Weekend in L O N D O N
October 25, 2016 § Leave a comment
WHERE TO STAY: Kensington. I stayed in this hostel located in Holland Park. Such a great spot and was super comfortable- not to mention a much more affordable alternative to AirBNB or hotels. Obviously, there are many neighborhoods to stay in London. I chose Kensington for its proximity to areas I wanted to explore (Chelsea, Notting Hill, Westminster) with a peaceful and nice atmosphere. Loved it.
WHAT TO DO: Rose Garden in Hyde Park, Victoria & Albert Museum (The Natural History Museum is right next door), Portobello Market in Notting Hill (this crowded with tourists, so I just browsed a few booths and thrift stores on my way to find breakfast), National Portrait Gallery (the new Picasso exhibit is incredible), National Gallery, Tate Modern.
EAT / DRINK: Granger & Co. for brunch (I went both Saturday and Sunday oops), Raw Press for lunch, Jusu Brothers for tea/coffee/juice. Rosa’s for dinner, Sketch for Afternoon Tea in the gallery, and Primrose Bakery for sweets.
SHOP: I tried to do as little shopping as possible, so I only bought things from Daunt Books and cosmetics from Boots Pharmacy (live for some UK drugstore products). I window shopped my a$$ off around Chelsea’s Sloane Street.
TOP PICKS: Electric Cinema in Notting Hill! This is one of the oldest working theaters in the UK. It shows contemporary and classic films, and I happened to be in town for the Thema & Louise (!!!) screening. Gorgeous architecture, cashmere blankets, and vintage candy counter. Truly a magical experience.
& Walking to Alfred Hitchcock’s house on Cromwell Road. Be still my heart.
BOTTOM LINE: There’s no way to see all of what London has to offer in only a few days, so I recommend picking two “big things” to do each day and dedicating the rest of your time to enjoying the atmosphere. My days were full, but they were also filled with reading, writing, and sitting on benches. No shame in taking it slow.