Welcome my lovely readers, to the first edition of my travel blogs.
If you don’t follow me on the gram (you should head over and tap that follow button now!), I wanderlusted around Europe for 5 blissful weeks, checking out some fabulous corners of the word. The first instalment of my travel blogs is the magical city of London.
I absolutely adore London, the food, the fashion and the shopping leaves little to be desired. It is in a word…fantastic!!
Ima hit you with a photo diary of my days in London town and a few of my top tips for what we did this time around. If you have the pleasure of visiting this wonderful city, drop me a line in the comments about your favourite part of living or visiting London.
FOOD & DRINK
Takeaway Lunch: Need a quick lunch whilst on the go, shopping or seeing all of the sights on offer, pop into Pret a Manger for a sanga (sandwhich) to go and a pack of chips. I even recommend sitting and devouring your snack in Hyde Park on a beautiful sunny day (I know, they are rare in London and obviously visiting in Summer is a must for this option), with some people watching included.
Dinner:Dishoom || this one was recommended to me by a local Aussie Londoner. Head there early to avoid a line. Here you’ll find some delicious, well priced Indian cuisine to tantalise the tastebuds.
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch: Granger & Co || A roam around the famous and fabulous Notting Hill is a MUST! Head to Portobello markets for a peek, then stroll onto Granger & Co for brunch. It won’t disappoint.
Cheap Eats: If you are in Chelsea and feel like a fab cheap eat, head to Phat Phuc Noodle Barto enjoy some Vietnamese. The Chuchhill Arms in Kensington is another good option and the pub is also a super pretty one to see. It provides those good ol English pub feels with some of the best Thai cuisine I have ever had.
Coffee: Coffee Lover? Yeah, London will let you down in this department…however Tap Coffee in Soho will not. Good coffee and London don’t go together like strawberry’s and ice-cream but Tap and coffee do!
Food & Drink With a View: Again, (I’m sorry), this is a Summer option. Have a drink on the Tattershall Castle, a ferry which has been docked here since 1975. Have a cocktail, meet some pals and soak up the beautiful views.
Oxford Street: If you have limited shopping time and want to see the best of the best, hit up Oxford Street and in particular Selfridges which is no doubt a feast for the eyes where fashion is concerned. Oxford Street is the shopping mecca and has every store that you could possibly desire. If higher end is your cup of tea, a visit to Bond Street is a must!
WHAT TO DO
Sit in Hyde Park: This is more of a Summer option but it is absolutely one of my favourite things to do in London.
A Visit to Covent Garden: Definitely worth a visit in the afternoon for a fabulous atmosphere, a spot of shopping and some great markets.
Kensington Palace: This may seem like an obvious choice, but it’s definitely a must for me. It’s the palace and its London, I mean you can’t not drop in and say hey to the Queen….she may not say hey back though.
Tower of London: The Tower of London is a fabulous day out. This time around we enjoyed grabbing some pastries and sitting by the River Thames (infront of the Tower of London), getting a few pics and people watching. We also happened to stroll along the river and were met with food markets and a wonderful atmosphere including some outdoor bars, where a Pimms or two was enjoyed.
Chelsea: Chelsea is a beautiful neighbourhood of London and I love strolling through the streets and past some absolutely incredible houses.
Walk Walk Walk…London is one of those places where you can pop on your comfiest shoes and just WALK. You will no doubt come across some of the city’s best kept secrets and a few places that aren’t in the travel books!
We finished off a fabulous three days in London by catching the Eurostar to Paris….but that’s another story for another day.