is a sequence of dream novels written by author J.K Rowling. A story of a boy who lived singled out by Lord Voldemort at the birth to be his greatest rival.  So, what are you waiting for? Discover the secrets of the most bewitching book and film franchise. Immerse yourself in the meticulously designed sets of the movies and also get a chance to fly your own broomstick at Warner Bros Studio. End your tour with a Thames Boat Cruise and cross under the bridge that was destroyed by Death Eaters in “Harry Potter and Half blood Prince”. 
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This temple is aesthetically brilliant and technically precise as the beauty and discipline behind mandir architecture enjoys a long and celebrated history. It is popularly known as “Neasden temple”, the mandir is traditional place of Hindu worship designed and constructed all according to ancient Vedic architectural texts- using no structural steel. It has “Abhishek Mandap” which is spectacular marble chamber on the lower floor of the main mandir housing the sacred image of “Shri Nilkanth Varni”(the teenage form of Bhagwan Shri Swaminarayan). The murti of “Shri Nilkanth Varni” has calm and resolute look.  Over 3000 volunteers inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj contributed their time and immense efforts for converting this mandir into reality. 
Kayaking on the Thames
Are you looking for a real challenge? Then, Kayaking on the Thames is the perfect adventure for you and your group. However, if you are thinking of Kayaking in particular location then it is also a good option to make your visit worthwhile. But please note down that Kayaking differs from that of canoeing due to the shape of the boat. 
london metro
The London underground rail network is a great way to travel to and from central London and will be integral part of the most people’s stay in the U.K capital. Greater London is served by 11 hose lines, along with the Docklands Light Railway. And an interrelated Local train. These trains generally run between 5am midnight i.e. from Monday to Saturday with reduced working hours on Sunday. The tube fare depends on how far you travel, time of the day and how you pay. 
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Hyde park is one of the London’s 8 royal parks and covers 350 acres filled with greenery, peace and activities. It is a very popular hotspot loved by both tourists and Londoners. And if sun treats well make sure that you will spend quality time at Hyde Park. Take a box full of Sandwiches, and a basket full of fruits, juices, and whatever you like and have a good time with your partner. Enjoy!! 
Oxford street
Mayor of London says- Oxford Street will be pedestrianised by 2020. Because all traffic includes buses and taxis will be banned from the shopping street. As, more than four million people visit Oxford Street each week.  Cars are already banned on the most of Oxford between 7:00 to 19:00 everyday apart from Sunday. But it is the far safer and more pleasant place to visit. 
300 year old tea shop
Twining Tea Shop is 300 year old tea shop that brought tea to the English people, not to mention the Queen herself. If you love history along with a good cup of tea then this is a place you shouldn’t miss. It is a place squeezed between two ample buildings. But the tale of twining tea goes back even more than 300 years and it actually starts with coffee. As the tea was new exotic, and public had to be educated about the benefits drinking it. So, the coffee houses published pamphlets explaining tea’s many merits. 


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It Was A Demonstration Of True Flamingo Spirit!
It Was A Demonstration Of True Flamingo Spirit!

It Was A Demonstration Of True Flamingo Spirit!

I would like to share my experience of 'Eureka Europe' - Flamingo Travels! This travel story of mine happened at approx 3200 meters on Mt Titlis, Switzerland. By narrating this story I am trying to introduce you to the true Flamingo spirit! Our trip was indeed memorable because it was our honeymoon! Flamingo is the best in business because they know to touch hearts and being our honeymoon, they made sure that we get an extra night in Paris. We arrived a day early to Paris and got time to explore the city of love! We couldn't ask for more! After Paris and a few other wonderful destinations, we arrived in Switzerland. Our third day at Switzerland was planned for Mt Titles. Being a very beautiful place, Mt. Titlis experiences a heavy rush of tourist every day. Mr. Kiran Patel being our guide was very supportive of his approach and guiding us throughout the trip! Kiran Bhai instructed us really well about the situations in advance, so we all members were ready on time in the morning. We reached on the mountain earlier than other tours and we enjoyed the great weather and exciting snow activities without any rush. Our lunch was scheduled for 12:30 pm at the first base of Mt. Titlis, at the restaurant named as Trubsee. All members were supposed to reach there by the time. Now comes the tricky part! On the top of the mountain, there is a very popular PhotoStudio(www.phototitlis.ch) which dresses up the tourists in a traditional way and clicks a very beautiful photo for a souvenir. As it was our honeymoon, we thought to have a memorable photo for ourselves as well. It was already 11:30 so I told Kiran Bhai to leave for the lunch as we will come down ourselves after photo shoot to join everyone by the lunchtime. He agreed and all our tour members started leaving by 360° ropeway. But there was a trouble! It was almost 12:30 and we still were in a que. I called Kiran Bhai and make him aware of the situation. He told me to be calm and continue with the shoot as lunch is not yet started. It's about 12:50 and still, we were in a queue. Lunch was about to finish downstairs. There were other tourists in the queue with us. As the time passes by, many of their respective tour guides started internal arguments regarding time issues with the passengers. Their tour guides were blaming the passengers for being late and literally forcing them to leave the queue and skip the photo shoot, or else no one will be responsible if they miss the tour. It was surprising and strange for us. We were feeling fortunate as our tour guide was being very supportive. It was about 1:00 now, we were getting panic and thought of leaving the queue as it was a time to leave for a bus. I called Kiran Bhai again to start leaving or the ground as we will skip the lunch and join all directly on the bus. Now is the beautiful part. Kiran Bhai literally convinced us that it is absolutely fine that we would be late, as all other passengers were aware of the situation and they told Kiran Bhai that they would wait for us. It was so overwhelming for us! We finished shoot around 1:30 pm, one hour late! We rushed to the ropeway and reached Trubsee at 1:45. Everyone along with Kiran Bhai was happily waiting for us. They all made sure that we do not skip the delicious Pavbhaji of Trubsee. As we started having lunch, co-passengers started leaving for the ground. Mr. Kiran Bhai was waiting especially for us and he came down with us. We had a very good photo memory which we shared with everyone. It was family like feeling which words can't describe. We were truly blessed to have such family-like co-passengers and a guide! It was a demonstration of true Flamingo spirit!
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It wasn’t meant to be but it turned out to be a solo trip to Norway, Paris and Bruges…and what a trip it was…Excellent. Flamingo Travels is so far my best tour operator yet.The itinerary was carefully thought through and well balanced. The trip represented great travel for the cost. My booking was easy, the pre-information packet was timely and thorough. Interim questions were handled promptly and thoroughly, including going out of their way to help me with some hard to get reservations. The organization of the tour and the accommodations were excellent. The transfers were perfect and done with a high class Mercedes vehicle. Everything worked like clockwork. However, it was the genius of the itinerary, coupled with  two professionals, Nirali and Hiren, that put this trip into the A plus category.

I would highly recommend this company to anyone wanting a fun, relaxed, enjoyable holiday with fine cultural food - they will deliver!

The only trouble is "I want to go back for more"! A wonderful trip.

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