London is one of my favorite big cities in the world! I’m not usually a big city gal but London is an exception in my books. There’s so much to see and do in London that you can probably spend weeks in London and still not cover all there is to see. There are so many great and comprehensive guide books and blog posts written about London. So, when I thought about writing a post on London, instead of writing about must see things in London or best things to do in London, which usually compromise of museums, churches, parks, and so on, I wanted to think about what I loved most about London. This post covers my personal London recommendations (that are not museums, churches, parks etc!).
This London recommendations list is not in any particular order.
1. Borough Market
Borough market is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, with a market on this site dating back to at least the 12th century. From fresh produce to hot food, there is something for everyone here. There are also lots of stalls with different cuisine from all over the world as well! My favorite stalls of course were all the baked good stalls!
2. Nightlife in Soho
Soho is one of the most vibrant and happening areas in London. This part of London has some of the best restuarants London has to offer, along with some awesome bars and fantastic nightlife! Go out for dinner and bar hop afterwards. The entire area is popping and open until late night!
3. Tower of London
The Tower of London was first conceived in 1066. It’s claim to fame is as the place where people were beheaded back in the day. This includes two of the wives of King Henry the VIII. The White Tower at the complex’s center was built in 1080 by William the Conqueror. This tower still stands today. My favorite part about the Tower of London were the crown jewels! Not only did I see it twice, I had my mouth open each time too! I wish I could have taken pictures but they are prohibited. In addition to the crown jewels, you can also see some of the vessels and other objects that were used for Royal Christenings and events. The Tower of London was worth every single pound I spent on the ticket! Expect to spend a few hours here. Tickets are best bought in advance! Click HERE.
4. Neal’s Yard
Neal’s Yard is a colorful alley close to Covent Garden. It can be a little hard to find as it’s tucked away. With colorful window and door frames and foliage hanging from the buildings, Neal’s Yard is one of those instagrammable spots in London. There are little specialty shops at Neal’s Yard and also places to eat.
5. Covent Garden
Located at the West end of London, Covent Garden is a great spot to eat, shop or hang out. It’s also where the Royal Opera House is located. As an interesting juxtapose to the Opera House, you will also see street performers around Covent Garden. Pop into Apple Market for some quirky stalls and boutique shops or swing by one of the many colorful bars.
6. Afternoon Tea
In my honest opinion, afternoon tea is the best British invention ever!! And is there a more epic place to have afternoon tea in England than in London? An afternoon tea consisting of tiny little sandwiches, melt in the mouth scones and hot tea is a must do in London and one of my personal favorites. I’ve had afternoon tea at the Hyatt Regency – The Churchill in London and it was so good! Check out the menu HERE
PS – Americans call it high tea but the British call it afternoon tea!
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