London, London, London: the city I spent three months in and think about everyday.
Maybe you find yourself luckier than I currently do and have a trip to this wonderful city scheduled in your agenda (or, as they say in London, your “diary”). If this is the case, then please be prepared to take advantage of your time in “the Big Smoke.”
I want you to take advantage of it soo much that I put a blog post together about what exactly you should do to seize the weekend (or however long you’re going for). Keep in mind, there is so much more to do in the city then what is on this list; that’s why London is so amazing. But, to get the wheels turning in your heads, here are some of my recommendations on how to spend a Saturday in London.
Get brunch at The Breakfast Club
Any knowledgable British foodie knows that The Breakfast Club is a must-try when in the city. It has a quirky, retro atmosphere and food that will make your mouth water. For all you brunch lovers, it even has a special Weekend Brunch menu! How does a full English breakfast or an All-American stack of pancakes sound?
Go shopping at Liberty of London
Liberty of London has been a staple in London since the 1800s, so I guess you could say it is here to stay! But, beware, this isn’t a Macy’s. Think a regal, Tudor-style building that is filled with silk DVF scarves, Lancome serums and exotic chocolates. Prepare to drop the big bucks here!
Grab lunch from Portobello Road Market
Walk around the nearby Hyde Park
Right around the corner from the famous Portobello Road Market is the lush, plush Hyde Park. A sprawling grass field in the middle of the city, Hyde Park can offer some quiet serenity and a nice break from a pavement-pounding day around London.
Go to Wahaca for Dinner
The Breakfast Club is a huge staple in the London breakfast scene, and Wahaca is a huge staple in the London dinner scene. One reason why it’s so popular in the city is because it’s one of the only places that serves up good Mexican food. But, I have to admit, America does Mexican food better, but Wahaca’s efforts are definitely respectable (and delicious).
Once the sun goes down, walk along the River Thames
If you don’t go to River Thames when in London, you’re doing it wrong. But to be honest, avoiding the river would be very difficult, since so many London hotspots are seated right upon it (I’m talkin’ Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey…). If you think it’s nice during the day, it comes alive at night. Another great option for downtown dinner besides Wahaca is St. Stephen’s Tavern Pub which boasts authentic British pub foods like bangers and mash (which I highly recommend).
After you read this post, I hope you are thinking two things: 1.) I couldn’t be more excited to visit and city and 2.) damn, I’m in for some good food.
Hey, don’t forget: this is just Saturday! Keep a lookout for how I recommend you spend a Sunday in London!