Thursday, 8 August 2013

Lets Do London!

London is my birthplace and our capital city but how many Brits can say we take full advantage of everything it has to offer? How many of you are reading from abroad and considering coming to visit London? I want to share with you all the wonderful places that our capital has to offer.

When it comes to booking a trip there are a few things you need to make it a good one. I have put together some of my favourite places to visit and I hope you will enjoy what London has to offer.



Accommodation

First things first you need somewhere to stay! There are hundreds of hotels in London and it is difficult to know which one to choose but the most important thing is the location. The Saint Georges Hotel sits on the corner of Langham Place and Regents Street and is slap bang in the heart of the city and has fantastic views. 

saint georges hotel

Saint Georges has 95 bedrooms from standard rooms to superior rooms and suites. They also have a restaurant and bar if you decide to dine in. It is a 5 minute walk from Regents park and is just around the corner from Oxford Circus which is also the closest tube station which leads me on to my next point. 

Transport

The London Underground can be daunting to anyone who doesn't use it much but it is by far the easiest way to get around the city. I recommend leaving your car at one of the stations on the outskirts such as Edgeware of Stanmore and getting the tube in. You can get a ticket for the day starting from as little as £7 and your car will be left in a secure car park waiting for your return. 

The tube allows you to travel quickly around the city as driving can be a real pain especially at busy times, not to mention car park fee's and congestion charges!
You can plan your journey online here.

Places to Eat

This is the part I am always excited about! I love eating out and have my favourite to share with you.


Bodean's - this BBQ chain has 4 Restaurants across London - Soho, Fulham, Clapham and Tower Hill so you are never too far away from "The Best Sandwich in London" - Capital Radio
Bodean's do the best Mac'n'Cheese I have ever eaten and have a really great atmosphere, bringing a taste of America to our capital. They have a 'Den' for the children to hang out in before filling their tummy's and Kids eat free between 12-3pm with each full priced adult meal. Don't forget to take plenty of baby wipes though as it will get messy! 

There is almost a restaurant on every street in central London and with such a wide range of cuisines to choose from why head out early and go for a wander, you never know what you might find. 

Activities

There is so much culture in London and so many fantastic places to choose from. Also not all of them have to cost the earth there are plenty of free places to visit too! 

Here is a list of my favourite things to do:

Natural History Museum & Science Museum - both of which are FREE to get into!

Hyde Park, especially when Winter Wonderland is on! 

London Zoo - Go and visit baby Francois the Langur monkey who was born just a few weeks ago. 

Shopping

What better way to unwind than with a bit of retail therapy. London contains some of the countries best shops from the famous Harrods to some really quirky boutiques and markets. 

Markets - Camden Lock Market with everything from vintage clothing to handmade jewellery and unique artwork. It is full of culture and is a great place to find hidden treasures. 

Covent Garden Market is a beacon for all you craft lovers out there.

Borough Market is a gourmet food market and great place to explore for any foodies. 

Portabello Road Market has been around since the 1800's. It is most famous for its antiques but sells everything from bread to music. 

If markets aren't your thing there are hundreds of luxury stores selling art, jewellery, designer clothing and homewares all across the city. Carnaby Street, Oxford Street and Regents Street are a shopaholics heaven.

London has so much to offer you are bound to find something for everyone. Let me know if you have visited any of the places I have mentioned and I look forward to hearing about your experiences! 




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6 comments:

  1. I did London with a friend the other weekend. We went for the museums (National History, Science, British) and the Tate.
    We could have spent a week in the British museum it was fantastic. My jaw hit the floor when I saw the Egyptian exhibition.

    Also we had a great meal at Apostrophe sandwich bar outside St Paul's.

    It was the first time I've actually been into London, I will be going back.

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  2. Aw sounds great! I am yet to visit the Tate but I would love to go one day. I am looking forward to taking Ted to see the sites when he is older!

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  3. we are taking a trip to London soon .. cant wait x

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  4. I've lived in london for about 9 years now, love it! meaning to go to hyde park winter wonderland this year, cant believe ive not been yet

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  5. I love London and the museums are great, but for me you can't beat the Countryside

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  6. Some fantastic ideas here - thanks :). I love London. Hadn't heard of Bodeans so must definitely try that one. :). Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

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