London Favorites

April 1, 2019

London Favorites I wit & whimsy

My most recent trip to London was among my very favorites. Not only did I get to experience The London Eye and Madame Tussauds but I also go to revisit some of my favorites and go to some spots I’d been dying to see. Today’s post is all about my very favorite spots in London!

London Favorites I wit & whimsy

London Favorites I wit & whimsy

London Favorites I wit & whimsy

London Favorites I wit & whimsy

London Favorites I wit & whimsy

London Favorites I wit & whimsy

London Favorites I wit & whimsy

While I have a guide to London (linked below) with lots of options, the below are favorites of mine that I’d go to time and time again. This list is highly curated of my true favorites.

  • High tea at The Berkeley. The Pret-a-Portea at The Berkeley is utterly amazing. Go with a girlfriend and revel in the fashion themed menu and treats. When I was in town they were toasting the Dior exhibit at the Victoria & Albert museum so the tea was all Dior themed. The pastries were unbelievable!
  • Bob Bob Ricard. Press for Champagne is the other name this spot could be called. Famous for its Press for Champagne buttons at every table, this place is a delight to have a glass of – you guessed it – champagne. It’s an upscale dining restaurant so my best tip is to go right when they open and get seated at the bar where you can just have a drink (and snap a good Instagram at a booth before they’re filled with diners for lunch!)
  • Bread Ahead. In addition to making amazing doughnuts, this place (there are a few locations but the one at Borough Market is the original and most famous) also has great lunch options.
  • Dukes. My friends told me about the famed table-side martinis at Dukes and now my life in NYC is missing martinis prepared table-side. Tucked away on a cute alley near Green Park, Dukes Hotel has a storied past with the martini and its tiny but charming bar boasts big leather lounge chairs and an extensive martini menu where a man in a tuxedo will prepare your martini next to you and let me tell you – it is an experience not to be missed. I recommend getting there right when they open.
  • The Connaught Hotel. Speaking of table-side martinis, The Connaught Hotel also does them and they’re also great in a very cool and Gatsby feeling environment.
  • Dishoom. I admittedly ate at Dishoom twice in one week on my most recent trip. This place introduced me to and had me fall in love with Indian food. You can’t go wrong with what you order. Try and get a reservation if you can otherwise expect an extensive wait. They have several locations but they’re all super popular and therefore always packed. Lunch will be less of a wait than dinner, however.
  • Peggy Porschen. Famous thanks to Instagram, this spot is totally worth it when you want a sweet treat and a place to rest your feet. Try to score one of the outside tables and order a slice of cake or one of the raspberry jam cookies. Delicious! Mornings are more mellow here than mid-day.
  • Farm Girl. Tucked away down a little alley off a bustling Notting Hill street, this spot is great for Aussie-style fare. The service is pretty hit or miss but the food delivers for breakfast and lunch.
  • Grind. I loved these stylish coffee shops.
  • Granger & Co. This place is just so good for brunch. It was started by an Aussie who they say was the inventor of avocado toast but the whole menu is full of delicious options. The Chelsea location is my favorite.
  • Chiltern Firehouse. This hotel’s restaurant is very see and be seen but after dining there for both breakfast and dinner I would definitely recommend breakfast over dinner. It also has a great outdoor patio that’s great for cocktails when the weather is nice.
  • The London Eye. I’d go back to The London Eye again in a heartbeat. I think it is so worth it for the views!
  • The Borough Market. Take a breath before you enter here if you go on a weekend as saying it is “crowded” is an understatement. That being said, you can find incredible stalls of food with an array of savory and sweet options. Highly recommend going on a weekday if you can.
  • The Grenadier. This is my new favorite pub. Not only is it on a beautifully secret street with homes worth drooling over but it is cozy and chic with great food and beers.
  • The Churchill Arms. Speaking of pubs, I think this one is the most photogenic and I always make a point of seeing it when in town.
  • Berners Tavern. I think my mouth dropped open when I first walked into this bar that is in The Edition hotel in Soho. The space is beautifully designed and home to a very bustling scene with excellent cocktails.
  • Ottolenghi Spitalfields. I had an amazing meal at this restaurant which is one of several famed chef Ottolenghi operates in the city. Vegetables have never tasted so good! And don’t miss dessert, either.
  • Nopi. Another Ottolenghi restaurant, breakfast here was extremely memorable and had me wanting to go back to see what lunch and dinner had to offer, too. The space is also gorgeous.
  • Tower of London. While this is a massive tourist destination it is well worth it. I absolutely love the history here and highly recommend the audio tour. (The guided groups can be very large in scale and hard to hear.) Don’t miss taking a photo with one of the Yeoman Warders and see the Crown Jewels including Queen Elizabeth’s crown.
  • Kensington Palace & Gardens. I love this nook of London which has so much history and is home to several members of the Royal Family. The gardens are not to be missed and the palace typically is hosting interesting exhibits.
  • Hyde Park. This is my favorite park in London for when the weather is nice. It is expansive and there’s plenty to see.
  • Fortnum & Mason. This is a beautiful and historic shop that’s such fun to peruse for souvenirs. Pick up some of their famed tea or chocolates to enjoy back at home or bring to friends and family.
  • Neal’s Yard Remedies. This organic health and beauty brand is always on my list to visit to buy affordable yet luxurious items like their bath oils, pillow sprays or essential oils.
  • Liberty of London: I don’t do much shopping in London given the exchange rate with the pound but I always have to stop by Liberty. The department store is in a beautiful Tudor style building and aside from having a beautifully edited selection of clothing and shoes, they have an amazing beauty selection as well as homewares. And don’t miss the outdoor flower stand – it is the cutest!
  • Columbia Road Flower Market: This place is heaven if you love flowers & plants! It is full of people when it is open every Sunday and the blooms are truly incredible. There are some great little shops nearby as well that are worth exploring.

Do you have any favorite spots in London I should check out on my next trip?

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p.s. my previous guide to London and my guides to Paris. And more photos from London here, here & here.

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15 comments on “London Favorites”

  1. You covered some fabulous places/areas. I’m overdue for a trip back to revisit some old memories as well. Would love to share that trip with you. Anytime!!
    Love you

  2. LOVE that everlane tote! I had commented awhile back when I was considering whether to purchase one (and I did end up purchasing) — glad to see you have one too, looks great! I love how roomy it is too, I bet it was great for travel purposes while you were in London!

    1. I am so glad you are happy with the purchase! And couldn’t agree more about it being great for travel. It was the perfect carry all on this trip for me!

  3. Absolutely loved our London dates and all the things we covered on your visit, and seconding every one of your recommendations above! The only thing I’d say is that a lot of the best stalls inside the market at Borough aren’t open Monday-Wednesday (though the stores and cafes around the outside always are), so Fridays are the best time to visit for when it’s a little quieter than weekends, but everything is still open. Bread Ahead also have a bakery school there which we should totally try next time you’re in town!

    Briony xox

    1. Brilliant advice from my resident Aussie/Brit 🙂 Thank you for the tip and for the best visit while I was in town! Adore our adventures together!

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