Last week, I had a quick getaway to my second home of homes, London. A city that is so rich with culture, history and style that practically every other city is begging to be its best mate. Similar to New York and Paris, there’s a specific energy about London that makes your eyes wide with wonder and I strongly believe it’s a city that everyone should visit at least once. If you’re after a quick trip to the land of the Spice Girls then look no further than my basic tips for travelling in LDN.
WHERE TO STAY
I’ve been fortunate enough to stay at a variety of hotels and hostels over the years and, contrary to popular belief, you can actually find decent accommodation for every price range in this town. I know, crazy right! If you want to go super fancy then the five star Sofitel London St James is incredible. No seriously, it’s as if this hotel was made for Instagram. The Sofitel brand prides itself on providing luxury accommodation that can accommodate every need and boy do they fulfil this promise in bucket loads! However, the price is not for the faint hearted so if you’re after a decent three star option then I’m a big fan of the Premier Inn hotel at St Pancras. The best thing is how the staff really excel at creating a unique stay for every customer. The furnishings are basic but very comfortable and the location is absolutely superb, sitting right in the middle of two of the biggest stations in London. If you’re after something even more purse friendly, then you needn’t look no further than one of the cosiest and most fashionable hostel brands out there, Generator Hostels. Nobody thought it could be done but these guys have actually created a chain of stylish and vibrant hostels all over Europe and they are all cheap as chips! Hurrah! The staff have great tips about sight seeing and after a long day of walking you can come back and relax in their chill out and cinema room. Perfect.
WHERE TO EAT
Food! My favourite topic! Thankfully London is rife with incredible culinary options. If you want something cheap and cheerful then I’m always a fan of hitting the markets in Camden, South Bank and Spitalfields. There’s always a tonne of options for a fraction of restaurant prices and they usually taste incredible. However, I totally get the appeal of sitting down to eat your food so my next favourites are Ping Pong on South Bank and Busaba. I’m a really big fan of Thai food and Dim Sum so these restaurants are my usual go to venues if I’m after some delicious flavours. Oka restaurants also make the tastiest sushi and cocktails I’ve ever had. I usually go to their restaurant in Kingly Court, just off Carnaby Street, because its in a great location and the ambience is super chilled. However, if you’re looking for a restaurant that screams “Special Occasion!” then I would head straight to The Oxo Tower Restaurant. The food is impressive and tastes delicious, you can dine with a panoramic view of the city and the staff treat you like you’re the best guest in the room. Plus, you’re only a stones throw away from the cultural hub of the city on South Bank and if you’re lucky you can even eat on the garden terrace. Perfect for that special someone.
WHAT TO SEE