Sometimes you forget the beauty of your own home. I’ve lived in London my entire life and sometimes you forget how fortunate you are to live in such an exciting, vibrant city. As well as being spoilt for choice on what to do.
Watford – north of London is my home town, where I’ve lived for twenty eight years.
Recently I found myself brainstorming what I love about London. Let me tell ya, house prices are ridic and that’s 100% not what I love about London, but let’s not get into that right now.
Instead I found myself loving 16 areas in London, and, possibly more – that I just haven’t discovered yet. So without further a do and apologies for the longest introduction ever, here are my favourite spots in London.
Borough market, a hidden (or not so hidden) gem near London Bridge. The food is incredible here – they have bread ahead, who create the most amazing doughnuts. They also have gorgeous hog roast stalls, and they have Monmouth coffee around the corner – who do the most incredible flat whites.
Holborn is so beautiful and is where the Rosewood hotel is located – which is one of my favourite hotels in London. The Art Afternoon Tea is absolutely incredible there.
There are also so many cute pubs, restaurants and coffee shops in Holborn that I’m longing to try.
Ghandi Statue – Tavistock Square
There’s a Ghandi statue in this beautiful park in Tavistock Square, that I actually found by chance – t’was when my husband and I decided to walk from Holborn to Euston on our seven year anniversary day out. The park is so beautiful and peaceful, and I can’t believe I didn’t know this place existed.
Ghandi is a hero, someone who I admire and look up to. He changed the world for the better and I will come to this park whenever I feel a little stressed and anxious, to be reminded of all the changes he made.
Chelsea is beautiful isn’t it? So many pretty houses – ones that I take my outfit photographs outside and secretly pretending to live in one of them.
There’s also a few cute bakeries and even the famous Ivy restaurant. Also, there’s a great pub called the Hourglass nearby – incredible food. Chelsea is also close to Knightsbridge another area that I absolutely adore and is home to Harvey Nichols and Harrods – great for roaming around during Christmas.
I love Liverpool Street – it’s a great area that leads on to so many cool places such as Old Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane and BOXPARK.
So many cute shops including Tatty Devine perspex jewellery who I bloody love. You also have Poppies fish and chips, and Brick Lane’s famous bagel bakery – those salt beef bagels are really out of this world, mmmmhm. There’s also tons of vintage shops if that’s what tickles your fancy.
South Kensington is another favourite area of mine. So many gorgeous homes! And, near by to so many museums such as Victoria and Albert
Notting Hill is lovely – expect lots of colourful houses – the perfect Instagrammer’s back drop. As well as cute vintage markets.
Farm Girl is located here – enjoy brunch and sip on their interesting flavours of lattes such as their infamous rose latte – which I wasn’t actually a fan of, but of course it looked pretty.
Another great area in London is Carnaby Street. Home to Choccy Woccy Doo Dah!
There are so many amazing restaurants here such as Dishoom, Dirty Bones and Ping Pong.
Cahoots the amazing 20’s cocktail bar is nearby and Bob Bob Ricard is around the corner too.
Believe it or not Buckingham Palace is one of my fave locations in London. It’s stunning and the park nearby is gorgeous.
I’ve loved Buckingham Palace since I was little – I have fond memories of laying down flowers for princess Diana when I was younger and I’m still in awe of everything now.
Covent Garden is great for doing a bit of shopping, yet also great for entertainment and food! So many fab places such as Godiva, Chick n Sours and Byron Hamburgers.
If you wander around a bit, you’ll find Dean Street, Monmouth Street and Neals Yard – all very pretty streets with lots of quirky boutique’s and interesting coffee shops and cafes.
I love Hyde Park during the colder season – when winter wonderland comes alive! Lots of mulled wine and mulled cider, hog rolls and sugary treats to indulge on with your family and friends. Love, love, love.
The trendy scene – expect lots of cool graffiti art and independent coffee shops and restaurants. It’s an area that I’d love to see more of.
Regents Park is absolutely beautiful all year round, especially during autumn with all the crisp leaves. It’s the perfect location to go for a brisk walk with your loved one or a few friends.
North of London is my home town, Watford. I have a love/hate relationship with Watford but deep down I love it really. Home is where the heart is as they say.
Home has so many great independent coffee shops and is home to the Warner Brother’s Harry Potter studio tour in Leavesden – not far from where I live. Watford is also home to so many great artists and musicians.
Near to Watford, you have Kings Langley (Fred & Ginger is nearby) and Bushey – cute little villages that I love and have amazing pub scenes.
One of my fave streets in London is of course Regents Street. So many great places are located here including the likes of Sketch, The Ice Bar, Anthropologie, Inamo, Thomas‘ and of course Liberty – which is stunning, especially at Christmas time.
Not far from Regent Street is of course Oxford Street – busy, vibrant and home to Selfridges. Selfridges is amazing for getting lost in and exploring all of the levels during winter.
Tower Bridge is stunning during the day and also at night time. The Design Museum and Big Ben are not too far away from here too.
Also visit the docks – have a bit of a wander along the thames as they sometimes have festivals on. My husband and I went to a Chinese Food Festival not too long ago which was amazing! Those Nutella and banana spring rolls – oh my, *drools*.
So, there’s 16 of my favourite spots in London. I’ve lived here all my life and there’s still so much to explore. I can’t believe I’ve never been to Kew Gardens or been on the London Eye. So much to see!
Where’s your favourite spot in London?