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Tailor-Made London Tours

Urban Gentry

You’ve hopped on and hopped off.  Now, one London tour company is letting you steer your own sightseeing course.  Urban Gentry  matches your interests with an industry professional to provide in-depth, personalized tours of London’s art, fashion, design, food or architecture scenes.

All itineraries can be tailor-made to your specifications, or you can choose from one of their most popular tours.  Take the “East End: Hip Neighborhood Tour” to explore shops and galleries of London’s new creative hub, the “London Architecture Tour” to learn about the city’s iconic buildings from a London-based architect and professor, or the “London Fashion Tour” to visit both off-the beaten path boutiques and designer stores with your own fashion insider guide.

Learn about the different tours or start creating your own at www.urbangentry.com.

(Article originally published in Out Traveler)

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A Tasty Tour of Hell’s Kitchen

It’s summer.  Take a walk.

And while you’re at it, enjoy a 7-course meal and expand your knowledge of one of New York City’s most exciting neighborhoods.

3 hours. 7 courses. 2 miles.  Rum & Blackbird Tasting Tours will guide your palate (and feet) through the Hell’s Kitchen of yesterday and today.  Once home to speakeasies and mobsters, this West side neighborhood enjoys a rich and gritty past.   Throughout history it has provided New York with a pot for melting cultures (sometimes to a boil).  More of a tasty simmer these days, the neighborhood manages to honor its seedy heritage, embrace its more reputable future, and still maintain its own complex identity.

From the hood’s colorful backdrop emerge the varied culinary options available in The Kitchen:  a little Latin, a little Greek, a little Italian, a little American… a lot of flavor.   With chain restaurants increasing their presence in New York, this tasting tour recognizes the value of patronizing the smaller eateries of Hell’s Kitchen.  From empanadas to phyllo-dough pastries, you will sample handmade food unique to the neighborhood.

Rum & Blackbird was created by Moira Campbell to fuse her favorite past times: food and travel.  And Moira knows food.  Her training includes the Culinary Institute of America and the Graduate Food Studies program at New York University.

So take a walk on the West side and see what’s cookin’ in Hell’s Kitchen.

The tour is offered Thursday-Sunday and costs $49 (all major credit cards accepted).  To book your tasting tour or find out more information, visit www.rumandblackbird.com

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