In my last week in London, I was treated to a ‘last day out’ in the English capital. A last touristy spectacle, planned by my best London gal pal. Having lived in the city for two years, I wasn’t expecting to see anything new. Oh how wrong i was! We had the most London filled day you could imagine, and I am embarrassed to type…most of it was new to me. Silly me, I moved across the world to the big buzzy city of London – and instead of jumping into all of the tourist stuff in my first few months, I side stepped straight into the cool brunch spots and the ‘hip’ hangouts, aka – what all the locals were doing. Here is the guide to the PERFECT London day out;
10:00 Every good day starts with a hearty breakfast, and a proper English breakfast was just what we needed to kick start the action. And what better place than The Swan, right on Southbank. This beautiful venue right next to Shakespeare’s Globe has views straight across to St Pauls. How many cliches can you squeeze into one meal, amiright? Food is reasonably priced, and the English breakfast is everything you could want: sausage, baked beans, eggs, sourdough and black pudding.
12:00 From here, we popped next door to Tate Modern. This gallery has an interactive section on the ground floor that is always housing something cool, for us – it was a double person swing sets everywhere! As you make your way up the levels you can choose to wander into all sorts of exhibitions of art and photography. Andy Warhol and Monet were some of the highlights from our visit. The best surprise from this activity was the killer outlook from the top floor. You get 360 views of London!
14:00 A tube trip to Westminster and a stroll through St James’s Park was the perfect place to round up the sights. ?You get lovely views back over Buckingham Palace, and I had one last chance to eyeball a lot of the more traditional sights of London (palace, Houses of Parli, the London Eye – to name a few).
15:00 A rest of the legs was now in order in the form of tea! Tea at The Grand to be exact. This restaurant is so 1920’s London it’s insane. If you get a window seat, it’s lovely way to watch the world go by – and the food is everything you could want – tiered, cream laden and pretty as an instagram picture.
17:00 A London day isn’t complete without a quick window shop in Harrods. We checked out the Christmas decorations, the Princess Diana memorial and the general luxe feel – and we were in and out in about half an hour. All we needed really.
19:00 After a trip on the tube, we arrived at Kew Gardens, for the Christmas light display. Now this of course is time sensitive, but oh boy is it worth it, if you are reading this at the right time of year! A step up from just lights, this stroll through the gardens is accompanied by music and interactive elements that are so fun and playful and joyous. coupled with a mulled wine, it’s the perfect end to a big day. In summer, Kew Gardens is still worth a visit just for the venue itself, they are perfectly well kept and very, English.
After a few hours at the gardens we were ready to head home, full to the brim of wine, food and English sights. What a day.Goodbye lovely London you sure are lush! See you again soon.