Are you planning a trip to London? If so, I’ve got you sorted. Here is a list of all my favourite things to do and my favourite places to eat along with a map so you can find your way around easily. Enjoy!
I adore London. I was born in London and lived there for the first 4 years of my life. I’ve been going back and forth between London and Ireland ever since so I’ve been their countless times. My most recent visit was June 2019 and I’ve another trip planned for May 2020. With each trip to London, I experience something new so I will keep this blog updated with all my favourite finds.
Where to Stay
Travelodge Vauxhall – This is ideal if you are looking to go on a budget! If you plan to be out and about exploring London every day then having a nice hotel may not be your priority. The Travelodge is clean, comfy, affordable and central. The hotel was literally right across the road from an Underground stop which was extremely convenient. Once you are near the underground you have the whole of London at your fingertips.
Park Plaza London Riverbank – I loved this hotel. It was a little pricey but so so fab. When we arrived they upgraded us to an executive room so the price didn’t bother me too much then. It was super comfy and possibly the coolest hotel room I have ever stayed in. The breakfast the next morning was divine and set us up perfectly for the 20 min walk along the river to Westminster Bridge.
Where to Eat
Dishoom – Dishoom is a very cool and chic Indian restaurant. You literally feel like you have stepped into Bombay when you enter. The food is exceptional as is the service and the drinks. If there is a queue outside don’t be put off by this. We weren’t queuing for long but while we were, the staff came out with complimentary drinks for us to try. Once we got to the top of the queue we were given a seat at the bar and a buzzer that would let us know when our table was ready. Brilliant service. Check out the menu.
All Bar One – I loved this bar. When we were in London the weather was beautiful so on this particular day I just needed a cold drink and to get out of the sun for a bit. So we stopped by here, sat at the window and ordered a few cocktails and nibbles. I love a good strawberry daiquiri and good it was so I was happy out.
Cafe De Pierre (Caffe Concerto) – This cafe was lovely for a late breakfast/brunch. With loads of windows, it’s a nice and bright cafe to sit for a while and watch the people of London. I had the eggs benedict and they were delicious.
Coppa Club – I visited Coppa Club Tower Bridge and loved it. It has the most spectacular view of the famous Tower Bridge and very cool igloo styled outdoor seating area. (you can see in the picture). I would have quite happily sat here and watched the world go by for a few hours. If you plan to add this to your trip I would recommend ringing ahead to book an igloo as they book out all the time. I was there fairly early on a weekday and they were all booked out.
What to do
There is so much to do in London! No matter how many times you’ve been you can never see it all. However, here are some of my favourite things to do.
London Eye – The London Eye is one of the most iconic landmarks in London. If you like Ferris wheels it is a great way to see all of London and the Thames. I’ve been on it once and once was enough as it wasn’t hugely exciting but even if you don’t fancy going up in it, definitely check it out. It makes a great backdrop for photos.
River Cruise – I thoroughly enjoyed this river cruise. It’s a great way to see London. It was filled with interesting facts about all the bridges along the Thames and the buildings you can see along the river bank. At only £12 sure where could ya go wrong?
Travel tip: Make sure to check out the London Eye website for ticket packages. If you are planning on visiting a few attractions you can find some really good deals.
Big Ben – Again, another hugely iconic building. If you walk from Buckingham Palace to the London Eye you’ll pass big ben.
Westminster Abbey – Check out where the royal family weddings and coronations happen. Again, this is right beside Big Ben.
Buckingham Palace – If you want to see something quintessentially British, then put the changing of the guard on your to-do list. This happens every day outside Buckingham Palace at 11 am.
West End Show – No trip to London is complete without catching a show on the West End. I’ve seen The Lion King twice and Hamilton once. I cannot recommend both enough. Both blew me away and I can’t wait to see them again.
London Dungeon – If you like a bit of a scare then the London Dungeons are a must see. It’s a brilliant tour filled with loads of history. Definitely would recommend. Be warned though… there is a ride at the end of the tour that was so terrifying it made me pull this face! :O
Harrods – If shopping is on your itinerary then check out Harrods. It has literally everything you could want. It is well worth a walk around.
Hamleys – Hamleys is the largest and oldest toy store in the world! It has 7 floors. I always pop in as it’s a lovely walk down memory lane as they have all the latest toys as well as the old fashioned ones. Plus, their Barbie and Harry Potter section are awesome.
Disney Store Oxford Street – A personal favourite of mine. No trip to London is complete without visiting Disney on Oxford Street.
Harry Potter Studios – If you are a Potter head like me then this will blow your mind. You can walk into the Great Hall, learn how to fly a broom, see original sets, props and costumes and drink real Butterbeer!!
Thorpe Park – If you are a thrill seeker. Look no further. Thorpe Park will keep you entertained for hours.
Travel Tip: The Underground is your best friend. Find a map and get an Oyster card. You won’t regret it.
I hope this was helpful. If you have been to London and have a few favourite spots of your own I’d love if you would comment below or DM me on Instagram. I’m always looking to experience something new in London. x