Another incredible c’est moi natasha trip in the books! If you caught my post last week, I traveled to London and visited my friend Casey along with my friend Caroline. The three of us have been inseparable since freshman year of college, so taking on this adventure together was really special. We walked miles on miles (one day we walked 13 miles aka a half marathon) and explored the ins and outs of the beautiful city of London.
Here is my must to do list if you ever find yourself there! It is truly an amazing city. Where to Eat:
Dishoom // Hands down the best Indian food I’ve ever had. There is a long wait, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time but it is out of this world good.
Natural Kitchen // Really healthy meal, & perfect for lunch. It’s a big plate of healthy food at a good price (10 pounds I believe) and you get one main course and three side salads of your choice.
The Garrison Pub // Sunday roast is a MUST if you are in London and The Garrison does it right. They also serve some really great cocktails and it’s a typical English Pub vibe.
Borough Market // A market with tons and tons of vendors, food trucks and little stores that sell everything and anything related to food. We went to Borough Market twice because it was so big and there were tons of samples. If you are a foodie like I am, definitely go here. The Burgerito and Grilled Cheese – yes and yes!
Where to Drink:
The Shard Hotel // Amazing hotel that looks like a shard of glass (get it – shard hotel) and perfect to grab a nice cocktail with friends. It’s definitely pricey but the views from the cocktail bar are amazing, especially from the bathroom (who would have thought!).
Hej (pronounced Hey) Coffee // The cutest little coffee shop with fantastic cappuccinos, beautiful flowers surrounding the shop, and amazing scones. The cinnamon buns are really yummy too.
High Tea Westminster Abbey // I wish I could have high tea all day every day, it is so good. I am definitely going to be having tea much more often now. We went to High Tea at Westminster Abbey which was perfect. It was 16 pounds with tons of food ( scones, little sandwiches, chocolates) and great tea as well. What to do:
Tate Modern Museum of Art // Beautiful and FREE art museum with so many different artists. The museum itself is currently being renovated and is looking to be very pretty. The gift shop is great too.
London Bridge, Towner Bridge, Millennium Bridge // So many bridges and all of them are really fun to cross. They each have their own characteristics but once you walk on them there are tons of spectacular views.
Hyde Park // Beautiful park where you can rent lawn chairs for 1 pound and sit on the green. It reminded me so much of central park and as you walk through it you find yourself looking at Kensington Palace.
Columbia Road Flower Market // I loved the flower market, it definitely get’s crowded but this east side of London is up and coming as artists and hipsters reside there. I loved this area so much I bought my first piece of real art work which showed the map of the flower market. I’ll share soon!
Parliament, Big Ben // It’s the Big Ben – enough Said.
Brick Lane Antique Stores // Brick Lane was fun to walk around and peak in at all of the antique stores. There are tons and tons of stores with the most charming pieces – a really cool neighborhood.
Kensington Palace // The Royal Family summer palace surrounded by flowers, greens and a beautiful pond.
Marlybone // Shopping shopping & more shopping as well as breath taking apartments.
London Eye // It’s the big ferris wheel eye! This time around, I didn’t go on top (there are long long lines) but it is really pretty to take pictures of and see as you walk along the river.
Notting Hill // Fashionable and ‘posh’ area of London with stunning homes, amazing shopping and high end restaurants.
Harrods // Famous upscale department store with Shoe Heaven (yes, literally shoe heaven), Toy Kingdom (hundreds and hundreds of toys) and a pretty awesome food hall with great bites.
Brighton // We took a day trip to Brighton which was absolute perfection. It’s a mini city by the beach just an hour a way from the London hustle and bustle. There are really cute streets full of stores and a pier with cotton candy and games. Brighton will need it’s own post because there was so much to do and it was so pretty.
All in all there is SO much to see, eat, drink and do in London but these were my favorite go to’s on this trip. Have you been to London before? Any tips or recommendations on where I should go next time I find myself there? Would love to hear!
PS. Check out more a few other c’est moi natasha travel guides – San Francisco (part 2), Charleston, Ios Greece,