As a great author once said « When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford » (Samuel Johnson). I’m fairly certain that I will never be quite so enamoured with another city. Even though I was born in France, I feel much more at ease in England and probably always will be a teensy bit more British than French. And London is probably my all-time favourite city. Even the dreary weather can’t make it look less flawless. But lovely though the city may be, if you don’t know all the good addresses, you might miss out on some of the best things London has to offer.
- Squeeze in the touristy stuff
Cliched though it may be, Buckingham Palace is a must-see when in London.
Trafalgar square, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and the Tower of London can also be added to this list as for without them, London would not be the same.
- Shop till you drop on Oxford Street.
Oxford Street is known as one of the best shopping streets in the world. The mention of it makes my father’s eyes roll for he knows that all-my penny saving efforts will undoubtedly go out of the window. But really, what’s a girl to do when faced with Selfridges, House of Frasier, John Lewis…
- Window shop at Harrods
Not everyone can afford to shop at Harrods, me included. But the building alone is definitely worth the trip. The architecture is astonishing and the clothes, well they’re simply overwhelming.
- Walk down New Bond street
Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent… There are so many obscenely beautiful shops on this street. Excessive? Possibly. But then again, it IS London…
- Hit Portobello green market
A good place to spot new designers is Portobello market. It has the largest selection of young designers! The experience is truly unique and there’s no place on earth that can compete with Portobello when it comes to trendiness. This market operates Friday to Sunday.
- Stop for afternoon tea at Liberty’s
Liberty’s is one of London’s iconic shopping destinations. The building itself is truly spectacular and is situated just off Regent Street. The brands stocked are praiseworthy and the afternoon tea is definitely worth the wait.
- Stroll through Covent Garden
No wonder apartments in Covent Garden go for a small fortune. This neighbourhood has a positive vibe whilst remaining rather quaint. It’s the perfect Eden for shopping-lovers with shops such as Whistles, All saints and Reiss abundant in this area. But what make it really special are the small boutiques and the artistic quality of this district.
- Stop for a drink in one of London’s many speakeasies.
It was only recently that I discovered the locations of the best ones in London. For those of you who don’t know, a speakeasy was the name given to bars, which served alcohol during the prohibition in the States. That’s why they’re so hard to find. They’re supposed to be kept a secret. If these destinations don’t make you feel like a 1920’s American, you can always hit a prohibition party. These are organised every month by Prohibition1920 and they are definitely worth checking out.
- Dress up and go to the theatre.
London is, above all, famous for it’s theatre. I can’t make a list of things to do in London without mentioning the Lion King or even Wicked.
- Go to the Natural History Museum
It’s undoubtedly my favourite spot in London. There are so many exhibitions happening at the moment and I particularly want to go to the Great Barrier Reef Dive experience.