The Christmas lights are up and London is (finally!) calling again. I am a big fan of the stylish city by the river Thames and try to head over at least once a year! Not only to go shopping (although shopping in London is phenomenal!) but simply to wander the streets of Covent Garden, Kensington or Chelsea, check into the little cafés along the walk and meet up with my friends.
That is why I have put together my absolute London hotspots for you. Here comes your London travel guide:
Get a table at Sketch! The newly opened restaurant is one of the most sought after hotspots in London right now. No wonder, that bookings don’t come easy. But it’s all worth it just to sit in this Barbie-world-meets-fashion-lover surrounding. I suggest you book a table for afternoon tea, it’s the perfect “very British” time between lunch and dinner where you will be able to choose from a selection of teas and sandwiches. Sketch is the perfect place in which interior design, art, food and music all come together to create an absolute feast for, well, everything! Sketch London
If you are anywhere near Kensington, it’s worth while checking into the Churchill Arms on 119 Kensington Church Street for a pint. This pub was built in 1750 and therefore is one of the most historic pubs in London. Churchill’s grandparents were constant visitors, giving the place it’s name. The pub is full of old memorabilia and even has it’s very own Thai restaurant. Pretty weird but pretty awesome – Pssst: It’s also a famous hang out for celebrities!
Caravan Kings Cross
The best coffe in town is served by Caravan Kings Cross. This place on 1 Granary Square, just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross tube station, is Kiwi-owned and situated in an old grain store. Caravan is absolutely perfect for breakfast (I am talking coconut bread, poached rhubarb raclette and spinach french toast) but make sure you ring them up and book a table in advance. It get’s pretty busy, especially at the weekends.
Where to stay? If you are into small boutique hotels, I may have just the right place for you. Number 16 is situated in South Kensington. Close to Harrods and a variety of London’s museums (such as the Victoria and Albert), the elegant design hotel hides behind a luxurious fassade of a typical Victorian terrace building. It may not be the perfect place if you are travelling by yourself. But if you are taking your partner, I recommend you check in here! Rooms can be booked on Design Hotels.
If you are on a budget, I have found a great hostel which is situated an only five minute walk from Russell Square. At Generator Hostel, you can choose from checking into a larger dorm or going for a private double bedroom. No matter which option you go for, your stay will be pleasant and luxurious at the same time! …and starting at a bargain of 17 £ only!
All images courtesy of PR