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London England Travel Tips | East Vs West City Guide

September 12, 2019

Welcome back to the channel. I’m Alex. I’m Marko. You’re watching Vagabrothers. And in this video, we’ll be exploring London in two different ways: East/ West. We’re here with Visa and their contactless cards, which allows us to pay for our travels worldwide without taking out any cash or getting stuck with leftover local currency at the end of the trip. Visa challenged us to explore the city in two different ways. I’m taking the West. And I’ll be exploring the East. We’re going to be showing you how to do the same city in two slightly different styles without taking out a single pound. The adventure begins now. Maybe we can be up for a pint halfway through, brother. Have a good time. Sounds good. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the west side of London. Historically, this was the side where the nobility congregated, the royal family lives. It’s a little bit cleaner. It’s a little bit quieter, a little more classy. If you have a taste for the finer things in life, this is the side for you. And I am very excited to explore the west side of London, but I’m hungry. So first things first, it’s time to eat. The first stop is Sketch in London, a collection of five different restaurants as famous for their food as they are for their highly Instagramable aesthetic. Let’s eat. Right now we are in the glade. It’s been described as a modern forest fairytale. Definitely feels like Alice in Wonderland in here, but I’m excited. I got lunch on the way, a couple of courses, and this is going to be a delicious meal. Welcome to East London, the industrial side of the city. It’s full of factories. It’s crisscrossed with canals that connected the port of London to the industrial cities in the north of England But these days the factories are mostly shut down, and they’ve been converted to artists residencies, startup hubs, and cool businesses like the place I’m going for lunch. Welcome to Crate and Hackney Wick. This is a former factory that’s been converted into a micro brewery and a pizzeria. We’ve got some local beers, everything from a session IPA to an amber and a stout. And we got some local pizzas. This one here has dal on it, which pays homage to East London’s Indian community. Some of the best curries in the world are found here in this part of the city. We also have a sweet potato and gorgonzola pizza, and overall this a beautiful place to have some beer right on one of the historic canals. Let’s dig in. I love East London because it’s a very different side of what you might expect in the city. A lot of us think of Big Ben and the Tower of London and all the sort of classic British icons, but this is totally different. It’s creative; it’s diverse, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s a great place to spend your time in London. All right ladies and gentlemen, I am at the Marriott at the Library Tea Room just opposite Parliament, and it’s tea time. I’ve recently learned that there’s two ways to do this: The Devonshire way or the Cornish way. Essentially, if you put the cream on first and then the jam, it’s the Devonshire way. And if you do it the opposite way, it’s the Cornish way. I’ve opted for the Devonshire way, and I’m not quite sure why. Either way you do it, they’re pretty tasty. The reason this is called the Library is because …take a look around. It was a library for the county of London. This used to be the county hall, and I’m surrounded by over 4,000 books, most of which coming from the 1800s. So it’s nice… great view, great food, great tea, and surrounded by the classics. Well, it’s been fun out east but just got a text from Alex inviting me for a pint on neutral territory. So it’s time to head west. Cheers. How’s your day been so far? It’s been a really good day. I had a fine dining experience. Had a spot of tea, and I even learned how to cream a scone the Devonshire way. Very classic London. I myself have been on the east side. It’s a little bit different than what you kind of see in the tourist brochures. It’s a lot more trendy. There’s tons of street art. It’s been a really cool place to explore so far, but this pub is excellent. I love it. Personally, every time I come to the UK, I go straight to the pub and I have one of these warm beers. I love them. Cask ales, brother. Real ale. The cool thing about right now is you’re over on the east side; I’m on the west side, but it doesn’t mean that there has to be beef. There isn’t beef except for Beef Wellington. There’s Beef Wellington actually on the menu. We could have gotten that. We could split it 50/50 right down the middle. Great food. Quaffable pints. Excellent pub. Not a bad way to end day one. See you tomorrow. All right. Nothing quite as luxurious as breakfast in bed. Fruit platter and far too many newspaper choices to choose from. The English are known for their breakfast, and this place does a twist on a classic. It’s forty floors above the city. It’s open 24/7, and it’s known for its duck and waffle breakfast, hence the name Duck and Waffle.. I’m going to have their famous dish and start my day off with a twist. This is great. It’s like a twist on the chicken and waffles, which is popular in the US, but duck…wooo…very good. In this video were exploring East and West, but before those distinctions existed, there was just London. Today I’m at the Tower of London, a castle that’s nearly a thousand years old, built atop the Roman settlement of Londinium, and we are in for something really special. