“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” – Samuel Johnson. This Quick Guide to London is your guide to all of the best restaurants, bars and activities! Find out where I recommend staying, and all of my must-eat treats at London’s best food market.
WHERE TO STAY
- To get the most out of your stay in London, it’s crucial that you chose a hotel in a central location. London Bridge Hotel is our top choice. The elegant rooms, welcoming staff and excellent breakfast buffet make this our favourite hotel in London. Read my review of this hotel right here.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
- If you only do one “touristy” thing in London, make it the London Eye! The sky-high views of the city are perfect for first-time visitors, and the Champagne Experience is great for couples. You can read more about my visit right here.
- For shopping, we really enjoyed Regent Street and the nearby Carnaby Street.
- For an enjoyable self-paced walking tour (approx. 60-90 minutes depending on how often you stop for selfies), you can re-create the route Paul and I took:
- Start at Westminster station to get a glimpse of Westminster Abbey, Westminster Bridge Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
- Walk down Great George Street to enter St James Park
- Walk through the park to reach Buckingham Palace and Canada Gate
- Walk down The Mall Street to finish at Trafalgar Square
- The iconic Tower Bridge is worth a visit. We really enjoyed walking along the river to snap pictures of this bridge!
- For shopping and photos, Neal’s Yard is an amazing area to explore.
WHERE TO EAT
- You can’t miss the chance to eat at the legendary Sketch while you’re in London! Reserve a table in The Glade for brunch – you won’t regret it. See my review of Sketch right here.
- Foodies will love Borough Market for the snacks and quick meals. Some of my must-trys at Borough Market include: Scotch eggs, fresh cheeses and meat pies.
- Londinium Restaurant at the London Bridge Hotel is perfect for a modern take on classic English dishes. We especially loved the slow cooked duck leg with creamy mashed potatoes and savoy cabbage.
- For traditional fish & chips, I recommend Poppies Fish & Chips. This legendary restaurant has a few locations in London.
- Pieminister is my go-to for meat pies! They have multiple locations in London, including Borough Market. Be sure to order mushy peas and mash on the side.
- For dessert, you can’t beat the gelato at Amorino or the macaroons at Laduree (both have multiple locations in London – and across Europe!).
WHERE TO DRINK
- The best cocktails we had in London were inside the London Bridge Hotel, at Quarter Bar & Lounge. Their bellini and espresso martini are our favs!
- For drinks with a view, Sushisamba is a great choice. Their outdoor patio is beautiful, and the indoor section has stunning views.
- If you’re looking for a local pub to have a few beers, we really liked Southwark Tavern.