Love London - Top tips

I moved to London when I was 20, having grown up in quite the opposite place; Jersey, an island spanning just nine by five miles and home to less people than any single borough of this city! Jersey is beautiful but I love that London is big, bold and busy and everyday I’m struck by its variety, it's always changing with new places to explore or be surprised by. I often get asked by visiting friends what to do in London, first, I always suggest to travel by foot and look around. The architecture is so incredible and London is not so big if you take it in sections. Here are my insights and top tips:

Bankside > Southbank  A tourist hotspot but I still think you can't beat walking the riverside. Start from Tower Bridge to Westminster and you'll see so much in a short time, stay until dark and the river lights up with the most beautiful view of the city. There's an array of fantastic architecture, museums and theatres you can pick and choose to stop by on route:  Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Modern, BFI, National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall.

Bankside > Southbank 

A tourist hotspot but I still think you can't beat walking the riverside. Start from Tower Bridge to Westminster and you'll see so much in a short time, stay until dark and the river lights up with the most beautiful view of the city. There's an array of fantastic architecture, museums and theatres you can pick and choose to stop by on route:  Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Modern, BFINational Theatre, Royal Festival Hall.

Alfies Antiques & Little Venice Alfie Antiques is a treasure trove full to the brim with  clothes, prints, furniture, jewellery and lighting to name a few. The chic bohemian atmosphere makes for a brilliant place to escape a rainy day complete with an onsite rooftop cafe which serves as a welcome pit stop for coffee and cake before you delve back for a second look. Not far from here is the pretty canal area of Little Venice - lined with colourful barge boats,  it's a delightful and calming place to stroll and see a different quaint side of London. 

Alfies Antiques & Little Venice

Alfie Antiques is a treasure trove full to the brim with  clothes, prints, furniture, jewellery and lighting to name a few. The chic bohemian atmosphere makes for a brilliant place to escape a rainy day complete with an onsite rooftop cafe which serves as a welcome pit stop for coffee and cake before you delve back for a second look. Not far from here is the pretty canal area of Little Venice - lined with colourful barge boats,  it's a delightful and calming place to stroll and see a different quaint side of London. 

Royal Opera House Book in advance you can get ridiculously cheap seats at from £6 and experience amazing ballet and opera. Okay, so the seats are restricted views and sometimes you can see only had the stage (and you may get a crook in your next for the next week) BUT for £6 who can complain - the theatre alone is worth seeing for this price. The music and performers are amongst the best the world and simply breathtaking to see first hand.  Image source

Royal Opera House

Book in advance you can get ridiculously cheap seats at from £6 and experience amazing ballet and opera. Okay, so the seats are restricted views and sometimes you can see only had the stage (and you may get a crook in your next for the next week) BUT for £6 who can complain - the theatre alone is worth seeing for this price. The music and performers are amongst the best the world and simply breathtaking to see first hand.  Image source

Barbican Centre My go to spot, particularly on a weekday as it’s a peaceful pocket from London’s busy streets. The Barbican Centre offers film, theatre, exhibitions, cafe, great design store or just a quiet spot to relax. They host brilliant daily architectural tours which give a fascinating history about behind the building and surrounding estate. Top tip is the hidden treasure at the Barbican: their botanical conservatory, a tropical oasis in the heart of the city, only open Sundays.

Barbican Centre

My go to spot, particularly on a weekday as it’s a peaceful pocket from London’s busy streets. The Barbican Centre offers film, theatre, exhibitions, cafe, great design store or just a quiet spot to relax. They host brilliant daily architectural tours which give a fascinating history about behind the building and surrounding estate. Top tip is the hidden treasure at the Barbican: their botanical conservatory, a tropical oasis in the heart of the city, only open Sundays.

Hyde Park & Serpentine A walk around Hyde Park is gorgeous on a sunny day  and if it’s super warm you can even take a dip in the Serpentine Lido.  During the summer be sure to visit the Serpentine Pavillion which unveils new summer houses each year by leading architects. Whilst in this area I'd couple this with a walk to visit the Victoria & Albert, possibly my favourite museum in London. My tip is to choose a couple of galleries rather than trying to see it all in one go!

Hyde Park & Serpentine

A walk around Hyde Park is gorgeous on a sunny day  and if it’s super warm you can even take a dip in the Serpentine Lido.  During the summer be sure to visit the Serpentine Pavillion which unveils new summer houses each year by leading architects. Whilst in this area I'd couple this with a walk to visit the Victoria & Albert, possibly my favourite museum in London. My tip is to choose a couple of galleries rather than trying to see it all in one go!

Maltby Street A short walk from London Bridge, maltby street is a weekend hangout for foodie lovers and dare I say 'hipsters'. By day it's a bustling area, great for people watching and tasting a variety of great food, coffee, craft beer and cocktails. Live music is often played in Lasso, a trendy architectural salvage place which is a great place to drool over many items you can't afford. If you fancy a real rummage, a cheaper second hand store is at the top of the road of where you can find the odd gem.

Maltby Street

A short walk from London Bridge, maltby street is a weekend hangout for foodie lovers and dare I say 'hipsters'. By day it's a bustling area, great for people watching and tasting a variety of great food, coffee, craft beer and cocktails. Live music is often played in Lasso, a trendy architectural salvage place which is a great place to drool over many items you can't afford. If you fancy a real rummage, a cheaper second hand store is at the top of the road of where you can find the odd gem.

Posted on February 9, 2017 .