I LOVE London. It is my favorite city in the world and I still have so much to learn about it. While there is so much to see and do, these were my favorites from my trips to London. Obviously, there are museums and a ton of historical sites and they are all amazing. However, it is impossible to do it all unless you take an extended holiday. These are my favorites!
- Borough Market-Full of all kinds of food vendors, this market is the perfect place to head for lunch.
- Sketch London-A whimsical and charming bar/lounge with themed rooms.
- Westminster Abbey- The Queen was coronated here, Will and Kate got married here….and a lot of royals are buried here.
- Buckingham Palace- The Queen lives here. Also, the coffee shop on the grounds is fantastic.
- Selfridges-Everyone raves about Harrods, but it is a decent underground ride from the main parts of the city. Selfridge’s has history and clout and all the luxury you could possibly want while being located on Oxford Street.
- Afternoon Tea- You must take part in this tradition at least once while you are in London. I was fortunate enough to have afternoon tea at the Ritz and it was luxurious, sophisticated and regal. (The hotel received a Royal Warrant for Banqueting and Catering Services. Awarded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, The Ritz London is the first, and only hotel to have been honored with this prestigious award.)
- Find a speakeasy and venture into hidden bars and pubs- We had so much fun searching for the many speakeasies we read about online. Cahoots was our favorite. We also wandered into hidden bars and pubs in back alleys. These are usually where the locals can be found.
- Brick Lane- Known as “curry mile” to some, this street is full of Indian restaurants eager to serve you. Watch out for the pushy men offering discount to eat at a certain restaurant and check out the menu before you choose.
- The London Eye- this is very touristy and I only did it on my first trip to London. However, if it is your first time to London then you must take a trip on the eye. It offers an amazing view of the city. Go early in the morning for less crowds or sunset for a beautiful scene over the city.
- Take the underground- “Mind the gap.” Traveling like a local allows you to experience the culture and develop a deeper understanding of the people who live in the city. Also, it is the quickest way to get around the city. Navigating the different lines can be a challenge at first, but once you get the hang of it, it can be a lot of fun!
I hope these must see places and tips about what I enjoy most about London help you plan your trip. Another post that details our trip to London will soon follow.