London is one of those cities that’s on everyone’s travel bucket list. After spending the week there, I’ve come to see why. From the cobblestone streets, to the adorable accents, London is European charm at its finest. With so many sights to see however, narrowing down what to do while there can be tricky. Here are six things I think should make every Fashionista’s London bucket list.
1. Enjoy Afternoon Tea
If there’s one thing the British love, it’s their tea. There’s no better way to experience this tea culture than through afternoon tea. Harrod’s and Claridge’s both offer luxurious, traditional experiences. For the true Fashionista however, Balthazar does a menu inspired entirely by Bobbi Brown products.
2. Shop in Soho
With all the incredible street style in London, you’ll be inspired to shop no matter how little luggage space you have. There’s no better place to do that than in Soho where you’ll find cobblestone streets filled with dainty boutiques as well as flagship stores. Soho also houses some of London’s legendarily delicious Indian restaurants. Two local favorites are Imli Street and Cinnamon Soho.
3. Spend a Night at the Theater
Love Broadway musicals but don’t have hundreds to spend on them? You’re in the right place! London has tons of shows for a fraction of the New York City price. Many restaurants in the Theatre District offer special pre-theatre menus, and Chinatown next door is full of cheap dim sum joints.
4. Stroll Through Hyde Park
Hyde Park is like Central Park’s classy cousin living in London. Strolling through its manicured pathways you’ll stumble upon fountains filled with swans, a rose garden, and even Kensington Palace, the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. You can rent row boats to take down the Serpentine and afterwards shop in Kensington, one of London’s poshest neighborhoods that borders the park.
5. Visit the London Eye and Big Ben
No trip to London is complete without a visit to Big Ben and The London Eye. Starting at the Palace of Westminster, you can head to Big Ben, London’s iconic clock tower, then cross a bridge over the Thames River (don’t forget to snap some Instagram shots here!) to the London Eye and take a spin on the city’s largest Ferris wheel.
6. Have a Traditional Gourmet Dinner
Although British cuisine doesn’t have the stellar reputation of, say, French or Italian cuisine, there are definitely some dishes worth trying. A full English breakfast, Sunday roast, and sticky toffee pudding are among those. London is full of gourmet restaurants to try these classics or if you want to get adventurous, Duck and Waffle serves classics with a twist 24/7 with 40-floor-high views of all of London.
What’s on your London bucket list? Let us know in the comments below!