I have been wanting to make a city guide ever since I got back from my London trip a few weeks ago. What a lovely city. I stayed for four days and will make recommendations on most of the stuff I did, experiences and all dining areas to visit when you’re in the big city. I hope you like it!
WHERE TO STAY
Amba Charing Cross
Strand, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5HX
This charming hotel is located right next to Covent Garden.Very classy interior and a beautiful view of London! A pretty much perfect location and the train is just a few steps away. To our surprise; my boyfriend and I got upgraded to a suite upon arrival. The hotel has its own room policy that allows all guests to enjoy the mini-bar in the room at no extra cost. In the evening you get served canapés and prosecco. Fancy! Amba’s restaurant serves perfect English breakfast and you’ll get seats near windows with lots of natural sunlight. Out of the three hotels we experienced Amba had the best Christmas decorations with a gigantic Christmas tree in the lobby. All in all a very classy hotel located in a great neighbourhood. Would definitely recommend this hotel. Oh, how I’m itching to return!
M By Montcalm
151-157 City Rd
Shoreditch is London’s Tech City and an area where many people visit for the culture and dining. If it wasn’t for the location of the hotel, I don’t think we would have visited Shoreditch at all during our short stay. Each neighbourhood has its own charm, so definitely worth a visit if you want to stay at a more local area away from the tourism and city buzz. Our junior suite had a clear view of the city and we enjoyed breakfast underneath some stairs leading up to the attic. From M By Montcalm it is only a short walk to boutiques, diners and bars.
22-28 Broadway, Westminster
Our home away from home. Conrad St.James is perfectly located and is just a short walk from Big Ben and London Eye. It’s modern, have the best interior decor and is the place to stay if you want to be close to the main sightseeing. Conrad is one of the best hotel chains out there and this is the second time we get to experience Conrad after a pleasant visit in South-Korea. Everything was perfect from the moment we stepped into our room – the soft slippers, house-keeping at all hours, rain shower and bubble baths. You can also enjoy a British tradition, the Winter Solstice afternoon tea available at the hotel. There are so many reasons to love London and the one I find the most charming is having afternoon tea. Pastries, oolong tea and sweet scones over conversations ♥
HOW TO GET AROUND
The best way to get around London is taking public transport! The subway is literally magic in disguise and gets you where you want within minutes. It’s so efficient and reliable. What’s so great is also that instead of queuing up at the ticket booth, you can use your credit card to tap and go through to the security system and straight to the first train. The only thing your credit card needs is the contactless (Tap to Pay) payment function. It’s so convenient and very efficient for tourists who wants to get everything on their checklist ticked.
All the lines are pretty easy to understand, however, the Northern Line is where most of the main sightseeing is. You have to be careful here because the Northern line branches out into four lines, but they are all still called Northern line. A bit tricky, but you’ll pick it up!
It was also a nightmare for us that they closed off many of the exits on Charing Cross, where our hotel Amba was, so we had to walk what felt like forever to get to the platform. If you plan on walking around with high heels, I would rather take the bus than board the Northern line at Charing Cross, haha.
Speaking of bus, the red two-store bus is a must-do when you’re in London. I had the loveliest time just spending time on the bus peacefully glazing over the Christmas ornaments and decorations around the city. An attraction in itself!
WHERE TO EAT
Shangri-La Hotel, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU
Magical vibes in the evening when the sun has set and London is enlightened. We got seats right by London Eye and after dinner the lounge had a magnificent view of London Bridge. *imitates trump voice* Let me tell ya, the view is absolutely breathtaking! The service is beyond good, the food could be better as there wasn’t many options other than a set three-course menu, but all in all i think its worth the visit!
8 Hanway Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HD
My favourite dining place! We had to make reservations prior to arrival due to its popularity and boy was it worth it! The restaurant decor is beyond beautiful, food is fantastic and ambiance is on point. We ordered different dishes to share and I can recommend you to order the dim sums!
2, Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Rd
Inspired by Australian brunches this place made my heart lust for Sydney again. I have a soft spot for avocado toasts and Lantana made it just right. An edgy decor and cool interior.
31 Windmill St, Fitzrovia
This charming restaurant can be found in Soho and Fitzrovia. They serve mainly steamed buns and I can recommend the Classic and Confit Pork.
24, Covent Garden, Market Building
There are a couple of Shake Shack’s spread around the city and we visited the one in Covent Garden. Compared to other burgers it’s not as greasy has more taste and looks more than just a grab-n-go burger, if you get what I mean!
WHERE TO SHOP
Oxford Street is the queen of fast-fashion and here you’ll find Topshop, Zara and H&M. Bond Street is more high-end with Dior, Louis Vuitton, Omega and more. New Bond and Regent Street was where my boyfriend and I wandered a lot when shopping for a new suit and I bought my first Chanel.
ATTRACTIONS TO SEE
Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
If you haven’t captured a photo with Big Ben, have you really been to London? I could simply not resist the temptation and lined up by the telephone booth to get a photo outside Big Ben.
House of Parliament
Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
The building that the Big Ben tower is connected to. Make sure to visit early on if you can as it can get pretty crowded.
Lambeth, London SE1 7PB
Just a short walk from Big Ben is the magnificent London eye. A breathtaking ferris wheel and we enjoyed the sight from afar. Such a pretty backdrop and sweet addition to London’s most iconic must-see’s.
London SE1 9DD
Due to lack of time we only admired the bridge from a far at Shangri-La The Shard. A great vision to see!
THINGS TO DO
Watch a musical
Aldwych, London WC2B 4LD
I recommend Mamma Mia. It made me laugh, cry, sing and dance until my feet went sore. What an electric night and so much energy!
Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
One of my greatest memory from London was walking hand in hand with my boyfriend around Hyde Park. Winter Wonderland consists of Christmas markets, carousel rides, entertainment and great food. We had the most delicious blue cheese burger and went on a ride that had exact amount of loops as the Olympics. We decided to take the ride approximately three minutes after having the burger so both felt so nauseous and dizzy afterwards..haha!
I hope you like CANDIDthat’s little London Guide! Are you planning on a trip to London in the future?