London Express Guide

Going to London? I’ve complied a “London Express Guide” just for you!

Being new to blogging, I’ve pondered a few different things. What kind of content do you all want to see? How well are my photos reflecting my trips? Am I giving you enough information on each place I’ve visited?

I’m not sure about any of those questions, but if I wanted to read my blog, the first thing I would look for is a quick guide to the cities I visited, so here is one for London!

This guide is compiled of friends’ recommendations and those that are in bold, are the places I’ve heard great reviews and the places we enjoyed the most on our trip!

Places to Eat:

1.) Lyle’s
2.) Bao
3.) The Clove Club
4.) Corner Room
5.) St. John’s Bread & Wine
6.) Portland
7.) Monocle: Brits aren’t known for coffee, but this is the best in the land

BY AREA: 

SOHO/CARNABY
Bao – Sticky bun asian sandwiches, favorite place in Soho, go early huge lines
The Breakfast Club – Best brunch
Bone Daddies: Really popular, amazing ramen, fried chicken, and short ribs
Muriel’s Kitchen – Cute tea and brunch spot, looks like a garden
Crosstown Doughnuts – BEST donuts in London, rated #1 donuts on Buzzfeed
GMK – burgers
Burger and Lobster
Top Dog – Creative hotdogs, has a yummy Chicago dog
Jin Juu – Korean BBQ, dinner spot, trendy
Wahaca – Best mexican food in London
DF/Mexico –  Funky, creative mexican food
Hummingbird Bakery – Has the famous rainbow cake
Soho Dean Street Townhouse – restaurant is classic British food, but best high tea (and cheapest compared to most)
Franco Manca – MUST for pizza, sourdough pizza
Sketch. – Really funky British decor, good for high tea, has separate rooms for each course. * The Gallery is the best
Meat Liquor- Cool burgers and best fried pickles, punk rock vibes inside
Bottega Negra – Located underneath a strip club so you enter through those doors…  weirdest entrance ever but secretly hidden underground is this really cool and trendy Mexican styled restaurant, really fun bar at night too, really popular in Soho!

NOTTING HILL/CHELSEA

Granger + Co – (A FAVORITE), brunch spot with the best pancakes ever! fresh food, sandwiches, grain bowls, salads, breakfast. etc.
Bluebird Cafe: Famous brunch spot in Chelsea, cute outdoor café
Tom’s Kitchen: Brunch in Chelsea
Lucky 7: American style diner
Lowry and Baker: Good brunch in NH
Shutterbug: Cute brunch spot turned into a fun bar at night

Vogue café: cute little cafe with Vogue covers all over the walls. Get the champagne macaroon. 

COVENT GARDEN

Dishoom: Best indian food, get the bacon and cheese Nan bread!
Pix-Bar: Yummy Spanish tapas
Ben’s Cookies – Delicious and now is everywhere in London
Barrafina – Trendy, tapas
Flesh & Buns – asian and sticky buns

SHOREDITCH*  Shoreditch is a must for vintage clothes and a cool Brooklyn/Wicker Park vibe. * 

Duck & Waffle– Famous brunch spot with cool view of all of London, $$$, hard to get reservation
Sushi Samba- Best sushi and cool cocktails, top levels of Shard with amazing view
Cereal Killer Cafe – on Brick Lane, funky and has cereal all over the world, can make own cereal bowl with toppings and all flavors of milk
Brick Lane Coffee – Funky coffee shop with funny names for coffee, amazing pastries and blended drinks
Beigel Bake – Jewish bagel shop, famous in london for its salted beef bagel
Dark Sugars – Best hot chocolate and truffles are amazing

MARKETS:

Borough Market: (A FAVORITE), get the Gourmet Goat pita, best thing ever, or on Thursdays to Sundays, the best grilled cheese is there called Kappacasein
Camden Market: gives the most samples, get the Venezuelan corn bread sandwich at Arepa & Co. the mac & cheese truck is so good
Portobello Market: antiques and food on Saturday mornings in Notting Hill!
Portobello Road: has good vintage markets and colorful picturesque houses
Sunday Upmarket – on Sundays in Shoreditch, amazing food and vintage cools and accessories

BARS/PUBS/NIGHTLIFE 

Cahoots: (A FAVORITE), might need to make reservation if busy night, speakeasy underground in an old Tube station, 1940s swing theme, secret word to get in is to ask for the “captain,” menu is on a newspaper, funky cocktails
Sky Garden: Top of what they call the “walkee-talkee tower” (looks like one), amazing view and fun drinks
Madison’s Rooftop: Overlooks St. Paul’s Cathedral, fun crowd
Berner’s Tavern in the London Edition: Trendy bar and good cocktails, nice atmosphere
Nightjar: number 3 cocktail bar in the world, really funky cocktails in weird glasses, speakeasy, reservation online
The Hollywood Arms: Cute girly pub, looks like Breakfast at Tiffanys-esque
Mr. Foggs Tavern – Famous pub and cocktail bar at night
Churchill Arms: Famous pub with blooming flowers all over the front, Thai restaurant in back room
Mahiki: Famous club in London, Hawaiian theme
The Book Club: Ping-pong tables, fun crowd and atmosphere
Tonteria: Mexican Themed club in Chelsea
Chelsea Potter: classic British pub (most popular after work, around 6)
Tattersalls Tavern: In Knightsbridge, nice area and crowded pub
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese: Famous pub where Dickens used to hang out

KOKO– Nightclub in Camden Town
Bar Soho: 90s themed bar in Soho

Hawley Arms: Amy Winehouse used to go here, awesome vibes and music.

PLACES TO SEE

Primrose Hill – Looks like Notting Hill, cute town
Hampstead Heath – View of all of London on top of hill
Regents Park – Favorite park, so pretty and huge with lake and zoo
Tate Britain and Tate Modern

Knightsbridge Area

GALLERIES TOURISTS DON’T VISIT

 1.) Lisson Gallery: Also one in NYC and Paris
2.) Serpentine Gallery: Most underrated place in London

SHOPPING

Carnaby Street- cutest area with closed off little side streets, off of regent street, boutiques and brand names
– Scotch and Soda
– Cheap Monday
– Lazy Oaf
– Monki
– & other stories..

Duke of York Square in Chelsea
Brick Lane- vintage shops and boutiques
AHHA Boutique – best jewelry and hand-made bags and clutches, love the clothes too, reasonable prices
– The Lazy Ones – Topshop/Zara type of clothes at good prices
– Comfort Station – Cool, handmade jewelery, dainty small necklaces etc.
– Box Park – Cool, funky stores in boxes, pop up
– Blitz – Biggest vintage store in London
– Rough Trade Records: top record store in London
Harrods – cool to see, go to the food courts and to have tea
– The Merchant: Top brands at discount prices, cool edgy store
– Books for Cooks: Part bookshop part amazing coffee and pastry shop
– Honest Jon’s: Famous record shop in London

1.) Margaret Howell: Lifestyle store, men/women clothing
2.) Folk: men/women clothing
3.) Perfumer H
4.) Daunt Books: Best book store in London and overly cute inside
5.) Trunk Labs: If you want to get your brothers a timeless piece of Brit fashion

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Etienne Martin August 10, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    This is by far the best fashion/travel/lifestyle blog I have seen. And I have seen a lot of them. Keep up the great work Ally !!! I am definitely a fan!

    • Reply Ally August 11, 2016 at 8:21 AM

      Etienne, thank you so much! That means so much to me! I hope you enjoy future posts 🙂

      – Ally

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