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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

WHAT I DID WITH MY DAY: A DAY IN LONDON


I always seem to end up in London at least once each week. Whether it's to do with my blog or just to spend time with friends, I always have a good time and find myself back there within a few days. There is so much to do so I thought I'd compile a few idea's from my latest trip into the city. Enjoy.

10:00am: Natural History Museum

A great place to start the day. This is that place you always remember from when you were a kid. What's not to love? - A building that resembles Hogwarts, dinosaurs and a ginormous whale! There are various exhibits and cool things on show meaning it's a great way to kill a morning no matter what age you are. Best part is - it's free!

Tip: Make sure you arrive early enough to beat the queues, especially if you're going at busier times.



1:00pm: Lunch @ Big Easy in Covent Garden

After a morning at the museum, it's time to head over to Covent Garden for some lunch. London has so much choice when it comes to food and drink. Big Easy was introduced to me by a friend and it doesn't disappoint! They offer a two course lunch/pre theatre menu for only £10 and this includes a beer or cocktail. The portion size is huge and the food is incredible. There's a great atmosphere and this place is definitely worth stopping by.

TIP: Go for the giant shrimp starter in the garlic sauce - you'll thank me later!



2:30pm: Shopping in Covent Garden & Piccadilly

No matter how much you're wanting to spend, Covent Garden is full of shops for most taste's. Whether it's souvenirs, clothes or something for your home, you can probably find what you're looking for along the various streets. Walk off that huge lunch and find that item you've been looking for.

Google Maps: Covent Garden


4:30pm: The Parlour @ Fortnum & Mason

After an indulgent and luxurious afternoon treat? Then stop by The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason. They have a great variety of traditional and innovative flavours of ice cream, and treats on offer. The traditionally British store know's better than anyone how to serve a great cup of tea - so if this is more your thing, then order a pot and watch the traffic go by out of the window. Even the light-shades look good enough to eat!

Tip: Try the Gin and Tonic Sorbet for that extra touch of luxury.




5:30pm: Get inspired in Chinatown

If you're looking to avoid the rush hour crowds, head into Chinatown for some truly unique experiences. Try some traditional dishes or look in the souvenir shops, Chinatown has some great places to waste an hour or two and some great photo opportunities along the way. Take a look in the Chinese supermarket or check out one of the many restaurants. 


6:30pm: Cocktail Happy Hour

Most bars offer some sort of happy hour on drinks and cocktails, so get a few rounds in and reflect on your great day. I can't resist an esspresso martini or mojito, but you can find a few more adventurous options out there. Scarlet's in Covent Garden definitely know how to make my favourite cocktail and have 2-for-1 drinks on offer between 4-8pm. Perfect for a laid back chat with you friends. 



8:30pm: Night Time Views

Something that I feel always goes a miss is the night time views of London. One of my favourites is the one on offer from Golden Jubilee Bridge. You get a great view of both old and new London architecture and can make a final memory of your day in the Capital. Opt to walk instead of getting the tube and take in the views of your surroundings.

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