Hi, I'm Y.E., a 44 year-old, self confessed foodie and expat turned local who has been calling London my home for the past 4 years. I am from Malaysia originally, and have travelled to 34 countries, lived in 5 countries before finally settling down in London in 2019. What I am offering is not your usual touristy London guided trip so look away now if you are expecting the typical London tourist attractions such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Oxford street..etc. Named as one of the best cities in the world in a recent survey, London has so much more to offer beyond the tourist attractions. I will show you my favorite hidden gems of the city and how to explore and enjoy London at a leisure, relaxing pace. Here's a list of some highlights of your trip: * Home cook dinners - learn how to make & enjoy delicious homecook meals from Cordon Bleu Paris trained private chef * Daily morning scenic run down the canal & local parks * Guided tour around Islington, my favourite neighbourhood in London * Gourmet picnic in the park or on a picnic boat while we cruise down the canal * Fun-filled comedy night at local pub * Night out at a jazz bar or a movie/play night independent boutique theatre (where you can order food & cocktails from the bar to be sent to your cozy sofa seat before the show begins) * Cozy night playing boardgames/watching Netflix/exchanging interesting world traveling stories with fellow trip mates over meals/drinks at the comfort of your cozy holiday apartment * Short trip to Whitstable, a quaint English seaside village where we will end the tour. You can opt to go back to London or stay longer/carry on your trip from Whitstable. The cost of the trip includes: i. Accommodations in London & Whitstable with your own bedroom in a cozy cottage/apartment (double/twin sharing at a discounted rate per pax is subject to room availability) ii. Free cooking lessons to make 2-3 simple but delicious meals (fresh pasta, chinese/malaysian cuisine, and a traditional french roasted chicken recipe. (cost of ingredients not included) iii. Gourmet picnic basket in the park/on the canal (with a hired boat) vi. Return train rides to Whitstable from London Expenses NOT included: i. Cost of your flights ii. London public transportation - train/bus/underground in London and Whitstable iii. Grocery and food shops for shared home cook meals during your stay iv. Other optional eating-out & activities expenses (eg bar, comedy show, play/movie, boat ride) and anything else not mentioned in the inclusion list For accommodation, you will be staying at a cozy and stylish townhouse close to central London (~15-30min on bus/train) and a seafront apartment or hotel in Whitstable, where everyone gets their private bedroom. Please note that in London, I won't be staying in the same apartment but my flat will be near by and I will be joining everyone at the apartment first thing in the morning each day. If this sounds like your kind of city escapade, get in touch with me, and let's have a chat!
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Arrival in London. We will meet and check in at our accommodation in London around noon. The exact address and time will be provided when the trip is confirmed and I will coordinate with each of you on your arrival time to make sure you get to the place smoothly upon arrival. We will be staying in a cozy townhouse in a nice neighborhood in east London, that's close to central. I will prepare a delicious welcome home-cooked dinner on the first evening where everyone can relax and get to know each other better over the meal. And if you fancy, you're more than welcome to help me in the kitchen and get hands-on cooking lessons on how to make dinner, which is one of my favorite dishes learned when I was trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. After dinner, depending on how everyone feels, we have the option to stay in and watch Netflix, play board games, or head out to a local speakeasy bar for some drinks and live music before ending the day.
Optional early morning scenic run down the canal/local parks: * Gourmet picnic in the park or on a picnic boat down the canal * Fun-filled stand-up show local comedy club * A fine group dinner one of my favorite Michelin Guide restaurants * Night out at jazz bar * Movie or play night independent boutique theatre (where you can order food & cocktails from the bar to be sent to your cozy sofa seat before the show begins) * Cozy night playing boardgames/watching Netflix/exchanging interesting world-traveling stories with fellow trip mates over meals/drinks at the comfort of your cozy holiday apartment
Escape the tourist crowds and attractions to get a first-hand view of how Londoners live. There are lots of things to do in London, from local markets to exploring parks, or seeing comedy shows in the city you’ll never be bored!
A trip to Whitstable from London on the train. Whitstable is a quaint, seaside town on the north coast of Kent. We will be staying at a modern stylish seaside house in Whitstable. Similarly, everyone will have a private bedroom. Activities: - Walking along the pebbly beach - Oysters and seafood lunch - Whitstable Castle - Whitstable Harbour
After breakfast, we will explore Whitstable’s arty side with a wander round its galleries. Whitstable is like no other town by the sea. Its traditional charms, rich maritime history and strong arts culture complements the modern town.
On our last day, we will go over any last-minute wishes spots we want to explore either in London or any other location nearby. On the last day everyone will alight their schedule and I will support you with any help about your next destination.
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