I've been living in London for a couple of years or so now so I don't really know why I haven't thought about doing a post like this before. I guess I just forgot about it being a place that perhaps not everyone is in all the time and perhaps some of the things I was getting up to really was pretty cool. I'm totally used to living here now, but don't get me wrong, that completely doesn't mean I don't appreciate it, I really do. I love it here and right now in my life I don't want to live anywhere different. London is love for me and I don't want that to change any time soon.
Wandering in London
So anyway, I thought about rounding up some of my favourite things to do while I'm in the big city and I hope it'll help you if you're looking for something fun or cool to do but first I just wanted to talk a little about just wandering around because this is totally one of my favourite things to do (if the weather is okay!). I'm not going to talk specifics (though pictured from left to right is Wembley Stadium, St. James Park and of course the London Eye). Just wander around, you'll find something beautiful I just know it. Or you could take it that step further and go on the Borris Bikes, I love going round Hyde Park in the summer on them! Total fave.
Eating in London
As a foodie, this is probably my favourite part of this post, and pre-writing this, I'm going to assume it'll be the biggest section. There is so much to talk about. I'm going to start by saying just don't go to the usual chain places you can get elsewhere in the country while you're here. There are so many other cool and super delicious places to go to that you can't get elsewhere. There's a time and a place for a Nandos or a Pizza Hut but trust me, it isn't here.
I'll start by talking through some of my favourites. If you've got a hankering for Pizza then there are three places you NEED to go to, yes need, not want, need. I'm talking in no particular order, Pizza East (pictured first) for their super delicious and crispy bases, Pizza Pilgrims for the most delicious pizza well ever and Home Slice for the biggest pizzas I've ever seen with the most amazing toppings (the mushroom one is to die for). Burgers, and I'm talking the vegetarian option as ya know, I don't eat meat. Shake Shack is the best, hands down, full post coming soon on this and I'm excited for it. The Diner is probably my favourite restaurant ever. Big words, but trust me it's amazing. I have been so many times and it's always amazing. Go to the one off Carnaby St. it's the best. So many choices and I won't tell you what to order because it's all just as good. If you're fancying something more on the asian side then Bi Bim Bap is amazing for Korean, Ping Pong for Dim Sum, Busaba Eathai for Thai, ChamporChampor for some fancy Thai/Malay fusion and now I'm totally racking my brain to work out where else I love. When it comes to desert there are some amazing places to get cake. Pick up your Cronuts at Dum Dum Donuts and your cakes at Primrose Bakery and the Hummingbird Bakery.
On the other hand, if you're feeling something a little more exciting and completely different to what you'd get elsewhere, have a look for what pop ups are on around. I'm talking things like the Porridge Cafe that was here this month and things like the Owl Cafe that's coming soon! (Sign up here for your chance to get a ticket!). I would mention the Cat Cafe, but I'm going to steer you away from that. I had the worst experience there and the less I say about it the better, but I'd just recommend not to go to that one. There's also the Fox Cafe that's coming (and don't forget to sign up here to get tickets). Perhaps animals aren't really your cup of tea and maybe something a little more hands on, then there was the UK and Ireland Poker Tour Kitchen that popped up recently allowing you to win you're money back for the price of you're meal with a little bit of Poker. Why go to a normal restaurant when you could go to one of these? Though obviously these aren't around all of the time there's bound to be something else while you're here so keep your eyes peeled on social media etc. for those!
Drinking in London
Drinking in London is something that just has to be done. There are so many amazing cocktail bars and I would always recommend going at Happy Hour to get yourself 2 for 1. Give it a google depending on the area you're in and you'll find something a few minutes away. So worth it and they always taste delicious!
Going Out in London
There are so many things to do albeit in the day time or at the night time in London. I'd always recommend going to a few galleries in the day time and heading to a gig in the evening. There is always a gig going on, there are often free venues that will let you discover something new or you know, you could always come down when you've got a ticket for your favourite. Make it a bit more special, you know.
Beauty in London
Last but not least, I couldn't resist adding a little bit of beauty up in here. Well it is me we're talking about right? London is one of the best places for shopping and I just couldn't not mention that. Clothes etc. you've got it but I wanted to talk about my favourite beauty haunts in the city and well, that's just one of the reasons why I love it. My favourite spots are Liberty, Space NK and Selfridges. Predictable but oh so amazing for all your beauty buys. Why not have a little pamper while you're here and get your hair done at my favourite salon, Richard Ward or perhaps have a little pamper at a spa, my favourites are the Ajala Spa and the Agua Spa. So luxurious.
So I hope that's helped a little and I just know I'm going to kick myself for not mentioning some other favourites but that'll just mean there'll have to be another post like this. There's so many things to remember and my memory is like a sieve so we shall see!
What are your favourite things to do in London?