A few weekends ago my mum and I went on a weekend trip to London. Although I had already visited London a few summers ago, I jumped to the idea of going. I'm sure I will never get tired of this city! In today's post I have put together a list of places we visited that you may find handy if you ever get the chance to visit London.

Where we stayed


Tavistock Hotel, Bloomsbury // It's a great affordable hotel that includes a breakfast buffet and also offers a complementary meal on the first night. The best thing is that it is only 5 mins away from Russel Square underground station. The Piccadilly line runs through here which passes through many of the main land marks and is also directly connected to all Heathrow terminal gates. A tip is to book directly from the hotel website as the prices on other sites are slightly higher.

Where we went


Museums & Landmarks


St. Paul's Cathedral // I think this was by far the highlight of the holiday. The cathedral is beautiful and the view of London from the top of dome is breath taking.

Buckingham Palace // In my opinion a must see for every trip to London. Last time we saw the changing of the guards which are held at 11 am on certain dates.

Westminster Abbey // More beautiful architecture and the resting place for many Kings, Queens and famous people.

Victoria and Albert Museum // This is a decorative arts museum which is free entry. I loved the fashion exhibition which featured garments by famous designers through the last 2 decades but I'm not sure if this exhibition is still there.

Kensington Gardens //  Enjoy a quite stroll away from the traffic and see Kensington Palace. (Where Prince William and Kate live)

British Museum // The architecture of this building is what stood out to me most. The facade is a Greek style while the inside court is circular with a high glass ceiling. It's also free entry.

Leicester Square // We visited the M and M's store which is in the square and also passed through China town which is close by. 

Piccadilly Circus // Here you can take the typical touristy photos with the jumbo screen.

Shopping


Covent Garden // A great shopping destination with more high end options. It's also a really pretty area to visit and stroll around. 

Oxford Street // What's a trip to London without stopping by Oxford Street? A money saving one I call it. (Yes, a lame but true joke)

Others


Phantom of the Opera // Seeing a musical is definitely something everyone should do when visiting London Prices can be a bit expensive but it's worth it. 

River Bank Walk // If you want to take things slow, take a walk along the river bank.

Where we ate


Bloom & Willow, Bloomsbury // We chose for our complementary meal that came with the hotel. It's a beautiful and cosy restaurant that overlooks a lovely garden. I imagine that it's a great place to have your dinner in summer but it's far too cold to do so in February so we stayed inside next to the fireplace! I recommend trying out the bacon burger.

Pho, Covent Garden // This Vietnamese offers a lot of dishes. I had never had Vietnamese before so I was excited to visit. The chicken broth I had was perfect for warming up after walking in the cold all morning. 

Crazy Salad, Bloomsbury // It's right around the corner from the hotel and offers burgers, wraps, salads and burritos that are very delicious and great value for money. 

Wasabi Sushi & Bento, Oxford Street // A great lunch stop near Primark. It's a Japanese chain restaurant that offers soups, sushi, curry and noodles.


Useful Apps

Get Your Guide // This site offers a lot of discounted entrance tickets and not just for places in London. We got our tickets for Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's from here.

London Tube Map // I just downloaded the first app I found in the app store so I could have all the lines at hand when I needed to find a route.

Google Maps // This is an app I don't think I can function without. It's great for finding places, recommendations, routes and well it helps with not getting lost!


For more London tips check out: 10 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON




I hope you like this guide to London. If you have any other tips feel free to leave them in the comments. Watch out for a London travel diary filled with photos which will be published soon!

Sarah x