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a beautiful morning here in London. I’m with yeoman sergeant Rob Fuller. And today we quite literally have the keys to the castle of the Tower of London. We’re going to go on a little secret tour, find out some of the hidden histories and explore this iconic landmark. Shall we? Yeah, come on. Let’s go. This is pretty incredible. We’ve just come across Queen Elizabeth’s walkway and right now we are in the room in which Queen Elizabeth I was held. She was imprisoned here for a couple of months before she became the Queen and went on to become one of the longest reigning monarchs in English history, right? Yeah, forty five years. Did a good job. Beat off the Spanish Armada You guys must have taken good care of her. Yeah, she’s very iconic. I’m very excited for our next stop because if you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with old maps and globes. And we are at the workshop of Bellerby and Co globe makers. I’ve been following them on Instagram for years. They are perhaps the world’s greatest globe makers, and we’re here in real life to meet with the artists and the founder and learn about how they make some of the most beautiful globes I’ve ever seen in my life. We’re in Stoke Newington in East London, and we’re going to see how they make these amazing works of art. Let’s go Can you tell us who you are, where we are, and what you guys do? My name’s Peter Bellerby, and this is Bellerby and Co. We are bespoke globe makers, and we create some of the most amazing and handmade and personalized globes that are made and shipped all around the world. What goes into making one of your globes? It starts with a creative process with our illustrators and designers who will help make the cartography to go on each person’s individual globe. Then the process goes to globe makers and painters and switches back and forth between them. Finally, the globe maker will attach the twelve cores onto the globe, and the painter will put in the final details before we then ship it out to a clients all around the world. This has been a special treat. This is a beautiful, beautiful workshop. I’m obsessed with all of these globes. I would love to buy one, although I think that if I were to use my card, I’d probably have to increase my credit limit just slightly to purchase one of these. It’s been really cool to see the artisans who are behind the craft and if you have not already, I highly recommend that you go follow Bellerby @GlobeMakers on Instagram. But now it’s time to go meet up with Alex. Welcome to East London. What do you think so far? Awesome. It’s a little bit different from over on the west side, but I really love it, too. It’s cool. I think it’s really cool. There’s a lot of pop ups around here, and this place in particular has a dozen different restaurants all in one spot, a couple different bars. We’ve got the selection of food. Pretty eclectic, honestly. Definitely very different from what I’ve experienced so far in London. But I’m glad I’m getting a sample of some of the newer hipper places. I mean all of London is really like a collision of a bunch of different cultures, and I think out here on the east, they really embrace that. You see a lot of fusion foods. You know? Bon appetite. Totally. So good. I also notice most of these places don’t even accept cash anymore. It’s crazy. One of the cool things about London is that it is one of the most cashless cities in the world. And you can use it for everything, even paying for your taxi, going on the metro. You don’t even have to load up your metro card. You can use the credit card directly. And all the street vendors down below, they even said they don’t accept cash. Give me some of this now. I’m eating your bun Here we are on top of the city, on top of the Thames with 360 degree panoramic views. Thoughts? I mean east-west north-south, no matter which way you approach London, it’s a classic destination. Had a great time. I did too, and the best part is we’re going home with no extra change in the pockets. We did it all with a Visa contactless credit card. So big thanks to Visa for sponsoring this video. Hopefully, it was helpful for you to plan your own trip to London. If you want more travel tips from Visa, there’s a link down below in the info box. And as we always say, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you on the road. Peace.


