Well, this was a hard post to put together. I've been planning something like this for months, and after the success of last year's mini (but thorough) Paris guide, I thought I'd attempt something for my own city, London. I wanted to include lots of options for people, as well as trying to narrow down some of my favourite things to do (for both people that had and hadn't visited the city before)- but I'll keep adding to this where I can (with links and bits and bobs if I've posted about something more thoroughly, too).



It's funny how easy this kind of post is to do with cities where you're a tourist. Whether that's the U.K, Europe or the U.S- but try and let me pick out the best parts of London and I'll be stuck for months! Anyway, I hope you enjoy my (not-so-mini) guide to London in 48 hours! I know there's a lot more I could have put in, so keep checking my London travel section for more suggestions too...
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To note: I’ve split things up into areas to help make scouting things out a little easier- there’s a lot to see in London and it can’t be done in a day, but I’ve tried to hand pick the things I wouldn’t want to miss if I could! Some things are only open on the weekends (e.g Broadway and Columbia Road market), but I'll make a note of that, so you don't end up wasting any time!


To Stay: Artist Residence

I also love: The Laslett, London Editon, Air BnB, hub by Premier Inn, Ham Yard Hotel (& the Charlotte Street Hotel), My Hotel Chelsea, The Hoxton Holborn

There's a lot of beautiful hotels in London all of which cater to a whole host of budgets, but above I thought I'd pop a handful of my favourites across the city to suit different tastes. A big shout out goes to one of my total favourites though, Artist Residence. Situated a stones throw from Victoria station (read: a totally enviable location)- this beautiful boutique hotel boasts some of the most stunning interiors in the city, as well as warm staff, delicious food and one of the prettiest hotel fronts I've seen (not that that should sway you. A must visit even if just to visit their cocktail bar!

Exploring Central London

How to narrow down the whole of central London into a couple of days?! I've picked out some of my favourite things to do in Zone 1 around the centre- including a handful of places to eat, drink and be merry (I avoided listing Oxford Street as it does go without saying- plus, I want you to see the treasures of the rest of the city too)!

Eating & Drinking: Start with my favourite breakfast (the 'breakfast glory') at Berners Tavern, cakes at Fortnum & Mason (as well as admiring their amazing tea parlour), Sketch for afternoon tea if you're feeling fancy (or check out my other favourite afternoon tea alternatives here), Spring at Somerset House for gorgeous dinner interiors and treats, Love Die Late in Fitzrovia for coffee and cocktails post-6pm and of course Dishoom for the most delicious Indian food in town.



Doing & Seeing: For shopping explore Covent Garden and Neal's Yard (which is incredible for great veggie hideaways too) as well as Dover Street Market if you've got your eye on something special. If you want to beat the rain my favourite cinema is the Prince Charles Cinema (just off from Leicester Square, but far cheaper and an amazing selection of films (including sing and quote-a-longs)- great for beating the rain)- or if you fancy a last minute mani/pedi DryBy are my total go-to's too. Also, what shopping trip would be complete without a visit to Liberty? Their women's fashion is stuff of dreams!

South London

Although some of my favourite places in South London include Dulwich, New Cross and Crystal Palace (which I've spoken about here)- if you only had a weekend in London I'd recommend not veering too far away (in order to pack the most in)- but definitely recommend heading further my way if you can!



Seeing & Eating South: Open every day but Sunday, Borough Market is everyone's favourite foodie pit stop South of the river- until you discover Maltby and Druid Street of course! Open on weekends only, both markets boast some of the most delicious artisan foodie pop ups (lookin' at you Blu Top)- so I definitely recommend swinging by if you have time one Saturday morning! Alternatively head to Brixton Market and POP Brixton for some incredible street food (or just an amazing Franco Manca pizza)...

East London

East London is one of my favourite areas of London to explore; probably because it's ever changing and there's always something new and exciting happening and popping up. For this reason there's definitely parts of town I hardly even know myself, but I thought I'd start you off with a few of my favourites to get you going...

Eating & Drinking: Depending on the day of the week, start with breakfast at Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel (and obviously make use of their Photo Booth too), head to Violet Cakes (and/or) Lily Vanilli for some of the most delicious cakes in town and Counter Albion on Redchurch Street for an afternoon pick me up. For dinner head to Clerkenwell or Exmouth Market and explore Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings for cocktails (or weekend brunch) or Morito for delicious tapas.



