There’s so much to enjoy in a diverse and large city like London; there are endless activities to do, like in every major city. However, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed when visiting London, just take your time, do your research in advance and concentrate on key areas and places that you would like to visit. Reserve in advance if you can for things like restaurants and high tea, but the best tip is to take it slow and stumble upon places that you think are nice. Also, public transportation makes it easy to cruise seamlessly to different neighborhoods. Enjoy this small-weekend-in-London guide and don’t forget to take picture along the way!
THE HOXTON HOLBORN
Modern with a slight industrial decor, cozy rooms, and a fantastic lounge area, The Hoxton is among the most pleasant hotel chains. This is how nice it is: you get a free breakfast bag in the morning outside your door (banana, OJ, and yogurt with granola) – so thoughtful and perfect! However, the Hubbard & Bell restaurant on the ground floor serves equally great breakfast/brunch food.
Find them in London, Amsterdam, Brooklyn, and soon Paris.
3 words to describe The Hoxton: young, artistic, comfortable.
Other hotels to consider:
Ham Yard London, $$$
THE GRIND (HOLBORN)
Right next to The Hoxton Holborn, there’s the Holborn Grind. It’s a small space with a lot of light from its large windows with vintage yet contemporary detailing. The degradation of bricks and tiles nicely compliments the brass cocktail bar and wood tables. Serving (delicious) coffee, cocktails, and snacks, the Grind is ideal for a quick fix.
Find them all across London.
3 words to describe Holborn Grind: stylish, snug, cool.
Other coffeeshops (or High Tea):
Fortnum & Mason, $$$
KENSINGTON, CHELSEA, HYDE PARK
Three key areas in London to take a nice stroll in. You can admire the stunning white townhouses, the (occasionally) quiet streets, the brick red buildings, and getting lost through these charming neighborhoods. Visit the Tower of London, or enjoy a paddle boat ride in Hyde Park, or grab a cuppa tea somewhere.