LONDON TRAVEL GUIDE

A couple of times a year we visit London. It doesn’t take long to reach the Big Smoke from Aberdeen but it is a world away from our quiet life in the North of Scotland.

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Whether we’re visiting for work, catching up with friends or just spending a weekend in the city ourselves, we have our usual haunts that we like to explore. The great thing about a city as big as London is that no matter how many times you have been to one area or district there’s always something new there - a new restaurant, opening of an exhibition or a store. I love that I can return after just a couple of months and feel I’m somewhere brand new.

After a few years of visiting London regularly I now have some preferred places to visit, wander and eat out. With the hope that they inspire your next trip, here are my highlights.

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Favourite Neighbourhoods

Great neighbourhoods can be hard to come by. In my view they need to have attractive architecture and homes, great cafes and restaurants and walkable streets to explore. Luckily London has plenty of these. One of the things we love to do it wander between neighbourhoods on a sunny day, easily getting lost among beautiful buildings and cobbled roads.

  • Notting Hill - full of picture perfect buildings, pastel coloured houses and weekend markets

  • Kensington and Chelsea - a great neighbourhood for restaurants and cafes

  • Primrose Hill - not somewhere I have actually been but its top of my list for our next trip

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Favourite Parks

London seems to have some of the best city parks in the world. In the spring and summer these open green spaces are bursting with flowers and colour.

  • Hyde Park - there’s enough space for everyone in this expansive park as well as the Serpentine where boating is available

  • Kensington Palace Gardens - located at the edge of Hyde Park you’ll find plenty of spots for a picnic

  • Richmond Park - I’ve been meaning to visit Richmond Park and Petersham Nurseries for quite some time as I’ve always heard it’s beautiful

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Where to Eat

It can almost be overwhelming when choosing somewhere to dine out in London. You’re spoiled for choice.

  • The Ivy Chelsea Garden - you’ll find Ivy restaurants across the city but this one is a favourite of mine

  • Maggy Jones - eating here reminds me of eating at my Granny’s due to the amazing menu of hearty and traditional food

  • Dalloway Terrace - great for weekend brunches with friends al fresco

  • Yauatcha City - a great place for sushi in a bustling setting

  • Berners Tavern - easily one of my top choices for upmarket dining

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Where to Get Tea and Cake

London isn’t short of places to enjoy afternoon tea - The Ritz, The Savoy, Sketch are some of the most popular. But if you’re just looking for a quick pit stop for a good cup of tea and a slice of Victoria sponge then there are a few others that you can drop in to.

  • Peggy Porschen - an Instagram dream thanks to the pastel pink and blue cupcakes

  • Fortnum and Mason - a trip to London isn’t complete without visiting F&M and dining on their cake

I would love to know what and where you enjoy when visiting London. Let me know your highlights in the comments.