Troy put together a list of suggestions for a friend visiting London and it’s worth sharing. They make me jealous that I’m not back there right now!
Things to check out:
- Tower of London
- British Museum
- at least swing by Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s
- art museums, e.g. National Portrait Gallery, V&A, etc.
- Walk along the south bank, see the Tate Modern and check out Borough Market
- catch at least one musical
- A river boat out to Greenwich is fun on a nice day (Prime Meridian!)
Walk: If the weather is nice, walk from Marble Arch through Hyde Park through Wellington Arch through Green Park to Buckingham Palace and then on to St. Jame’s Park ending at Trafalgar Square. A great stroll and lots of nice scenes.
Check out the Olympic village out in the East End (assuming it’s open for visitors).
- Portobello Road (especially for Saturday market)
- Carnaby Street (just off Regent Street)
- Knightsbridge (e.g. Harrods)
- Camden Town (head north from the tube station on Camden High Street)
- There’s also Europe’s largest mall, Westfield, is just above Shepherd’s Bush station on the Central line. It also has the best movie theater in town if you want to get off the grid.
- In general, Oxford Street is blech slow tourist nonsense. Avoid unless you want to punish yourself.
- Red Fort or Cinnamon Club (fancy Indian)
- The Punjab (not fancy Indian)
- Yauatcha or Hakkasan (fancy Chinese)
- Ping Pong (chain of affordable Dim Sum w/ great cocktails)
- Bumpkin (yummy British)
- If you’re around for a weekend dinner, make reservations at The Walpole in Ealing – a great local cafe open for dinners on Friday and Saturday nights only. Reservations required. Tell Wendy and Louis “hi” for us!
Enjoy! What are we missing?