With only three full days in London, I wanted to make sure I got the most I possibly could out of this incredible city. One things is for sure, there is an overwhelming amount of things to see, places to eat and of course all of the shops, but what I am loving most about our whirlwind tour of Europe is being organised and planning our days to ensure we maximise our time here.
Below is my little edit of favourite food stops, sights and shops for a short and sweet three day visit to London. Looking forward to sharing more from our trip with you in the coming weeks!
Granger & Co
The London outpost of Sydney favourite Bills, where you can find those delicious ricotta hotcakes and a great plate of scrambled eggs with avocado. It does get very busy in here so be prepared to wait for a table, however it's worth it for those eggs alone! It's also a beautiful space and in a great location - take a walk around Notting Hill afterwards and spot all the beautiful houses.
175 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2SB
Ottolenghi's Soho restaurant is spread over two floors, the below offers a more casual, bistro feel overlooking the kitchen, while upstairs is a slightly more formal setting. Breakfast is offered at entry level (upstairs) and we sat overlooking the beautiful white & brass bar. Venue-wise, it doesn't get much nicer and this, and the food fits in perfectly. Both the french toast and black rice pudding were a delicious (slightly naughty) start to the day, but they also have a few savoury offerings including their popular shakshuka. The restaurant is located just around the corner from Regent St, so make sure you pop into a few shops afterwards!
21-22 Warwick St, London W1B 5NE
Two words, breakfast naan. This is the kind of breakfast game-changer that actually leaves you wondering how you'll be able to live without it. A notable mention also goes to their granola and house brewed chai (which you can also get mixed with chocolate). It's all delicious, as is their dinner menu, but I loved being able to sit in a big window-side booth in the morning and watch the red London buses go by outside.
7 Boundary St, London E2 7JE
Museums & Galleries
National Portrait Gallery
An amazing collection of both old and new British portraits, plus a great history refresher (I also recommend watching Tudors if you haven't seen it already). We were also very lucky to catch the Vogue A Century of Style exhibition featuring favourite portraits throughout the magazine's 100 years. I loved seeing the transition in imagery, the models and photographers throughout the ages and the changing art direction in the last room of the exhibit which shows off some of the issues from their archive.
St. Martin's Pl, London WC2H 0HE
I loved that most of the museums and galleries in London were admission-free. They ask for a small donation and while they do charge for special exhibitions, it makes a cultural afternoon so much more accessible. Tate Modern was a real highlight for me - we saw quite a few artworks I remembered from my Fine Arts days and the walk across the river was also quite a pleasant sight-seeing experience. At the moment, they also have a special Anthony Calder Performing Sculpture exhibit on show. We didn't have time to make it to Tate Britain unfortunately, but I'm hoping to go next time we're in town.
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
An incredible collection of artefacts housed in a building dating back to 1823. There have been many updates since then, including the addition of the King's Library and more recently the Great Court, the beautiful covered ceiling space you see upon entry. This is the perfect place to spend a day, pop out to the London Review of Books (below) for lunch, tea and cake in between.
Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG
A cute, cosy cafe tucked away on Portobello Road - this is the place to go for your health fix, or if you're craving a delicious all day breakfast. Farm girl offer salads, sandwiches, a soup of the day and a few specialty dishes alongside superfood smoothies, coconut milk hot cacao, matcha lattes and delicious buckwheat pancakes which in my mind also make for a perfectly balanced lunch!
59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB
London Review of Books
I owe these next two recommendations to Hannah, who had just returned from London before we left. This little bookstore/cafe is just around the corner from the British Museum so it makes for a perfect lunch stop during a day of exploring their collection. The lunch menu is short and sweet but they have a delicious array of cakes and pastries on offer. We had the quiche of the day and a lemon, olive oil and rosemary cake which was the perfect flavour and texture. Also, buy a book! Books are always a great idea :)
14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL
Spring offers both a lunch and dinner menu, but come during the day to enjoy the beautiful venue. Located in Somerset House, the decor, food and dining experience is a treat for your all your senses.
Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place, London WC2R 1LA
Big Ben & Westminster Abbey
Two of London's icons located just a few minutes walk away from each other. Both are must-see landmarks (secretly I couldn't wait to see 'the clock'), and you are able to purchase an admission to the Abbey if you wish to explore inside too.
Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
A trip to the palace felt pretty necessary on my first visit to London town. Our arrival coincide with the changing of the guard, something worth seeing but also keep in mind it draws quite the crowd!
London SW1A 1AA
Continue on from the palace to one of London's largest and most famous parks. I didn't fully appreciate the size of this incredible garden until going past on the top level of a bus through Kensington and onto Notting Hill Gate. Would love to visit again in Summer!
London W2 2UH
One of London's most iconic and historical department store, Liberty is a fashion and beauty lovers dream. Located on Regent St, the building really stands out, and you've probably seen quite a few Instagram images of the beautiful flowers displayed out the front of the florist on the ground floor. You can also shop traditional liberty print fabrics alongside favourite designers like The Row, Valentino, Isabel Marant, Margiela, Prada and Aquazzura.
Regent St, London W1B 5AH
& Other Stories
The little (and very cool) sister of H&M, & Other Stories has become a fast favourite for good quality basics with a fashion forward spin. I was lucky to get to shop their new collab with Rodarte, but chances are you'll find something regardless of time or season. They also have a great in-house beauty line with the best packaging. Stock up basic tees, cosmetics and body products because sadly you still can't get Stories in Australia.
56-258 Regent St, London W1B 3AF
Dover Street market
The London icon has recently relocated to a brand new space. You'l still find all your favourite designers (and more) split over five levels. And you can have your cake and tea at Rose Bakery afterward too.
18-22 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4DG
We were staying in Shoredicth, and after an amazing dinner at Dishoom, we were keen to try another restaurant in the area. We went on a Friday night and had a very fun (very Shoreditch!) experience. The building itself is an old tea warehouse, and while it's a very generous, rustic-style place, it was already at full capacity come 6.30pm. We waited at the bar area and hd a drink before being shown to our table, but I would recommend making a booking if you can. The wood oven pizzas were very tasty, as was our entree. A pizza party is always more fun with a large group, but we shared two pizzas plus a salad between us a main which worked perfectly.
56 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JJ
Located in the financial district, this skyscraper offers two very different dining choices. Either way, dining with a view of London from the 38th or 40th floor is pretty special. For fine dining, Sushi Samba offers delicious sushi and cocktails. The vibe is a little more club than we expected, but a fun experience non the less. For a more casual experience, Duck & Waffle is open 24 hours, aka you can get waffles whenever you want and or need. Perfect.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
The Queens Head
Rohan was desperate for a classic pub meal, and thanks to our friend Mike, we were discovered Queens Head. This tiny independent pub in Piccadilly has only a few tables upstairs (you can book, or wait at the bar until something comes up) and it's a great place to get a good, affordable meal in the heart of the city. The fish and chips with mushy peas was a classic, and Rohan rates their 'bangers & mash' too.
66 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NB
All photos by Rohan Myles Peterson and I.