The Traveling Between Guide to London

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Here is the Traveling Between Guide to London. By no means is this the definitive or comprehensive guide to London, but it is a pretty good compilation of restaurants, shopping, and attractions that I love when I visit this bustling city.

This guide was super helpful to my co-workers when they visited London earlier this year so I wanted to share it with you in case you are heading there for the first time and are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin.

What to Do in London

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Kensington Palace

Buckingham Palace is where my dream dinner guest Queen Elizabeth lives and the palace is open in the summer months when Her Majesty is out-of-town.

Kensington Palace is open year-round with rotating exhibits. Hi Harry.

The London Eye gives you a bird’s-eye view and great pictures of Big Ben, Parliament, and the Thames.

A stroll in the expansive Hyde Park is a must. I like visiting The Serpentine, Kensington Gardens, and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain when in the park.

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Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park gives you a view of the London skyline and nearby Regent’s Park Rd is full of restaurants and cafes.

If you want to leave London without actually leaving London then Hampstead Heath is a breath of fresh air. It’s the perfect area for a long, country-style walk.

Leave the city center and stroll through the botanical gardens and conservatories of Kew Gardens.

Westminster Abbey has seen royal weddings, funerals, and coronations and should therefore be a must-see for history buffs.

You can never go wrong with a museum and there are many in London to choose from including the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A, the Natural History Museum, and the Tate Modern.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

The interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral is absolutely beautiful and you can hike to the top for stellar views of the city.

London has a great theater district if you want to catch a play or musical. I recommend buying at the box office the morning of a show to get discounted tickets.

Where to Eat in London

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Coffee and sweets at Ottolenghi

Dishoom is the place to go for delicious, modern Indian cuisine.

World famous chef Yotam Ottolenghi serves inventive sweet and savory dishes at Ottolenghi.

Ye Old Cheshire Cheese is the oldest pub in all of London if you really want to get in the English spirit.

Maroush has amazing Lebanese food and that’s coming from a true Lebanese lady here.

Granger & Co. is a really good spot for an Australian-style brekky.

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The Churchill Arms

You’ll love The Churchill Arms‘ exterior florals and be surprised by the pub’s fantastic Thai restaurant tucked in the back.

You can count on Monmouth Coffee for a quality cup of coffee and a croissant.

Maison Bertaux serves delectable French pastries with whimsical decor.

Da Mario was a favorite of Princess Diana and their Italian dishes prove why.

London’s Outdoor Markets

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Portobello Road Market

If you are a true foodie then Borough Market is the place for you.

Notting Hill’s Portobello Road Market is big, charming, and filled with every object under the sun from antiques and clothing to food.

Travel to the East End to the Old Spitalfields Market where you’ll find lots of good food trucks and apparel and accessories vendors.

Camden Market is the hipster cousin to traditional Portobello Road Market. You’ll find more trendy shopping and lots of good food around.

Where to Shop in London

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Liberty London. Photo courtesy of James Petts

There is lots of good shopping to be had on the streets in and around Covent Garden. You can also find plenty of restaurants in the same area when you need to refuel.

Fortnum and Mason is a beautiful department store. The Queen shops here and it’s on the pricey side but it’s unlike any department store you’ve seen.

King’s Road near Sloan Square station is one of my favorite places to shop in London. The area isn’t too crowded and has lots of affordable chains.

Any store you could possibly imagine can be found on either Oxford Street or Regent Street so shop to your heart’s content! For department stores that are uniquely London around these streets, check out Liberty London and Selfridges.

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Fortnum and Mason. Photo courtesy of Eldan Goldenberg.

For my fellow bibliophiles, I highly recommend Daunt Books, Hatchards, Libreria Bookshop, and Primrose Hill Books.

Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill has lots of unique high-end boutiques if you need a change from the big chains.

You will only find the most expensive high-end designers on Bond Street which is perfect for window shopping.

It is definitely fun to browse the floors of Harrods, even if you don’t buy anything. Their food hall alone is worth a visit.

When I want to avoid the crowds on Oxford Street, I’ll go to Kensington High Street for a more low-key shopping excursion.

Where to Sip High Tea in London

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Afternoon tea at The Orangery

The top floor dining room at Harrods is a beautiful setting for their afternoon tea and a great reprieve from loads of shopping.

The Orangery at Kensington Palace  is my favorite place for afternoon tea because it has a peaceful atmosphere, it’s more casual, and I can walk in without a reservation.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about the afternoon teas at Fortnum and Mason, Claridge’s, The Dorchester, and The Ritz.  I would make reservations ahead of time!

 

Do you have any recommendations for London? Share them in the comments below!

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