POSTCARDS FROM LONDON | CITY GUIDE

October 31, 2018 London, UK











London was one of my favorite places to travel so far this year, one being because there was no language barrier and they take their blooms seriously. Almost every corner is embellished with a beautiful, variety of blooms! I love London and was so happy to have had the chance to visit again this year during my stay in Europe. I took the EuroStar (highly recommend taking this!) from Paris and was surprised at how easy it was to take the train. I had a list of places I jotted down in my notes after doing some research, but once I arrived I had to pick and choose because of a tight schedule. I know I'm a bit late posting this, but thought I would do a round up of places from my recent visit. There's so much discover and I can't wait to go back to London!

Eats 
Farm Girl // not might be for everyone but a lovely spot for those who are health conscience 
Grind // oh my, a must go when in London. It's an Australian cafe and they have couple of locations, but I went to the one in Covent Garden and everything was amazing! I would try their beet latte, it was delicious!
Japan Centre // near Piccadilly Circus for those who loves all things Japanese (me!). You can pick up some Japanese snacks and food or come to sit down for a cup of tea.
Vegan Crosstown // for someone who is on the hunt for amazing, vegan donuts...you need to come here. I think about this place from time to time, they need one in the states! They also have non vegan donuts if you go to their other shop, Crosstown Doughnuts. This one is solely for vegan donuts, also a perfect location because you can walk to Selfridge's right after.
Sketch // ok I'm going to be honest and came here because of the pretty photos I saw on instagram. I will give them the benefit of doubt as to why I wasn't seated in the main room because it was "fully booked", but when I went to the restroom and saw that half of the room was empty...I was a bit disappointed. Overall, the tea and desserts were delicious (they have dairy free options) and the bathroom was cool, they're individual pods! 
Granger & Co // another Australian spot nestled in Notting Hill that has delicious food and coffee! Came here twice because it was that good. Come here for brunch, but also heard their dinner is yum as well. Also, make sure to come early so you're not queueing for a table.
Juice Baby // located right next to Granger & Co and everything is vegan, sooo delicious! I had their vegan cheesecake and juice - wish I had one next to my house.

Other suggestions: Yen (soba), Townhouse at the Kensington (high tea with a Beauty & the Beast theme), Doughnut Time, Jidori (Japanese), Dishoom (popular spot), Monocle Cafe (come here for yummy pastries, food, and drinks), by Chloe, Daisy Green, and Duddell's London (dim sum).

Shop
Fortnum & Mason // Perfect place to find souvenirs for friends and family, their cookies, tea, and jams are a must!
Selfridges // favorite place to shop when in London!
Liberty London // picture perfect pit stop and also a great place to look around and shop
Jo Malone London // I would stop by here if you're looking for a new scent! Some of my favorites are Orange BlossomRed RosesHoneysuckle & Davana, Vitamin E Lip, and Grapefruit.

Other suggestions: Harrods (another big department store) and Burberry Outlet Store (great finds!)

Visit
Sky Garden // I didn't have a chance to come here, but book tickets ahead of time it has a beautiful view of London!
Big Ben // right now it's under construction so there's not much to see at the moment
London Eye // so beautiful during sunset!
Piccadilly Circus // lots of shops here in the area and a great spot to sit down and relax. There are also a lot of street performers, it reminded me a bit of Times Square.
Soho - Carnaby Street, Oxford Street, Regent Street // great areas to stroll, shop, and dine
Westminster Abbey // I didn't have a chance to go inside, but walked around outside and it's a stunning building!
Buckingham Palace // I didn't have a chance to go, but it's a must go when in London
Covent Garden // lots of shops and restaurants in the area
Neal's Yard // I didn't have a chance to go but it's known for their vibrant and cool shops and cafes
Notting Hill // lovely, quiet neighborhood with colorful homes aka the bougie area
Portobello Road Market // large antique market if you're looking for something unique

Other suggestions: If you want to wander around without a schedule, I would suggest going to Mayfair, Regent's Park, and Shoreditch.

You can also check my Instagram London highlights if you'd like to see videos or pictures from my London trip!




Love, Sharon

2 comments

  1. I love yours photos and your blog.
    Last month I went to London and I loved that place.

    Kisses
    Quase Aurora

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