London is my home away from home. My favorite place in the world. My muse. If cities could be soulmates – this would be mine.
It is also very expensive.
The question is – how do I get to this place 2-3 times a year without breaking the bank?
Just kidding! Planning!
First – it’s all about when you go and where you stay. I love to go to London in September and February. The weather isn’t bad and the crowds are much thinner around the city. I typically leave from the States and I fly Norwegian. The flights are a reasonable price and the aircrafts are great!
As far as places to stay. Let me start by saying: I’m a creature of habit. I find a place. I love it. I stay there forever. Best Western Plus Delmere is that place for me. It is located in Paddington – steps from the Paddington rail station and the Paddington Tube station. It is so easy to get there from anywhere and very easy to get to and from the airport.
The rooms at this hotel are so comfortable, modern and spacious. The staff is so welcoming and helpful. The hotel is also a short walk from Hyde Park, where I love to go and read and pretend like I’m a London local.
Sticking with the theme of being a creature of habit. I’ve also stayed at the Generator Hostel near Russell Square. Definitely, a cheaper option if you’re willing to room-share. The hostel is a short walk from Kings Cross St. Pancras where you can catch the Eurostar or many other tube lines and buses. Or you can go and look for Platform 9 3/4.
The hostel has a restaurant/bar and the rooms are really nice. The hostel is very safe. Security was always present.
(Sidenote: There is also a Nando’s within walking distance so I see nothing but wins)
Some other great areas to stay in London are: Queen’s Park, Marylebone, Soho and Mayfair
Alright – we’ve figured out where to stay and when to go. Now, let’s talk about the most important thing. FOOD.
STAY AWAY FROM THE EXPENSIVE FISH AND CHIPS.
This will be hard. You will want the fish and chips to show off on the ‘gram. I understand. But do your research.
As soon as I figure out where I’m going to stay, I search for restaurants near there and I read all of its reviews. I look up the place on Instagram and try and get a feel for the ambiance.
Another tip is to try out London Cheap Eats.
This website is my life.
I love going to different places and trying all kinds of foods. I have never been disappointed.
So we’ve got down when to go, where to stay and what to eat. What is there to see, you say? Below are some of my favorite places to go while I’m in town.
During the day: St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye (if you want to get on it), Borough Market, Padella, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park
At Night: Westminster Bridge, Big Ben, London Eye (if you don’t want to get on it), Fabric, Egg Ldn, Printworks, Tower Bridge, Palace of Westminster
I could go on and on about London. But I will keep it at this. Plan ahead and enjoy it. London is full of history. Make your memories!
If you have any questions about places to stay or things to do. Please feel free to reach out to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org!