Last weekend I headed to London for three days of sightseeing and catching up with friends. I love London – there’s always so much going on. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming but luckily I have a few friends down there who can take me to some good places.
London is notoriously expensive so in a bid to keep costs down I decided to travel by coach. The journey time is pretty long (about 5 hours) but I set off really early in the morning and the tickets were only about £13 return.
When I arrived it was straight to the Tate Modern (my favourite place) as I had a bit of time to kill before I could check into my hotel. Admission is free which is always a bonus and its a good place to stretch the legs after a long coach journey.
After that it was a quick stop off for lunch with a friend and then time to check into my hotel. I chose the Travelodge near Bank tube station so it was really central. The area is really nice and the hotel was tucked away in a little courtyard.
Luckily it was also within walking distance for my Friday night out. We started off in the Gable which was a ten minute walk away and then headed to Shoreditch for a DJ set at Underground Village. As a typical Northerner I couldn’t help but complain about the drink prices but it was a fun night anyway!
The next day I decided to keep it chilled and went for lunch in Soho. Yard Bar is a courtyard bar and cafe filled with plants and fairy lights and is popular with London’s gay scene. The food was reasonably priced and there was a really nice atmosphere sitting among the foliage with a G&T!
The next day I decided to do a bit of vintage shopping. I headed to Spitalfields Market, which again was only a 20 minute walk away from my hotel. Because its all under-cover its a great activity for a drizzly Sunday afternoon. I love picking up a bargain and there’s such an eclectic mix of stuff from clothes, jewellery, music, artwork etc. There’s also lots of cool food stalls. Afterwards I went to Brick Lane which is only 5 minutes away and famous for its plentiful curry houses. There are also loads of vintage shops around there so I was in my element.
Finally it was back to Spitalfields for some food. We opted for a French restaurant called Blixen which was quite busy (we had to book in advance) but really tasty! I had salted beef with potato rosti, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce – and it was delicious.
All in all it was a fun trip to London and although I didn’t do much tourist sightseeing it was nice to have a bit more of a relaxing trip this time round!