London is one of the largest and most visited cities in the world. London Heathrow Airport is the third busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic, so it makes sense that this was our first stop on our Euro-trip this Summer. I was completely blown away by the royal elegance and classic charm of this historic city. I feel that I could go back to London over and over again. For my first time, we met up with friends who live in town to show us where the locals go. I can’t wait to come back and explore this artistically and culturally diverse city again in the future.
My boyfriend and I attended The Wimbledon Tennis Championships one day, which is the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Neither of us is a huge tennis fan (lol), but it was certainly fun to dress up, drink Pimm’s Cups, and act bougie for the day while experiencing something totally new to both of us. If you visit London in July, I highly suggest going for at least one day. Just make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat, as the sun can be brutal.
What to Expect:
- The best time to visit due to weather and daylight hours is during the summer.
- If you are visiting during summer DO bring a lightweight jacket, and/or a light scarf. It can still get a little chilly.
- Bring an umbrella. Britain isn’t exactly known for its sunny weather.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes during the day, and bring some fashionable outfits if you plan on going out at night (Londoners dress very well).
- Getting around is easy. Their underground transportation, known as the “The Tube”, goes everywhere in the city. otherwise, uber is your best option. It’s cheaper than a cab, but cabs are faster since there are more of them.
- London is very expensive. There are certainly cheap ways to travel here on a budget but try to have some dough saved up when you visit.
- If you plan on seeing a lot of popular sites and attractions (say 2-3 per day) then it may be worth it for you to purchase the London Pass, which is a sightseeing package you can purchase that allows you access to most of the major sites, as well as bus tours. Options range from 1 to 10 days, starting at 62 Pounds up to 222 Pounds.
Where to stay:
- Chiltern Firehouse– An old firehouse turned swanky hotel that has become one of the hottest celebrity hangouts in town. The glamorous, vintage style interior is the result of a collaboration between owner André Balazs and Studio KO.
- Blakes Hotel– A five-star hotel with major style. The decor is eclectic and luxurious. It is regarded as the world’s first luxury ’boutique’ hotel.
- The Edition– A very chic luxury hotel designed by Ian Schrager, and conveniently located in Central London. Great value for the money. And check out the Punch Room for a drink!
Food + Drink:
- Novikov– A Unique concept- Asian in the front, Italian in the back- by Russian restaurateur, Arkady Novikov. The atmosphere is trendy and the decor is stunning! My favorite on the list. And I prefer the Italian side between the two menus (although both were fantastic).
- Isabel– A radiant golden restaurant/ bar. We did not eat here so I can’t speak for the food, but it’s a beautiful spot to grab an after-dinner drink. My favorite part was the golden bathrooms!
- Sexy Fish– A pescetarian’s dream. Be sure to make a reservation as this place gets packed, and so does the bar area.
- The Ivy– A London classic. All the celebs used to come here. Recently remodeled- It has a beautiful bar and great food.
- Chiltern Firehouse– From the hotel listed above. The garden courtyard restaurant is the latest from André Balazs, who owns the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. This ultra-exclusive spot is “see and be seen”.
- Hakkasan– A sexy Michelin-starred restaurant serving modern Cantonese food. Dress fashionably and make a reservation beforehand.
- Shopping– London has some of the best shopping in the world! Check out the shops on New Bond St. and Regent St. My favorites are the Agent Provocateur flagship store on Broadwick St. and Brown’s on South Molton St. Be sure to claim your tax back at the airport when leaving Europe.
- Buckingham Palace– One of the most popular attractions in London. During the Summer, you are allowed to visit the inside. Other times of the year you can only view this site from the outside.
- The View from The Shard– 360 views of the city allows you to see sites and landmarks from the sky. They have a bar and seating areas. Great place to visit during the day.