Since returning from my trip to London, I’ve been asked by everyone what my favourite part of the trip was. This has been such a difficult question to answer, because I loved everything! We did so much on the trip, and saw so many beautiful things that I can’t pick one favourite.
Instead, here is a few of my favourite things I saw and did in London, that I definitely recommend to anyone else visiting!
Luckily we stayed right in Trafalgar Square at the Citadines, which made the city so accessible by foot and by tube. While the city is very big, and overwhelmed me at first, it seems that you can travel to just about anywhere in London by tube in thirty minutes or less!
Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market
I am a sucker for cute houses, and Notting Hill is one of the best places to find them in London. Despite being on every blogger’s Insta-feed (it’s just so photogenic!), this area has some really cool independent shops and Portobello Road Market, which has vintage jewellery, records, food, and so much more. We went on a Friday and it wasn’t too busy, but weekends in this neighbourhood can get quite busy.
Just a short walk from the Notting Hill Gate tube stop is the vegetarian cafe Farm Girl. Carling of Through Her Style recommended this spot to me, and after seeing photos of their food I was sold! Not only is it the most photogenic food I’d ever seen, but it was all so yummy. Definitely recommend the hibiscus matcha latte!
Wahaca in Southbank
Since our hotel was so close to the Golden Jubilee Bridges, we often went to Southbank for drinks in the evenings. A friend of a friend recommended we try Wahaca for tacos, and without a doubt they were the best tacos I’ve ever had. This place is brightly coloured and made out of shipping containers, which adds to the cute factor, and the menu is mostly tapas based. I ordered the aubergine salad, cactus tacos, tostada, and churros, and I have been thinking about it ever since. Top it off with a passion-fruit margarita and you’re set. They have other locations in Covent Garden and Islington as well!
Tucked away behind unassuming streets in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden is Neal’s Yard. This is the cutest little alley way with brightly coloured homes and fairy lights strung up in the courtyard. There are little cafes, shops and pubs to keep you occupied, or relax on a bench and enjoy the scenery!
While the shop selection on Carnaby Street is somewhat similar to the shopping on Oxford Street, the vibe is completely different. Many of the shops here are painted bright colours and are smaller, which makes them less intimidating to shop (for me at least!). There are also some stores that you can’t find everywhere, such as Monki and Skinnydip. At the end of Carnaby Street is Liberty London, an incredible department store that reminds me of a chicer Anthropology. Both are definitely worth a visit!
Some friends and I stopped at Mildred’s Soho location between appointments for lunch, and we were not disappointed in the least. Everything we ordered was incredibly delicious (get the dumplings!!) and the restaurant itself is in the cutest home-y space. I ordered the mushroom and ale pie for my main, and with a pastry that flaky and buttery, I couldn’t believe it was vegan! If only we had room for dessert…
When I saw in our schedule that we would be having a tour of Topshop‘s flagship on Oxford Street, I kind of passed it off since we now have Topshop at The Bay. But to my surprise, Topshop on Oxford Street is not only huge (6 floors!), but so fun! They have numerous concessions inside, from a cupcake stand to a tattoo artist. Definitely stop by here while you do your shopping, and see what exclusive items you can scoop up!
Part of our itinerary included a trip to Kensington Palace for the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibit. So many of her beautiful dresses and outfits were on display along with the history behind them, and it really showed what an incredible woman she was. Not only did we visit this part of the palace, but we were able to tour the apartments of Queen Mary II and King William III as well. I was so impressed by all the details put in the fabrics, paintings, and architecture here. Even the gift shop and cafe were impressive!
Of course there are many other places in London I loved, like Abbey Road, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Selfridges, Camden Town and Covent Garden, but I’m sure you’ve already put those on your list (if you haven’t, you should).
So my answer to the ever popular question? My favourite part of London was being there! The culture is quite different to ours – much more laid back. I loved being surrounded by history and architecture – even the most mundane building was still beautiful to me. Every small detail made my trip to London so memorable, and I can’t forget to mention the amazing group of people I went with, who made it that much better!
Have you been to London? Let me know what your favourite parts are in the comments!