In the last month I’ve been up and back to London a fair few times. Living about 3 hours south means I have to make the most of my time whilst I’m up there. My most recent trip was for the L’Oreal Hair launch so I only booked one night (any excuse for a London trip) and I planned to fit in as much as possible in 36 hours.
Where to stay: The more central you stay the more there is to do and the less you spend on tubes however it also gets super expensive! Kensington is my go-to place for accommodation. It’s the perfect location that is close to shops, beautiful parks and on a main tube line only 10 minutes from central London. Hotels are cheaper and more available which means you get to pick your favourite and they also have a fair amount of apartments/Air Bnb choices too. These apartments are great and come with a kitchen so you save money on food.
Where to go: Staying in Kensington is great for visiting other areas, Holland Park is beautiful and only a 5-10 minute walk from the high street. Head here for beautiful gardens and a peaceful picnic. If you’re looking to visit a market head one stop on the tube (or a 15-20 minute walk) to Notting Hill. Famous for it’s beautifully painted multicoloured houses and Portobello Road. If not, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are just off the high street and are a must see on a sunny afternoon to escape the city crowds. Keep on walking and you’ll end up on Oxford Street. Head into Central London for some shopping and sightseeing by getting the tube to Embankment. Cut through the Embankment Park and head along the South Bank to Waterloo Bridge for breath taking views of the city before making your way up to Covent Garden and Piccadilly. I love exploring Carnaby Street before popping into Liberty to make a mental wish list of beauty products! If you have time hop on the tube and head east to St Pauls, for the perfect viewing point take the lift inside the shopping mall ‘One New Change’ to the sixth floor for breath taking rooftop views over the whole city.
Where to eat: London has the best places to eat the list is endless! I cant resist popping in to Homeslice for my favourite pizza every time I’m by Neals Yard, Covent Garden. It’s affordable and so delicious that it’s just too good to pass. I love stocking up on snacks in Wholefoods and they also have an amazing variety of fresh food from salads to mac ‘n’ cheese ready to takeaway and eat on the go. It’s perfect if you’re trying to be healthy but there’s something for everyone. If you’re in the Notting Hill area head to Farm Girl Cafe for brunch before heading to the Hummingbird Bakery for a cupcake or two. If you’re in Soho and fancy indulging head to The Breakfast Club, you won’t regret it!
What are your favourite things to do in London in 36 hours?