I know that I usually focus on beauty products on this blog, however one thing that you may not know about me is that I love to explore new places. I wanted to share with you a little guide to some of my favourite hidden (and not so hidden!) gems in London. I hope you enjoy reading something a little different from me!
I have visited London a few times over the past couple of years and every time I go back I don’t want to leave. It is one of my all time favourite places to visit due to the variety of things to see, do and of course eat! It can be quite overwhelming to decide what to do as there is so much choice, so here are some of my top picks for a weekend stay.
What to See
Changing of the Guard
If you are looking for your typical British tourist spot, make sure that you turn up for the Changing of the Guard parade at Buckingham Palace. It is an amazing historical ceremony that feels really atmospheric. If you head to https://changing-guard.com/dates-buckingham-palace.html you can find out the times that the ceremony takes place. It does get extremely busy so make sure you plan in advance if you want a good viewing spot!
Piccadilly Circus is a must for tourists, the iconic screens are just the beginning! The tube takes you right into all of the action, with the streets filled with designer and high street shops as well as theatres and a whole host of restaurants. It really is a show stopper! It is also a stone’s throw away from famous tourist attractions such as Leicester Square.
What to Do
You are never short of a good museum in London and there are a lot to choose from. My top picks are the Natural History Museum and the British Museum which are both free! I found both of these museums really interesting and we spent a good couple of hours in each. The British Museum has the most amazing Egyptian artifacts if that is your kind of thing!
Flight Club is an interactive darts venue that is one of the best bars/venues I have been to in London. I don’t have particularly good aim (although I did manage to fluke a bullseye!) but that didn’t matter as the interactive games that you can play with the darts board make for a fun and competitive evening. You can even take photos and save action replays of your shots which are sent to your phone for free. We paid only £15 off peak for an hour’s play which was totally worth it!
Covent Garden is definitely one to add to your list for any keen shoppers! It is an undercover area filled with shops and restaurants (so you can leave your other half behind if need be!) Covent Garden have some really different shops as well as a mixture of vibrant market stalls and street performers. Head to Ben’s Cookies for the most delicious cookies you have ever tasted!
What to Eat
Bravas – St Katherine’s Docks
A little hidden gem near to where we were staying in London was Bravas which had the most amazing tapas. It was not your 100% traditional spanish tapas which I loved, it was extremely flavourful and the service was fantastic. The dishes come out as soon as they are ready so the food is served at different times throughout the meal. I loved this aspect as we could enjoy each dish as it arrived at our table. St Katherine’s Docks is a great place in general for a wide range of restaurants and bars if tapas is not your sort of thing!
Definitely not a cheap option, but very innovative nonetheless, Inamo with it’s interactive tables is a Pan-Asian restaurant where you can order your food straight from the table! The food is delicious and I loved the games that you could play whilst you were waiting. You can also watch the chefs making your food and even change the pattern on the table! Definitely worth trying out for a one-off different dining experience.
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my top spots in London. The range of shopping, restaurants and activities in London is never ending and I am sure I will discover even more favourites in the future.
Did you enjoy reading something a bit different from me? Let me know in the comments if you have been to London or whether you are going to go to any of these places!
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