London was one of the first big cities I visited abroad, when I was younger. It has everything you can want from a city – culture, food and every great store in the world. Since travel is one of the things I am happiest doing, I thought I’d create a guide to some of my favorite spots in the city for you.
The London tube is hands down my favorite subway system in the world. And the new Heathrow Express is making commuting to and from the airport a complete breeze – that’s one of the first things I recommend for anyone traveling to the city.
Next up, hop on the tube to South Bank and get ready for the long haul to get aboard the London Eye (spend the extra $$ to get in the express line (not so express either) but better than the hours long wait you are subjected to in the normal lines). The views of the Parliament and Big Ben more than make up for the time spent in queues. I love the history of the London Eye – originally created to celebrate the turn of the Millennium, like the Eiffel Tower during the World’s Fair, people fell in love with it and it became an integral part of the London Skyline.
One of the few places where you can still walk with booze on the streets
London is a foodie nirvana with options for every cuisine under the sun. This go around I added a few more names to my list – Dishoom has easily become my favorite Indian restaurant outside India, designed to remind you of old world Bombay cafes, it transports you back in time with the decor and its food. Muriel’s Kitchen had a hanging chair as seating in their restaurant – how fun is that? We already spoke about the Fashion tea at The Berkeley. For where to stay – I have yet to cross this off my list – but Soho House is first on. The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch puts in you in the middle of the action and is another great option.
Other noteworthy sights to see – Tower of London, Kensington and Buckingham Palace, Tate Modern, V&A, Picnic in Hyde Park
The shopping list for London is endless, but my favorite department stores are (in order of preference) – Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols. High street is probably the best in this part of the world and you just need to walk around Oxford circus to get your fill. Carnaby street also has alot of great options for food and retail.
Look 1: Embroidered Jacket (new version here), Culottes, Ruffles Top (Tunic here), Hat H&M (here) Ballet flats Jimmy Choo, Bag Hallhuber (another here), Sunglasses Stella McCartney, Bracelet Hermes CDC, Ring I don’t have a sister
Look 2: Dress Vizyon (from India), Hat H&M (an embellished option here), Shoes Valentino, Ring YSL, Sunglasses Stella McCartney, Earrings Vintage from India (subtle version here), Hair Braid Bar at Selfridges, Bag Chloe, Ring Saint Laurent
Photos by Aurora Chiste