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ABOUT

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!

STAY

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.

NOTTING HILL

Portobello Road

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.

Cute Stores: Biscuiteers (decorated cookies), Cath Kidston (clothes & accessories, great London vintage style prints)

Pretty Streets to take photos: 

  • Denbigh Terrace

  • Callcott Street

  • Hillgate Place

  • Farm Place

CAMDEN

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.

SHOREDITCH

Really awesome hipster vibes, tons of street art

Rivington Street

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.

WEST END

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

Neal’s Yard

Colorful little street with restaurants - we ate at a good Vegan cafe called Wild Food Cafe.

OTHER INFO

Double Decker Bus Tour - The Original Tour

https://www.theoriginaltour.com/p/tickets/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.