I’m sure by now you’ve read the first part (why wouldn’t you have? ;)) – this post features the second part of my Things To Do In London series!
11. Have English Breakfast
I wrote about it already in a previous post this week: English breakfast! Have an English breakfast at least once during your trip! And get the whole she-bang of fried eggs, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, toast, bacon, potatoes and – my favourite – beans! An English breakfast is never complete without English tea so order that instead of your regular coffee!
12. Swim in the Thames
Just kidding – I don’t even know if you’re allowed. Walking along the Thames will be just fine. It’s not the prettiest river, granted, but since chances are you’ll be there already (for the Borough Market, Millennium Bridge etc), you might as well enjoy the Thames path as well!
13. Visit the Borough Market
Long before Amsterdam had Foodhallen, London already had the Borough Market. Enjoy pastries, breads, burgers, German sausages, mulled wines, cheeses, smoked salmon and whatnots! Don’t come here after lunch – this is your lunch!
14. Tate Modern & Millennium Bridge
First visit Tate Modern. The museum features iconic art throughout history, from Giacometti to Monet to Rothko. Check out this post featuring some of my favourite works from the museum! In the museum, don’t forget to have a drink in the cafe on the third floor where you’ll have a spectacular view on St. Paul’s Cathedral.
…and then walk the Millennium Bridge! In my opinion, one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. The steel suspension bridge links the Bankside to the City of London. Might want to get your wands out for a Dementors attack though, they have been spotted in the area!
15. Have a coffee at Monmouth Coffee
A very hip and trendy coffee company, Monmouth Coffee is packed all through the day. We even witnessed
lines crowds of people waiting to get in. Order a flat white and a croissant to go. We had no idea what a flat idea was, I don’t think we have this in the Netherlands. Basically it’s a double shot of espresso (sometimes ristretto espresso). It’s similar to a cappuccino or latte but it’s smaller in volume, which gives it a higher proportion of coffee to milk. The milk is velvety, allowing the espresso to dominate the flavour. I’m no coffee connoisseur, but this was good.
16. Visit Camden Town
No visit to London is complete without a visit to Camden Town. Camden is known for its street markets selling anything from books, fashion, antiques to food. Don’t fancy the markets? There are lots of restaurants, pubs and cafes as well!
17. Have a burger and a lobster at Burger & Lobster
Not the healthiest kind of food you could imagine, but goddammit I had me a meal at this place (and I’m no big eater usually). There are three things on the menu only: a beef burger, lobster or a lobster roll. We went with the burger and lobster. The burger was juicy and one of the best burgers I’ve had in a long time. The lobster was,.. well can’t really go wrong with a lobster can you? The place is packed with Asians by the way, fully packed!
18. Regent’s Park
One of the best walks we did when we were in London this year, was from Oxford Street all the way up to Bond Street. On Bond Street, take a turn to Regent’s Park. You’ll come across some of the loveliest shops (and houses!) on your way. You’ll find Regent’s Park at the end (you can’t miss it). It’s the kind of park where I imagine you can just find a bench, take your book out and read it without being disturbed by people. A lovely park, all in the midst of the city. From Regent’s Park, we walked up to Camden Town. If you’re really up for it, finish it off with an afternoon at Primrose Hill.
19. Go shopping in Oxford Street!
I realize I made this list in no particular order. Oxford Street is where you want to be for some serious shopping! If, you don’t mind all the (other) tourists. First shop I always hit: Topshop (since we only have a limited collection in the Netherlands). Tired of shopping all floors? Have a cupcake at Lola’s on the ground floor!
Last but not least, whatever you want to do, London is big enough for a lifetime of discovering. So don’t go planning your trip by the minute. Just take a walk in the city and discover London bit by bit. Since this will be my last London post for now (I figured I may have spammed you guys with my London posts too much already), I want to share these last photos of a lovely last evening we enjoyed in the city. We went and had dinner at Eat Tokyo, where we enjoyed an obscene amount of otoro (hey, we almost don’t have it over here!). I didn’t want to keep these photos from you. I hope you enjoyed the posts. Thank you for reading and until next time!