London. The best city in the world. Of course, I’m biased, because I was born here, but really, it truly is great. There’s so much to do and so much this city has to offer. Yes, it’s expensive to live here. Yes, the tube sucks a lot of the time. Yes, people are busy and can come off as rude. But honestly, it’s the best place in the whole world.
If I had 48-hours to explore this city as if I’d never been here before, here’s what I’d do:
Morning – Get breakfast at The Breakfast Club. It does what it says on the sign, and it’s bloody delicious.
Lunchtime – Go to the river and see the Tower Of London and London Bridge before heading up to SoHo for lunch, and then spend a few hours walking around the area. Check out Carnaby Street and Liberty.
Afternoon – Check out one of our many incredibly museums. I love the British Museum, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy of Art (where I have a membership) and the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain. Whatever type of art or whatever period of history you’re interested in, we have a museum specifically for it.
Evening – Get dinner at Aprés Food Co in Farringdon. Delicious food, Parisian vibes. It’s perfect. Afterwards, go to a gig! London has an amazing music scene, and we have so many venues that cater to all kinds of genres. I particularly love Alexandra Palace for big gigs and The Garage in Highbury & Islington for smaller gigs.
Morning – Get breakfast at one of the amazing vegan cafes in Hackney. From Shoreditch to Dalston, there is so much to do and see (and eat!) in East London. I particularly love Palm Vaults and the Black Cat Cafe. Walk down through Hoxton and Shoreditch and head to Brick Lane to see all the unique shops before heading to Rough Trade for a music fix.
Lunchtime – Head over to river to explore Southbank and grab some street food for lunch. Check out all the amazing street art down by the river and take a look at Shakespeare’s Globe – maybe even see if there’s any performances on that afternoon!
Evening – Get dinner at Dishoom. One of the most loved restaurants in London with multiple locations, amazing food and a great atmospshere. You’ll be missing out if you don’t give it a go. For this evening’s entertainment, see a show in the West End. There’s a reason so many people come to London just to see a musical – we do them better than anywhere else. My favourites are Billy Elliot, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, but there are so many to choose from.