Getting There: Plane
Accommodation: Astor Museum Place
Reason: We were moved to the hostels secondary location across the street (still a great location in London) but we slept in a shared room with the loudest snorer ever. (Normally, you can use earplugs to cancel the snorers out but this guy was insane - like shaking the room) The front door of the building was also always unlocked and unattended, which was a bit concerning and although breakfast was included it was minimal.
Markets, Markets, Markets - Our favorites were Portobello, Camden, Bricklane, Borough’s and Spitafield Market
TIP: Make sure you look up markets schedules before making the trek.
Portobello Road Market
Streets lined with brightly coloured homes and shops make this the perfect grounds for a market like Portobello. You can find the perfect piece of costume jewelry and grab a slice of 1 euro pizza at this market. I suggest going at closing time to snag great deals!
This eclectic market has a very youthful vibe with stands shops selling clothes, accessories, music and more.
After all the good deals you score at the markets make your way to one of the most expensive stores in the world.
Harrods 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, UK
From the food hall to the luxury shoe and bag department this store has everything you need for some serious window shopping!
Check out some of London’s museums here - V&A and the Natural History Museum. Then wander around beautiful streets like this to find a variety of restaurants and shops.
Parks (The Regent’s Park/St. James Park/Hyde Park)
This city is not lacking in the green space. We loved spending our late afternoons lounging in the parks, snacking, watching families play and enjoying the sun go down.
Soho, Pizza Pilgrims 11 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3RP, UK
We loved walking around this vibrant area of London. A great spot for an early evening cocktail/beer and when you get hungry check out Pizza Pilgrims. Order your choice of Pizza, Not Pizza and After Pizza to take away or eat in on check-clothed tables in the basement of this retro style pizza parlour.
Note: We didn’t experience much of a night life in London because we opted to walk the entire city (we only took the tube once during our stay) Walking is a great option to see this massive city from start to end but also obviously tiring.
TIP: If you’re going to walk a lot pack 1-2 pairs of walking shoes and checkout my packing list for a great way to keep your shoes smelling fresh no matter how much walking you do!