London City Guide

Where to begin… I LOVE London. I would love there in a heartbeat if I could. I lived there in 2015 for 6 months when I was abroad and I have gone back almost every year!

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Breakfast/Brunch:

  • Farm Girl – This is in Notting Hill, so it’s a great spot before hitting the Portobello Road Market
  • The Breakfast Club – We used to go here for brunch all the time. Great large plates of food and good coffee
  • Curator’s Coffee – This was more of a classic coffee shop but the Banana Bread here is Located in Oxford Circus and was right down the street from London College of Fashion (where I studied in 2015) so I was a frequent visitor to this place.
  • Bluebird Café – The downstairs is casual, and the upstairs is more formal. A great spot right in the heart of Chelsea.
  • L’eto – great places for coffee, tea, and pastries. They have good pre-made food dishes as well.
  • The Good Egg – Really good for breakfast with your mates. Something there for everyone.
  • Egg Break – Another classic. Can’t go wrong here!
  • Shoreditch Grind, Holborn Grind, Covent Garden Grind, etc. – This is a chain but all locations are great. They have great coffee, juices, and avocado toast

Tea:

  • Sketch – Right off of Regent Street, very cool place that changes over the theme every few years. I wasn’t a huge fan of the food, but this is definitely a must see. When I went it was all light pink!
  • Fortnum and Mason – A classic. This is one of the most famous tea shops in London because of the traditional feel it has. They have a restaurant on the top floor and this had great food.
Sketch, London (Bathrooms)

Restaurants:

  • The Ivy Chelsea Garden – Amazing, trendy restaurant
  • Chiltern Firehouse – The coolest restaurant, and great food.
  • The Real Greek – There are several locations in London, but this was good for when I was craving Greek food abroad. Very good hummus and dips here!
  • Sal e Pepe – One of my favorite restaurants in London – they have amazing carbonara and tiramisu. It is right by Harrods as well so after shopping you can refuel here.
  • Scalini – Cute restaurant Italian restaurant (ask to sit in the front of the restaurant) and this has one of my favorite Chicken dishes.
  • Kurobuto – My favorite sushi place that I have ever eaten at. Ever. Everything was AMAZING. It is also in Chelsea, which is a great location.
  • Home Slice – this is right in Neal’s Yard/Covent Garden Area and they have such good mushroom pizza.
  • Franco Manca – also a favorite pizza place of mine. There were several locations around London, but we used to go to the one in South Kensington all the time because it was right across from my favorite chocolate chip bun place.
  • Burger and Lobster – exactly what it sounds like. They served burgers and lobsters, but it was phenomenal burgers.
  • Patty & Bun – Another burger place, but this had the best burger I have ever had. For Entourage fans like myself, it was called the Ari Gold burger.
  • Dishoom – I haven’t been there but apparently its the best Indian food in London!
  • Sexyfish
  • Thyme and Lemon
  • Lou Lous
  • Dog Café– Notting Hill
  • Nam Long le Shaker– Kensington – Asian Food
  • The Distillery – Right on Portobello Road in Notting Hill

Rooftops in London:

  • ME hotel/ Radio Rooftop (Covent Garden)
  • Madison (top of St. Paul’s Cathedral)
  • Sky Garden – On top of the Walkie Talkie Building
  • Sushi Samba (good food too!)

Going Out:

  • Jaks/Embargo
  • Bodos Schloss – Ski themed bar where all the Made in Chelsea stars hang out!
  • Mahiki (Mahiki Mondays were a popular thing)
  • Maggies
  • Tonteria
  • The Arts
  • The Shoreditch
  • Tape London

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To do:

  • Bike through Hyde Park(there is also a good food place on the lake in Hyde Park called The Serpentine)
  • Notting Hill – Portobello Road Market
  • Street Art Walking Tour in Shoreditch – this we signed up for a free walking tour and it was amazing. I had a great time and learned so much about the culture of London.
  • Oxford Circus/Regent Street
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral(Top)
  • London Eye– Great views of the city, and honestly, when was the last time you were on a Ferris wheel?
  • Big Ben
  • Westminster Abbey Tour
  • Tower Bridges (Top)
  • Tower of London (Crown Jewels)
  • Top of the Shard 
  • Buckingham Palace (Tour)
  • House of Cavalry
  • Churchill Rooms
  • Leadenhall Market – This is a cool place during the Christmas time as well. Its decorated beautifully! I think this was also featured in one of the Harry Potter movies as well.
  • Borough Market
  • Camden Market
  • Shoreditch Box Park (Food Market)
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Spitalfields Market (Shoreditch)

Museums:

All museums in London are free because of heritage fund in the U.K.

  • Portrait Gallery
  • Saatchi Gallery
  • Victoria and Albert
  • British Museum
  • Natural history museum
  • Tate Britain
  • Tate Modern
  • Royal Academy of Arts

Shopping

Oxford Circus/Regents Street have every store you would ever need and then there the classics that everyone must visit like Harrods and Selfridges.

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Day Trips:

  • Paris, France
  • Dover Cliffs, England
  • Brighton, England
  • Hampton Court Palace

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