What to do in London

The Ultimate Guide to London

London is the first stop on my European travel adventures and after five days of scouring the city of its best features, I’ve put together my list of the best things to do and see in the capital of England! I loved London and all of its beauty, not to mention the posh accents and extremely charming architecture. Leather and bomber jackets are very in for British fashion and the Tube, while quite complex, is clean, easy to use, and smooth running (buy yourself an Oyster card to save and don’t forget to tap it both when you enter AND exit the stations).
 
And without further ado, here’s my list for what to do in London:
 
Markets:
 
Old Spitalfields Market – The market for the best accessory finds! This market is a hotspot for trendy sunglasses, Blair Waldor-esque headbands, scarves, and bohemian jewellery. Be prepared to spend a pretty penny here though as designer makeup shops like Jo Malone and Benefit outline the borders of the market.
 
Borough Market – Make sure you visit this market on an empty stomach! From stuffed British dinner pies to high quality olives, to Turkish pastries, the sights and smells of Borough are mouthwateringly wonderful.
 
Borough Market 

Covent Garden Market
– This is the most famous market in London but by far my least favourite of the city (a tourist central with cheaper looking items and street performers). If you do go, visit The Ivey Market Grill (see below), then wander over to Trafalgar Square.Restaurants:The Bird in Hand – A cozy dinner spot the locals love. Good wine, good atmosphere, good company, count me in. You can order fancy little plate sharables or the fire oven cooked pizza!Farm Girl Cafe – An Instagrammer’s paradise. Enter this lunch cafe through a side pathway from Portobello Market, where you’ll find pretty purple flowers lining white painted bricks. Order the avocado toast, coconut pancakes, and acai bowl to be basic af while you sip your latté and cucumber water. While the food does look pretty, but it is quite plain and the popular cafe gets quite hectic.
 
Farm Girl Cafe 

 
The Ivey Market Grill
– Have a pleasant lunch on the patio and people watch at Covent Garden. The food is high quality with perfect size portions. Order the shepherd’s pie or salmon with a delicious créme brulée to finish off.
 
Best London Restaurants
 

 
Sketch Bar
– Feel like Alice in Wonderland at Sketch Bar! Each room is designed by a different concept artist. Have tea and scones with the delicious velvety smooth creme and fig jam in a fairy room where flowers hang from the ceilings and the patrons dress like the civilians of The Hunger Game’s Capitol (well some of them). You can also order full course meals in the pink parlour which is decorated 1950’s style and served by french maid waiters. But the best part of this fun house? The alien egg pod bathrooms! While I’m not suggesting it, this place would probably be one hell of a trip on drugs.
 
Sketch London
 
Sketch London 
Things to Do:
 
Kensington Gardens in Hyde Park – I highly suggest visiting the beautiful green gardens of Prince Harry’s Kensington Palace. Take a walk through the green canopied hallways then wander through the rest of Hyde Park. It’s a fresh break from the city and the park is so big you’ll have tons of space to enjoy to yourself. Picnic anyone?
 
Kensington Palace
 
Hyde Park
 
Kensington Gardens
 
Walk along the Thames River – This is a good way to enjoy the famous landmarks of London including Big Ben, The London Eye, and the Parliament Buildings without having to deal with massive crowds, long lines, and overpriced tickets. As you continue on East, you’ll see clear views of The London Bridge, The “Walkie-Talkie” Tower, The “Gherkin” building, and the “Cheesegrater” building.
 
The London Eye 
Big Ben
 

Oxford Street Shopping
– You can’t go to London without sneaking in a little shopping (a little, i mean a lot) on Oxford. With multi-level Top Shops, Zara, River Island, Victoria’s Secret, and plenty of high fashion designer boutiques (which are even just nice to look at without going in), your style game will inevitably move up a level.
 
Oxford Street London
 

Shangri-La Hotel/The Shard
– Have a glass of champagne on the 32nd floor of the tallest building in Western Europe. You’ll get fantastic views of the entire city and feel like a high class socialite.
 
The Shard Shangri-La London
 
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Have you been to London? What’s your favourite spots?