London and I have a bit of a history, I completed my masters in London from London College Of Fashion about 4 years ago, and it was such a shame that since then I never got a chance to revisit the city and my friends. My cousin sister and I finally decided to take our first trip together and chose London. Exciting times!
We landed into the city on the 29th of July, at 3pm, after a rather pleasant flight. We got into our pre-booked cab (one2one cabs) and went straight to the hotel.
Hotel: Our hotel was at Queensway, located in the heart of the city. A few stops away from the busiest areas in London like Oxford Circus and Bond Street.
We stayed at Park Avenue J Hotel, which quite honestly was very average. The staff there was nice, however the rooms were pretty small for the price we paid. We paid about 1.35Lakh / 1,470 Pounds for 9 nights. But again we booked the hotel very last minute, just a night before we left.
NOW lets get to business, here’s what we did and I think you should do too when you visit the city next!
Areas To Explore:
- Covent Garden
Covent Garden is an area where you can eat, get entertained and shop from a mix of Lux and High Street brands and also interesting local boutiques.
My favourite thing to do in this area is to simply walk around and watch everything around me. There are some excellent selections of restaurants in this area and also did I mention it is super Instagrammable.
When you’re in Covent Garden you cannot miss Neil’s Yard, it’s quite literally a yard which is super colorful. You can sit and enjoy the area there or even grab a bite at one of the restaurants around it.
Tip: If you take the tube to this stop, NEVER take the stairs to exit. Unless you are super fit. They are about 9 floors high. Take the lift instead.
- Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus & Soho
Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus immediately remind me of Times Square in New York, Huge advertisement boards and colorful lights, lots of shops and restaurants, and one of the most lively tourist areas in the city.
Soho on the other hand has the most unique local vibe to the area, in the day take a stroll around Soho and enjoy some amazing food from all the food trucks preparing fresh food. Or shop from some local artsy store. And in the evening enjoy fun locals bars and pubs to grab a few drinks.
- Oxford Street & Bond Street
Now these areas are probably the most known areas in London, on the top of every tourist’s checklist. So I’m not going to get into the details. Tourists may love it but I personally don’t love how busy these areas are! If you’re around Bond Street, don’t miss Selfridges to shop from. If you love busy shopping areas, this one if for you.
- Notting Hill
Oh Notting Hill, One of my favourite areas in London. Pretty houses, cute coffee shops and also Portobello Market. You can’t miss spending a day in Notting hill just to explore and take in it’s beauty. Find some of the most charming houses here, and also a ton of healthy food cafes.
- Sloane Square
A special mention to this area because of how pretty the houses are around here. If you need pretty and posh instagram photos, you can’t miss taking a stroll around here. Also one the more most popular London cafes, Peggy Porschen is in Sloane Square.
- Camden And Little Venice
Again! Another favourite. Explore East London and go to Camden for its graffiti walls, punk and thrift shops and also find a ton of food trucks for fresh food around the cannal . You can also then take a gondola ride and make your way to little Venice to find yourself around the most scenic houses and cafes.
This area has left a special place in my heart, and the next time I am in London I want to be sure to live in Shoreditch. The only way to describe this area is, Young and Fresh. You can’t miss relaxing at box park on one pleasant evening to enjoy the crowd, music, booze and ofcourse the food!
- Hyde Park
Picnics, evening strolls or morning workouts, good times with friends and family and all things nature. Hyde park is a blessing in London. A getaway from the city life. I absolutely have to spend sometime in Hyde Park every time I am in London.
- Bank Side
Bank side is the area by the Thames river and London bridge. You could go for a jog by the bank side or even explore all the restaurants around that stretch. The views are absolutely gorgeous!
Tip: You must visit Tate Modern while you’re there and spot their hidden bar for the most perfect view to enjoy a scenic drink.
- Bicester Village
Had to give Bicester Village a special mention even though it isn’t in London exactly.
Although Luxury and Discount shopping don’t go together too well but at Bicester village it’s an exception. You can shop from most luxury brands like Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Burberry and so many more at outlet prices. It’s an absolute must visit if you enjoy luxury brands. You can simply take a train (1 hour away) from London to visit Bicester Village.
These were top areas to explore based on my experience!
Hope you enjoyed this article. Until next time.