Hotel; Hotels in London are unfortunately not cheap. We suggest that you try to find an apartment via Airbnb or otherwise safe some money in advance to be able to sleep in style… In terms of neighbourhoods we advise you to stay in Soho, Notting Hill or Shoreditch. To give you one option; Deanstreet Townhouse.
After perhaps a hard day’s at work and a comfortable or not so comfortable flight to London, go freshen up in your hotel and put on your best outfit. Londoners tend to dress up for a night out. Even for dinner. A nice little dress or some heels won’t hurt you. Go for it.
Take a stroll / tube (Notting Hill Gate) to Notting Hill and let you drop at E & O 14 Blenheim Crescent. Have some cocktails or a glass of wine and go for a nice romantic dinner at Osteria Basilico. If this doesn’t work out, go to The Oak. A perfect restaurant for a romantic night out. They don’t take reservations but they have a fabulous bar on the first floor where you can wait for a table. After dinner, go for a drink in the marvelous Cocktail bar Montgomery Place on 31 Kensington Road. If you still have some energy left you can go for a dance in the Supperclub…
Well, if you are excited enough about London you get up on time.. but if you danced until early in the morning in the Supperclub I can imagine you might want to sleep in for a bit..
Let’s just say that you do get up in the morning; Notting Hill has a few really good breakfast places. My favorite place Tom’s DEli just closed down so unfortunately no longer an option. Granger & Co on Westbourne Grove is perfect for breakfast. I love this place; It’s perfect for breakfast and lunch, with lover, with friends, with kids.. all fine.. Another nice place is Daylesford Farmshop and Cafe, also on Westbourne Grove. This place also has a cool organic product shop next to it.
I bet you would like to do some shopping now you’re in London. One of world’s greatest Fashion Cities!!! Well, if you started with the breakfast / brunch you are already on the right Street. Stroll along Westbourne’s Grove Joseph, Maje, Sandro, Les Petites, Zadig & Votaire, Kooples, Twenty8Twelve, Whistles and more… The other good thing about this street is that it is really close Portobello Road. This market gets really crowded on Saturdays but still has this fabulous vibe that you are not allowed to miss when you are in London. You can find everything here; porcelain, silver, antiquities, vintage clothes, food stalls and pubs. Perfect to find a present or a little something for your home. If you keep on walking north on Portobello road, the market will change from antiquities, to food, to vintage clothing and all the way at the end (a little further then the west way) is a restaurant called Pizza East Portobello. This is a great place to have lunch. It is always buzzing and has a fab decor. The restaurant is on the corner of Portobello Road and Golborne Road. Golborne Road is great for furniture shopping.
After some lunch, take a taxi or bus towards Trafalgar square to see the splendour of The National Gallery. The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries and is free of charge!
After this cultural outing you may be ready for a glass of wine… Walk from the NG to Gordon’s Wine Bar (5 minute walk). Have glass of wine and some cheese and make your way back to your hotel to get ready for another great night!
Right, one of our favorite places to go in London is simply Soho. During the week and in the weekend it is always buzzing and fun and there are loads of places to have dinner and drinks.
For a ‘very Soho feel’ evening you should probably have dinner at Ceviche. It’s cute, cosy and buzzing and the food is delicious. Another favo of ours is Polpo. Ceviche takes reservations, Polpo does not but they do have a basement bar where you can drink cocktails and wait for your table.
After a romantic dinner, head to The Experimental Cocktail Club for a nightcap. It sometimes gets very crowded but it’s a fabulous bar with two floors and their cocktails are amazing. Try the St Germain (a blend of elderflower, cucumber juice and gin… I had two in 15 minutes)
Should the ECC not work out you can go to Bodega Negra (restaurant bar hidden behind a Peep show window in Soho) This is also very funky. No suits. Dress cool.
Visit the Tate. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. Very cool and a nice contrast with the National Gallery that you have visited the day before.
Take the central line towards East London (Shoreditch) afterwards. Get out at Liverpool Street and walk to the Heron Tower on 110 Bishopsgate. There is a spectacular view over London on the 48th floor that you can’t miss. Don’t stay too long and walk towards Brick Lane where it will be buzzing with very artistic, funky looking Londoners hanging out, eating, playing music and shopping. This is a super trendy neighbourhood and especially nice on a Sunday. Look out for a hall where there are food-stalls for every world kitchen that you can imagine (Ethiopian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Lebanese etc). Everyone is getting food here and sitting outside at the sharing tables. It’s delicious and has a really nice atmosphere… Enjoy!!
Safe flight back!!