Vibrant. Ecclectic. Diverse.
A home away from home.
I am not sure where to begin with London. I could tell you all about how magical the city looks in the winter, or attempt to describe what Wisteria hanging on mews are like, but words would fall short to this place. London is like nothing else. It is a city that harbors a plethora of cultures and languages. It's a place to quickly becomes home to the tiredsome traveler.
"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."
Currency. UK currency is the Pound. Most every place accepts international bank cards, just be careful with your bank fees back home.
Transportation. My dearly loved Tube. I cannot recommend the tube enough. It is THE best way to get around the city. Aside from it being fairly easy to understand and move through, it is (surprise!) underground, which means that although you may be stuck under a stinky armpit for 5 minutes on the train during rush hour, you are not bearing the city traffic that would take 2x long. Download citymapper to find your quickest routes. The buses are amazing as well! Do take them if you are not on a time crunch (top floor!).
Do wear Black. Not to be grim or anything, Londoners simply love their all black every-day style. It's great in the winter months. You come to realize that you already look the same everyday from having the same coats on rotation so.. what the heck. Bring the black on.
Don't be THAT tourist. The absolute worst thing you can do is STOP dead in the middle of a sidewalk, tube station, etc. It is THE absolute worst and odds are you will come out with a bruised arm. If you come to a place where you'd like to gaze at for longer than a second, pull to the side where you wont be ran down by the locals. Also, always, always, always, have your Oyster card ready when you come up / to the station. No one likes being the person behind you while you ramage through your fanny pack.
THE GOOD STUFF
your guide to eating, drinking, and exploring like a local*
*do leave the fanny pack at home
FUEL UP HERE
Dishoom; aromatic, delicious, the tastiest of Indian food (...drooling)
Addie's Thai; London does Thai food best. Try this little nook in Earls Court
The Blackbird; Pub food
Franco Manca (Pizza straight out of an Italian Mamma's kitchen)
Honest Burgers - rosemary chips. need to say more?
Homeslice: have in or take-away! Thin style pizza with fun toppings!
Comptoir Lebanis: quick, tasty, lebbanese food! pita + hummus are a must!
MID-DAY PICK ME UP
Store Street Espresso- banana cake goes GREAT with your coffee
Tap Coffee: tons of locations around (also, ‘dept. of coffee affairs)
Monmouth (Seven Dials or Corner Street)
C Press: juices + coffee
Aida Shoreditch: that instagrammable coffee shop
Over Under Coffee: apparently Aussies do coffee VERY well
DON'T MISS OUT ON
Window shop on Regents St. and Carnaby Street
Bike around Hyde Park and Kensington Palace
Columbia Flower Market (Sundays only!) / Brick Lane / Spitafields Mkt
Drinks @ Cahoots! Make a reservation, dress up, and drink fab cocktails!
The classic London tour: Start out on Hyde Park Corner, walk thru the Marble Arch, St. James' Park, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Eye, and for an extra bonus, keep walking East along the water and take in St. Pauls', Tower Bridge, and museums
Covent Garden & Seven Dials <3 will probably be super busy but kiiinda really worth it :)
AND OF COURSE, GOT ANY BRUNCH PLANS?
but wait, did you get a picture of it?
Hally’s: a place so dear to my heart - so many girls brunches over tasty food here!
Dishoom (AGAIN!): confession- I’ve never been for bfast BUT it has been recommended to me over and over again! dinner is incredible so…
Friends of Ours: tasty egg plates and fun dishes!
Granger & Co: an aussie fave- try the ricotta pancakes!
Farm Girl: sooo trendy hahah serves great fresh food for the avocado toast-obesessed basic girls like me :-)
Milk: TOTALLY worth the wait in line!! funky dishes and where that pic up top is from!
Muriel’s Kitchen: Go for the Full English - thank me later.