Sharing my London with you…
[dropcap]I [/dropcap] think it’s fair to say that no matter how long you lived in London, you never know it completely.
Sure we all share the frustration of when people decide to stand on the left of the escalator at tube stations (it’s on the right people!) or how much we love to queue for the latest organic/vegan/raw/funky cocktail pop-ups and end up disappointed. Despite being broke and tired, living in London has been THE best experience of my life.
One of my favourite walks from when I worked at Stylist magazine, was down from Holborn, right towards Somerset House and across the bridge to Waterloo Station. The buzz of Southbank at Christmas made me smile from ear to ear, while the view over Tower Bridge never ceased to amaze. Everyone has his or her own version of London and that’s what makes it special. For example, I lived in North London for a year but never been to Hampstead Heath or despite my mums belief I haven’t seen every single musical or sailed down the Thames!
This is my London that I’m sharing today and I can’t wait to hear your version of this vibrant beautiful city that I will always call home.
Dean Street Townhouse – go for rooms with a stand alone baths and enjoy the Cowshed products. Note it is right in the middle of soho so don’t expect a tranquil stay
Corinthia Hotel – the best spa and pool facilities
Four Seasons – Opposite Hyde Park, you are always guaranteed a great stay
Sushi Samba – amazing sushi with a view, make sure to try their passion fruit dessert
Yauatcha – hand down best dumplings in London
Berners Tavern – decadent setting with an amazing menu
Novikov Asian/ Italian – this place is always busy and if you go choose the Asian room for lunch and Italian for dinner
Scott’s – the best place for seafood, try their prawn cocktail
Zuma – the best sushi in the world, make sure to book in advance
Mildred’s – Making vegetarian vegan food NOT boring, used to be my weekly lunch spot
The Breakfast Club – if you’re a pancake lover like myself, this is for you
London Zoo – spend time in the squirrel monkeys enclosure, but make sure they don’t climb into your bag!
Richmond Park – get away from the hustle of the city and enjoy nature
Natural History Museum – great one for the boys!
Shakespeare’s Globe – If you’re in London for the summer, a night at the outdoor theatre is a must (make sure you buy a cushion!)
Sky Garden – indoor garden with a great view over the river
Gong at the Shangri-La the Shard – another one for a view and a great cocktail list
The Duck & Rice – always buzzing on a Friday night and round the corner from Yauatcha
Sketch – the most quirky place in London and also a popular spot for afternoon tea
Bounce – who doesn’t want to play ping pong while sipping on your poison of choice!
Selfridges – I do love Harrods but I think Selfridge’s is laid out better, plus there’s a 35,000 sq ft of shopping space dedicted sole-ly to shoes!
Sloane Street – Not as busy as Bond Street and is home to the top designer boutiques
Topshop Oxford Street – my number 1 stop when in London
Zara Duke of York Square – the best Zara in the city