Doing & Seeing: During the day explore Rough Trade East for rows of amazing records (and see if they have any great in store's on too)- before heading along to Brick Lane and scouring Beyond Retro and Blitz for some of the best vintage in London. If you have time, head a bit further north to Hackney's Mare Street (and to stop by beautiful Palm Vaults)! Alternatively drop by on the weekend for Saturday's buzzing Broadway Market and Sunday's infamous Columbia Road Flower Market (which is worth a visit, even if you can't pick up a bunch of blooms)!

West London

When I used to work along Westbourne Grove, to me it was one of the prettiest parts of the city and still holds that magic all these years later. On top of that being the huge Notting Hill fan I am (anything with Julia Roberts)- there's definitely that little sparkle when walking past that bookshop (even if it's slightly different in real life...

Seeing & Eating West: Start the day by pottering along Westbourne Grove and grabbing breakfast at Granger & Co. (even if just for their incredible coconut bread or scrambled eggs), then head along to Portobello Road (totally obligatory, and maybe stop by The Electric) towards Kensington Park Road for gorgeous shops and the likes of Biscuiteers - my favourite! A visit West isn't complete without a pit-stop along The Kings Road- so mark visits to the Saatchi (they always have great things on), Good Life Eatery (if you're feeling healthy) and The Shop at Bluebird to visit! If you also fancy eating West, Notting Hill Gate has a huge Polpo which is usually less busy than their others too- ssh!

North London

There are so many pockets of North London that I love and that offer something so different to each part of town. Although I couldn't not list spots like Camden and it's beautiful stables market, it's worth making a bit of time to see little treasures in Angel and Primrose Hill too- I promise it'll be worth it!

Eating & Drinking: If you want the most delicious pancakes start the day at Greenberry in Primrose Hill (also close to Primrose Bakery for post-brekkie cake too, naturally), before meandering towards Camden and their stables which boasts my favourite Honest Burger and insane ice cream from Chin Chin Labs too. If you fancy crepes of dreams La Creperie in Hamsptead is also worth visiting (especially if you want a trip to the heath afterwards too) or even a little further South to Angel for Ottolenghi or HEN for dinner.



Doing & Seeing: No trip to North London would be complete without a trip to Camden Stables Market, but also make special notes to visit Islington's Camden Passage (for gorgeous independent shops and cafes, including my favourite SMUG). If you're after more green head to beautiful Regents Park or Primrose Hill for breathtaking views across the city. Also, if you need some rainy day goodness- Drink Shop Do in Kings Cross always has so many activities and fun things (as well as delicious cake, bottomless brunch and cocktails by night too)!

To tick the 'tourist' boxes...

A few things to do if you want to pop your 'tourist hat on' and really embrace some of the cities most iconic things...

Walk along London's Southbank at night, walk up Primrose Hill and take in the views, go boating on the Serpentine, head to Greenwich and The Royal Observatory for incredible views, do the BB Bakery red bus afternoon tea, visit Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery for some of my favourite art (and great exhibitions)- and visit Buckingham Palace too, of course...

Other tips to take note of...

If you can, get an Oyster Card (it'll save a £££), download City Mapper (BEST.APP.EVER) to help with bus routes and use the bus if you can (its amazing what it will do for your barings and beats doing the tourist buses too), naturally try and avoid tubes (esp. Central Line) between 7:30-9:30am, check places for restaurant bookings- a lot of London hot spots are 'trendy' and don't take bookings- so make sure to ~try~ and plan ahead a little!

I hope this perhaps introduced you or helped plan any upcoming trips you may have to London! There's a lot that I sadly couldn't squeeze in (in fear of making it too jam packed) but please do also pop your suggestions down below for other ideas for everyone!

x


Well, this was a hard post to put together. I've been planning something like this for months, and after the success of last year's mini (but thorough) Paris guide, I thought I'd attempt something for my own city, London. I wanted to include lots of options for people, as well as trying to narrow down some of my favourite things to do (for both people that had and hadn't visited the city before)- but I'll keep adding to this where I can (with links and bits and bobs if I've posted about something more thoroughly, too).



