Lexicon of Travel : LONDON

I am going to try to keep my London tour guide brief and to the point because I find when I go through travel guides, I am just looking for the facts about what to see and where to stay… and then some pictures to go along with it 🙂

But just very quickly, I am going to give you my background on London. I actually lived there in Notting Hill when I was going into my senior year of college, and have since visited about 4 other times. I absolutely love the city! I would probably live there if I didn’t live in NYC.

Anyways… Back to the point!

What to fly:

  1. Virgin Atlantic! They were AMAZING!!!

Where to eat/drink:

  1. Sushi
    1. ROKA
    2. Sticks and Sushi
    3. E&O
  2. Pubs/Burgers
    1. Churchill Arms
    2. Lucky Seven
  3. High Tea
    1. The Wolseley
    2. Sketch
    3. Hotel Cafe Royal
    4. Mad Hatter High Tea at the Sanderson Hotel
  4. Trendy
    1. Sketch
    2. Cereal Killer Cafe
    3. Beach Blanket Babylon
  5. Bakery
    1. Ottolenghi
    2. Hummingbird Bakery
  6. Rooftop/Chiil
    1. Pergola

Where to stay:

  1. Knightsbridge
    1. The Wellesley Knightsbridge… a great boutique hotel with exceptional service
  2. Soho
    1. Hotel Cafe Royal… A bit larger and more modern
  3. Or you can opt out to PlumGuide (a british Airbnb) and get a room or an apartment wherever you want in the city.

 

What to see/do… besides the toursity stuff y’all already know about like the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle 🙂

  1. Face Gym… It’s like a work out, for your face
  2. Broadway Shows… I love the Lion King!
  3. Booze Cruise on the River Thames or a Party Boat… Who doesn’t love a booze cruise?!
  4. Victoria and Albert museum… probably my favorite in the world!
  5. Bath… Take a day trip to see the beautiful town of Bath!

Where to shop:

  1. Notting Hill- good mix of high end and affordable
    1. Portobello Road… VINTAGE VINTAGE VINTAGE
      1. Ragyard– SO COOL AND ECLECTIC
      2. Appletree Boutique– they’ve got great knock of Gucci and Valentino bags haha
      3. All the little vintage sunglass stands and antique stores- I bought some great cabby hats and vintage sunnies
    2. Westbourne Grove
      1. Bimba y Lola– colorful and girly
      2. 202– has a cute cafe on top and a really high-eclectic store on the bottom
      3. The Kooples– Rocker, edgy chic
  2. Kensington- Super fancy
    1. Harrods… I can’t really afford anything there but it’s def worth visiting
  3. Camden Market… Great street shopping and small stores
    1. I bought my Timberlands here at a store called OFFICE and there was a really cool Jack Nicholson tshirt (pictured below) with him smoking a cigar saying “fuck it” at  a street stand full of graphic tees that I really wanted to buy but didn’t have cash on me haha.
  4. Oxford Circus- Big stores of all prices
    1. TOPSHOP…This area has like a billion stores but the Topshop is a must! They have a vintage portion of the store on the bottom floor!

 

Where to take the best photos:

  1. Victoria Embankment- So some of yall may think it’s best to go up to the London Eye but it’s actually the best to go across the River Thames and take photos along there with the Eye in the background. Plus there are some great phone booths for photos
  2. Westminster Bridge with Big Ben in the background or at the hotel at the end of the bridge!
  3. Denbigh Terrace right off Portobello Road there is a s trip of houses that are all colorful and make for the cutest photos and also on Portobello Road.
  4. Kensington Park Gardens– this street is covered in beautiful white homes which makes for a lovely backdrop
  5. Churchill Arms– It’s a cool pub in notting hill that is covered in flowers and so so beautiful!
  6. Platform 9 ¾– Gorgeous train terminal and makes for some amazing shots!
  7. Chinatown– I love a good grungy photoshoot with pops of red!

Outfit credits:

Stripes: Zara suit, Vintage band tee, Stella McCartney Shoes, PINKO bag, Alice and Olivia Sunnies

Sequin Dress: Lie Sang Bong, F21 heels, Quay Sunnies

Red skirt: F21 skirt, Deaux Official top, Modern Vice Boots, Alice and Olivia Sunnies, PINKO bag, Kate Cate Strap

Red Oriental Dress: Alice and Olivia Romper, Vintage sunnies, YSL boots, Pinko Bag, Scotch and Soda Jacket

Velvet Suit: Karen Millen

Sequin Pants: Boohoo Sequin Pants, ASOS top, Modern Vice Boots, Skinny dip bag and sunnies

Red Coat: Lie Sang Bong Coat, F21 OTK Boots, PINKO BAG

 

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Thank you MEYVYN, Virgin Atlantic, Karen Millen, ROKA, Sticks and Sushi, ASOS, Maybelline, for having me!

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