Like New York, London is an enormous, complex city that warrants multiple visits in order to fully experience its grandeur; I spent four whirlwind days there last fall and feel like I just got a tiny taste of what the city has to offer. From the awe-inspiring Parliament Square to the laid-back cool of Camden, London's neighborhoods are all unique, but identifiably British. The charmingly colorful houses, lush gardens, and hilarious inhabitants make for one lovely (and perfectly manageable) European getaway.
London is no stranger to the foodie and cocktail revolution that's occurring in many major cities. Elevated interpretations of the gastropub and traditional wine bar are the norm. Check out these spots for some solid modern fare:
- 40 Maltby Street: wine and extraordinary tapas in Southeast London.
- Granger & Co: it's a wait for brunch, but totally worth it. An adorable spot in the equally adorable Notting Hill.
- Rita's: for an unexpected take on diner food.
- Sager and Wild: wine bar with cozy atmosphere.
- Bistrotheque: killer cocktails and grub in an awesome, modern space.
There is SO much to do and see in London. Here's our shortlist:
- Tate Modern: a great museum with sweeping views of the Thames (by the Millennium Bridge).
- Portobello and Camden Lock: both outdoor markets are perfect for walking around on a lazy afternoon.
- Rough Trade East: insanely cool record store straight out of an 80s teen movie.
- Birthdays: tight music venue and nightclub.
- Covent Garden: a very chill neighborhood with great shopping.
- This flat in Shoreditch for $105/night
- This flat in Hammersmith & Fulham for $78/night (very centrally located).
- Or this incredible one in Notting Hill if you're looking to splurge a little ($160/night).
Special thanks to Victoria Lampley for all of her recommendations!
Have a reliable recommendation or sweet spot to share? Go crazy in the comments section.