When Eline and I booked our trip to London at the beginning of this year, I immediately went on the internet to see if someone made a blog post with recommended places in London. I was surprised by the lack of blog posts with tips about London. So when I got back, I thought I should definitely start creating blog posts where I share some tips with places (neighborhoods or streets), food (breakfast, snack or dinner) and shopping spots I recommend visiting when you’re in a particular city. These can be touristy but also a bit outside of the busy areas. In this first one I will be sharing my must do’s for London. Enjoy!
Notting Hill | Kensington, London
First I want to start off with the places I recommend visiting in London. This first one is definitely one where you can take hundreds of photos so it is perfect for my blogger girls out there. Of course I am talking about Notting Hill. I think everyone recognizes the beautiful pastel houses in the photos I took, which you can see above. This is a place where lots of tourists go to but since it is a large neighborhood, it isn’t busy at all. Besides that, while wandering around in Notting Hill, you will also find cute food and shopping spots, which is great.
Carnaby Street | Carnaby, London
Of course everybody knows Oxford Street is the place to be when it comes to shopping. But when you go to Oxford Street, you will mostly find the big stores, which you also have in your own country or city. So Eline and I also decided to just walk through the other streets around Oxford and Regent Street. That’s when we found Carnaby Street. The feeling of this street is completely opposite of Oxford Street and I really liked that. In Carnaby Street you will find lots of different stores, like Liberty, a Toms store and more. It is definitely worth the time to wander around here for such a long time.
Kingly Court | Carnaby, London
While wandering around Carnaby Street, we actually ended up at Kingly Court. I had never heard of this court before but I think more people should know about it. Kingly Court is a court where there are lots of different food spots to have lunch or dinner. We ate a pizza at Pizza Pilgrims and it was delicious. If I was in London again, I would for sure go there and have dinner at one of the other food spots.
Gail’s Artisian Bakery | 138 Portobello Road, London
On to the food spots! In Notting Hill we were looking for a spot to have breakfast, since we hadn’t had any yet. When we were walking along Portobello Road, we saw Gail’s Artisian Bakery. When you go in, the first thing you see are the baked goods they have displayed. So instead of looking on the menu, we walked along the display and decided to chose what we were going to have for breakfast or brunch. I went for the blueberry pancakes (one of my favorite things on this earth) and to go we also got some treats. They also have sandwiches, like Eline got so you’ll definitely find something to eat you like.
Crumbs & Doilies Cupcakes | 1 Kingly Road, London
It doesn’t matter where I am, I always go on Google Maps to see if there are cupcakes stores nearby. It is kind of crazy but yes, I do this. This cupcake store I didn’t look up on the internet. Zoe Sugg actually talked about Crumbs & Doilies in a vlog and when I knew I was coming to London, I looked on my hotspot list and saw this cupcake store. Eline and I made it a goal to definitely go there once during our trip and when we had dinner at Kingly Court, I knew Crumbs & Doilies was nearby and we went looking for it. In the end we found it just before it closed and got six mini cupcakes. Those are the best dessert you can ever have, am I right?
Le Pain Quotidien | 15 Exhibition Road, London
And again, a perfect place to have breakfast or brunch. I am talking about Le Pain Quotidien. I know you have Le Pain Quotidien all over the world but before I went there in London, I had never heard of it. When we got the menu I saw they had lots of organic breads & pastries, which is very appealing to me. We both went for the Belgian waffle with fresh berries and chocolate sauce, a perfect brunch dish if you’d ask me.
The Basics Store | 42 Redchurch Street, London
I believe this was one of the first stores I saw when we were in Shoreditch. As you are able to see in the photos above, the front of the store really stands out because of the wood. At The Basics Store they sell products from lots of different brands. You will find unique clothes, minimalistic jewelry and interior pieces here, AKA the perfect store for me. I really liked the look of the store, which made looking at everything they had even more pleasant. If you are in the neighborhood, I would definitely recommend going to The Basics Store if you’re in to the same kind of stores as me.
Boxpark | 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London
Besides The Basics Store in Shoreditch, there is also a collective place where there are tuns of different (concept) stores you can shop at. I am talking about Boxpark. Before I went to London, I had never heard of Boxpark but when we got there, I really enjoyed going into all of the different stores. This is where you can find lots of unique brands and items. These are some of my favorite stores that were there at the moment: #TheGiftBox, #Decorum and #Astrid&Miyu. These are all very different stores so you are definitely able to find a store at Boxpark you like.
Anthropologie | 158 Regent Street, London
Like I said before, Oxford Street is the place to be when it comes to shopping but you shouldn’t forget about Regent Street. This is where a lot of the more expensive stores are at. One of the stores that is located at Regent Street is Anthropologie. Maybe you can remember that I talked about Anthropologie as well when I found it in Washington D.C. last year. When I entered the store, I immediately fell in love. So when I saw that there was also one in London, I just had to go there. The store located at Regent Street is so big! Downstairs you have all of the bigger interior pieces and on the higher levels are the clothes and books for example. In the Latest Purchases blog post I showed you that I got a top here and I have to be honest, if I won the lottery, I would buy everything they had in the store.
We Built This City | 46 Carnaby Street, London
Last but not least, I just had to share We Built This City with you. “We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll.” Anyways, enough about the name of this store… When you are on holiday, of course you are going to be looking for souvenirs for yourself, friends and family. Eline and I were doing the same thing and when we saw the front of this store (which you absolutely can’t miss), we decided to go in. They sell so many things that will remind you of London but in an unique way.
And here you are already at the end of this first must do’s blog post! I enjoyed it a lot to chose and share all of these places, food and shopping spots with you. From my latest trips I definitely have some more recommendations so you will see another blog post like this one pretty soon… Get excited! Did you like this blog post? Of which cities would you like to see a blog post like this?