Visiting London is one of my favourite things to do! I absolutely love this sprawling city that oozes history and fabulous street style. And what atmosphere too! Cosy corners for tea and scones, secret gardens, and world-class culture – not to mention the strong Sherlock Holmes vibe you can’t help but feel on a foggy night down along the River Thames. I’m often asked about my favourite things to see and do in London – so here are ten of my fave top tips:
Hyde Park: One word: marvellous. Romantic and large, this park is a bucolic dream in the heart of London. Bridges, swans, centuries-old oak trees, Italian gardens, vast lawns, and a picturesque lake you can row a boat on – it’s all here! Don’t forget to pack a picnic!
V&A: For me, a trip to London isn’t complete without a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum in Knightsbrige. This enormous treasure-trove has something for everyone – including the largest fashion collection in the world. Meander past the Roman sculptures, glittering gemstones and exquisite children’s book illustrations before stopping at their café – it’s the perfect place for a yummy lunch or tea. I can spend all day in this place…
Sketch: It is said that this tea salon on Conduit Street in Mayfair is the most Instagrammed restaurant in London – and one look at its stunning pink interior will show you why! So if you feel like treating your inner fashionista to an Instagram-worthy English tea, then this is your place. Just be sure to bring your bejewelled powder compact with you to check your lippy, dahling! Scones or no scones – you better look fab!
Waterstones Picadilly: I’m a huge fan of the Waterstones book stores and this one is fabulous! It’s the biggest bookstore in Europe, covers eight floors and has a cosy café with large windows overlooking buzzing London. You can have your tea with a view! What’s not to love? Book worm heaven!
Office on Kings Road: Like my detective, Axelle, I love a pair of sneakers, and this small shop on King’s Road, just a stone’s throw away from lovely Sloane Square, is where I go to treat my tootsies. The last pair of Converse I bought here are covered in pink sequins. Fab!
Royal Opera House: I love the ballet, and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden is where I like to get my fix. I go as often as I can, sit smack in the middle of the auditorium, kick back and enjoy! And don’t forget to check out the dazzling view of lovely London from the rooftop terrace. If the ballet doesn’t make you swoon, this will!
Burberry: I confess: I don’t have one of Burberry’s iconic trench coats – but I wish I did! They make the most beautiful ones, all lined in their famous house check. And their classic models are just as detective and fashionista-worthy today as they were when Burberry first introduced them at the turn of the last century. One day…but in the meantime, I’ll admire from afar!
Wahaca: Whenever I’m in London I indulge my craving for Mexican food at this colourful and lively restaurant near Covent Garden. Plus it’s only a five minute walk from the National Gallery, so it’s perfect for lunching after an exhibition. I always order the taquitos and fresh guacamole!
Mungo & Maud: Dogs need fashionable accessories, too! So if you’re a dog lover like Axelle (and me!), you’ll definitely want to check out this tiny emporium devoted to upscale doggy necessities. Whether it’s a cute and colourful collar and lead set, or a pretty and practical food bowl, you’ll be sure to find something special for your four-legged best friend here!
South Bank: Want to see the quintessential London view and people watch at the same time? Then this is the place for you! Lined up for your viewing pleasure you’ll find the striking Palace of Westminster, iconic Big Ben, the London Eye, and the glorious Thames. Don’t forget to buy an ice cream!