London was one of my favorite places visited to date. Being that it is one of the most popular destinations in the world (with good reason!) I am aware that there are probably millions of existing London travel guides. I did however want to share my experience and recs based on my 3 day trip to this wonderful place, in hopes that it may help other like minded travelers :). I have structured the guide a bit differently and sectioned off primarily by neighborhoods. I hope to add to this guide as I go back and experience more!
Notting Hill Gate Hotel | 7 Clanricarde Gardens, London W2 4JJ, UK
The main takeaway I have from this hotel is: location, location location! If you want an inexpensive option in the Notting Hill neighborhood, this is a great choice. It’s definitely no frills and the room was pretty small - but if you are not planning on spending a lot of time in your room then it’s perfectly adequate. It’s also clean, safe and includes a VERY simple breakfast. Within walking distance to Portobello Road, Kensington Gardens, Notting Hill Gate Tube & plenty of bars, shops and restaurants. Under $100 per night, it’s a rare find in the context of London prices.
Never-ending street market with clothes, food, antiques, etc. Amazing street food as well: The Whole Shebang Falafel was DELICIOUS. Easy access off the Notting Hill Gate Tube Stop
Churchill Arms Pub | 119 Kensington Church Street, London W8 7LN, England
Beautiful floral facade, has a Thai restaurant inside with really good food!
Phoenix Pub | 51 Moscow Road, London W2 4AL, England
Very chill pub in Notting Hill with cheap drinks and good pub food.
Pretty Streets to take photos:
Gritty & cool, canals, lots of fun pubs
Elephant Head Pub | 224 Camden High Street, London NW1 8QR, England
Super fun & varied crowd (old, young, blue hair & mohawks, suits…)
Poppies Fish & Chips | 30 Hawley Crescent | Camden Town, London NW1 8NP, England
Classic Fish & chips, tasty, live music, convenient
Camden Market/Stables | 32 Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF, England
Old Horse hospital/Stables made into open air market with food, shops, bars & restaurants. Fun to walk around.
Really awesome hipster vibes, tons of street art
Really cool street with tons of Murals - there is a Banksy here near the end of the street. It is behind glass on a bar patio, but you can see from the sidewalk.
Callooh Callay | 65 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY, England
Awesome set up (the bathroom is “through the wardrobe”) and really tasty cocktails.
Carnaby Street/Regent Street/Covent Garden … Great Shops & Restaurants
Sketch London | 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG, England
Most amazing tea experience ever! It’s expensive (76 pounds per person with champagne) but worth it (in my opinion, don’t ask my husband) but gorgeous pink interior, great service, delicious food & tea, such a unique experience. Try making reservations online if you can!
Liberty London | Regent St, Soho, London W1B 5AH, UK
Beautiful Department Store
Colorful little street with restaurants - we ate at a good Vegan cafe called Wild Food Cafe.
Double Decker Bus Tour - The Original Tour
One of 3 major hop on hop off buses - it was overwhelming for me to choose a tour but I thought this one was good and it includes a free river cruise. We took ours at sunset which was great. You can book online and they will validate your voucher on the bus!
Abbey Road (St. Johns Wood)
Was worth doing if you love the Beatles, not far from the St. John’s Wood tube stop. You can see the Abbey Road Studios, the famous crosswalk and there is a cool giftshop & beatles themed coffee shop right by the Tube station.
Kensington Garden/Hyde Park
Probably a no brainer but Great for strolling, jogging etc.