Travel

Travel Guide: London

London is a fantastic city to spend a couple of days exploring, shopping and eating very well. Obviously, it is an old city that has a lot of history and cultural things to do, but the side of it that I enjoy is what I would like to share! Walking around doing some shopping, going for a nice long lunch, grabbing a tea (or coffee) with friends in the afternoon, checking out an art gallery, then onto dinner and drinks later is basically the way to do it if you have done all the general sightseeing.

Where To Stay?

Claridge’s

My favourite hotel stay in London, perfect for short and long stays. It’s probably at the top of my list because of the location, being right next to bond street in the heart of Mayfair means that it’s easy to get anywhere and all the best restaurants are around the corner. With that, the rooms are so spacious, gorgeously decorated and very comfortable. The service is great and the staff are so friendly. The general décor of the hotel is really classic and old school, quite reminiscent of London back in the 60’s. If you are willing to spend a bit more to get a suite then do, they are amazing. All of them have different colour schemes, living rooms and some have balconies with great views over London.

www.claridges.co.uk

Connaught

The Connaught is also in the heart of Mayfair, and again a favourite. I probably spend more time at this hotel than any other in London because I love the bar to hang out and catch up with friends, or to have tea with my mother. Apart from this, the hotel itself is beautiful. It is decorated in dark tones of brown, and feels more boutique like then a big hotel which is a lovely feel. The food is great and so are the staff, the rooms are super comfortable and spacious also.

www.the-connaught.co.uk

Flemings

This little boutique hotel has just undergone a huge renovation and has some gorgeous rooms for you to stay. Its location is great for restaurants and shopping, as well as being a 2-minute walk from the park which makes for a lovely activity especially in the spring/summer months. The rooms themselves come in lots of different categories and all have some quirky colours mixed with the classic style which makes it feel really updated and young. I personally like the studio rooms with terraces. Along with this it has a Michelin star restaurant called Ormer, (It’s really good).

www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk

45 Park Lane

Ok this hotel has some fantastic food, so if you’re getting room service you will not be disappointed. The building itself is in the art deco style, and so is the interior, which makes it different to other hotels. It is owned by the Dorchester Collection, and is immediately across the street from The Dorchester itself. The other thing that it is across the road from is Hyde Park. The rooms are so spacious and decorated in such a great style, and if you’re into treating yourself try the penthouse suite, it has a wraparound balcony with panoramic views of the park and London.


www.dorchestercollection.com/45-park-lane

Where to Tea/Coffee?

Amanzi

Very casual afternoon tea place where you can choose from literally any tea you could imagine.

Clean and Lean

After a little shopping on bond street, you can pop into this little café at the side entrance of Fenwick’s and get a coffee, maybe even try one of their AMAZING acai bowls, they are my favourite ones in London.

Chiltern Firehouse

A great place to get a tea or a coffee (or a drink) in the afternoon. The interior design is super cool and different, a must go.

Connaught

I love going here with my mom for tea. Its super comfortable and relaxed and the setting is beautiful.

Claridge’s

Famously known for their high tea, worth trying for sure!

Chucks Notting Hill

Notoriously one of the best coffees in London. Sit back by the fire in the courtyard and relax after an afternoon of shopping and exploring Notting Hill.

Where to Eat?

Daytime

Ahi Poke

This is my favourite poke place in London. It is a super casual little place where you can go for lunch and get a quick bite, or you can get takeaway for dinner. The best part is, you can choose all your bases, toppings and sauces. (They also have the best fro yo)

Chicken Shop

Yes the name says it all, its all about chicken. Owned by Soho House, chicken shop is a chain of restaurants in London where you can get a whole, half or quarter roasted chicken with a selection of sides. You can have it healthy with just the salad or you can get fries.

Colbert

This is a great little restaurant with a “bistro” vibe. Fish, salads, great brunches, it has something for everyone and in the summer, you can get a table outside and enjoy some sun (Rare) and the views over Sloane square.

Homeslice

Currently my favourite pizza place in London, similar to Joes in New York if you have had it, not the same, but the closest thing I have found in London. The pizzas are huge and so are the slices.

Squirrel

This is the place to go if you want a salad. Think sweet green in New York. The place itself is designed to look like a squirrel’s dream, with faux trees and even a “treehouse” with tables in it. The salads are great and I think the freshest in London.

Farm Girl

Great healthy brunch spot in trendy Notting Hill, also has a delicious Acai bowl!

Egg Break

A very casual brunch restaurant in Notting Hill, the menu is based around different egg breakfasts that are so delicious. My favourite is the scrambled eggs on sourdough and the granola.

 

Evening

Cut (Bar)

Ok this is my favourite place to eat in London. If you go up to the bar and eat there it has the most chilled out vibe where you can eat in a relaxed environment. The food is out of this world, the burgers are the dream, the Bolognese is one of the best, and everything else on the menu is mouth-watering.

Defune

Typical Japanese restaurant that is all about the sushi. The restaurant is clean and simple, but definitely one of the best sushi restaurants in london.

Zuma 

There is one in New York and Miami amongst others, a great contemporary Japanese restaurant, with great decor and atmosphere.

Cipriani 

Italian, one of many, but always delicious.

Casa Cruz 

A very chic Argentinian restaurant in Notting Hill

Nobu Park Lane 

My favourite Japanese in London, and definitely one of the best ones out of all of the Nobu’s around the world!

 

Where to Shop?

Harrods
Selfridges
Harvey Nichols
Boutique 1
Matches
Bond St
Sloane St
Topshop (Oxford Circus)
Zara (Bond St)

Activities & Sights?

Theatre
Stroll in one of the many parks (Hyde Park, Regents Park)
Electric Cinema, Nottinghill
Shopping
Big Ben
London Eye
Tate Modern
National Portrait Gallery

When to Go?

All year round! (maybe not November, January and February as it is rainy and cold!)

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If you want to know about anymore send me an email and I can give you some more tips! Natalia@Theeditofficial.com