London

Searching for Smiley

Searching for Smiley

George Smiley no longer lived in No. 9. I knew it as soon as I saw the new door. Red. A come-hither hue so incongruent to, well, everything George is known to us to be. His abhorrence for attention. His diffident nature. Perhaps, if the goal was to hide in plain sight, a shouty red door would be the perfect blind for a tubby, clumsy, bespectacled man who would ordinarily merit no more than a passing glance. But…a red door would just be too much, I think.

How to Save $400 on Philippine Airlines Flights to London

How to Save $400 on Philippine Airlines Flights to London

SGMT —  Four words: fly through Hong Kong. Yep. Because of…reasons…a Manila-London-Manila ticket will actually be cheaper — and not just cheaper but cheaper by 400 US dollars — if you tack on a Hong Kong-Manila leg and a Manila-Hong Kong leg. –

The Painted Hall

The Painted Hall

SGMT | Painted Hall, London  — Exactly a year ago, at the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, London. It was our first day out and about in London. Our friends had asked us where we wanted to go and we’d said we’d […]

Eating Cheaply in London: How to Spend Only £4 a Day on Meals

Eating Cheaply in London: How to Spend Only £4 a Day on Meals

SGMT – It’s surprisingly easy to eat cheaply in London — one of the most expensive cities in the world — if you’re not too picky and don’t mind convenience store food. It’s a big if, but when traveling you have to work with what you […]

The Best Cheap London Hostels: 15 under 1500 php (Part 2)

The Best Cheap London Hostels: 15 under 1500 php (Part 2)

London lodgings are expensive — even Sherlock needed someone to go halves with him on 221B! — but these 15 hostels strike a good balance between comfort, location, and most of all, price. Here are 15 London hostels with beds less than PHP 1,500 ($33/£23). […]

The Best Cheap London Hostels: 15 under 1500 php

The Best Cheap London Hostels: 15 under 1500 php

London lodgings are expensive — even Sherlock needed someone to go halves with him on 221B! — but these 15 hostels strike a good balance between comfort, location, and most of all, price. Here are 15 London hostels with beds less than PHP 1,500 ($33/£23). […]