London Getaway

London Getaway

(Reading: 6 minutes) / Photography: Natali Rucker & Andrea Ochoa

Hello loves! How’s it going? For a few weeks I wanted to share one of my favorite trips so far: London. I’d always wanted to know the English capital, so I’ll share with you a short summary of each of my days there. I hope you like it!

Day 1: Meeting the Big Ben 

Usually, the first thing I do when I arrive to a new city is to visit the iconic monument of that place. So, for my first day in London I started my tour on the Westminster Bridge, to appreciate the view of the famous Big Ben. From there, you can see the English Parliament, and across the River Thames, the London Eye.

After walking alongside the river, I followed my route down Bridge Street to take some photos of what is – perhaps – the most famous phone booth in the world: the cabin with a view of Big Ben.

After walking to Piccadilly Circus, I decided to find a good place to eat the typical English dish: Fish & Chips. For this, I went to Golden Union in Soho. I recommend you try one of the simplest plates: Haddock & Chips, breaded white fish with French fries, delicious!

Address: 38 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7LY, United Kingdom.

Website: goldenunion.co.uk

After having eaten delicious, the following spot was definitely one of my favorites: Carnaby Street. This pedestrian street just a few minutes from Oxford and Piccadilly Circus is full of fashion and interior design stores, bars and restaurants. It’s definitely a must!

Finally, to finish well the day could not miss some drinks. I decided to go to Sushi Samba, located in Heron Tower. I recommend you try the “Azteca”, green tea infused sake, Hendricks gin and dry vermouth, and stirred with yuzu and cherry bitters, delicious!

TIP: Duck & Waffle, also at the Heron Tower is awesome for a few drinks.

Day 2: London Bridge

My next day in London started at London Bridge, another of the iconic points of this city. But before, I could not stop going through the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Once in the London Bridge, I could not avoid walking around, to get different views of the River Thames. This bridge of 1973, was one of the first constructions of concrete and steel, incredible!

After seeing the London Bridge, I went to another spot that cannot be missed in this city: the Camden Market. This market has more than 1000 stores of art, fashion, design and food.

Although I saw several Mexican food stalls, I decided to take a chance and try something different, so I opted for Venezuelan food: arepas, delicious!

Also in this place is the famous statue of Amy Winehouse, which was placed after her death in 2011, as she spent so much time at the neighborhood where it is located: Camden Town.

Once I walked the Camden Market, I completely changed the scene to take the traditional English tea at 5:00 p.m. For this, I returned to the area of ​​Oxford Circus, nothing more and nothing less than the Claridges Hotel.

The Claridges Hotel is home to one of the most famous tea rooms in London: The Foyer and Reading Room. With Art Deco decoration – typical of the twenties – and a candlestick made by Thierry Despont, this place is ideal for tea, either alone or in the company of someone else. Needless to say, my choice was English tea, accompanied by scones and cakes, delicious!

Address: Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR, United Kingdom

Website: http://www.claridges.co.uk/mayfair-restaurants-bars/london-afternoon-tea/

TIP- Claridges has two bars too, if you do not want to have tea: Claridge’s Bar and The Fumoir.

Finally, to end my day I could not miss visiting one of the most significant museums for all those fashion lovers: Victoria and Albert. This National Museum of Art and Design houses one of the largest and most important fashion collections since the 18th century, a must!

Day 3: English Breakfast

To start my last day in London, I went back to Claridges Hotel one more time, but this time to try the English Breakfast. Needless to say, it’s a treat! To start I ordered a natural grapefruit juice, poached eggs, sausage, bacon, mushrooms and roasted tomatoes accompanied by toasted bread. Finally, I tried the tea with some pastries. The best I’ve ever had!

Address: Address: Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR, United Kingdom

Website: http://www.claridges.co.uk/mayfair-restaurants-bars/restaurants/the-foyer-and-reading-room/

After the English breakfast, I headed to Hyde Park. One of my favorite activities is always to go to the most famous park in each city, and I was not mistaken. Although London has a large number of parks, this was my favorite: the lake and the view around it are simply beautiful. A must!

Just off Hyde Park is the famous Buckingham Palace: the residence of the English Crown. English. Another thing that cannot be missed in London is precisely this: visit the palace at 11:00 am to witness the changing of the guard, a real spectacle!

 

On my way to my last spot in London, I found a good coffee: Ruskin’s Café. Not only do they have coffee and desserts, but some cravings for noon. I recommend trying the cheesecake with chocolate and strawberries, delicious!

 

Before taking my flight back to Prague, I could not miss the British Museum and its incredible architecture: classic style on the outside with a futuristic touch on the inside, with the immense ceiling made of glass and steel. This museum houses important collections of art, archeology and ethnography. My favorite rooms were those of Greek, Egyptian art, as well as the African art room, incredible!

Other sites that recommended me a lot but unfortunately I did not have time to visit are:

– The Tower of London

– Natural History Museum and Science Museum

Westminster Abbey

– Abey Road (cover of the Beatles)

– Old Spitafields Market (Saturday mornings)

In three days, London fell in love with me. It is a pity that cities as beautiful as this one are threatened by terrorism in Europe, however, it is a must to visit her once in life.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Do not miss the next travel stories.

Kisses,

Andrea O.