I’ve visited London last year in may, and while I was writing the post about Bordeaux it dawned on me that if I wouldn’t write a post on London. I’d forget all our crazy adventures there.
I visited the city with my friend Charlotte. We stayed at the Kip Hotel in Hackney. It’s not a bad hotel but it’s not the best either. I’d say price wise and comfort wise this hotel makes sense. It’s not to pricey and for that you get a good basic hotel and accommodation. Would I stay there again? No, definitely not. I think that Hotel M or the Hoxton are much better, if you can and are willing to spend that kind of money on a nice hotel.
The first evening we arrived we dropped our bags at the KIP and took the tube to Shoreditch where we hung round did some sightseeing. Visited RoughTrade Music shop and ate some pizza at East Pizza. Good home made pizza and a beer was perfect for our first evening in London.
The next day we had breakfast at visited the tower of London. Afterwards we walked into the center of London and saw other main monuments like….
1) HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is one of the most strikingly beautiful buildings in London, and is the seat of the two parliamentary houses of the United Kingdom: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. You can take the tube, a black cab, or an Uber to Westminster and from Westminster Bridge you can get great photos of Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.
2) WESTMINSTER ABBEY
Westminster Abbey is a stunning Gothic church in the City of Westminster. It is one of the most notable religious buildings in the United Kingdom and has been the traditional place of coronation and the burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. If you are very pressed for time, or don’t want to pay the £30 entrance fee, at least take a few minutes to stroll around the outside and through the Dean’s Yard.
3) TOWER OF LONDON
From Westminster Bridge, I recommend hopping on a City Cruises Boat Tour down the River Thames and getting off at the Tower of London. This historic castle is located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. Inside you will see the Crown Jewels and hear stories of the years when the castle was used as a prison! By this point you will probably be hungry for lunch. You can grab a quick fish and chips and a cider at Liberty Bounds, a large pub just up the street from the Tower of London but be back by 3:30 as the last Beefeater guided tour leaves then. The Beefeater guided tour is a must as they are very animated and entertaining!
4) THE SHARD
The Shard is a 95-storey skyscraper in Southwark, London. Standing at 1,016 ft, it is the tallest building in Western Europe. The tower’s privately owned observation deck, View From The Shard, is the perfect place to take in breathtaking views, especially after a long day of sightseeing.
5) ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
No trip would be complete without seeing St Paul’s Cathedral. St Paul’s is an Anglican cathedral, and the mother church of London. The interior is breathtaking and if you choose to take on the 500 stair climb to the very top of the dome you will be rewarded with an amazing view of London. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes!
6) BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837, and today it is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. She is the world’s oldest reigning Monarch (Feb 1952 – Present), as well as Britain’s longest lived. (If you would like to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, it starts promptly at 11:30am so arrive early.)
winkelstraten + kleermakersstraat
Camden/ burrow market
the kip hackney
The next day we went to Kensington garden and visited the exhibition on Princess Diana/ Her Story. Then afterwards we visited Kensington and saw Notting Hill and potobello road by night, so that was quit empty. We had dinner in one of the oldest buildings/ pubs in town the the Sun in Splendour. I also visited the Sweaty Betty shop and fell in love with an underrated but overpriced 😉 dress.
Motivating ourselves to work out can be somewhat of a struggle particularly with the allure of l’heure de l’apéro in the warmer months. Let’s be honest, the choice between sipping cocktails and doing a spinning class is hardly a difficult one. However, with bikini season upon us, exercise is at the forefront of our minds. The things we do to look good…
Enter legendary British sportswear brand Sweaty Betty: hip, functional and attractive sportswear for everybody from yoga lovers, swimming enthusiasts and Zumba dancers. Sweaty Betty started humbly with one boutique in London’s chic Notting Hill area and now sells across the globe, but what this writer loves most about the brand is its ethos. Focusing on stocking smaller ranges, being eco-friendly and offering an intimate service keeps shoppers going back time and time again and proves that fashion, exercise and social consideration can work seamlessly together.
Primrose and primrose Hill
We went to primrose Hill and in Primrose I visited the Cowshed Spa.
The Cowshed No Nasties Policy
What are Sulphates? Sulphates (SLS, SLES) are surfactant chemicals used to help cleaning products foam. Sulphates strip the skin of its natural protective oil barriers and often leave skin feeling taught, leathery and irritated. Cowshed products are sulphate free to maintain a healthy skin barrier function.
What are Petrochemicals? Petrochemicals are chemical ingredients made from fractions of crude oil. The source of petrochemicals is non-renewable. Because of their occlusive properties, petrochemicals can clog the skin, preventing it to breathe. Cowshed products are petrochemical free to allow the skin to breathe. Cowshed prefers to ethically harvest ingredients in a sustainable way.
What are Parabens? Parabens are used in an estimated 90% of skincare products. They are preservatives that extend the shelf life for many years. In healthy skin parabens are non-irritating. However in fragile, sensitive or young skin parabens may cause skin irritation, contact dermatitis and Rosacea. Cowshed products are paraben free as they are formulated to be gentle on the skin whilst releasing the aroma therapeutic properties of essential oils.
What are Artificial Colours? Artificial colours are listed as CI numbers on the ingredients list. They are used in many cosmetics to mask the natural colour of the product; making the product look more attractive. Artificial colours are synthetically made and are often difficult to bio-degrade. Cowshed’s products are artificial colour free as there is no aroma therapeutic benefits gained from artificial colours.
We visited the economical center south bank London
and Burroughs market
We visited Camden market
The hightstreets and Trafalgar Square
7) PORTOBELLO ROAD and notting hill ( sun in splendour)
Portobello Road is a charming shopping street in the Notting Hill district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in west London. On Saturdays, it is home to Portobello Road Market, one of London’s notable street markets, known for its colorful buildings, second-hand clothes, and antiques. The antiques market usually gets into full swing around 9:00am, on Saturday though some dealers may set up earlier. If you want to avoid the busiest crowds, it’s best to arrive before 11:30am.
10) HYDE PARK + KENSINGTON GARDEN + Kensington
Hyde Park, along with Kensington Gardens, makes up my favorite place in all of London! Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in the city, covering over 350 acres and is home to famous landmarks such as Speakers’ Corner, Serpentine Lake, and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Kensington Gardens, lying immediately to the west of Hyde Park, was once the private garden of Kensington Palace. It is one of the capitals eight royal parks and is home to the Italian Gardens, Albert Memorial and Kensington Palace (which I recommend taking a tour of if you have time). Hyde Park is a very short walk from Harrods so after lunch go enjoy a fun afternoon outside in the park!