Saturday, 18 January 2014

Planning a trip to London

I live near Sheffield and proudly so. I can’t see myself living down in London (I’d miss the quiet of the countryside), but I’ve got lovely memories of weekends spent there - like above with my brother Dan!

When I was 18, my Dad paid for me and Kate to go to London for a proper city break weekend. It was our first “holiday” together in London and I’ll never forget how grown up we felt on the tube on our own!

In February, I’m spending a couple of days dedicated to this lady as she now lives there. I CAN NOT WAIT to spend some proper quality time with her, so I’ve already started thinking about what we could get up to!

Planning a city break to London

1. Soak it up. Arguably, you don't need to plan anything. If you're a people-watcher like me, there are plenty of opportunities to sit back and watch the world go by (if the sun comes out, that is). My favourite spot to do this is in the Camden Lock, which isn't all piercing shops and shisha bars. If you look close enough, you can find little corners to grab a cup of tea and while away a couple of hours.

2. Walk yourself silly. The tube is certainly not the be-all-and-end-all, and if you live underground who knows what you'll miss above the surface! My favourite walks are along the south bank, past the Tate and the London Eye. This is one of my favourite photos on my colorsplash (I really will have to did it out again!), and it sums up summertime in London when the entertainers are out and people are hanging out together in the sunshine.

Planning a city break to London

3. Eat, eat  and eat again. When Dan and I went to London last summer, we made a point of trying new things to eat. This shot is from Wagamamas so not exactly London-only, but check out Dim t, and Giraffe, which is slowly but surely expanding further north.

4. Go and see a live show. Whether it's a trip to the theatre or a gig (and let's face it, London is the go-to location for the best live music, just look at Liv's blog!) there's always something to do. You can find fab details for shows at Hotel Direct, and remember doesn't have  to be a big brassy expensive show either - check our Everyman Cinema on Baker Street which is the perfect place for a night out of culture.

Planning a city break to London

5. Learn something. London is full of musuems, and luckily for you many of them are free! My fave is the Natural History Museum, mainly because I'm obssessed with dinosaurs. That whole road is fab though - plenty of ones to choose from including the Science Museum and the V&A.

6. Do something different. Perhaps the Ice Bar is old hat for many of you now, but a couple of years ago when I didn't know London so well - I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread! Look for unusual things to do and you'll break away from that stereotypical tourist mode.

What do you think I should do on my next long weekend in the big smoke? The more recommendations the better - especially your foodie haunts!


  1. I couldn't go to london and not shop. It would be criminal.
    Miss Bows

  2. Great post! They have a Giraffe cafe in Exeter too. I have always wanted to go to Wagamama's though - everyone says it is great! :)

  3. I love visiting London but I could never live there. We are searching for places to stay there in may right now. For food I definitely recommend wahaca. Bills and the breakfast club are amazing for breakfast. For something different, my friend took me to the hubtarian museum lady time I was there. It's not for everyone and its shocking in parts but it was fascinating. X

  4. Burger Claire burgers. Try honest and it'll change your life haha!

    1. Exactly what I was going to say. Burgers mmmm also The Wallace Collection is great and is right by Patty & Bun and Selfridges xx

  5. I'm off to London next month, twice actually. Both blog related but I'm not missing the Paul Smith exhibition for nothing! Never even heard of this ice bar, where have I been?

    Buckets & Spades

  6. I love the ice bar, no shame!! :)

  7. Brick Lane is definitely worth a visit for all the cute vintage/outlet shops, and there's an ice-cream parlour called ChinChin Labs in Camden Lock where they make liquid nitrogen into ice-cream in front of you! Never actually been there but I've heard so many great reviews about it!


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