“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” - Samuel Johnson
The countdown is on, and in approximately 1 month, I will officially be living in the UK. It’s especially exciting to arrive over the spring/summer period and for this reason, I want to enjoy it to the max. I’ve made a list of places that I haven’t had the chance to see yet that will keep me busy until everything is properly settled. If you’re planning a trip to London in the near future, these tips could be useful, or, if you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments it would be very much appreciated!
My favourite writer characterized Hampstead Heath as the most romantic place in London. I’ve been wanting to sit down in this park with a good book for so long, and that’s what I’m planning to do as soon as I get there. The best thing about Hampstead Heath has to be the view of the city from its hill (but I mean, how gorgeous is it?!). I’ve also heard many things about the ponds, which are like an institution in themselves, and I’m tempted to try and go swimming there when it gets warmer. If you want to learn more about the ponds, they’ve made a documentary about the people that frequent it everyday, and there is a collective book coming soon about it as well.
Although this is not a typically British place (it’s a Scandinavian café), this bakery is well-known in London for its delicious pastries. They have a few locations scattered across the city, which means it’s perfect for a bite on the go. I keep seeing their gorgeous cinnamon buns on my Instagram feed and it’s time for me to try them. Looks so good!
The royal wedding last year made me properly cry, and it’s for this reason that I want to visit the town of Windsor, and see Windsor castle. It seems like the coziest place on earth, and it’s a short train ride away from London. It would be a great day trip, again when the weather permits it.
Dior Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A Museum
There is a special exhibition on Dior at the Victoria & Albert Museum this spring-summer and it seems to be really magical, especially if you’re into fashion. The exhibition is currently sold out, but I’ve purchased my ticket a few months ago and I feel like it will be quite the experience! Some iconic pieces are exhibited, like the dress Princess Margaret wore on her 21st birthday.
Columbia Flower Market
I feel like it’s impossible to live in London without having experienced the markets. One that I definitely have to visit is Columbia Flower Market which happens every Sunday in Bethnal Green. It’s a street market so it’s very inviting. As a flower lover, I’m sure this place will feel like heaven and smell like heaven!
And finally, my favourite places in London;
1) The Laslett (for coffee or lunch)
2) Liberty London
3) Hyde Park (around the Italian gardens)
4) Alex Eagle Studio
5) Walking by the South Bank
What are your favourite places in London or the places on your London bucket list?