1. Afternoon Tea at The Ritz London
You can’t go to London without going to afternoon tea at some fancy location, and we highly recommend the Ritz London for this. Tea is served at the beautiful palm court beneath a spectacular glazed skylight. You can choose from 18 varieties of tea, finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream and a range of delicate pastries.
*Do keep in mind that Ritz has a dress code and it requires men to wear a jacket and tie while any sort of sportswear is not allowed for both men and women.
2. Explore the colorful streets of Notting Hill
If you’re someone who loves exploring and taking pretty pictures, then we highly recommend you visit Notting Hill in London because it’s a color lover’s heaven. Once you’ve tired yourself from all the walking around Notting Hill, step into Churchill Arms for a cool pint of beer.
3. A pint at Churchill Arms (Kensington)
The prettiest pub we’ve ever seen, and it is completely hidden in an avalanche of vibrant flowers (during summertime) in the Kensington area just a few minutes’ walk away from Notting Hill. This fabulously floral pub spends 25,00 pounds on flowers for a year so obviously it is definitely worth a visit.
4. Drinks at the Gong Bar, Shangri-La (Shard)
Gong Bar sits up on the 52nd floor of the gleaming, needle like Shard with stellar views of London from up above. We recommend you head here for sunset cocktail as the whole experience is slightly surreal. They serve some pretty and tasty cocktails which are obviously a little too expensive, but it is all worth it because of the incredible and dizzying view from above.
5. Watch the Sunset from Sky Garden
Sky Garden is one of the best locations to catch a sunset from up in the sky in London while sipping a good Gin and Tonic. Make sure to book tickets in advance and be there on time in order to skip the long lines to get to the top. You will not be disappointed.
6. Teatime at in the famous Pink Room at SKETCH
This is one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever visited. We’ve never seen anything like it. Sketch is home to that fabulous pink tearoom you see everywhere on Insta. Hence, we suggest you go there for afternoon tea. Even the bathrooms are to die for. We are not joking. Also do ensure to make a reservation as it gets packed and visit early as possible to click the best images.
7. An Instagram worthy brunch
We highly recommend this as there are so many beautiful Instagram worthy brunch spots in London that you cannot miss. Here are some of our recommendations.
- Dalloway Terrace
- Farm Girl Notting Hill
- The IVY Chelsea
Here are some of the iconic London shopping streets filled with flagship stores, courtyards crammed with elegant boutiques, department stores and many more. Shopping in the West End is an experience unlike anyother so it is definitely not something you should miss out on.
9. Visit the Markets
Markets are laced into the fabric of London life. Nowadays, there’s a huge range of markets across London where locals and tourists flock to engage in their weekly shopping activities. These markets are vibrant and full of amazing fresh produce and packed with delicious food stalls. Here’s a list of Markets we recommend you should visit during your trip to London.
Try to visit at least one of the above during your stay because the experience is absolutely worth it!
- Borough Market (Everything to with freshly made food and top quality fresh produce and meat) – Monday to Saturday
- Broadway Market (Organic groceries, vintage clothes, fresh flowers, coffee etc.) – Saturday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
- Columbia Road Flower Market (Flowers) – Sunday 8.00 am to 3.00 pm
- Old Spitalfields Market (Contemporary and vintage clothes, Kid’s Toys) – All Seven Days
- Greenwich Market (Jewelry, clothes, second hand furniture) – Thursday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm
- Portobello Road Market (World’s largest antiques market)
- Covent Garden Market – Mondays (Antiques and Collectables) ad Tuesday to Sunday (Handmade Jewelry to handmade Soap)
- Camden Market – (Street food, arts and crafts and quirky furniture)
10. River Cruise down Thames
A river cruise along the Thames on a Sunny day is the best way to discover 2000 years’ worth of history in the shape of iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, The House of Parliament, The Big Ben, The London Eye, Tower Bridge etc. We don’t recommend this during Winter times or even rainy and windy days because trust us you will not enjoy it at all.
11. Watch a show in West End
Among the most famous things to do in London’s West End is to enjoy its incredible theatre scene. Plan ahead and make sure to book one of the iconic musicals or classic plays while you’re in London. Here’s a few of our recommendations.
- Mama Mia
- 9 to 5
- Lion King
- Les Miserables
12. Going al fresco during lunchtime
Well one thing you may want to do one lunch time during your trip to London – especially if the weather gods corporate – is to venture out into the neighborhoods of Chelsea and Kensington in search of a good picnic spot. And here are our recommendations.
- Kensington Gardens
- Hyde Park
- Holland Park