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5 Things To Do While Visiting London

Sometimes we all need some time off. And what better way to do so than to buy a plane ticket, pack your bags, go somewhere new and just unwind? Since one of my close friends moved to London recently, it was quite easy for me to pick my destination, especially since I had London on my list for quite a while now.

After spending my 5 days vacay in London I came up with this list of things you could do, that you can’t really find in the usual travel guides. I obviously went to museums and crossed some touristic spots off my list but that’s something you guys can find in every single London city guide.

Soooo let’s do this!

1. Add Notting Hill on your visiting list

In case you were wondering where is the place with the beautifully coloured houses where all the fashion bloggers in London take pictures…oh well, here you go. It’s called Notting Hill (click for more info) and you can get there very easily by taking the tube till Notting Hill Gate station.

Besides the coloured houses, you can find a lot of nice bars and restaurants and also the Portobello Market, which is one of the best in London. It’s a great idea if you’re looking for souvenirs.

The main market days are Friday and Saturday, although a smaller market takes place from Monday to Thursday. On weekdays, locals buy fresh fruit and vegetables here. Second-hand goods are included on Friday but Saturday is the busiest market day when all the antiques market stalls are in position and the bargain hunters arrive.

Also, there’s gonna be a carnival in August, called The Notting Hill Carnival, so in case you’re in London during that time I’m sure it’s something you’d like to see.

2. Go for “Afternoon tea”

Me and my friend Andreea were thinking of an authentic english thing to do (besides english breakfast lol) so she came up with this idea, to go for afternoon tea at a hotel.

So what is the afternoon tea about, you may ask:

The traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of sandwiches, bread and butter with jam and cakes and pastries. You can choose from a wide selection of tea as well which you can also replace with coffee or champagne. You can find more about the history of afternoon tea here.

After searching online for a choice that would fit us, we found it, The Number Sixteen by Firmdale Hotelsand made an online reservation. The price per person is 22 pounds. The chic boutique hotel is housed within a mid-Victorian white stucco terrace, set in the heart of South Kensington, very close to some of London’s museums, like Victoria and Albert Museum.  

We really had a lovely afternoon, everything was excellent: the location, the service, the food. I rate it 5 stars and really recommend you to try it! My only regret is I didn’t take my camera with me. *Sigh*

Photos via Pinterest

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Henry James

3. Have lunch or dinner at “La Poule Au Pot”

La Poule Au Pot is a french restaurant founded in 1962. The minute I stepped into the restaurant I felt like I wasn’t in London anymore. The dim light and lit candles, the heavy curtains, I don’t even know how to describe it, but I’ll let the photographs I’ve takes speak for themselves.

The food was excellent and so was the wine. The only thing that can make it even more pleasant is  some quality conversation. I crossed that off my list as well, so all I can say is “Bon Appétit”!

4. Try Dominique Ansel’s Cronut

Dominque Ansel is an extraordinary baker and the inventor of the Cronut, a delicious cross of croissant and doughnut. I first heard of this while I was watching 2 Broke Girls and found out about the crazy ques in America. And since it’s only available in New York, London and Tokyo, we wanted to give it a try. The Cronut was sold out, but we did enjoy some strawberry tart and chocolate cake. The place is really nice and cozy and all the cakes look amazing. You can be wiser and just pre order it, I’m sure all the fuss wasn’t for nothing.

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5. Go to Peggy Porschen Cakes and take some pictures too.

So, while we were on our way to find Dominique Ansel’s Bakery, we came across this unreal place called “Peggy Porschen Cakes”. I say unreal because when you first see it you almost think it’s cut out from a fairytale. The deco is very eye catching and everybody who walks on the street and sees it for the very first time stops for pictures. So we had to come back, unfortunately couldn’t eat anymore cake, but we had tea and coffee and for like 30 mins we felt like princesses lol.

As usual, i thought 5 days are enough, but I still haven’t crossed everything off my list. I hope you guys found these info useful, and here are some more pictures from my trip: