Visiting London

London is one of my favorite cities in the world.  Napoleon III was so impressed with London’s green spaces and streets that he is said to have planned Paris to have parks close enough for all citizens who lived there to only need to walk for 10 mins. to arrive at a park.

So, if you want to visit London, I have several suggestions of places to stay, depending on what your agenda might be.

Westminister is a great place to stay and there is a lot to do with the central location putting you within easy walking distance to many attractions and of course the tube is easy to access as well.  We stayed in Club Quarters Hotel Trafalger Square.  It is a easy walk to the London Eye, the Aquarium, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace… the list goes on.  Make sure to stop in Regency Cafe for an English breakfast.  It is an interesting place with a lot of character, definitely an experience not to miss.  The line outside gives testament to the popularity of the place.

Central London:  Nice place to stay Suffolk Lane Apartment by BridgeStreet, nearest tube station Bank Street.  This is located more in the business district and so is quieter, but it is a walkable to the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St. Pauls Cathedral…  There are nearby shops to pick up a few things, dinner and breakfast may find you trekking out a bit.  Still a nice location.

Regents Park– set further away from the Thames, but closer to the shopping district this is a comfortable place to stay.  I stayed in the area twice and it was nice because the shopping districts are close.  The hotel is tucked a bit a short walk from the busy shopping and close to two tube stations.

Hotel Pullman St. Pancras– we stayed here and specifically planned a visit to the British Library.  The library has a display room to see many old manuscripts, old bibles, etc… Also has easy access to Camden Market.  There was a big fire there in July, the third fire in several years.  It’s a fun place to visit and there are many little stalls to wander around.  There are also a lot of little food vendors so if you want to all eat something different you can.  There are a lot of pubs around, try and grab a Sunday Roast with a Yorkshire pudding (hint, it’s actually a very delicious crispy savory pastry, eat it dipped or soaked in gravy).  Also look to eat at Nandos, they are a really good place that has roasted chicken, try the dipping sauces and let us know which one is your favorite.  In fact, grab us a bottle or two of the garlic sauce.  It is a family favorite of ours.  Don’t forget to try the spicy peas and the garlic bread.

I would recommend sticking to pub fare while in London.  Use your Yelp app to find them, not all of them serve food and if they do they often close the kitchen early.  Or research to find some of the historic pubs.  There are a number of them that have been operating for a few centuries.  If you want something different: in the mood for a burger try Byron Burger… they have good shakes and onion rings, the burgers are good too.  Jamie Oliver has several Italian restaurants located in London.  I have never been to one, but it must be decent if he has so many restaurants.  Another favorite place of mine is The Real Greek.  They are also a chain and has several locations.  Harrods, Liberty of London etc, all have cafe’s as well.  Another good cafe is just stopping in a Marks & Spencer.  Marks & Spencer’s also have a food hall (think groceries) in some of their stores.  Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose, and ASDA are all grocery stores as well.

Lastly, go to the British Museum.  See the Greek collection.  It is the largest collection outside of Greece.