Making the move to London, be it for work or study, is a fantastic and exciting opportunity. If you have a friend or loved one moving over here, then it’s likely that you’ll want to give them a great leaving gift. And what better than an item that they can use to further discover their new abode?
The following are 5 more unusual gifts that any intrepid traveller will be delighted to receive. After all, what’s better than a present that really does allow you to explore the ‘hidden’ depths of the city you’re about to reside in!
London’s Hidden Walks: Volume 1 (Explore London)
There’s no better way of discovering what a city has to offer than by travelling on your own two feet. And in a city with as much history as London, each and every stroll unearths fascinating facts that might never get discovered if only using public transport, taxis or the car.
London’s Hidden Walks features 13 easy to follow jaunts that combine the capital’s tumultuous history with a social and economic overview of the city. One of the best things about these ‘hidden walks’ is that the book doesn’t simply provide a history lesson about where the walks take you. In addition to the practicalities, each includes personal tales of historical characters who’ve trodden the very same path as the reader is about to follow. Add to this a wealth of photographs, pictures and maps, and you’ve got a compulsive read that encourages the reader to tread ever further onwards on their mission of discovery.
A fabulous gift for anyone who yearns to find out more about their home (or soon to be new home) town.
Secret London – Unusual Bars and Restaurants
Part of the ‘Jonglez Guides’ series of books, this is a gem of a present. One of the challenges in London that many find is knowing which restaurants, cafes and bars offer unique and quality experiences. And this Secret London guide really does give offer of the more unusual places that the visitor probably wouldn’t even come across without a little insider information.
Each and every one of the establishments listed have been discovered by those in the know – people who are experts on the city, and it’s social eateries and watering holes. For example, discover where you can eat curry for free in a Sikh Temple, or visit a haunted bar that contains an ancient stone that marks the dead centre of the City.
Not only does the guide provide you with intriguing places to visit and socialize, but it also provides a fascinating and alternative look into the history of what is perhaps the most exciting city on the planet. Even those with a great knowledge of London will be amazed at the wealth of little known bars and restaurants included in the book.
There are 100 establishments detailed within its pages, with information on each one. The book includes places that will appeal to all, including those who enjoy bizarre food choices, cocktails, quirky décor, world food lovers and history. And for those who like the clubbing scene, there’s also a good selection of some of the more unusual clubs that can be found within the city.
London: The Information Capital: 100 maps and graphics that will change how you view the city
The graphics and maps have taken countless amounts of data and combined this with creative design to produce detailed infographics that reveal the city in a truly 21st century manner. For example, learn about police helicopters catching criminals, or how flights stack over Heathrow Airport. Even learn where Londoners love to tweet, or which borough of the city is the ‘happiest’.
The graphics are superb, but when you add in a well-written, witty view of city life, this becomes an outstanding read. This is surely a gift that will be extremely well received by those who already live in London, as well as newcomers to the city.
The Handy London Map and Guide
For a newcomers and weathered Londoners alike, this is a superbly easy to follow map and guide book. It’s a nice, compact size that fits easily into a pocket or handbag, making it perfect for carrying at all times. For those that are new to the city, the addition of all the places of interest detailed within is invaluable. The book lists how to get to each of them whether walking, or using The Tube or buses. It also includes a map of The Tube system, and a handy list of bus routes and bus numbers.
The guide is split into sections of the different types of places to visit. This includes theatres, museums and the ‘must see’ top tourist attractions.
The London Board Game
Who can resist a decent board game? And this little gem is all about a race though the London Underground train system – more commonly known as ‘The Tube’. The aim of the game is to travel to a variety of famous London landmarks, navigating various hazards and station closures along the way. The winner is the first person to visit all of their specified landmarks, and return to the station at which they started.
This is a great family game, suitable for 2-6 players. In addition to being great fun, it provides the players with a fabulous introduction to the London Underground system if not already familiar with it. But it’s not necessary to ‘know’ London before you play it – because the ‘hazard’ cards are likely to send you way off route. This means that a player who has never used The Underground train system has as much chance of winning as a seasoned Londoner. Great fun for all ages…