One trip down, eleven to go!
Last weekend in London was GREAT! Below you can see most of the places I went:
FRIDAY: I chose Gatwick airport because that should be the most convenient airport, when you need to go to the City of London. I took the Gatwick Express from the airport (it was possible to buy a return ticket which I did - it costs around 250 DKr. It might be possible to save money if you buy it online!).
From the end station (Victoria Station) it took only around 20 minutes with the Underground to Tower Hill Station, and I found out that my hotel was actually located on top of the station, which made it pretty easy for me to get there.
I checked into CitizenM Tower of London Hotel, which actually has a pretty cool interior (you should check it out: here!), and everything in your room is controlled with an iPad. On this iPad you can connect your phone to the TV, you can use the London guide, which their Bloggers made and read reviews of attractions, restaurants etc., you can control and adjust the lightning to suit your mood, and so on. The beds are king sized, which I loved.
I had a drink in the bar on the 7th floor (with a view of Tower Bridge) before I ordered an Uber to go to SoHo and eat at Blacklock, which I was recommended. It's primarily about chops and delicious sides. Of course I had the All In menu, where you get a bit of everything. It was really good, especially if you like lamb.
After Blacklock we went to W Hotel where there was some kind of an Afterski Party with fake snow and fireplaces. I got a sense that this was a very nice place to go out and party, and the drinks were very good.
SATURDAY: I got up early and had breakfast at Byward Kitchen & Bar, close to the hotel. There was a cool decor and calm atmosphere, and I'm a sucker for poached eggs, so of course I chose the Eggs Benedict, Mm mmm!
After breakfast I had a stroll back and forth along the Thames, next to Tower Bridge. I'm glad I brought my sungIasses with me, because the weather was fantastic (the whole weekend). I went back to Tower Hill Station and bought an All Day Ticket and took the Underground to Trafalger Square, where I went to the National Gallery, which is free btw (Win!). I spend about 45 minutes there, because I knew that I had a somewhat tight schedule, but I think I got to see it all.
Then I walked alongside Sct James Park to see Buckingham Palace and took the Underground to Oxford Circus, walked through Carnaby Street. I had late lunch at a Diner in a side street, BUT I would definitely eat lunch at the Kingly Court if I could. The three floor food court, located at Carnaby Street, seemed so cozy, but was yet so packed that the wait was about 30 minutes to 1 hour, to get a table.
Afterwards I did some shopping (well, halloooo...?!) and I went to see Bond Street and the cool high end department store Selfridges. Even though shopping made me quite tired, I took the Underground to Waterloo and walked about 15-20 minutes to see the Eye and also Big Ben, which was lighted up and very pretty at this time of night (20pm).
I got back to the hotel around 9pm to change clothes and leave all the shopping bags! I had a reservation at STK at 10.30pm and took an Uber to The Strand, where it's located. I got there a bit early and had a drink in the bar before I had their Westcombe Ricotta & Spinach Cannelloni with Parmesan Truffle Chips, oh yes! The place closes at 1am, so it's not the place you go out to party all night, but there was a very good vibe in there and at several tables people was dancing and having fun.
I was tired from walking 14 kilometres this day, so I got back to the hotel to sleep.
SUNDAY: This was the day I was going to explore the Shoreditch area, which I was very exited about. I had only heard good things about it. I began the day with breakfast at The Huxton, and again I chose the poached eggs, but this time Eggs Florentine - OMG how I love the combination of egg, bread, spinach and hollandaise! This place is very recommendable. It has a very nice atmosphere with a fireplace, where you can sit and enjoy your coffee.
Eggs Florentine, The Huxton
After The Huxton I went to see the Boxpark which is a container park in two floors with small shops on the ground level and street food on the upper level. It's right next to Brick Lane, which is definitely a must see in London. It is surrounded by flea markets, 2nd hand shops, small coffee places and food markets. You can easily spend a couple of hours there, which I did. The street art in this area is so amazing and there is so much, which makes it impossible to see it all.
Before going back to the hotel again, I went to see the extravagant Harrods. By late afternoon I went back to the hotel, and I was so tired that I only took a shower, packed my stuff so I would be ready to fly back to Denmark in the (early) morning, grabbed a glass of red wine in the hotel bar and ordered a pizza from Dominos to enjoy in bed with Netflix. After a weekend of a lot of walking and hundreds of impressions, I just needed some time to rest and take it all in.
It is possible to see a lot of London in only two days, but I have only seen a fraction of what the city has to offer. As a note to myself, I will take one more day off on my next trip, so I have more time to enjoy every moment and reflect on the experiences.
London is definitely a city I will visit again!