After studying six months in Bradford, England, a trip to London obviously was a must! Before going, I recommend looking at some city guides that will help navigate your way around the city. I have an obsession with coffee shops so I obviously had to complete my list. trottermag is a great website/app that I used around London to find the perfect Insta coffee shops. Here is a list of some to visit!
BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN LONDON:
- Farm Girl – in Notting Hill (try the rose latte!)
- Monmouth Coffee
- Holborn Grind (or any Grind location)
- Monocle cafe
During my stay in London, we stayed at Generator London (also the one in Paris). Generator Hostels are very hip and new with lots of activities to do and a chance to meet other travellers. My friend Leunamme was obsessed with the wings at the hostel (she made me write this in). The hostel is very close to King’s Cross Station which is perfect to catch trains in and around the U.K. I also got the chance to visit with some other Canadians who are living in London and share a glass of wine on their balcony!
No trip to London is complete without a stroll through Notting Hill, its picture perfect pastel colours and celebrity sightseeing will make every corner worth exploring. I got to rub shoulders with Julianne Morre….I know what you’re thinking! Make sure to stop by Biscuiteers for delicious macaroons where you might even run into the Beckhams!
Another hot spot is the area of Shoreditch. This area is for the artsy and hipster individual. From the restaurants, small designer stores, to countless artistic walls, I truly fell in love with Shoreditch. Redchurch Street is filled with small independent shops such as Labour & Wait that supply utilitarian home goods and Mask Brothers, known for their boldly packaged chocolate bars. Shoreditch is definitely a great place to hang with friends, shop and take some great pics!
London has several tourist spots that are obviously worth visiting. From Buckingham Palace to the iconic Big Ben photo-op (SEE BELOW!). One of my fav attractions was visiting the British Museum showcasing global artifacts from Egyptian mummies to Greek sculptures. The best part of visiting London is using the London Pass to get discounts on museums and attractions while using the Tube (London Underground). If you are on a budget then this is a great way to save while still enjoying all the sights and sounds of London. We booked last minute tickets to see Wicked, which is always a hit after seeing it in New York as well. I grew up with a musical theatre background so I always appreciate a good Broadway show, especially in the West End.
Lastly, one of the highlights of the trip was spending my birthday with my two best friends and going to take birthday pictures at Sugarhouse Studios which is known for having an iconic-Instagram wall (which is no longer there). We also took a train trip to Sunderland to see Beyonce on her Formation World Tour which was the best way to end the trip! SLAY!!!