  • Reply David Barton August 17, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    This whole thing is a dodgy dramatization

  • Reply Giovan Jacquard August 17, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    I got some real Basic Vs Baller vibes from this video. You guys are getting more professional with every upload. Keep it up bros!

  • Reply Leslie Lanca Miller August 17, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Its sooo funny when I was traveling to Orlando you guys did a video about it, and know September 7 I'm going to London 🥰 we are connected some way 😘😘

  • Reply ALA Tube August 17, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    East or west London is the best 👍

  • Reply EinkOLED August 17, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    The East end boys and West end girls

  • Reply Ricky Rivera August 17, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Love your videos.

  • Reply Bries Bubble August 17, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    My kindOf content. New subscriber over here

  • Reply Nicole Balram August 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Love your video! Love you guys! I just got back from London, there’s so much to do there! Thank you for posting! ❤️

  • Reply Red Pill 1/2 Black August 17, 2019 at 8:54 pm


  • Reply Departures1 August 17, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    This is just an eating guide, doesnt show the East London markets, tube, street life, slang, ethnic neighbourhoods, the real East London what makes it unique

  • Reply Tori and Nathan Travel August 17, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Fun video of London, I’m planning to go next Summer!

  • Reply Emily Malone August 17, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Can’t believe you missed brick lane 😱😱😱😱

  • Reply TravelExperience August 17, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Awesome very informative. thank you

  • Reply Millennial Travel Confessions August 17, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Good job on the video guys! However, I do think that most of the places that you dined in (not sure whether you had to dine there because this video is sponsored) are quite expensive and there are better options to choose from for a fraction of the price.

  • Reply MooreTravel August 17, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    I'm guessing you each actually filmed for each other?

  • Reply Jenny Soto August 17, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Planning a trip to London when I finish college and I can’t wait. 🙂 It’s so cool that Alex got to see that one wall in the London tower that was painted with paint made from an Indian insect at 9:39 😍
    Great video, y’all!

  • Reply GraceT's Traveladventures August 18, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Omg, you guys are in my city! Super excited about this episode

  • Reply Grant the Great August 18, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Awesome, now I just need to go there

  • Reply Malik Barrow August 18, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Whole video was corny af and out of touch with average people if you ask me lol

  • Reply Taylornicole85 August 18, 2019 at 12:57 am

    Felt like some of the original content, missed these types of videos!

  • Reply Nathaniel Thompson August 18, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Hey guys can I get ur help I’m not the brightest but I’m trying to go see my girlfriend in London but I’m in the us an I don’t really know what to look for is it better to flight one way or multiple city flight to find cheaper flight

  • Reply Barsha Shrestha August 18, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Moving to London in few months can't wait to explore these places.

  • Reply debajyoti biswas August 18, 2019 at 3:25 am

    Make similar videos on Australia 🇦🇺 please

  • Reply Jill Parker August 18, 2019 at 3:36 am

    I loved London! Can’t wait to go back, thanks guys!

  • Reply Anton DXB August 18, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Finally, you are back guys!!!
    Keep going👍🏻

  • Reply Michael Gil August 18, 2019 at 4:59 am

    What jacket is Alex wearing?

  • Reply TakeTimeOut August 18, 2019 at 5:48 am

    East or West, great food and drink is where you find it! 🙂 Excellent vid, Thanks!👍

  • Reply Mansi Bhandari August 18, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Guys it's amazing , fantastic. 😍
    Lots of love 🇮🇳

  • Reply Shauna Kelly August 18, 2019 at 8:40 am

    London is one of my favourite cities ❤️

  • Reply Christopher Bond August 18, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Is it me or has this become a food vlog masquerading as a travel vlog? 😂

  • Reply Maja August 18, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Oh no now I want to go to London again!!

  • Reply Rebecca Wheeler August 18, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Mind blown. 1) chuck the tourist list out, I want that pizza and beer, and curry. 2) Those globes!! 3) I get the message: curate what you want to see according to your interests, not according to the guide books.

  • Reply Nasty Scarmen August 18, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Nice channel, but too many advertising

  • Reply King Speedy August 18, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Hey guys when are u comming to Pakistan???

  • Reply Niall T August 18, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Metro? TUBE

  • Reply Daniel Rafique August 18, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Glad you visited London, come and checkout southwest London nextime.

  • Reply fabrice duchenne August 18, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks & Love < LONDON >

  • Reply Guido August 18, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    east london all the way

  • Reply Matthew Tasker August 18, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Awesome job guys though I gotta ask : what's the name of the song at 0:34 and where can I license it for my videos?

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    From 🇱🇰 ❤

  • Reply Meisa Kuroki August 18, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Asia is the best to travel.

  • Reply Sabrina Kurtzberg August 18, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    OMG guys you have almost 1 mil subs. Amazing! Keep up the good work and the informative videos coming!

