Greetings From London Town! It’s so great to be back in this city. I’ve been in London for the past week, visiting friends and attending fashion week. It’s been a lot of fun roaming around the city and discovering new things. Cindy is meeting me here today before we head off to Paris Fashion Week. Since Cindy hasn’t spent much time here, and London feels like my second home, I’ve planned out a really awesome itinerary of all my favourite things to do and experience. Here’s what we’ll be getting up to over the next few days, along with some tips if you’re ever in London. Be sure to catch all the action on instagram – @stylecalling
See the Sights & Visit the Museums
London is filled with so many incredible sights. The city is huge, so my best advice is to take a good look at google maps and see what’s near by you. If you try to do too much, you’ll spend most of the day on the tube trying to get from one end of the city to another. You’re not going to be able to do everything, so make a list and map out your route. Give yourself plenty of time to travel to each destination. Everyone uses the map app called CITY MAPPER, which is a fool proof way to get around the city.
It’s fun to see the London Eye, St Pauls and Westminster Abbey, but you can do these rather quickly on your way to a museum or gallery. Iconic Big Ben is a favourite too, but he’s currently under renovation, and won’t be visible until 2021. I took the photos above last year. We caught this just in time, as you can see the scaffolding was going up.
My favourite route is from St James Park, to Buckingham Palace and walk over to Elizabeth Tower to see the Parliament Buildings. Hop back on the tube over to Tower Bridge and South Bank. This is where you’ll find Borough Market, The Tate Modern and Shakespeares Globe.
Visit the Museums and Galleries
There are loads of incredible museums to visit. My favourites are the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery. There are many obscure smaller museums too, like to Museum of Brands in Notting Hill. It’s always good to have a list of these on hand, especially for a rainy day.
Visit Cute Coffee Shops and Restaurants
London has so many options when it comes to food and drink. Britain doesn’t have the best reputation for food, but this is a myth! The city is filled with so many cool and interesting places. Be warned, many require a reservation. If you have your heart set on a certain spot, call ahead and book. If you’re in the city on the weekend, Sunday roast is a must. Most pubs will serve this, but its always good to check online if you want to visit a certain spot.
This weekend we’ll be visiting Scarlett Green in Soho for brunch, The Ivy Market for dinner and Piano Bar for cocktails.
Enjoy Afternoon Tea
A classic London experience is afternoon tea. There are so many places to choose from, but you definitely require a reservation. I’m very excited we were able to get a booking at Sketch Tea Room, one of the most famous and instagram able spots. There is very specific afternoon tea etiquette – dress nicely, be polite. Read more about afternoon tea etiquette here, along with my favourite spots for tea in the city.
Columbia Road Flower Market
On Sunday mornings, Columbia road turns into the most incredible flower market. The entire street is blocked off, and filled with vendors selling all sorts of beautiful blooms. Grab a coffee at the top of the road, and make your way down the various stalls. I usually like to wander into Shoreditch afterwards to check out the street art and enjoy brunch.
Notting Hill and The Portobello Road Market
This darling part of London is so pretty to visit with all the lovely pastel row houses. On the weekend, Portobello Road transforms into one of the best antique markets in the world. You can find all sort of treasures, and soak in the incredible ambiance. Pop down some of the side roads to see more of the colour homes – see my full post with the best spots here.
What are your favourite places to visit in London? Let me know in the comments below.