Well, now it has been 3 1/2 years I have this blog and I have never had the idea to write an article on “weekends in London”. It is not as if I haven’t had any “London tours” for all my friends though. Ok it hasn’t really changed since 2009 but I am trying to renew it as people gets tired of it.
I have therefore decided to create a posts serie of weekends/days in London and share with you my secret visits. I am going to start from the beginning and give a first tour for people who have never been in London before. Follow me…
1er jour – From East to West
Start at Liverpool Street station. You can your first stop at Breakfast Club, on Old Artillery Ground, for a nice English breakfast (I would advise to arrive early). Then go towards Tower Hill via Spitalfields Market and Leadenhall Market to admire its beautiful architecture.
When you get to Tower Hill, you can now see the castle, the Thames and Tower Bridge (and take some pictures). Then head towards to Tower Hill Pier to take the boat for a stroll on the Thames to London Eye. Here, you will see London from East to West with London Bridge, Saint Paul, Tate Modern, Millenuim Bridge, Southbank, Wesminster and London Eye.
Once under London Eye, you can cross the bridge to have a beautiful view on Wesminster and Big Ben. Then, go to St James Park to discover one of the most beautiful gardens in London. At the end of the park, you can see Buckingham Palace and maybe see the Queen (no risk, it’s never happening).
Walk back up The Mall to arrive at Trafalgar Square and its famous Nelson’s column.After this long walk (it is not as long actually), you deserve a good burger in Soho. I highly recommend to go to Honest Burger (the best one for me). After you can have a walk around Covent Garden and go to West to Portobello Market and get lost in Notting Hill area. I would recommend to go at the end of the afternoon to avoid the crowd of the day.
For the evening, go back to the East End for a nice dinner at Pizza East, hype pizzeria of Shoreditch, and continue the evening at the top of the Heron Tower either at Sushi Samba or Duke & Wafles. Both’ve got a bar side and the view is just amazing!
After a crazy night in the East End, go to have a walk at Camden town to have lunch in the market, there is food for every taste. Go for a round in the market and then walk alongside the canal towards West towards Primrose Hill. The walk is very nice and you can walk through the London Zoo. Go out then to join Primrose Hill where you can see a very nice view of London. This park is also nice for Summer picnics.
Walk down to join Regent Park and cross it to get back to Baker Street, Marylebone High Street and Oxford street for a late shopping session (if you still have the strength).
After this 2 busy days, you’d have had a good high level view of London… now you will have to come back to discover the City in more details.