We travel the world in 12 hours… without leaving London

Written by Lee Thompson

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Hold on to your hats people, as you’re about to see how I travelled the globe in not 48, not 24 but 12 hours! Yes, you read that correctly. So watch my crazy video below and find out exactly how I managed to travel the world in 12 hours…(Warning: some mild dizziness may ensue)

A quick stop in Moscow for a Banya massage from Oleg

A quick stop in Moscow for a Banya massage from Oleg

Time for a dance with belly dancers in Beirut

Time for a dance with belly dancers in Beirut

Warning: Make sure you watch the video before reading any further! 

I did do it in 12 hours but of course it was all shot right here in London! You didn’t really think I’d make it around the world did you?

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If you want to travel the world in 12 hours, these are the hidden gems in London that appeared in my video and that everyone shoud visit!

Germany: Bavarian Beerhouse in the City. Huge steins of beer (which I didn’t get time to drink) Bavarian grub and oompah music, with staff dressed in dirndls and lederhosen

Turkey: Green Lanes in Harringay London is the best place for traditional Turkish food. You will find women baking delicious Gozleme bread in the windows – just like in Istanbul.

USA: Fat Boys diner in Trinity Buoy Wharf – Classic 1950s-style chrome-and-neon diner with counter stools, great burgers, hotdogs & milkshakes!  Also, check out the really cool breakdancing club in Charing Cross underground station at 6pm on a Friday afternoon.

Thailand: The delightful Buddhapadipa Thai Buddhist Temple sits on a quiet residential street in Wimbledon. All are welcome to this wonderful gem of a place. Sundays are the best days to visit and meet some of the twelve monks that live here including Ruchi (featured in my video) who came over from Thailand just a few months ago.

India: The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir  (popularly known as the ‘Neasden Temple’) is a sanctuary of vibrant Hindu worship in north-west London

China: China Town  – Take a trip into the Far East by walking north from Leicester Square into Chinatown. Happy Lemon does really great Chinese tea and is super poplar so expect to queue!

Related: The delights and challenges of dining alone

Russia: Banya No1 near Old Street  – Authentic Russian Banya. Oleg (featured in my video) is highly recommended! Try the homemade Beetroot Kvass & Crayfish afterwards.

Jamaica: In Brixton there are loads of great Jamaican cafes, shops and restaurants including my new friend Kevin who you can find selling Jamaican souvenirs at Brixton market!

Ghana: Dalston has a large African population and there is no better place to check out really interesting market stalls than Dalston Market. See if you can find the giant snails!

Lebanon: Maroush in Edgware Road where you can see live music & belly dancing every night from 9:30pm. I had a lot of fun here 🙂

So now you know it’s possible, you can travel the world in 12 hours!

And if you love London as much as I do then please share this blog!

Cheers,

Lee

Jamaica man! In Brixton

Jamaica man! In Brixton


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