Happy Sunday my loves!!
I’m still reminiscing about my trip to London! It has quickly become one of the most interesting cities I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting, and I’m already planning my next trip back! I wanted to put together a travel diary and guide to all of my favorite spots, including the hotel I was lusting over, new restaurants and locations to shoot for those of you who are thinking about going! Hope you enjoy 🙂
Where To Stay:
St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
(Note: Not the hotel where I stayed, but one I found after I got back that I am LUSTING over (my mom and I stayed at a DoubleTree which is a train ride from the center of the city, nice if you prefer to be out of the hustle and bustle) …. The building is a piece of art in itself.. it looks so beautiful and romantic in every way possible. The ceilings and walls of the hotel are covered in hand-stencilled art, metalwork and gold.) And the rooms are so dreamy and have an amazing view of the city. I can imagine just lounging in the hotel all day!! The rooms have high ceilings, beautiful drapery, fireplaces, art deco lamps, and beautiful marbling in the bathrooms. This will definitely be where I’ll be staying if I come back on a romantic trip to London!
The hotel spa is the epitome of luxury, with its victorian-inspired space, soft lighting, arched windows, and relaxing treatments.
The lobby of the Saint Pancras:
Where To Eat:
It’s an iconic restaurant located right above the river with an amazing view of the London bridge and River Thames. What to order? The Beef Wellington and Pot Roast Rosso Chicken are both amazing dishes on the menu. I also highly recommend coming to Swan for afternoon tea and enjoying their exquisite tea, pastries and champagne while looking over one of the best views of the city.
Granger & Co.
This restaurant is great for a casual brunch, simply decorated with cute outdoor seating and nicely presented dishes (great for those IG pics!) The Ricotta hotcakes are a hot item on the menu with a twist.. banana and honeycomb butter!! So incredibly delicious and decadent, you guys won’t be disappointed!!
The Booking Office Restaurant & Bar
This restaurant is located in the lobby of the Pancras hotel, and many tourists also come here from outside the hotel to visit the beautiful decor and try out some of their popular menu items like the Steak Tartare, Pumpkin Gnocchi and Duck Shepard’s Pie!!
Where To Go:
Buckingham Palace is a must-see in London, especially if your a first-timer. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to take a tour of the inside of the Palace. But exploring the royal grounds and standing in-front of the huge gold gates is truly an experience in itself.
One cannot leave London without a trip to the world-famous Harrods! Not only does Harrod’s have the best and most unique selections for fashion & beauty, but the store itself (interior and exterior) is ART!!! Every section of the store is stunning..with it’s metalwork walls, luxurious finishes, and beautiful displays.
Fancy high tea in London is tres cliché..but very necessary if your going for the whole British experience! To me it’s the perfect combination..warm scones, tasty pastries, mini sandwiches, different flavors of tea (and maybe a bit of champagne) all served to you on beautiful antique tea saucers and 3-tier plates.
Where To Shoot:
One of my favorite neighborhoods in London with its unique charm, quaint streets, and colorful antique shops. If you’re looking to walk through a fashionable neighborhood with tons of photo-worthy spots and victorian houses, then this is it! Not the mention, Notting Hill houses Portobello Road which is known to be one of the best markets..think small spice shops, tea emporiums and vintage book stores. I couldn’t get over how pretty all the pastel-colored houses were..it’s so hard to walk past any door without taking a photo!
Knightsbridge is one of the most central parts of London … This area of London is very posh..housing all the luxury boutiques as well as Harrods! If you’re taking a break from shopping, take a stroll to Trevor Square which is a small and quaint neighborhood across the street from Harrods, behind the iconic Topshop. This is where you will find the famous pink & white house, lucky #14 (can I live here already?!)
Overall, my mom and I had a great time in London! I would come back knowing the crazy bustle (and probably try to avoid the wild trains as much as possible) ; )
Maybe I’ll plan a romantic rendezvous next Christmas…the Christmas lights are OFF THE CHAIN around town there and I can see how this would be a fun getaway for a couple before Christmas!
What are some of your go to spots in London? Comment below!