4th March, 2018
After spending three Luxurious days in London & Oxford we headed to our much awaited road trip to Portugal, but before that we would like to share a few recommendations, reviews and suggestions to make your LONDON & OXFORD trip memorable as well !
Here are a few suggestions by MIRINDA to make your London experience totally WORTH IT!
General Points before booking the Guest House / Hotel
- Accommodation in London is expensive. Compared with most European cities, you pay top dollar in every category from the cheapest hostel to the swankiest five-star restaurants.
- We would suggest, stay in Zone 1 of London i.e. Central London : City of London, Camden, Hackney, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark and Tower Hamlets
- Zone 1 has most of the tourist attractions thus going from one place to the other is much easier
- Zone 1 London Airbnb has some fantastic Apartment options as well, we would suggest you see the reviews and TripAdvisor before booking any place.
Public Transportation in London
- We highly recommend that as soon as you land in London, purchase the visitor oyster card. Its the quickest and easiest way to pay for travel on public transportation in London (which we are assuming you will have to use, given the exorbitantly expensive Black cabs!)
- You should buy the Oyster card from the Airport instead of pre booking it online as there are many other available options at the Airport and the sales executive customizes it as per your duration of stay, etc.
- Travelling by the Underground tube is pretty simple in London. We would suggest you download the mobile application “Tube Map – London Underground” (there are many more similar apps I am sure.. we used this and was super convenient !) Basically what this Application did is it not only showed us the routes in the map, but it also helped us plan our journey online and offline. Not only that, it compared for us our journey time, costs, delays and the cheapest way to get around London.
- Hop-on Hop-off bus for visitors. The big bus offers various routes such as The Yellow Route, Purple Route, Blue Route, Orange Route, Black route and Green Route cover some of these attractions which are the best ones in London :
Buckingham Palace, Westminster Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Kensington, Palace Gate, Cromwell Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London Bridge, Royal Albert Hall, Big Ben, Hyde Park.
Food & Drinks at London
Food & Drinks is the most important element of your trip. Our recommendations for some mouth-watering food along with amazing drinks are as follows!
- Borough Market : This place is known for gourmet goodies, which are not only ample but fresh and healthy. You would find heaps of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese wheels, crisp organic breads, sea food platter and every another tempting ingredients that a food lover would love to have.
- Dishoom, Covent Garden : After hearing so much praise, we decided to check out this place for dinner. The food was lovely. I especially loved Bacon naan, Chicken ruby and house black daal.
- Snowflakes Luxury Gelato, Soho : Tucked away in Soho this is a small but inviting little desert shop. They have some amazing flavours in Gelato, as well as they serve crepes and pancakes too ! You must try their Honeycomb ice cream.. it was yummy!
- Drinks @ The Rooftop Cafe, The Shard : Drinks at the View from the Shard is the one of the best experiences overlooking the entire city’s birds eye view
- Monmouth Coffee Company : This place serves the arguably the best coffee in Britain.
- Jaz & Juls,Broadway Market : Totally luscious hot chocolate. Must try Raspberry Dream – raspberry hot chocolate with whipped coconut cream.
- Brick Lane Bagel @ Beigel Bake (or Beigel Shop) : Both offer superbly moist salt beef and sweet, chewy bagel perfection. Have one of each !
- Venison Scotch Egg @ The Harwood Arms : The British beauty that is the scotch egg has to be the ultimate pub snack.
- Dessert Platter @ Roka Aldwych : The towering treat bowl boasts lychee, raspberry and passion fruit sorbets, tropical fruit, matcha panna cotta, yuzu chocolate truffles, and a plump chocolate Buddha ready to smash into.
- 3 nights is a very short duration for London and given a chance I would surely recommend a minimum of 5 nights if you have the time (&money!!) Go for it !
- We highly recommend you buy the Oyster card from the Airport instead of pre booking it online as there are many other available options at the Airport and the sales executive customizes it as per your duration of stay, etc.
- If you have arrived London on Friday, try to visit the Borough market on this very day because it gets crowded on Saturdays.
- London Zoo is right next to the Regent Park, if you are travelling with a child, he or she would love the visit.
- There are number of Indian restaurants in London and Veeraswamy is a renowned one among them. It is situated in a prime location overlooking Regent Park. Being an old, you would get a royal feel and the beautiful interior adds more flavour to the classical Indian cuisines that has been served to the guests, since 1926 in London.
Coming up next…. MIRINDA fun facts!- All you need to know about London….
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