If you’re the type of traveler who gets to a place and hits the ground running with a checklist of things to see and do, we are probably not a great resource. We arrived in London at 10AM after a red-eye and, having spent most of our energy getting our luggage and trying to find our AirBnb, we checked in and promptly took a three hour nap before heading out about two steps to our left for brunch. Over the next few days we let jetlag win mornings and didn’t set out until 1PM.
But the only reason I allowed it is because I know in my tendons I’ll be back in London. I’ve always wanted to live there and love London as much as I love ice cream, which is to say, if someone asked me, “Ice cream or death!” I would choose ice cream. And if that same someone asked, “Well then, London or death!” I would say, “London.”
It’s simple. And very easy, in London, if you have a few good friends and know a few good pubs (or at least are open to exploring some new ones), to have a grand time and feel zero rush to drink it all in. It’s London – she’s not going anywhere. The only question is, when will I go back?
Rather than bore you with, “We did this, then we did this, and this,” I’ve utilized the nifty “mosaic gallery” function on this blog template and invite you to click through the galleries, divided into days. At the end you’ll find what I hope is a helpful address book, should you ever visit London and want to visit some of our new favorite spots.
Day 1: Arrival, AirBnb in St. John’s Wood, Brunch at Fego, Regents’ Canal, The Meat Mission.
Day 2: Breakfast at home, Primrose Hill, Little Venice, Sunday Roast at The Duke of York, hanging out with friends, more hanging out.
Day 3: Harry Morgan, shopping on Oxford St, Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason,
So there you have it. Three perfectly good days, wasted. Until next time, London!
Stay: We highly recommend, if you can, finding an AirBnb in St. John’s Wood. If you like to wake up to the smell of money, I recommend Mayfair.
Eat and Drink:
(See Thom’s Thursday Thoughts on London for a comprehensive list of the pubs we visited this trip)
Fego, St. John’s Wood – good for brunch and young rich people watching.
Meat Mission, Hoxton – good for burgers, fries, shakes and drink. And young people watching.
Harry Morgan’s, St. John’s Wood – good for lunch and old rich people watching.
The Duke of York, St. John’s Wood – good for Sunday roast and general pub fare.
The Punchbowl, Mayfair – all around good for food.
H.R. Higgins, Marylebone – good for coffee, dessert and tea.
Selfridge’s – good for everything expensive. Like Barney’s, but even more expensive.
Fortnum and Mason – for tea, gifts and slightly less cheesy London souvenirs for folks back home.
The Whisky Shop – who woulda guessed! It’s good for Whiskey. It’s a chain, but it has good selection and knowledgable, good service.
Heywood Hill – New and old books, and a very cozy atmosphere.
Material – artsy fartsy indie boutique, which I would have spent way more time browsing in had Tom not pulled me away in his hurry to get a pint.