Life: A Weekend In London – with B

Mr Cool and I lived in London before we had babies. It was the most amazing time. We spent our weekdays working in some of the roughest schools in London and then spent the weekends either getting to know London or heading off on an adventure. By the time we left to come back to Oz, we knew it so well, you could drop us anywhere in the city and we would be able to find food, clothing, tea and a sports store – we were pretty awesome.

If ever you get a weekend in London, this is what I would recommend you do… This list has a LOT of things to do though… really, you may want to fit this into more days, but I didn’t know what to cut out!

Let’s kick off the weekend with breakfast and a walk around the Notting Hill Markets. You will have a great time looking at antiques, jewellery and fabulous food. You will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to people watching.

From Notting Hill,  take in some green space and wander through Hyde Park. Grab a coffee at The Dell, grab a deck chair and watch boats sail on the Serpentine. Don’t stay too long though, there is so much to do this weekend!

A short stroll from Hyde Park is the V & A Museum. Be wowed by the amazing collection of gorgeous things housed in an amazing building.

Your next stop should be Harrods. Oh Harrods, the BEST store in the world. And, as a tip, use the loos in Harrods, they are the very cleanest in London, they are also fancy pants and lovely. You should check out the books, the menagerie {Harrods has a licence to sell monkeys!}, the cookware, the food halls and the Max Brenner Cafe.

To get some more retail therapy, take the tube to Oxford Street. Here you will find thousands of stores, thousands of people and many ways to be pick-pocketed – keep your belongings close!

 Take a walk to Trafalgar Square, sit on a lion, take some photos and chase some pigeons. Trafalgar Square is a great place to chillax for a little bit and also to really realise that you are in fact, in London!

Westminster Abbey is a great place to absorb some more history and also to take a moment of quiet reflection. So much history, it will hurt your head. Linger for a while and just absorb the meaning of this place.

End your day with some pics of Big Ben. There are also red phone booths everywhere, so be sure to get some pics of those too.

Start the day with some culture, the Tate Modern is an amazing building and houses some very cool things. The Turbine Hall is really cool as is the cafe.

Walk down and cross the Tower Bridge, this is a must do. Soak in the Thames and the view… Amazing.

The Tower of London is fantastic. If you have the time, go in, see the Crown Jewels and the Beef Eaters. You can see the chapel where Henry the VIII married his wives and some real tudor buildings. So. Amazing.

 Catch a bus or a black cab to Covent Garden, eat a Cornish Pasty and take some pics of some Pearlies. There are markets on every day, enjoy what they have on offer.

A short stroll through Leicester Square {where you can buy great theatre tickets} is Picadilly Circus. It is iconic {also has a great Gap Store} and is a bustling, hip place to hang out for a bit.

Enjoy some more green space and walk through Green Park. Green park links the city to the royal grounds.

End your weekend with a stop at Buckingham Palace. Such a great building and such great significance, well worth the look. If you can fit this in in the morning, you can see the Changing of the Guard, which is a lot of pomp and ceremony, but well worth it as a once in a life time kind of thing….

Gosh, there is so much to do in London! I have not included the Tate Britain, The National Gallery, the Thames Barrier, the London Eye, the Natural History Museum, the Sing-a-long Sound of Music theatre in Leicester Square, Hamley’s toy store, the Rainforest Cafe or many of the amazing shops…

Can you tell that I love London!?

 

All the pictures for this post are from my Pinterest board titled ‘I Love London’ 

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  • http://kimbalikes.com Kim-Marie

    I adore the V&A, Selfridges, Harvey Nicks, Liberty of London, Hamley’s, Hyde Park, The Tower of London and Oxford Street. The last time we were in London we stayed in a gorgeous flat in Bayswater, walking distance to Hyde Park, and had a fab time.
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    • http://bbeingcool.com B

      London is awesome. Hope you are having a great Festival of Kimba!

  • http://footprintsaustralia.com/blog Janet

    One day … Hubster and I are going to London – I want to see EVERYTHING you’ve talked about here! Our kids are nearly grown so I’m thinking perhaps in the next 10 years – 5 if I’m lucky??!
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    • http://bbeingcool.com B

      It is a great, great city. One of the best – but I haven’t seen them all YET! When people say that they don’t like London, I just don’t understand why… so much to see, so much to do, so much to EAT!!

  • http://www.octaviaandvicky.com Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

    Pleased to say that I did manage most of these things while in London for three days a few (…. um 8!) years ago. I love London too, it would be lovely to go back again some day.
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    • http://bbeingcool.com B

      Hmmm… yes, it would take more than a weekend to see all this – especially when dragging kids around!

      Thanks for stopping by!
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  • http://www.caitlinshappyheart.blogspot.com Caitlin

    Iconic London B. So many of my favourite places.

    • http://bbeingcool.com B

      I am sure I have missed so many things… Like Hampton Court and Kew Gardens and The British Library… Oh, you really need a good week to see even the basics in London. We were there for 18 months and didn’t see it all!

  • Kylez…aka…Mrs.P

    Awesome list! I have never been to London but have always wanted to do. One day I’ll get there and I’ll definitely be the stuff on your list
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    • http://bbeingcool.com B

      It is an awesome city. I am hatching a plan to get back there myself.