36 Hour Guide: London, UK
Oh London, one of my favorite cities in the world. I studied abroad in London my junior year of college. It was the first semester so you were lucky enough to enjoy the gorgeous September weather and lush gardens of Regent’s Park where we lived. The semester ran through the end of December and I returned back to the US just in time for my 21st birthday. Those days, living in London in my 20’s, were filled with crazy European weekend trips, lots of 2 pound beers, too much cheap wine, definitely too much chain smoking, some pretty fun clubs, bad decisions, unique experiences and a lot of fun.
But - here we are, in the age of Basically Soho. Travel looks a little different these days, but the wine intake - well, that pretty much remained the same. The below guide is categorized under a 36 hour weekend guide, but the truth is, we were in London for 1 night each on a layover to and from our summer trip to the Amalfi Coast. A few of you are headed to London this winter and some of you are headed there in the Spring, so take a look below at the quick list of our top places and feel free to reach out with any questions. (Also willing to indulge any details from my 20 year old self’s experience in London, by special request only)
Mondrian in Southbank: https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-london/rooms - we loved staying at the Mondrian. The rooms are super chic and the lobby has a ton of gramm-able moments. Located in Southbank, so you are pretty close to all major attractions
Rumpus Room: https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-london/eat-drink/rumpus-room - can’t say enough great things about it. Located at the top of the Mondrian hotel, you get sweeping views of London, the cocktails are great and the people watching was even better
Chiltern Firehouse: http://www.chilternfirehouse.com/ - one word, OBSESSED. We stopped here on a recommendation from our friend who lived in London, and it did not disappoint. The outdoor garden area is beautiful, the inside bar area is stunning. We had a few cocktails and apps at the circle bar inside and I could have stayed there all day.
Chutney Mary: http://www.chutneymary.com/ - another great recommendation, Indian food is the way to go in London. The decor of this place was just rich and stunning. Every course was better than the last and the service was outstanding
Wagamama: https://www.wagamama.com/restaurants/covent-garden - fast casual japanese, I was obsessed with this place in my 20s and still am today, these are everywhere now, but I still think it tastes the best in London (call it nostalgia)
Places we did not have time to hit in 24 hours, but still recommend:
Regent’s Park: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park - for a cute little stroll
London Eye: https://www.londoneye.com/ - touristy, but a fun way to see the city
Tea at Harrods: https://www.harrods.com/en-gb/restaurants/afternoon-tea - an iconic London experience
Covent Garden: https://www.coventgarden.london/ - adorable shops, restaurants, bars
Just a few quick tips to share, going to turn the comments section on below as I know so many of you who currently live, or have lived in London and I’m sure have even more options to share!
xo, Basically Soho