I might have been back from London for over five weeks – yeah I know, time flies – but I’m still reminiscing over the amazing time I had. With my American squeeze. Eek!
We hit up Brighton first for five days, before heading to London for the weekend.
Now, I’ve been to London like 282 times already (okay, slight exaggeration – more like 281), but I always enjoy it each and every time I venture there.
London is a bit like marmite; you either love it or you hate it. I, personally, love it. When I’m visiting, that is.
I don’t think I could live there. Too many people. Too much hustle and bustle. And everyone’s always racing everywhere all the time. It’s so fast-paced that there’s no time to just breathe.
But being there for a little while – man, it’s exciting! There’s always something going on in London. There’s so much to see and do. There’s such a good vibe about it.
I do love visiting; however, I find it rather exhausting if I go for longer than a couple of days at a time. The city is incredibly spread out, so you end up taking tubes everywhere. And doing a lot of walking. My little footsies were aching like crazy after being there for only 2 nights this time around.
Trust me though, it’s worth the pain! And it’s a helluva good workout. Here are 7 ways you can spend a weekend in London.
1. Sit out in the sunshine at Trafalgar Square…
…Presuming the weather is decent, of course.
Can you believe that my American bf had visited London previously but never went to Trafalgar Square? He was amazed when I told him it was one of the top tourist spots.
Naturally, I had to show him it. It’s such a gorgeous area!
During the summer, people sit out during the day and admire the view of the statues and the fountains. And it’s simply divine.
2. Visit The National Gallery.
Trafalgar Square is also home to The National Gallery – and I absolutely love The National Gallery!
Not only does it have over 2,300 paintings, but it’s supposedly one of the greatest collections in the whole entire world. Monet, Picasso, you name ’em – you can find all the famous artists here. It’s a must-do if you’re an art lover, like myself.
Oh and did I mention that it’s free to enter? Win, win!
Okay, so I might be a wee bit of a Made in Chelsea fan. (You know, the TV show about a bunch of twenty-somethings living in the Chelsea area of London?)
And the MIC gang are always at The Bluebird cafe. Therefore I felt it was only right that I experienced The Bluebird cafe. Obvs.
We had breakfast there on our first full day and it was yummy. They have a pretty little terrace where you can sit out in the morning sunshine and it was just so pleasant. Definitely check it out if you ever have the opportunity!
4. Wander around Leicester Square and/or Piccadilly Circus.
Another two famous tourist hot spots. And another two places the bf didn’t realise he had to tick off the London bucket list. (I keep saying bf, shouldn’t I just call him by his name? That’s easier, right? Nathan – his name is Nathan.)
So I took Nathan for a little mooch around Leicester Square and its array of bars, shops and restaurants. He couldn’t believe the amount of people that were in that one area at one time!
Unfortunately, Piccadilly Circus was undergoing some kind of renovation during the day we were there – so he couldn’t see it in all its glory. FYI it’s usually best to see it at night anyway when it’s all lit up.
We still really enjoyed exploring the surroundings though.
5. Stay at the Holiday Inn at Kensington Forum.
I’d never stayed in Kensington before, but I adore the area! Before we booked to come to London, we spent ages looking for a budget hotel that was near the city centre and easily accessible by tube.
We found the business suites at the Holiday Inn at Kensington Forum hotel on a deal and just had to lock one down for our 2 night stay! Not only was the room spacious with a king size bed, but we also got access to the Executive Lounge throughout the entire duration of our stay.
This hotel is right next to Gloucester Road tube station, which made getting around so much easier! It really was a great place to stay – I highly recommend it.
6. Go shopping on Oxford and/or Regent Street.
A must do whenever I’m in London, I just can’t resist browsing the shops in the Oxford Street/Regent Street area.
There’s so much choice on offer, whether you’re looking for high street bargains or luxury designer goods.
Nathan and I both picked up a couple of goodies each! You can easily kill a day purely by shopping in this area. But, if you’re limited on time like we were, why not just head there for an afternoon?
7. Have dinner at Olives restaurant in Kensington.
We were looking for a restaurant on our last night where we could have a nice dinner when Olives popped up on Google.
The food was Italian (my favourite), the reviews were excellent, and it was literally a two-minute walk from our hotel!
Well, we certainly weren’t expecting the restaurant to be so high in calibre as it was. The drinks were tasty. The servers were warm and welcoming. And the food was out of this world!
I’d love to go again the next time I’m in London – so I certainly recommend it to you, if you’ve never been before!
Overall, Nathan and I had such a fantastic time during our two nights in London. Sure, it went quickly, but it always does when you’re in the Big Smoke!
I always have fun down there and I’m sure I’ll be going again soon enough!
In the mean time, I’ve got all this beautiful Yorkshire countryside surrounding me to enjoy. It’s just a shame Nathan has gone back to Wisconsin for the time being and can’t enjoy it with me!