What “not to forget to do” when in London… my style!
I spend over seven years in England and I loved every minute of it. I miss England and every time when I land in UK I feel like I’ve arrived “home”. And it doesn’t matter if I land at Heathrow, Edinburgh, Manchester or Exeter.
What I find really funny is that every time when I mention to someone that I lived in UK “that” someone always says: “Oh, yeah, London must be a really cool place to live.” Well, yes, I’m sure. But, actually, I have never lived in London.
I lived in Bath, Bristol, Exmoor National Park (beautiful), Chester and Oxford. I never particularly craved living in London. I love the hustle and bustle of the city but I never wished to live there.
BUT! I spend at least one weekend and a couple of work days in London every month. And if I had to name my favourite cities in the world London definately would be among them. I love London: all the galleries, bars, restaurants, shops and also the fact that each of its suburb lives its own life and has a completely different feel to it. London is GREAT!
For me a perfect day in London is taking the tube to London Bridge, getting a snack (read: cake) at Borough Market, then walking to Tate Modern gallery and admiring the art there, strolling through Southbank and popping for late lunch and a pint of dark ale somewhere there and then going to SoHo for dinner and cocktails.
If you love walking around cities which are breathing with atmosphere, eating fantastic food from all around the world, drinking cocktails in uber trendy bars, visiting galleries and doing whatever one can do in a big super cosmopolitan city, you will also think that London is GREAT.
These are my five “don’t forget to do” when in London tips:
- Visit Tate Modern
I love Tate Modern! I love the exhibitions, I love the Espresso bar there and I love the arty shop. If you like a bit of art then you should definitely check it out! They also have a great email newsletter and I have planned a trip to London before, just to see an exhibition.
- Take a stroll on Southbank
For me a trip to London is never complete without a stroll along the Thames. When the weather is great, there is nothing better than to sit in the sun, watch the river and have a pint of dark ale and listen to the street artists. And when the weather is not so great there are some cool pubs along the river and some really nice eats – I love Wahaca, Mexican street food and I could be persuaded to kill for their Chorizo & Potato Quesadillas! Yumm!
- Eat something from Borough Market
I know! Borough Market is one of the big tourist attractions but I really like it there. And it is a “must” see for all foodies. Of course, I would never go there on a Saturday because it is absolutely mentally full of people, but it is a really nice place to visit even if you only want to “stall window shop”.
Note to self: next time choose the double chocolate brownie and not a cookie so you are not jealous of your friends again.
- Get drunk in SoHo
Why I like SoHo? Well, I guess part of it is really sentimental. My amazing friend Magda used to work in SoHo and we used to meet there, get drunk in the local bars, eat in the local restaurants and generally have a fab time there. I can’t even think how many super important girl conversations took place in the bars around Wardour street. SoHo is full of cool trendy bars and you can also find some super traditional pubs. It’s a great place to go for a drink. And when you are in SoHo and fancy something sweet, make sure you pop in to Princi. OMG! These cakes! OMG! These pastries! I promise you, you will fall in love with that place!
- Be posh in Covent Garden
Covent Garden is posh. The shops there are not exactly cheap, the people who go there are posh (not the tourists obviously). So when you go to Covent Garden you feel posh. And we all deserve to feel a bit posh every once in a while. My favourite time to visit Covent Garden is during Christmas time. The whole market area is beautifully decorated and everything breathes Christmas atmosphere. Enjoying a mulled wine and listening to street musicians whilst staring at a lit up deer is a must for everyone who wants to feel Christmassy.
Of course, there is loads more to do and see… this is just a couple of things which I LOVE doing when I’m in London. If you are after some more tips, let me know!
Have you been to London? What is your favourite thing to do in London?
Is London on your “wish-list” of places to visit?
P.S. This weekend is my “2 half marathons in 2 days in 2 countries” crazy challenge. Aaaa! Only one more sleep! Wish me luck!!! The closer the races are, the more scared I am :)
P.P.S. My favourite running routes in London are… all routes around the river. When I stay in the city centre then I love running through Camden Lock and Little Italy and when I stay at Magda’s house then the beautiful Lee Valley park is just around the corner – below is us getting ready for our 17,5k ran two weeks ago.
P.P.P.S. And in case you are not going to London but to Berlin check out my blog about Berlin: What “not to forget to do” when in Berlin… my style!
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