I have had the pleasure of visiting London at least once over the past three years, whether it be to visit friends, for work or as a stop-over when going on holidays.
There is so much to see and do in London and even more fab bars and places to eat and drink!
While visiting London for a conference over the past couple of years I have stayed at the Z Hotel Shoreditch. The hotel itself is 2 minutes walk from Old Street tube station, so it is handy for travelling into the city centre and getting to the train station to and from Gatwick – definitely not off-central!
The hotel has minimalistic, contemporary, urban styling, the rooms are compact but fantastic, with complimentary wifi and 48″ TV with Sky at the end of the bed. A jug of water is there for you every night before bed and sometimes they even have complimentary wine and cheese in the evenings ?
There is a Starbucks almost next door to the hotel, handy for a coffee run in the morning. Just 5 minutes walk from the hotel on the other side of Old Street tube station, you will find Lantana Cafe, which does the most amazing brunch! I recommend the french toast, corn fritters and their chai latte – unreal! You can find Lantana’s menus here.
Across the road from the Z Hotel in Shoreditch is a speakeasy cocktail bar called The Nightjar, which I am dying to get to. If you plan on going, book well in advance!
London City Centre
There are so many amazing places to see, eat and drink in London and of course I have not been to them all. But here are some of my recommendations:
Delicious mexican food, tequila and margaritas! I love Wahacas in Soho and their basement tequila bar ?
Even if you aren’t planning on purchasing, this department store is a must see!Carnaby
A cobbled street hub for shopping and gorgeous places for food and drink in London’s West End and can be found just behind Oxford Street and Regent Street. Rum Kitchen
This amazing Caribbean eatery is in Kingly Court in Carnaby, a great spot for a jerk lunch and a Mai Tai!
Being a lover of steak, I LOVE coming to Flat Iron! No frills, just flat iron steak, sides and sauce and for great value (Flat Iron Steak- £10, Sauce – £1,Sides – £2.50-£3.50). There is a Flat Iron just by Kingly Court, it doesn’t take bookings and can get very busy, it is worth popping by and getting your name on the list and going for a drink until your table is ready!
Oxford Street & Oxford Circus
A must for shopping, window shopping and most importantly TOPSHOP!
A fabulous speakeasy in the underground abandoned Kingly Court tube station, which was once an air raid shelter. From the door, you will literally be transported to the 1920’s. The menus are printed on old newspaper and their retro cocktails are served in teacups, milk bottles and flasks. There is more than one cocktail that is served up with a digestive biscuit! To avoid disappointment, you’re best making a booking with the captain!
London Cocktail Club
I have been to LCC in Oxford Circus, where the theme is gangsters paradise with graffiti and clowns spray painted on the walls. The music is unreal and the cocktails are even better! They even have happy hour every Monday ALL DAY and Tuesday-Saturday 4:30-7pm. The bar staff know how to party and make sure you are partying too!The London Gin Club
If you are a gin lover like me, this place is worth a visit. They have over 250 types of gin, all with their own unique garnish for serving in a copa glass.
I discovered this place on the BarChick app, well worth a download by the way to find fab places to eat and drink when you are on a city break. Zelman Meats is owned by the founder of Burger and Lobster. The venue in Soho is furnished with red leather booths and sultry lighting. It specialises in steak ? We had chateaubriand with black truffle and parmesan chips, washed down with a bottle of Malbec – AMAZING!
Worth a dander to see the Westend, neon lights and Shaftesbury memorial fountain.
On a stop off in London en route to New York a couple of years back, me and my boyfriend (being fellow cocktail lovers) took the opportunity to visit one of the best bars in the world, the Artesian at the Langham Hotel. It is well fancy! The decor is stunningly chic and the service is top notch, their Pina Colada – there is just no words!
Burger and Lobster
They have burgers and they have lobsters and it is a great spot! There are 11 of these fab eateries in London, take your pick!
Incase you haven’t noticed, I’m a major foodie and have a serious apprecitation for cocktails and great bars. There are many more places I wish to visit in London. I always love to hear recommendations, if you have any please do let me know ?