I’m back in my safe haven of Yorkshire! Where have I been since I came back from Germany in July? London! Our sweet, happy and bustling capital of Britain! For three and a half months, I lived in London working as a travel writing intern, hung out with amazing travel bloggers and finding out the unique spots in my new resident city. Even with the expanse of London after showing countless friends past Buckingham Palace and Westminster Square, I grew to love certain spots. Why don’t you visit them to find out? It can be hard finding a cheap hotel in London so it may be worth looking into renting a self-catered apartment instead to make your stay a less stressful one. Perhaps a place in one of my favourite London spots?
Without a doubt, my favourite London spot. Full of eclectic, quirky and unique drinking and shopping establishments, Shoreditch has the happening hipster crowd. With the latest fashion trends, the pop up markets, tasty food festivals and plenty of music gigs, every weekend I could be found there in their bright moody lights ready to hit the party scene. Thanks to the Urban Food Festival on every Saturday in the summer and autumn, I truly got my tastebuds flowing with all the international cuisine. Also, Shoreditch is the scene for one of my favourite tours of London – the Eating London Tour. They will definitely show you the best bagel ever…
There’s only one reason why I absolutely love Embankment other than the gorgeous views of the River Thames. Gordon’s Wine Bar. As the oldest wine bar in London, established 1890, this is truly the place to go if you want cheese and wine. Perfect Cheese and Wine! Just round the corner from the Embankment Tube Entrance, this dark and musky place truly gives you the unique experience in their wine cellars where you can sit round a barrel in the dark with only candlelight to see your food. If that’s not the environment you want, why not sit outside at their patio under heat lamps to keep you warm? With hundreds of cheese to try and a variety of red and white wine to drink, you will not be disappointed.
3. Angel/King’s Cross
On Sundays, this would be a regular haunt for hangover scran, sunday lunch and travel bloggers meet-up to help each other with our work. The best place? The Big Chillhouse. Providing decent music, delicious eggs on toast and perfect desks for computers, this pub is a working pub. There are great connections to here from the Kings Cross/St Pancras Tube Station and Train Stations and this funky place is within walking distance to all connections. The square in Kings Cross plays hosts to many markets, circus shows and all manner of strange things happening throughout the course of the day. Just don’t chat up the prostitutes on the street corners!
4. Little Venice
This was my workplace. An absolutely fantastic area to be in. During the summer, just yards away from the Paddington Train station, the Paddington Basin is the perfect outdoor amphitheatre-like place to relax in the sun during the lunch hour. Shops, bars and restaurants line the Grand Canal that passes through Little Venice showcasing the gorgeous Victorian engineering that went into this. A fantastic place to chill after work in the slightly expensive bars but it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
So if you’re hoping to stalk me now I’ve revealed to you my top London spots. You’re too late. I’ve already left…
What are your favourite London Spots?
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Good stuff, but more importantly what are your top spots in the City of Culture now you’re back in Hull?
Ah Richard, there will be a guide published soon. But I’ll tell you one such great place in Hull – The White Hart Pub – a fantastic old style pub with a roaring fire, only accessible through alleyways and cobbled streets. The pub has fame to be the site where the English Civil War started… In the old Plotting Room above the pub…
oh how i Miss London! Shoreditch was definitely my favourite!!! such a cool, hip, creative area! London is all over a top place!
Haha! I could see myself living in Shoreditch. The funky, bohemian vibes are just to my liking.
Where did you go in Shoreditch?
I hear Crouch End has a 9/10 offering…