Whenever I go to London I am always visiting for a reason. To either hang out with friends, see an exhibition, or go watch a show. This time I went with my mum & sister and we had such a good time. We basically planned out 2 days of our favourite things to do when we go down there. So after many years of visiting, I now thought I’d share what they are.
Hang out on the South Bank
I always seem to end up along the waterfront. I think this is because the scenery along the Thames just screams classic London.
The skyline is amazing, there’s so much to see and so much to do. Around the area of the OXO tower and the National Theatre you have bars and street vendors. As well as little courtyard of shops and eateries.
It makes the perfect place to sit out and watch the world go by. Throughout the summer, grab a drink and park yourself on the deck chairs outside the National Theatre and soak in the sun and atmosphere.
Covent Garden is only a short walk away from the South Bank. Just cross directly over Waterloo Bridge and within 10 minutes you’re in Theatre Land. I love Covent Garden, the cobbled streets always make me feel like I’ve been transported back to My Fair Lady.
The beauty shops here, Chanel, Dior, Armani, are set out so lovely. Covent Garden Market is always buzzing with good food and trinkets.
Look out for all the street performers too, you get some really good ones. It’s a great alternative to Oxford St for shopping. There are enough pubs to choose from too, for either some grub or a drink in the sun.
Coffee and Cake
Now, I can’t go anywhere without stopping for coffee and cake. By now, I have definitely scoped out my favourite places to go. There are so many gorgeous cupcake cafes in London. I love to visit these as we don’t really have cupcake specific places in Liverpool.
You’ve got the likes of The Hummingbird Bakery and Lola’s Cupcakes, that pop up a lot over the city. But one of the prettiest cake parlours in the city & a definite favourite of mine has to be Peggy Porschen’s in Belgravia.
It’s a short 10 minute walk from Sloane Square, and only a few minutes walk from Victoria underground. The coffee is so good and the cakes are delicious. Plus it’s a great place to people watch, keep your eyes peeled for celebs, bloggers & elegantly dressed locals.
A trip to London wouldn’t be complete for me without going to some kind of event, or exhibition. London has fantastic spaces that house designer fashion exhibitions. Whenever I hear about them I always try to book tickets for myself and family.
In recent years I have visited a good few. The Little Black Jacket by Chanel, Mademoiselle Privé by Chanel, Vogue 100 by British Vogue. This time we saw Balenciaga at the V&A.
This was a brilliant exhibition and showed how Cristobal Balenciaga started his fashion house. It showed his unique style of creating designs – the material came first and the sketch came second. It went from his early days to modern day. The exhibition showed how the brand has evolved in style and how other fashion houses draw upon its inspiration and provide some of their own.
We are hopefully heading back to London in August to see the Princess Diana exhibit in Kensington Palace, Diana – Her Fashion Story.
These designs are original pieces from Balenciaga & look like modern day pieces. So ahead of his time!
Stop for lunch (and to rest your feet)
There are so many good places to eat in London. I hear people talking about them all the time, and yet whenever I get down there I panic and just end up in Wagamamas.
I need to plan ahead more on eateries, so please if you could recommend any that would be brilliant.
We grabbed an evening tea at Steak & Co one night which was delicious and it’s in the middle of Covent Garden. There’s a great atmosphere in and out of the restaurant.
But, stopping for lunch in the middle of the day has to be worth it for me, and one of my favourite places to eat is The Ivy Chelsea Garden on Kings Road.
I highly recommend booking in advance online as it’s a very popular place. However, it never feels over crowded and feels like your dining in a secret garden.
You forget about the bustling city outside and instead tuck in to delicious food & definitely people watch. For the location of this restaurant and the name, the cost of food is surprisingly reasonable, so this bit of luxury is definitely accessible for me.
Finally, just stroll around
I love to go for walks. Heading out for a meander is one of my favourite things to do. It sounds cheesy but not knowing where you’re heading and taking some wrong turns can sometimes uncover wonderful things.
This is what I love about London, there are so many places to wander that can lead to lovely places. If you’re in Knightsbridge then stroll around the surrounding streets of Harrods. You’ll find embassies, white pillared houses & beautiful mews’s.
Stroll Notting Hill (my favourite) to uncover bakeries & colourful houses. Even wandering round Regent Street years ago uncovered Carnaby Street to me, and I couldn’t of been happier.
This time round we spent time walking round Chelsea and found the sweetest roads with wisteria covered houses on them. London can be really go, go, go so it’s nice to make time for just an unplanned walk.
If you’re heading to London soon then I hope this has offered some inspiration to your plans, if you’re a regular visitor to there or even live there then please share with me some of your favourite things to do.