It's funny how easy this kind of post is to do with cities where you're a tourist. Whether that's the U.K, Europe or the U.S- but try and let me pick out the best parts of London and I'll be stuck for months! Anyway, I hope you enjoy my (not-so-mini) guide to London in 48 hours! I know there's a lot more I could have put in, so keep checking my London travel section for more suggestions too...
***

To note: I’ve split things up into areas to help make scouting things out a little easier- there’s a lot to see in London and it can’t be done in a day, but I’ve tried to hand pick the things I wouldn’t want to miss if I could! Some things are only open on the weekends (e.g Broadway and Columbia Road market), but I'll make a note of that, so you don't end up wasting any time!


To Stay: Artist Residence

I also love: The Laslett, London Editon, Air BnB, hub by Premier Inn, Ham Yard Hotel (& the Charlotte Street Hotel), My Hotel Chelsea, The Hoxton Holborn

There's a lot of beautiful hotels in London all of which cater to a whole host of budgets, but above I thought I'd pop a handful of my favourites across the city to suit different tastes. A big shout out goes to one of my total favourites though, Artist Residence. Situated a stones throw from Victoria station (read: a totally enviable location)- this beautiful boutique hotel boasts some of the most stunning interiors in the city, as well as warm staff, delicious food and one of the prettiest hotel fronts I've seen (not that that should sway you. A must visit even if just to visit their cocktail bar!

Exploring Central London

How to narrow down the whole of central London into a couple of days?! I've picked out some of my favourite things to do in Zone 1 around the centre- including a handful of places to eat, drink and be merry (I avoided listing Oxford Street as it does go without saying- plus, I want you to see the treasures of the rest of the city too)!

Eating & Drinking: Start with my favourite breakfast (the 'breakfast glory') at Berners Tavern, cakes at Fortnum & Mason (as well as admiring their amazing tea parlour), Sketch for afternoon tea if you're feeling fancy (or check out my other favourite afternoon tea alternatives here), Spring at Somerset House for gorgeous dinner interiors and treats, Love Die Late in Fitzrovia for coffee and cocktails post-6pm and of course Dishoom for the most delicious Indian food in town.



Doing & Seeing: For shopping explore Covent Garden and Neal's Yard (which is incredible for great veggie hideaways too) as well as Dover Street Market if you've got your eye on something special. If you want to beat the rain my favourite cinema is the Prince Charles Cinema (just off from Leicester Square, but far cheaper and an amazing selection of films (including sing and quote-a-longs)- great for beating the rain)- or if you fancy a last minute mani/pedi DryBy are my total go-to's too. Also, what shopping trip would be complete without a visit to Liberty? Their women's fashion is stuff of dreams!

South London

Although some of my favourite places in South London include Dulwich, New Cross and Crystal Palace (which I've spoken about here)- if you only had a weekend in London I'd recommend not veering too far away (in order to pack the most in)- but definitely recommend heading further my way if you can!



Seeing & Eating South: Open every day but Sunday, Borough Market is everyone's favourite foodie pit stop South of the river- until you discover Maltby and Druid Street of course! Open on weekends only, both markets boast some of the most delicious artisan foodie pop ups (lookin' at you Blu Top)- so I definitely recommend swinging by if you have time one Saturday morning! Alternatively head to Brixton Market and POP Brixton for some incredible street food (or just an amazing Franco Manca pizza)...

East London

East London is one of my favourite areas of London to explore; probably because it's ever changing and there's always something new and exciting happening and popping up. For this reason there's definitely parts of town I hardly even know myself, but I thought I'd start you off with a few of my favourites to get you going...

Eating & Drinking: Depending on the day of the week, start with breakfast at Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel (and obviously make use of their Photo Booth too), head to Violet Cakes (and/or) Lily Vanilli for some of the most delicious cakes in town and Counter Albion on Redchurch Street for an afternoon pick me up. For dinner head to Clerkenwell or Exmouth Market and explore Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings for cocktails (or weekend brunch) or Morito for delicious tapas.



Doing & Seeing: During the day explore Rough Trade East for rows of amazing records (and see if they have any great in store's on too)- before heading along to Brick Lane and scouring Beyond Retro and Blitz for some of the best vintage in London. If you have time, head a bit further north to Hackney's Mare Street (and to stop by beautiful Palm Vaults)! Alternatively drop by on the weekend for Saturday's buzzing Broadway Market and Sunday's infamous Columbia Road Flower Market (which is worth a visit, even if you can't pick up a bunch of blooms)!

