Last weekend I headed down to London for a long weekend – mainly to see friends. I’ve been to London a few times and each trip has been completely different. Sometimes I go into full-on tourist mode and hop from one attraction to the next, itinerary in hand. Other times, its more of a social visit, trying out different bars and places to eat. This was one of those times.
I decided to stay at the Premier Inn Hub on Brick Lane which was perfect. I love Brick Lane because there’s always so much going on. The hotel was pretty good as well – ideal for a solo traveler but my room kind of reminded me of a space ship. Lots of glass, compact and with touch screen controls on the walls. The best thing about it was the location. All within walking distance of Spitalfields Market, Liverpool Street Station, Whitechapel and Shoreditch – perfect!
As soon as I arrived at Victoria coach station I headed to Portobello Market. I’d never been before and I love looking at junk. It’s filled with antiques, vintage clothes, jewellery, food stalls etc. You could easily spend the whole afternoon there. I was very tempted by all the vintage fur coats but had to remind myself to be sensible.
In the evening I headed to London Bridge to meet up with a friend. It started pouring it down (typical) but there were still lots of people out and about. We went to a few different bars but ended up at Boro Bistro where we were welcomed with outside heaters and blankets. JUST what we needed. It was a good evening but I was so happy to be curled up in my nice warm bed at the end of the night.
Day two was pretty chilled. I had a wander round Spitalfields Market and all the vintage shops around Brick Lane. There’s so many to choose from – if you like vintage stuff then you’ll be in heaven. In the afternoon I met up with some friends for a ‘bottomless brunch’ at B&H Buildings. ‘Bottomless’ because you can choose either unlimited bellinis or unlimited Bloody Marys – dangerous. The building itself is very cool – it has a botanical theme with plants everywhere and mismatched chairs and benches. It’s quirky but in a sophisticated way.
If you like your brunch then its definitely one to try. Eggs Royale, Eggs Benedict, pancakes, scones, everything you could wish for. Plus, all that booze doesn’t hurt. Just make sure you drink quick because you normally only get the table for an hour an a half – it goes surprisingly fast.
After the boozy brunch it was time to get back to the hotel and get ready for the big night out. We’d got tickets to Cargo in Shoreditch. It was busy and big and expensive but kinda fun. As always when I come to London I moan and moan about the prices of stuff but no one can tell me £10.50 for a vodka and coke is cheap. Didn’t stop me from buying them though.
This is why I love London in small doses. It’s fun and you never know quite what you’re gonna get, but it hurts my bank balance (and my head the next day)