  • Reply Alexander Fauci August 18, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Love your videos guys. The history, style, dialogue, cinematography and of course, the food. This video in particular reminds me of your older videos, where you guys hit on all the big named (some would call mainstream) European cities. Those are my favorites and make me excited to get out there and travel! I think they worth a revisit from you both after all these years. Keep up the work, gents! cheers

  • Reply Banu Cebeci August 18, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Very very good…

  • Reply Lissandra Freljord August 18, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    So are like the people with Cockney accents from East London?

  • Reply Alice Dickinson August 18, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    So happy you did this! I live in London so it’s cool to see you guys around here 🙂

  • Reply D Walker August 19, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Thank you, I truly love globes. I Google right away and then subscribed also, I tuned in because I’m planning a trip to London. I love the details you guys give. Thank you.

  • Reply Andrew Bristoe August 19, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Yep Australia same bank debit card or cc card very cashless some places if u need change yikes good luck lol

  • Reply KOREA TRAVEL August 19, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Thank you for more information about London.

    I think I edited it to avoid getting bored.

    I expect other images.

  • Reply portia331 August 19, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Loved this video! Good sponsorship partner and done well, it is informative and well produced without it coming across as a long ad. Kept true to Vagabrothers quality and style. Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Mark Pons August 19, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Nice….london has so many things to do and places to go, doubt you could fit it in one video

  • Reply Alan P August 19, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    You guys are by far my favorite youtube channel. Always looking forward to your next video

  • Reply The Ship Tavern August 19, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    It was a pleasure to have you guys at The Ship Tavern and look forward to welcoming you and your followers to the Tavern any time!

  • Reply Bre Lester August 19, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    I didn't catch the name of the place you met up in East London with all the vendors and bars. Going to London in October! Thanks for the recs 🙂

  • Reply Daryl Bultitude August 19, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    What's that noise when you use the contactless cards? It shouldn't make a noise…

  • Reply JC Williams August 19, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    This has to be one of your best videos of the last few years. Camera work, story line, music, everything was hands down a joy to watch! Way to go!

  • Reply Jyju's Home Videos August 20, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Amazing Video Guys !! Really Inspiring and Interesting !! Keep your great work going !!

  • Reply stars August 20, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Checked the prices for those globes! OMG!

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  • Reply Gio cruz August 20, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Well done vagas… So good than you must to do North and south of London and I say south is for you to go over the haver over the rainbow.

  • Reply Anais Grigri August 20, 2019 at 11:15 am

    3:59 haha that trick because Big Ben looks ugly af right now 😂

  • Reply Zae Cortez August 20, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    a thousand "thank you" for this video, looking forward to show it to my English Language Students!

  • Reply Shraddha Panda August 20, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    What song is it around 40-50 seconds?

  • Reply Charley Wang August 21, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Travel sketches come back. Look at your channel first. Then go edit my video.

  • Reply MapTrotting August 21, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Tip for visitors: don't call it a 'side' it's an 'end'. You're not in the US, it's the Westend and Eastend of London. There, you're practically a local.

  • Reply Alison Ryan-Landon August 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Excellent as always-love the new look Marco!

  • Reply Sara Salah August 22, 2019 at 9:46 am

    I loved the east😻💃🏽

  • Reply Apollo Travels August 22, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Is it just me or is the merch store not available for anyone else?

  • Reply LISLOVESTRUTH August 22, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Marko's hair transformations are so satisfying…😍

  • Reply Christopher Smith August 22, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    We were in London a few months ago..and didn't have contactless cards…(insert eye roll here)..constant signing..and signing of woulda been easier with contactless..

  • Reply Troy Thomson August 22, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Visa, sublimely done 😏

  • Reply Anneliza Brito August 23, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Am I the only innocent here? I really thought he was going for tea HAHAHA

  • Reply seema bains August 23, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I thought contactless visa had a max spend of £30?

  • Reply emonique989 August 24, 2019 at 5:07 am

    How did I miss this video 6 days ago. I'm glad you are back filming new places again.

  • Reply Anna on Tour August 24, 2019 at 6:31 am

    I'm looking forward to travel to London next year.

  • Reply Dạo bộ đây đó August 24, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Great! A nice video. I like it. Welcome to my country side

  • Reply Noely Lino August 24, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿Congratulations / Parabéns . I am from Brasil I love this channel.

