In the last few months, Iíve received a ton of DMís and emails asking for London recommendations! Seeing as your girl is going on living ONE YEAR (yep, crazy right?) in this city, I think it’s high time to get you guys a London guide. It also makes things a lot more exciting when I can pass along a blog post instead of an ugly email draft I have sitting in gmail, you feel me?
Over my first year living abroad, Iíve accrued a boat load of favorite spots in this city – from cocktail spots, to coffee shops (DUH), to the best eats, Iíve got you covered.
The thing about London is itís MASSIVE – there are so many neighborhoods and areas to explore. Each are unique and deserving of their own guide to be honest, BUT consider this part 1 of many, and a round-up of my favorites (most being in†Central London†where I live!)
Lasttttt thing – I’ve included links to everything worn in these photos,† just just in case ūüôā
Bernardiís – delicious Italian in West Marylebone. This place is on the trendy side, but itís so pretty and the cocktails are just about a 10
Trishna – Nick (for those of you that don’t know, my husband) loves this Indian spot in Marylebone – food is VERY spicy so if you want something a bit more basic / beginnerís Indian, go for Dishoom.††Iíve never had a bad meal here – itís an insanely popular Indian cafe chain in London. Go EARLY as there will be a queue. Everything is family style.
Bernerís Tavern:†a London staple, amazing food, known for their mac and cheese. Grab a drink at The Edition bar / lobby next door prior to your reservation!
Chiltern Firehouse:†one of my favorites and a London staple.† My recco is to sit outside in their pretty garden for a cocktail during happy hour
Barrafina -†I’ve actually never been, but this is on my short list.† This place is so popular – they don’t take reservations so get in the queue early
Dean Street Soho House – classic english fare, solid drinks, great scene
Pizza Pilgrims –†if you’re feeling some serious ZA, do not hesitate, locations all over London
Breddos – London is NOT known for their mexican food but Breddo’s is great if you need a taco / marg fix stat
Coachmaker’s Arms and The Grazing Goat (same restaurant group) – both are great modern english pubs with solid British food options.† Also a great spot for a quick pint / G&T – stand outside and do as the Londoner’s do!!!
Cahoots – really fun drinks spot in Kingly Court in Soho
Artesian -†located in The Langham hotel (which is British dreamy), pop in for one of their famous cocktails
The Edition Hotel Bar -†one of my favorites for great drinks and that fun hotel buzz
The Blind Pig –†in Soho is a must for their cocktails, which are on the inventive side
Mr Fogg’s – classic cocktails, located in Mayfair
Six Storeys -†just as the name entrails, 6 stories of cocktail bars + event space.† Solid option for a good cocktail
London Cocktail Club – also on my short list.† Locations all over London – always busy / something going on here
Monocle Cafe – their coffee is STRONG – make sure you snag a cinnamon bun as well.† Located on Chiltern st. which is a dream
Grind -† with locations all over London, some are more like restaurant / cafes with food + cocktails, but the coffee is always killer. Theyíre very instagrammable as well (Iím sorry I had to)
Kaffeine – These are my no BS coffee shops – aussie inspired, great coffee
Lantana – Also aussie inspired this spot is great for a quick coffee and the breakfast is delicious as well (get the courgette bread with poached egg)
Attendant – used to be an old Victorian bathroom (quirky, I know, but trust me) – order their cold brew!
TAP – locations all over the city.† I LOVE their Soho spot – wifi is solid if you need to get some work done
Workshop Coffee – Another no frills spot – great coffee, minimalist vibes
Princi Bakery – one of my favorite Italian bakery’s in London.† Their espresso is amazing, but make sure you grab an olive stick and/or slice of pizza (it’s ahhhmazing)
Bar Italia -†A favorite of Anthony Bourdain, this place is super old school italian – cash only!
Touristy Must-do’s:†double decker bus tour, London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Walk along the embankment
- Telegraph 10 Best Afternoon Teas: http://bit.ly/2zXUOmA
- Sketch†does a damn good high tea – if you donít do tea, at least grab a cocktail there and check out the pink room and bathrooms! (hint, hint, Instagram)
- The Ned – one of my personal favorites†for high tea – it’s a beautiful venue and the high tea is a tad more on the casual (not to mention inexpensive) side
- The Ritz – a very British /†classic high tea experience.† I took my mom here.† I also wore jeans (do not do this!)
Parks: Hyde Park, Regent Park – they’re both beautiful
Regent Street, Soho, Carnaby St: great place to shop and do dinner + drinks
Selfridges, The Liberty, Fenwick, and Harrods – all classic London department stores to explore
Borough Market – great foodie market!!! Get the fish and chips ūüôā
Notting Hill– check out Portobello Market, get brunch at Farm Girl, Daylefords Farm, or Granger & Co.†
Also, this Infatuation London First Timerís guide is amazing, youíll see some repeats from my above list ūüôā