West London

When I used to work along Westbourne Grove, to me it was one of the prettiest parts of the city and still holds that magic all these years later. On top of that being the huge Notting Hill fan I am (anything with Julia Roberts)- there's definitely that little sparkle when walking past that bookshop (even if it's slightly different in real life...

Seeing & Eating West: Start the day by pottering along Westbourne Grove and grabbing breakfast at Granger & Co. (even if just for their incredible coconut bread or scrambled eggs), then head along to Portobello Road (totally obligatory, and maybe stop by The Electric) towards Kensington Park Road for gorgeous shops and the likes of Biscuiteers - my favourite! A visit West isn't complete without a pit-stop along The Kings Road- so mark visits to the Saatchi (they always have great things on), Good Life Eatery (if you're feeling healthy) and The Shop at Bluebird to visit! If you also fancy eating West, Notting Hill Gate has a huge Polpo which is usually less busy than their others too- ssh!

North London

There are so many pockets of North London that I love and that offer something so different to each part of town. Although I couldn't not list spots like Camden and it's beautiful stables market, it's worth making a bit of time to see little treasures in Angel and Primrose Hill too- I promise it'll be worth it!

Eating & Drinking: If you want the most delicious pancakes start the day at Greenberry in Primrose Hill (also close to Primrose Bakery for post-brekkie cake too, naturally), before meandering towards Camden and their stables which boasts my favourite Honest Burger and insane ice cream from Chin Chin Labs too. If you fancy crepes of dreams La Creperie in Hamsptead is also worth visiting (especially if you want a trip to the heath afterwards too) or even a little further South to Angel for Ottolenghi or HEN for dinner.



Doing & Seeing: No trip to North London would be complete without a trip to Camden Stables Market, but also make special notes to visit Islington's Camden Passage (for gorgeous independent shops and cafes, including my favourite SMUG). If you're after more green head to beautiful Regents Park or Primrose Hill for breathtaking views across the city. Also, if you need some rainy day goodness- Drink Shop Do in Kings Cross always has so many activities and fun things (as well as delicious cake, bottomless brunch and cocktails by night too)!

To tick the 'tourist' boxes...

A few things to do if you want to pop your 'tourist hat on' and really embrace some of the cities most iconic things...

Walk along London's Southbank at night, walk up Primrose Hill and take in the views, go boating on the Serpentine, head to Greenwich and The Royal Observatory for incredible views, do the BB Bakery red bus afternoon tea, visit Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery for some of my favourite art (and great exhibitions)- and visit Buckingham Palace too, of course...

Other tips to take note of...

If you can, get an Oyster Card (it'll save a £££), download City Mapper (BEST.APP.EVER) to help with bus routes and use the bus if you can (its amazing what it will do for your barings and beats doing the tourist buses too), naturally try and avoid tubes (esp. Central Line) between 7:30-9:30am, check places for restaurant bookings- a lot of London hot spots are 'trendy' and don't take bookings- so make sure to ~try~ and plan ahead a little!

I hope this perhaps introduced you or helped plan any upcoming trips you may have to London! There's a lot that I sadly couldn't squeeze in (in fear of making it too jam packed) but please do also pop your suggestions down below for other ideas for everyone!

x

50 comments:

  1. lovely places :)i would never get tired of London!

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    lau
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  2. Your guide is beautiful , thank you for sharing. I've been to London lots of times but I've never been able to explore it properly. I'll use your guide the next time I'm there. xx
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  3. You've picked out some great places, the photos are stunning, the ice creams look delicious!! x
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  4. Thanks for this post! I'm always looking for new places in London, since I visit family there every year and it's easy to get stuck always visiting the same spots. Sketch is definitely next on my list! xx


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  5. Amazing post - I have no idea how you managed to narrow it down so well! Definitely going to take some of these recommendations up x

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  6. For my next trip to London I am coming here, so many great foodie recommendations!

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  7. This is probably the best London guide I've ever seen, I'm saving this for the next time I travel over to London!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  8. I love this post! I agree Sketch is the best for afternoon tea and Liberty is probably my favourite store in London (although not good for my bank balance!)
    Brigitte x

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  9. This is SUCH a useful guide Liv! Saving this post for next time I'm in the big smoke x
    Sophie Cliff

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  10. I've been living in London nearly 7 years now and find that so many places you mention, I am yet to visit myself! I'm going to make myself a list and tick them off one by one. Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. I love London so much can't wait to go there again!

