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SAS Captain Christer Lundström shares his best tips to London. Photo: Shutterstock
SAS Captain Christer Lundström shares his best tips to London. Photo: Shutterstock

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Eat and enjoy in London

Christer Lundström has been a SAS pilot for 24 years, flying both long and short haul. London has been a frequent destination, for work and vacation. Here are his favorite restaurants and places for fun in the British capital.

Kensington Church Street is a great place to find good restaurants. Photo: Shutterstock

Osteria Basilico

Hungry? Go to Kensington Church Street where there are at least 10-15 restaurants within a short walk. Is Italian food one of your priorities? One of my favorites is Osteria Basilico. Very rustic, serving Italian food just like they do in Italy. Remember to book in advance!

Osteria Basilico

29 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill Gate, London

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Clos Maggiores

If you're in London and like to be entertained by street artists and exciting happenings, you'll likely put Covent Garden on your "to-do list"! Once there, surprise your partner with a romantic french dinner at Clos Maggiores, which was recently crowned "Most Romantic Restaurant" in London. The setting, the food and the service makes the evening a very memorable experience!

Clos Maggiores

33 King Street, Covent Garden, London

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Ping Pong Dim Sum

Tired of fancy restaurants? Never tried Dim Sum? When in London, now is your chance to make up for that. Dim Sum is steamed, bite-sized Chinese food, perfect for a light lunch. And then there's the name - Ping Pong - just right on the spot! There are 8 restaurants spread around London, so you shouldn't have a hard time finding one nearby. Hope you like it!

Ping Pong Dim Sum

Bow Bells House, 1 Bread St, London EC4M 9BE

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Kids or no kids, The Science Museum is a fascinating experience. Photo: Shutterstock

Science Museum

If you're in London with kids, or just want to explore something fascinating on your own, the Science Museum is the place to go. Entry is as usual free - I've spent hours here and walked away feeling smarter than ever before. The museum has been dedicated to science for over 100 years, and it's still evolving and presenting top end exhibitions of today's modern marvels. The IMAX theatre, the simulators, the special displays - Oh, I just love it! If you can't wait, there is an "Online Science" tab with videos and links to special App's on their home page.

The Science Museum

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London

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Close to Brick Lane you will find the Columbia Road Flower Market. Photo: Shutterstock

Columbia Road Flower Market

To me, strolling around in London has often a lot to do with markets, and there are plenty of them. One of my Sunday favorites is the Columbia Road Flower Market, almost hidden and very close to Brick Lane. The vivid colors and the friendly atmosphere make this a trip worth the effort. But there is much more. Columbia road is filled with small shops selling antiques, vintage clothes and art. If you all of a sudden feel thirsty, there are of course several pubs and cafés just a step away.

Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road, London

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Electric Cinema in Notting Hill, not just any other movie theater. Photo: Shutterstock

Electric Cinema

When we're at it: Portobello Market on Saturdays is a classic, and that's for a reason. You've heard about it a hundred times, so when you're finished bargaining let's move to an establishment just next to the market – Electric Cinema. The setting is so different from many of the cinemas I've experienced abroad. Surviving two world wars, celebrating 100 years in 2011, this is a landmark in cinema history. Limited to 65 leather seats with leg rest and tables, you're in for a treat. If that's to mainstream, try one of the double beds in front with a cozy cashmere blanket for that little extra. Remember to buy some snacks and maybe a drink at the cinemas bar, before you make yourself too comfortable. Book your tickets early!

Electric Cinema

191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London

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Last edited: August 15, 2017

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