3 Days in London

 
 Tower Bridge over the River Thames in London
 
 

For your next minibreak, check out my itinerary for 3 days in London


DAY 1:

  • PEGGY PORSCHEN CAKES 
  • BUCKINGHAM PALACE 
  • ST JAMES'S PARK 
  • WESTMINSTER ABBEY 
  • HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT 
  • BRICK LANE 
  • SPITALFIELDS MARKET 
  • SHOREDITCH 
  • LEADENHALL MARKET 
  • SKY GARDEN 

HIGHLIGHTS:

⋙We arrived in London via Victoria, one of the main transportation spots in the city. Tucked around the corner in Belgravia is Peggy Porschen Cakes - an instagrammer's dream. Pastel pink with a flower archway and offering beautifully crafted cakes and treats. Delightful!

⋙Capturing the tourist highlights in the space of a few hours (if you plan your walking route carefully). We walked first to Buckingham Palace, through St James's Park where we caught sight of the London Eye, on to the Horse Guard's Parade and catching a glimpse of 10 Downing St. On to Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Paliament and the House of Lords. Touristing in London - check! TIP - we arrived at Buckingham Palace at 11:00am on a Wednesday, just in time for the Changing of the Guard. I believe this takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday but check online for the real-time schedule. Also note, this draws a crowd so avoid this time if you want a more peaceful visit!

⋙Spending the afternoon being led by our stomachs through Brick Lane, Spitalfields Market and Shoreditch High St. Favourites include deliciously roasted coffee at Nude Espresso, decadent treats at Crosstown Doughnuts, numerous food and drink choices at Box Park Shoreditch, and incredible espresso martinis in Grind.

 
 

⋙Happening upon Leadenhall Market and falling in love with the archways and architecture.

⋙Taking in the views 35 floors up in the Sky Garden. TIP for you: we missed the sign-up for a free visiting slot so we went up to the Sky Pod Bar instead which has walk-ins available everyday from 6:15pm onwards.

 
 
 
 

day 2:

  • DUCK & WAFFLE
  • BOROUGH MARKET
  • OXFORD ST
  • FOYLES
  • BRASSERIE ZÉDEL
  • PICADILLY CIRCUS
  • TRAFALGAR SQUARE
  • LEICESTER SQUARE
  • COVENT GARDEN
  • WEST END SHOW

HIGHLIGHTS:

⋙Starting our day with a delicious breakfast, 40 floors up at Duck & Waffle was most definitely one of the highlights of the trip!

⋙Snacking our way through Borough Market, London's oldest market and a foodie's paradise. It's hard to know where to begin but follow your nose and you won't be disappointed. Highlights for me included Monmouth Coffee and trying too much charcuterie. 

⋙Getting lost amongst the five floors of books (and a cute cafe) in Foyles, Charing Cross.

⋙Checking out more tourist hot-spots wandering from Picadilly Circus to Trafalgar Square, to Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Visiting in December meant the Christmas lights were out in full force and were most magical in Covent Garden .

⋙Finishing the day with a West End show! We caught Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre and of the 40+ musicals I've seen, it was one of the best! Had me smiling from start to finish.

 
 The stage at the Cambridge Theatre for Matilda the Musical
 

day 3:

  • SOUTH KENSINGTON
  • NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
  • DOZO
  • SCIENCE MUSEUM
  • HARRODS

HIGHLIGHTS:

⋙South Kensington is home to the London Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A and best of all - they're all free! We spent the morning exploring the Natural History Museum; learning about dinosaurs, whales, fossils and much more. It's also home to cute mews and funky shops. I particularly loved spotting a huge skiing mural, only to discover it was on the side of a travel agency specialising in skiing holidays!

⋙Lunch at Dozo was surprisingly delicious! The menu was cheap and portions were large! Having become a sushi addict in Vancouver, I've found England to be lacking but this was the best sushi I've found in England to date.

⋙Tackling the Science Museum in the afternoon. Thoroughly enjoyable but after two intense museums, we were a bit museumed-out. The V&A will have to wait until next time.

⋙Exploring Harrods' food court - decadent, tempting and busy! We did visit in December but I imagine it is popular all year round. And for good reason! Come hungry; foodies are spoilt for choice.

 
 

3 days in London - complete! An itinerary including tourist hot-spots, capturing the best aerial views, the best foodie gems and of course, a West End show! London is such a great city, with so many free things to see and do! Come armed with a camera, a good pair of walking shoes (forget the tube, you see more when you walk from place to place) and an apetite and you're guaranteed a good time!