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  12. Lovely post - I'm hoping to visit London for my 20th birthday so this was perfect. Deffo going to check out Berners Tavern - can't resist good breakfast, Borough Market and of course Liberty's.

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  13. Lovely post! There are still so many places in London I want to check out, Sketch being one! x

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  14. These are all such beautiful pictures! I especially love the ones with the chandelier and the dachshund!

    Abby Talks

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  15. This would've been a GREAT itinerary if it was posted a couple months back! Thank you for this though, I'm definitely going back to this post if I ever find myself back in Landantown. x

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  16. Brilliant guide to London! I will definitely look back at this in the future, thank you x

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  17. Such lovely pictures and a great guide. I hope to visit one day as its my dream to visit London and I must check out your other guides too to really plan my holiday.

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  18. This is such an amazing post, I love going for day trips in to London so I will definitely come back to this post many times for inspiration! I've particularly always wanted to visit the veggie hidden places in Neal's Yard x

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  19. So many great ideas :) This is awesome for visitors and Londoners alike! x

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  20. I just love London! You can never tire of it! :)


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  21. London is the most exciting place to visit. I always reccomend Covent Garden to anyone going, its so pretty there x
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  22. Great post - came a day too late for me..blogged my trip to London here https://champagneinateacup.wordpress.com/xoxo

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  23. Amazing post! We've often come up to London for the day & then never really know where to eat etc! I'll def refer back to this next time!
    Emma x
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  24. THE most gorgeous post, ever. I'm returning to London at the end of september and will come back & read this multiple times before my trip. So helpful my love!!

    Katie // wordsbykatie.com

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  25. Lived in London my whole life and still haven't made it to so many of these places! Thanks for such a useful guide :) xx

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  26. Thanks! I put it in my London file for my next trip.

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  27. Ahhh these photos are killing me, I want to go back to London so badly! I haven't been for two years, and I miss it dearly.
    xx Alyssa
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  28. As thorough as can be Liv, and even after living close by for nearly a year there are so many places I'm yet to explore - best make the most whilst the weather is good!

    Lauren x
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  29. I'm not going on an international holiday this year, so I;m determined to see as much of the UK as I can! We headed to Camden and its Cereal Killer Cafe last weekend which was fab. I've saved this post so that I can look back for inspo next time I'm headed to London!

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  30. I love visiting London! Haven't been to Sketch yet though... Its deffo next on my list!

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  31. Wow love the photos, thank you for sharing, its so lovely!

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    Xin

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  32. This made me want to go to London even more (I've been begging my parents for ages) :)

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  33. Love this Liv. I've got so many posts like this in development too, fab to see this one & some great places featured too

    Mel x

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  34. Really helpful post with beautiful photos x

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  35. Whenever I go to London I always end up going to the same places so I'll definitely be following your guide when I next go to try some different places! x

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  36. Love this post, Dishoom and Prince Charles Cinema have always been my most visited places while I am in London. Saved for the next time I am in London, so many places I want to check out xx

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  37. I love London, cool tips!
    xoxo
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  38. Wonderful post. I live in the UK but I still love finding new places to explore when I'm in the capital :) x

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  39. Nice post dear ;)
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  40. Wow this must have taken you ages to put together! I love the place you picked to stay, it looks gorgeous. I'm only an hour or so from London by train, but still kinda feel like a tourist when I go there, so this guide is great for all of us! Definitely using this guide the next time I go to London! XxxX

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  41. Thank you SO MUCH for this post, Liv! I know I'll be turning back to this whenever I have the luck to be back in London.

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  42. What a gorgeous post! Thank you so much for sharing :) I love London so much and can´t wait to be back -hopefully 2017 ;)

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  43. How amazing, this makes me really want to go to London
    xo
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  44. This must have taken so long but such a great and informative post. I live here and yet still you're adding more and more places to my list! That's one of the reasons I love London - I will never tire of it <3

    Ana xx

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  45. I LOOOOVE this post! I get reminded every day on how lucky I am to live in this amazing city and how many places there are still out there to see and explore. Thank you for the great tips! :)

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  46. So many great ideas! Going to save this post for a fun day out x

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  47. London is my favorite city and I visit every chance I get, but your guide was full of tons of new places to check out next time! Borough Market is my must-do (usually several times) but Dishoom and Ottolenghi are definitely on the list for next trip.

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  48. Thanks so much. I bookmarked some of your tipps for my trip in two weeks :)

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