One of our studios is based in London and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to call London my home. I lived there since my early twenties and have become quite attached to the place. I’m probably a tad biased, but it is one of my favourite cities in the world. I’ve listed 10 of my favourite things to do here, just in case you fancied popping by and spending the weekend in the big smoke.
First off I suggest you wear your favourite kicks, pack an umbrella and get yourself an Oyster card. Don’t leave without a fully charged phone (for Google Maps, TFL journey planning and Instagramming) and water (I always carry a bottle around with me). Now you’re ready to go…
Just wander around London – it’s the best way to discover it. My go-to places to poodle around are: Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens (wondrous vast green spaces where William, Kate and little George’s crib is – it’s also where they walk their beautiful pooch Lupo), Chelsea (the small streets off King’s Road are full of gorgeous town houses), along the Embankment (just follow the River Thames, you’ll see everything - Big Ben, The London Eye, St Paul's etc.) and Notting Hill (head to Portobello Road Market on a Saturday).
(Walking in Notting Hill, the streets of Chelsea and Kensington Gardens)
It’s the quickest, cheapest and easiest way to get from A to B to C.
(Lottie on the tube)
London does some truly scrumptious burgers and I’ve eaten nearly every one on offer. Patty & Bun and Bleecker St. Burger rule as the best burgers in London, with Meat Liquor not too far behind. The queues can get pretty hefty so you need to be prepared (and you cannot book). If you don’t think you can survive any kind of burger-wait (we've all been there), burger chain kings Byron and Honest Burger never fail, and both are located all over the place.
Devour the most naughty, wonderfully satisfying treats. You could eat cake at Hummingbird Bakery – my friends are partial to a bit of Red Velvet, however I always pick up a slice (or two) of the Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake. I've recently discovered Flavourtown Bakery who do this amazing Malteser style cupcake. De-lish (they conveniently have a concession in Selfridges). You could also buy a box of the best cookies around from Ben’s Cookies – the Milk Chocolate Chunk or Oatmeal are my staples. Ooh, and if you want some of the most scrumptious brownies London has to offer, hunt down Batch Bakery. Their topping flavour combo’s are amazing – my brownie picks are the Salted Caramel or the Cookie Dough. Bad Brownie do a ridiculous brownie too.
If you like sushi, I highly recommend Sticks'n'Sushi. If you just fancy drinks and nibbles, go to Gordon’s Wine Bar. It’s the oldest wine bar in London and is perfect to go to for a date, with friends, or with anyone really. Sit in the dark, musky, candlelit caves and order wine and cheese.
There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting a taxi home from central to west after a night out. I get to see all the wonderful sights lit up all within the comfort of my cab/Uber.
(Kensington at night)
They have everything and there’s something for all price ranges – it’s never disappointed me. Afterwards, relax and eat al fresco anywhere in St Christopher’s Place. It’s a little gem that’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street right next to Selfridges.
It is the most magical and unique department store (and is a bloggers favourite to photograph). There’s always something new and interesting to find and take home. You should probably pop in to Topshop too, it’s just over the road. It would be rude not to.
(Lottie having a scratch outside Liberty's)
It’s a food market. Need I say anymore?
(Grub hunting at Borough Market)
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