I’ve just come back from a family trip to London and had such a great time. You’re definitely spoilt for choice in London as far as things to do and places to eat. We filled up our days taking Sophia to see the sites (she was determined to find Prince George at Buckingham Palace!) and enjoying the endless assortment of restaurants and stores on offer. If you’re planning a trip to London, here are some things I highly recommend you add to your list.
Granger & Co – For those who love Bill Granger’s restaurant Bills in Sydney, this is his restaurant in London. They do a great scrambled eggs on toast and best of all his famous ricotta pancakes make an appearance on the menu. The food is fresh, tasty and is a nice touch of home.
Jak’s on Walton Street – A lovely chilled out cafe that’s located behind Harrods. If you love food that’s organic and healthy, this is a great place to kick start your day.
Rose Bakery – This place is a great pit stop to recharge for a day of power shopping in Mayfair.
The Ivy – This cosy restaurant located on King’s Road is a great spot to grab lunch. Definitely try to book a table outside so you can enjoy the lovely courtyard.
Beast – Just a word of advice: if you go here literally don’t eat anything all day as you are in for a lot of eating. Their specialty is crab and steak, in fact that’s pretty much all they serve. I recommend doing the ‘Beast Experience’. Definitely one for the boys.
C of London – A lovely Italian restaurant located in Mayfair. If you’re in need of refuelling after a big day of shopping definitely stop in.
The Arts Club – For a touch of history check out The Arts Club which was founded in 1863! The brasserie is a great spot to lunch.
Chiltern Firehouse – This is a former firehouse that’s been converted into a designer hotel. The lounge is great for drinks, but be sure to stay for a hearty feast. Expect everything from Welsh lamb to fried chicken.
Nopi – Prepare to be spoilt for choice. Upstairs is more formal while downstairs is communal dining.
La Bodega Negra – If you’re in the mood for a Mexican food fix, this is the ideal spot to do it. Lots of great food.
Scott’s – I love this restaurant. They do amazing seafood and there’s a gorgeous oyster and champagne bar worth checking out.
THINGS TO DO
High tea at Claridges – High tea at this gorgeous hotel is such a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Portobello Markets in Notting Hill – This iconic shopping destination is a shopper’s haven. The streets are filled with everything from antiques to clothes and the seemingly endless array of stalls will satisfy your every shopping whim.
Feed the ducks and have lunch in Hyde Park – If you’re travelling with kids this is a great way to spend some time in the great outdoors. Sophia really loved hanging out here.
Natural History Museum – A gorgeous building and filled with lots of interesting exhibits. Kids will love it.
Dover Street Market – This multilevel department store is great for shopping. They stock a range of different designers and the space is just a little futuristic.
Sloane Street – So much shopping to be done on this street! It has everything from Harrods to Selfridges and Browns.
Have drinks at Artesian Bar at the Langham – Artesian was named the world’s best bar in 2014 so you can imagine the kind of experience that awaits. The cocktails here are incredible and not to be missed.
Have you been to London? What are your fave spots?