11/03/2017

TRAVEL | London: My Favourite Spots


Living in England and being from abroad, I've been to London more times that I could count. Even though it is way too wide and too crowded for my liking, I quite enjoy going there and spending the day with friends, visiting around and playing tourist. Because I've never done a proper post about the city (well, except from this autumnal outfit of the day a few months ago), I've decided to do one long post dedicated to my favourite areas in the city. These are the places I tend to visit again and again, because no matter how big the city is, I always go back to the same places. I'm not the only one who does that, am I?
So here are, in no particular order, my favourite London spots!

Borough Market


If I had to pick just one place to go to eat in London, it would be Borough Market. Located near London Bridge and the pretty Southwark Cathedral, you'll find a variety of products there: fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, coffee, cakes, teas, cheese... There are also a lot of stalls selling street food from different countries and regions. Ethiopian, Indian, Balkan, Italian, German, and so on. There are also vegetarian dishes, and probably gluten-free cake options!
My favourite food I had in Borough Market is hands down the Boston Sausage burger, pictured above. Brioche bun, Boston sausage from Lincolnshire, caramelised onion marmelade, rocket - and blue cheese if you're a fan, but I have it without it. One word: yummy!

If you've never been to Borough Market, please rush there for lunch next time you're in the city. You'll love it.

St James's Park


Out of all the parks in London, St James's has to be my favourite. It may be smaller than Hyde Park, less fancy than Regent's Park, and it doesn't have peacocks like Holland's Park, but there's something about it that makes me come back all the time. I like the stream going all the way through it, and crossing the bridge to go from one side to the other. When you go there, don't forget to look for the squirrels - they'll come when you least expect it, searching for food (which you shouldn't give them, but it's difficult to resist these little fluffy cuties!).
Of course, you can't miss Buckingham Palace, right at the end of the park. If you're lucky, you could even get a glimpse of the Queen herself! This is what happened to me one day, it was totally unplanned but trust me, I felt more excited than a Justin Bieber fan. No joke. #godsavethequeen

Walking around the Thames: Millenium Bridge, the Globe, Tower Bridge


This area is one of my newest favourites in London, and it is somehow surprising I like it so much because I am more into old, historical buildings than city landscapes. However, I have fallen in love with the Millenium Bridge/Tower Bridge area, around the bank of the Thames. I especially like to go there in the late afternoon and evening.. My path usually goes like this: having a look at St Paul's Cathedral before crossing the Millenium Bridge (the Harry Potter fan in be being very excited as it is the bridge featured in the opening of the Half-Blood Prince film!) and passing by the Globe, Shakespeare's famous theatre. I really hope to see one of his plays there one day. My friend Julie and I have taken the habit of stopping at the Caffè Nero right by Francis Drake's galleon: if you can, sit upstairs at the table right in front of the big window, from which you'll see the river. As night falls, the buildings of the City all light up, and the scene suddenly looks like you've stepped in a film. Everything is quieter in the evening, and I love walking along the Thames all the way to Hay's Galleria (my jaw literally dropped when I discovered this place for the first time) and Tower Bridge, covered in pink lights. The perfect relaxing walk before going back home!

What are your favourite areas in London?
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26 comments:

  1. Amazing photo selection.
    Great post.
    xx
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  2. The last time I went to London was 24 years ago, so I don't feel like I can name a favorite spot. I think I need to go back and rediscover a few.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. It's been a while! You should definitely go. There's something for everyone in London, not to mention to plethora of beauty brands to choose from! xx

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  3. The cakes you photographed at Borough market look delicious and St. James' Park really is very special :)

    aglassofice.com
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    1. It was so difficult to choose which cake to pick, I looked like I was taken the toughest decision of my life haha. Yes St James' Park has that little something about it, even though it is flooded with tourists all the time! xx

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  4. London in as amazing place, you never get bored! Love you pictures

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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    1. That is very true, there is always something new to do in London :D xx

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  5. Lovely photos and a nice, definitive list. I defo appreciate London a lot more since I left and moved back up North a few years ago. Highly recommend Hyde Park and the Serpentine Lido area.

    - Lubna | The Digital Review

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    1. It is often when you leave a place that you realise how much you liked it - I can feel that for Paris! (even though I always knew I loved it in the first place :P) Hyde Park is great, but I haven't seen towards the Serpentine Lido yet - I'll keep that in mind for my next trips in the spring! xx

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  6. This post leaves me aching to go to London! This is not only visually appealing but also very informative.. I'll definitely be taking a page from your book when I visit London!

    Vintagonista|Sumeyye

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    1. The trip would be quite long from where you are, but it'd be worth it if you went for a weekend! I'm glad this post helped :D xx

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  7. Such a gorgeous selection of photos. I definitely want to visit London.

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    1. Thanks :D You should totally go, you won't be disappointed! xx

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  8. That burger looks soooo tasty :D

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    1. It is. If you ever go to Borough Market, try it out - trust me on this :D xx

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  9. I love St James Park and Borough Market, two of my favourite places :)

    Rebecca Coco

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    1. They are London classics, definitely! xx

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  10. Oh how dreamy, I love your photos Julia! I am always going back to Regents park, especially the Queen Mary rose garden, it's like I am magnetised to it haha :D it feels so sad and beautiful and I adore it! Love the Avenue gardens there too! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

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  11. It has been a few years since I last visited London, I'm sure I'll be able to visit there this year :) You already listed some of my favourite places! I like taking long walks around the Thames, especially when the sun is shining! I'm used to crowded places (lived in Istanbul) so London crowd doesn't really bother me :p xx

    Ela BellaWorld

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  12. All these photos are just stunning, the food, the area, I love it! I wish I could see London like this, all the pretty bits, but somehow everytime I visit I hate it :(

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  13. I love that part of London too, the one with the Shakespeare's Globe and Tate Modern. Walking down Millennium bridge with St. Paul's in sight it's just stunning.

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  14. I've never been to London, but it looks lovely! Can't wait to go there some day.
    -Maria
    She Blushes

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  15. I love your photos of London. I want to live there in a couple of years time. It's a fantastic city xxx
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