This month, I had the pleasure of taking an eight day trip to London, and it was all types of magical. If you know me at all, Great Britain has been at the top of my list of places to visit for various reasons. One being the Harry Potter studio tour at Warner Brothers, which was everything I imagined to be and so much more.
I obviously did a lot of touristy things (see obligatory phone booth photo above), but I also got to hang out like a local thanks to a few of my friends who are currently living there. So, without further ado, here’s my guide to London.
For shopping, I went to Oxford Circus. The Topshop there is to die for! My only suggestion would be to go earlier on in the day during the week as it gets quite busy on weekends.
Carnaby is a hidden gem right by Oxford Circus. A cobblestone path takes you through the narrow streets lined with shops.
London Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye are classic tourist landmarks. I didn’t physically go to any of them because I just don’t like big crowds. This shot was taken from the Tower of London – which, by the way, was quite boring…
If you’re too cheap to ride the London Eye like me, you can get a great view of London from Sky Garden, a rooftop space that offers 360º of the entire city. And best of all, it’s free! You just book a slot in advance to get up there. There’s also a cafe, bar and restaurant.
Buckingham Palace is a must! I have always had a thing for palaces and castles so this was a real treat for me. The only thing I regret is going during the guard switch ceremony.
It lasted 40 minutes and once the guards were behind the gates, you couldn’t really see anything unless you were right up against the gates.
Kensington Palace was one of my favourite tourist destinations. They had the Princess Diana exhibit where a lot of her clothes were displayed.
Oh, and the garden is stunning!
Yes, Hyde Park is overrated but for all the good reasons. It’s huge, so no matter what part you visit, there’s always something new to see. This was probably my favourite part of it.
When in London, afternoon tea is a must. We went to the The Ritz hotel, and yes it was quite pricey but it was absolutely delightful.
A cheaper alternative to the Ritz’s high tea would be Ladurée. We just ordered à la carte, but the set menu was quite intriguing.
London isn’t known for its cuisine, but if I had to pick the best meal I had during my trip, it would be the beans and lentil chilli from Deliciously Ella’s restaurant. Vegan and delicious!
A great drink spot? Pergola On The Roof in Paddington! They have booths set up on the roof and downstairs, a cafeteria-like set up under pergolas with food vendors offering a mix of tasty snacks.
What are some of your favourite spots in London? Let me know in the comments below!