  • Reply Ashley Grace August 24, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    I can’t believe I didn’t see this posted! Another great video:)

  • Reply Barnali D August 24, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for this one guys! I'll be visiting my friends there soon. Maybe I can surprise them with my newfound knowledge from here 😁

  • Reply Guayabero1977 August 24, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I liked the brief visit to Globe factory.

  • Reply just Hanaa August 24, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Isn't Earth flat ? What's the point of getting earth map on a glope !

  • Reply Vasudha Sharma August 25, 2019 at 8:30 am

    You guys are the best travel bloggers/vloggers and damn together you are guys are too cool. Not to forget the research done in every vlog is amazing. Love it. Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Timothy Raths August 25, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I'm planning on going to London in 2021, I hope the Big Ben restoration is finished by the time I go there.

  • Reply Chris Welburn August 26, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Urgh, as a Brit it's really insulting watching people do impressions of English accents and hunting down afternoon tea as if that's what defines the whole country. If you can find a Brit who knows that there are two ways to put jam on a scone I'll buy your drink myself. Honestly, I like your gear reviews and travel tips etc, but let's keep away from the stereotypes and sweeping generalisations, it's insulting. And seriously, are you trying to tell us that all Brit's read the Financial Times? Mate, if I went to the US and made a video focusing on heart disease and racism you'd probably not appreciate it. Please show a little respect and don't do the equivalent when you're in the UK.

  • Reply Portly Travellers August 28, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Great video. We like your vibe compared to other vloggers. We are going to London in 6 weeks, yay. I enjoyed east vs west theme. In Canada we mostly use contactless cards here. USA is do much behind with visa/debt card technology. Did you like going contactless? I love it.

  • Reply C Christoforou August 28, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Do more London videos guys – this was brilliant!! Cant believe Alex walked past my office and I didnt get to see him in person!

  • Reply EJ 1001 Johnson August 28, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    We were in London in July and had tea at the Marriott too! We really enjoyed it. We spent the majority of our time in the Westend. I wish we could have had a private tour of the Tower of London with a Yeoman. Tower of London has gone down in my book as somewhat interesting but mostly a waste of time.

  • Reply Sakkoos Shades August 29, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Vagabrothers…these are outstanding videos. Camera movement, positions and editing are extreme special. Especially I

    like the clips showing the food servings from 4:15 to 4:30. Inspiring to go out and create wonderful pieces like this

  • Reply AngelTime Sweet August 30, 2019 at 10:41 am

    The channel has become completely different)I like the new style)!👍❤

  • Reply Jamie and Lottie August 31, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Awesome video on my home city its nice to see more YouTubers exploring the east side of London

  • Reply Tom White September 1, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Are we all just gonna pretend we didn't see the sign for the German sex dungeon at 12:12 ?

  • Reply Daily Carolina September 1, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Can you do these comparisons with other cities ?

  • Reply Richi Mejia September 2, 2019 at 1:39 am

    I prefer east side.

  • Reply JGtheboss776 lol September 2, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    People normally divide it by north south

  • Reply David ! September 3, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    I prefer to avoid the west end whenever I visit. Everywhere else is far better..

  • Reply Ghizlane Seouih September 6, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    AMAZING video guys !!! Thank you for sharing your experiences ✨❤️

  • Reply Ram Meghwal September 6, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Your facebook page name brother..😊??

  • Reply Ahmed Sufyan September 8, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Hello sir visit u in Pakistan .have many old or fort

  • Reply SAMIN G September 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Guys you usually have always great contents but living in London myself for 9-10 years, I think you have missed SO much real things to say.

    Starting at Sketch and Hackney Wick is extremely easy move and irrelevant to represent both sides. And there is better places to start with these days as gentrification has hit the Wick quite hard and the community there. You could have so much more insight by stopping and interviewing someone in Hackney Wick. You didn’t even approached Soho and some places in central London, there is nothing in West London really.

    The globe part in Stokey is cute but again what’s the point to that for viewers wanting to know about London. It’s also north London.

    I don’t know, I think you should have gathered more infos from Londoners to have better contents than restaurants and streets. The people are something really.

    Sorry had to say something haha

  • Reply sachin yadav September 11, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    You guys will grow quickly. Because of your representation is unique. God bless you.

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