You know that London is one of our favourite destinations. After lots of long weekends in Marylebone, a couple of wonderful stays discovering the Southbank and a love story with Carnaby Street, we’ve finally decided to publish The slow-paced weekend guide to London. Of course we are not Londoners, but just as we did with our Copenhagen guide, we wanted to share with you a few addresses that we love, hotels where we’ve stayed in and other recommendations to savour, enjoy and love London. The slow-paced way, of course!
Recommeding just a few restaurants in London is almost an imposible task. There is so much to eat and so many good places to do it! That’s one of the reasons we love London so much! But here you have our very favourites so far…
Let’s start with the best burger in London: Patty & Bun, of course.
And since you are in the area (Marylebone) save some time for the Michelin awarded Indian restaurant: Trishna. Simply spectacular! The food, the decor, the service, everything is just perfect.
You can’t leave Marylebone without the most romantic dinner at La Fromagerie. Probably our absolute favourite place in London! Their French cheeses and Italian cold meats are out of this world.
Now that you’ve tried North American, Indian, French and Italian cuisine, why not trying Peruvian? Hidden in Kingly Court you’ll find the fun, irreverent and loud Señor Ceviche.
Let’s not forget Japanese food! For a very unexpensive and homemade lunch, go to Tokyo Diner. Their Chicken Katsu Udon is the best way of warming up during a cold day in London. But if you fancy some cocktails and modern Japanese finger food, Sticks and Sushi is what you need. And please don’t leave without trying the Ebi Bites.
Spuntino does the best Mac and cheese in London. It’s a cool place to share some plates with friends (cocktails optional). And they will give you freshly made popcorn as soon as you take your sit.
No food guide is finished without a pizza place! We love Homeslice, located in the wonderful Neal’s Yard.
Well, enough foreign food. Let’s focus on our very British favourites. First thing that comes to our minds? This Vintage Afternoon tea. A great experience for vintage china lovers! And for a full English Breakfast or a healthiest choice (you decide) we can’t recommend Roast enough. The quiet atmosphere of this sophisticated restaurant contrasts with the buzzing market on the ground floor: the Borough Market. No trip to London is completed without a morning in the most famous market in London. However, we also recommend a visit to the hip Southbank Centre market and the absolutely exquisite Slowfood and living market at the Rosewood Hotel. And for a more independent vibe, check Druid St. Market.
Of course, we had to give you a couple of pub recommendations. Our favourite is The Mayflower, which happens to be the oldest pub on the river Thames. It has a great terrace overlooking the river and a classic dark wooden interior. You better book because it’s tiny! Another curious place to go for a drink is Gordon’s Wine Bar, the oldest wine bar in London. It’s authentic, strange and it’s always crowded but it sure deserves a visit!
And if you visit London, don’t forget to have a look at the pop up restaurants in the top floor of Selfridges. If Christmas is near, you definitely have to book a table at Le Chalet, a Winter fantasy with tartan blankets, lots of wood and thousands of twinkling lights.
Finally, just one tip: our favorite dessert in London is the Snickers. A decadent peanut butter, caramel and chocolate beauty that you will find in our home away from home in London, which take us to…
The Mandeville: we’ve stayed at this amazing property in the Marylebone area a few times and we absolutely love it. There’s nothing we will change about it. Home to that wonderful Snickers dessert, it’s the perfect place to stay in London. Period.
Park Plaza Westminster Hotel: if you want to wake up and see the famous Big Ben, you might like this huge hotel. We repeat: it’s huge. But the service is surprisingly personal, the location is second to none and they have an incredible room service. And since it has so many rooms it has very convenient offers and prices.
The Grosvenor: located next to the Victoria Train station (no noise, we promise), this modern and pretty fancy hotel still has a decadent vibe of the old days with its long corridors, impressive lobby and memories of sophisticated train travellers. Breakfast is very nice, don’t forget to try their lemon marmalade!
OUT & ABOUT
We recently discover the Southbank and we just love it. The docks are absolutely breathtaking and so different from you average image of London.
Make sure you take a stroll along the Thames Path: the views are postcard perfect, the path itself is lovely and you will find almost no tourists.
And talking about views, according to our friend Isabel, who lives in London, Waterloo Bridge has the best ones.
Our favourite museums are Tate Modern and National Portrait Gallery. If you are on a budget, don’t worry: the entrance is free!
Relax and surround yourself with the best atmosphere in London at Hamm Yard Village , in the heart of Soho.
Spend a day wandering around Covent Garden and Seven Dials. Eat, shop, walk, people watch… and just take it all in.
Carnaby Street, always.
Watch a musical.
For a perfect Sunday morning, visit the Columbia Road flower market and make a stop at Dishoom for a quite atypical yet delicious breakfast. And beware: cool overload! This is Shoreditch!
Admire the contrast between the impressive architecture of the City and the lovely and nearby Spitafields market. Two completely different worlds just a few meters away.
Finally, if the weather is nice (or, at least, dry) choose one of the beautiful parks dotted around London (Regent’s Park is our fave) grab a picnic basket (the best ones here) and take your shoes off!
PS: make sure you come back every once in a while. We update the content of our guides frequently!