London, England - The List

Even though I’ve been to London several times now, and have a solid list of favorite places and things to do, I’m constantly hearing of new things to do, see, eat, and drink. I’m also by no means a local Londoner myself, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments!

Hotels

  • Budget: $

    • My Bloomsbury: I stayed here in 2017 as they were renovating the hotel, and paid ~$100/night for a small single. This was PERFECT for a solo traveler as it was nice but not too fancy, well connected on the tube, and had a Gail’s in the lobby for breakfast.

    • The Distillery: I spent a couple of nights here in 2019, and loved getting to live in Notting Hill and a pub for a while. It was bit further outside of central, but was a good way to experience a light commute into town.

  • Mid Range: $$

  • Ballin’: $$$

Bars

Restaurants

Museums and Cultural Things to Do

  • Churchill War Rooms

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral

  • Westminster Abbey

  • Houses of Parliament

  • Buckingham Palace

  • National Portrait Gallery

  • Natural History Museum

  • Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Theatre in the West End

Parks

  • St. James’s Park (come here at sunrise - pictured above - you won’t regret it!)

  • Green Park

  • Hyde Park - the Rose Garden and Serpentine are beautiful, as is Kensington Palace

  • Hampstead Heath

  • Battersea Park - especially if you love dogs and cherry blossoms

  • Regent’s Park

Day Trips

  • Greenwich

  • Windsor

  • Cambridge

  • Oxford

  • Paris (the first time I ever went to Paris was a Eurostar day trip - it was a fast day, but possible)

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