London is praised as the greatest city in the world. Stop here. Been there, done that, boring. If you are a keen world traveller, you probably think of London as a very ‘normal’ city with too many tourists and too many queues. However, London is so much more than that. Big Ben or Tower Bridge are not the things that make London special. Unfortunately, there is no single answer why this city is worth living/visiting, but The Curiosity has a possible solution of spending a great day in London.
The most annoying part of holidays is wasting time in queues. A day plan suggested here will save you from waiting and make sure you spent a memorable day without too many expenses.
Pierre Herme, 13 Lowndes Street, London SW1X 9EX
Possibly at this point you wrinkled your forehead and asked yourself why would I go to French patisserie boutique once I am in London. England is well-known for its scones and chunky Victoria sponges. However, none of English creations will ever beat France. When it comes to sweets, the French are unbeatable. Pierre Herme is known as a ‘Picasso of Pastry’ with his amazing flavors and artistic flair. Is there any Picasso of Scone wandering somewhere in London? Not yet. So, for a morning sweet treat, macarons are the best option. They will make your all taste buds to wake up. Some of the flavours include Milk Chocolate & Passion Fruit, Rose & Rose Petal, Salted-Butter Caramel and absolute favourite a Green Tea macaron with Sesame paste inside.
Harvey Nichols, 109 – 125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ
Walk along Sloane Street as there are many luxurious shops. Situated about 5 minutes from Pierre Herme, Harvey Nichols is one of the greatest luxury shopping malls. Question. Why shall I start shopping so early? No queues and very relaxing atmosphere. Especially this shopping mall which has independent and high fashion brands as well as food market on the 5th floor is usually never crowded. The reason for it, it is relatively unknown to most of tourists. Forget Selfridges and The Liberty – they are overcrowded and overrated and there is no joy in shopping in there. Harvey Nichols have big sales from time to time. If you are lucky enough, you might go just in time for Final Reductions where high fashion brands are discounted sometimes up to 75%. Yes, a real bargain. And the best part of it, loads of girls do not rub shoulders next to you to get the same what you have your eye on.
Navigate yourself to the closest bus stop and take a bus 137. In order to reach your next stop, which is Borough market, you will need to change a bus in Battersea Park Station. Who needs to pay money on tourist buses when London red double-decks are so convenient and cheap. Do not dear to take a tube.
London has lots of markets to offer if you are a foodie, crafty soul, an antique lover or just have a big passion for flowers. The Curiosity strongly recommends to visit Columbia Flower market, however, it is open only on Sundays. Another great market attracting all Londoners for its premium products and difficult-to-find ingredients is Borough market. Full market opens from Wednesday to Saturday and it is great for wandering since you can experience and sample for free original English products from local farms, such as cheese, meat and veggies. No need to splash money in expensive English restaurant. The street style eating is an essence of modern British culture (Bricklane market is the best example of it). Grab some food from the stall and have it outdoors or in a very beautiful indoor park just a minute walk from the main market.
Take a stroll along Thames river. It is indeed full of selfie taking tourists but it has its special charm and stunning scenery. It can be romantic or inspiring, you are the one who creates the mood. London is a mixture of old and new, traditional and modern in every aspect of its traditions, architecture and people. While you are walking along London Riverside, you will be able to observe all those differences.
White Mulberries, D3 Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, E1W 1AT
FInally, it’s coffee/tea time! Based in St. Katharine Docks, White Mulberries is an independent coffee shop/espresso bar which serves top roasters coffee in the UK, such as Allpress, Nude, Workshop and Koppi (it is still quite hard to find this one in London). It is not a secret that London has a proud coffee culture which is rapidly expanding on the international scale. If you are a coffee enthusiast and you have some spare time, it is highly recommended to explore coffee shops around Central East and West. White Mulberries is a good example of modern British coffee culture: experienced baristas, good shot of espresso with perfectly frothed milk and laid-back atmosphere. Moreover, the location of this coffee shop is perfect, since it is tucked away from all hustle and bustle of Tower Bridge.
White Mulberries is open until 5 pm, so no rush while enjoying your cup of joe and probably their amazing lemon drizzle cake. Take a stroll around the docks. You will have to aggree that it feels like a hidden-away paradise.
Sager and Wilde, 193 Hackney Road, London E2 8JL.
As evening falls, get yourself in a bus towards Hackney, East London. It is about time for some fine wine and charcuterie. Sager and Wilde should be the first choice on your list to start a night. It is ain’t a middle-class British pub, we are talking about stylish winery with well-groomed gents and elegant ladies. No need to worry about formal outwear – this is a quirky bar which welcomes all type of personalities. The bar, run by husband and wife duo Michael and Charlotte, has already earned recognition from East-enders and Londoners. Vintage interior and a fine selection of Whites or Reds is an absolute YES for anyone wishing to have a good time in a company without spending hundreds of pounds. And do not just pop in, make your life easier and book in advance here http://www.sagerandwilde.com/
What’s next? The Curiosity leaves that to you. Walking distance from Sager and Wilde, Shoreditch has to offer loads of pubs, bars and clubs if you are a party animal or a late owl. Curious? A nice selection of Shoreditch nightlife find in here .