I Love London Part 2
 

Taking Time to Reconnect...

I Love London....that much is obvious from the title of this post but life in this crazy city isn't always easy.  It's busy, chaotic and at times, stressful and suffocating.  You'll often hear a Londoner muttering "I just need to get out of London for a while".  Whilst that's lovely and we all like to escape our daily lives from time to time, it's not always practical.  I genuinely love this city because it offers me relaxation as well as stimulus and inspiration.  The places in this post are all within the city's great walls but are true places of escape for me....whether its a busy market or a gallery each and every venue here holds a special place in my heart for that much needed time out.

I hope you find somewhere here that you'll find the same connection with.  Enjoy....

 

My Favourite Spaces

 

The Southbank

Access via Embankment station and then wander East towards St. Paul's enjoying the sights and a glass or two along the way.

borough market

access via london bridge station.  don't leave without sampling a cheese toastie from the busiest stall and getting some bits and pieces for a night on the sofa when you get home

http://boroughmarket.org.uk

brick lane

Access via liverpool street station or old street station.  this place comes alive at the weekends and sunday is my favourite.  enjoy the market, sample some food and photograph the graffiti.

portobello road, notting hill

Access via notting hill gate station.  i used to live near here and it's one of my most cherished places.  the market is bonkers but brilliant in equal measure plus there's some great stores hidden just off the beaten track.

http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk

tate britain and tate modern

Access tate britain via pimlico station then take the river boat to the tate modern.  both buildings are sights to behold and INSPIRATIONS in themselves and hold great permanent exhibitions.  check out the line up before you go on their websites.

http://www.tate.org.uk

the west end

the theatres of haymarket, shaftsbury avenue, covent garden and the strand.  les miserables, kinky boots and stepping out are three of my favourites but there's genuinely soemthing for everyone.  enjoy the magical ritual of a night at the theatre. 

the Victoria & albert museum

Access via south kensington station.  a blissful escape and one of my most visited places.  go on a sunny day and enjoy sitting outside before exploring all the museum has to offer.

https://www.vam.ac.uk

somerset house

Access via temple station.  I've had many a great time here.  in the summer check out film 4's summer screen which is the greatest outdoor cinema experience in london.  in winter, somerset house places host ot a pretty magical ice rink.  both popular, NEITHER to be missed so book well in advance.

https://www.somersethouse.org.uk

 

My Favourite Places to Shop

 

selfridges oxford street

Access via bond street station.  this isn't just a store.  i have spent hours here wandering through the many departments stopping for lunch at hemsley and hemsley and drinks in the champagne bar.  major RENOVATIONS are happening store wide just now making this gem even better.

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/

liberty, regent street

Access via oxford circus station.  the home of artisan crafts.  take your time to look at the products on offer as there's something special about almost everything. lunch at cafe liberty is also a delight.

http://www.libertylondon.com

topshop oxford street

Access via oxford circus gate station.  the cool girl's flagship - expect it to be crazy on weekends and try to visit BEFORE lunchtime during the week.  don't miss the vintge selections in the basement and the AWESOME jewellery offer on the ground Floor.

http://www.topshop.com

the shop at the bluebird

Access via sloane street station.  a lovely shopping EXPERIENCE with a seriously cool edit of brands plus a lovely venue to eat, drink and be merry.

https://www.theshopatbluebird.com

spitalfields market

Access via liverpool street station.  check out the stalls selling everything from bowler hats to handmade shoes and limited edition vinyl.  i like to stop off at the wright brothers for a glass of fizz and an oyster mid-shop.

westfield london, white city

Access via shepherd's bush station.  shopping, entertainment and dining in one.  shopping really does become cardio in this huge centre but if you're looking to update your wardrobe or have lots of gifts to buy then head here and treat yourself to something yummy along the way.

https://uk.westfield.com/london

LULULEMON FLAGSHIP STORE, REGENT STREET

Access via OXFORD CIRCUS OR PICADILLY CIRCUS STATIONS.  more than just a store - check out the yoga classes on offer, the concierge service and the healthy cafe.

http://www.lululemon.co.uk

AESOP SOHO

Access via PICADILLY CIRCUS STATION.  my place to buy gifts for myself when i've been good.  this is a great branch with wonderful staff.

 

Where I Go to Chill...

 

kula hot yoga and wellbeing 

Access via clapham junction  station.  my heaven for bikram yoga.

http://kulawellbeing.co.uk

electric cinema, notting hill

Access via notting hill gate station.  the best cinema in town - a real experience.

https://www.electriccinema.co.uk

columbia road flower market

Access via old street station.  Go for a wander and see if you can grab a bargain or two.

http://www.columbiaroad.info

kensington gardens

Access via kensington high street station.  i used these gardens to train for a half marathon and it's still my favourite palace to go running or hang out on a sunny day.

royal albert hall

Access via kensington high street station.  we've had some amazing times here including the salvation army christmas concert, a snow patrol gig and most RECENTLY, a live brass band playing along to a screening of 'brassed off'.  check out their website for more details.

http://www.royalalberthall.com

taylor taylor portobello road

Access via ladbroke grove station.  Not only will you leave with a great new look, you'll have enjoyed some serious relaxation and a freshly made cocktail along the way.

https://taylortaylorlondon.com

the spa at the dorchester

Access via hyde park corner station.  my friend georgia and i had the best facials of our lives here!  a more limited spa than most  but the afternoon tea in fluffy robes and excellent TREATMENTS make up for it.

https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/london/the-dorchester/spa/