Wednesday, 17 April 2013

London: A Brief Guide

Since Matt has moved to London he has been super keen on exploring the city and all the cool things it has to offer. Considering I have lived less than an hour away from central my whole life, the novelty of London had worn off but I'm glad Matt has enabled me to get more excited about how much the city has to offer. From the tourist traps to the secluded spots only a few know about there is a lot to discover. Here are a few things I love to do in London and others that I am planning on doing!

There are so many places to eat in London it can seem a bit overwhelming. From fine dining to a quick burger there are loads of amazing places to choose! For the more upmarket, I really enjoyed eating at the Savoy (see that post here) and really want to go to Benihanas which is a lovely tepenyaki place. One of my favourite places to eat is in Soho - there seems to be a whole road dedicated to amazing restaurants. Byron Burger was amazing and deserves all the hype it gets, and I also want to try Wahaca and Burger and Lobster. Other places to tick off are Sketch and Meat Liquor among many others!

For evenings out I really like Mayfair with clubs such as Mahiki and Funky Buddha being quite popular although it is more on the expensive side. Matt and I also visited the Icebar there which was something different and memorable. Shoreditch is also a really nice area to have drinks too. Going to the theatre is one of my favourite things and I have seen some amazing shows, most recently the Phantom of the Opera for my birthday. Some interesting shows on at the moment include Wicked (I've wanted to see this for ages!), Viva Forever and the Book of Mormon. Music gigs across London, comedy clubs and shows such as Cirque du Soleil London are also widespread so its best to search into the kind of thing you are looking to do.

Classic Tourist Spots
When I was little my grandma and granddad would look after me in the school holidays and take my sister and I up to London to visit all the top tourist spots, which I really loved. Museums were one of my favourite as I liked to sketch the artefacts (I was such a cool kid) - to name a few are the Natural History Museum, the British Museum (see a post here), the Science Museum whcich I've visited on countless school trips and the V & A which I really want to go to! Art gallerys such as Tate Modern are great even if it isn't necesarily your thing. The Tower of London and Madame Tussauds are great for kids, and you can finish off your day by relaxing with a picnic in Hyde Park. The Shard has recently opened up its doors for tourists to visit and take in the fantastic views of London, which I know Matt really wants to do!

Vivanna wrote an amazing post on the hotspots for beauty shopping here, including Liberty and Zest. Oxford Street is notorious for great shopping but it can be a bit busy for me so I quite like Covent Garden and Carnaby Street. Malls such as Westfield and Brent Cross are also good if you want to spend the whole day shopping. Harrods, Hamleys and Selfridges are a must just to have a look around and to get some Macarons from Laduree and a salt beef sandwich from Selfridges! Camden is a great place to look around as there are many food stalls and alternative shops.

Obviously there is so much more, but this is some of the best I can think of! Visit the Londoner if you want some more inspiration as Rosie is always finding the coolest spots to visit xxx

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