London is one of my favourite places in the world (if not my absolute favourite). I think it’s a mix of the nostalgia of growing up there and the excitement of going back; I’ve been a country girl since age 6 but London still calls to me! Joe took me to London for a special early birthday weekend back in February and looking back at the pictures, it was honestly perfect. I’m in London a lot at the moment but it was different to all the other visits and we managed to fit so much exploring into 2 days, including the theatre, a hotel stay, a couple of fancy restaurants and lots of Instagrammable locations.
|Grange Tower Bridge Hotel|
Joe booked us into the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel for the night which was such a treat. We were only there for a night but made full use of the spa and gym which were amazing, as was the view from the room – the whole wall was glass and you could see The Shard! This would of course depend on which side of the hotel you’re on, but we got lucky.
|St Paul’s Cathedral|
We started off the first day by going to St Paul’s. Neither of us had been before so we decided to splurge on the rather expensive ticket price and go right to the top. It’s a breathtaking place and I would highly recommend visiting if you haven’t before – it’s worth the £18 price tag (and you can get 2 for 1 tickets with your train ticket). Plus the First Dates restaurant is about 30 seconds away and I *majorly* fangirled when we found it.
|Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden|
We then headed for lunch at Clos Maggiore which we’d been to before, but the first time we visited we actually got put into the ‘normal’ section of the restaurant rather than the conservatory which the restaurant is famous for. Joe booked our table about 4 months in advance this time around (yup, 4 months), so we got a table in the blossom-ceilinged conservatory. It’s one of the most amazing restaurants I’ve ever visited, by far the most beautiful, and a true hidden gem in Covent Garden.
(and the bathrooms have amazing lighting…)
|Dress from Pretty Little Thing|
…and of course I couldn’t go to Covent Garden without spending a fortune in Charlotte Tilbury.
We then decided to have a quick look around the British Museum before heading back to the hotel which was so much fun – I had no idea the real Cleopatra was there!
The second day started with breakfast on Oxford Street at Aubaine which is another hidden gem in London – you can find it in the shoe department at Selfridges (another picture at the top of this post).
|Bag from Lulu Guinness|
We then headed across the road to Liberty a.k.a. the most Instagrammable place on earth. I could spend hours here smelling perfumes.
I also wanted to go to Carnaby Street because I hadn’t been there since I was little, and one of the branches of Mildred’s (my fave vegan restaurant) is in Soho where we got lunch. Top tip: go to the Camden or King’s Cross branch if possible; the Soho one is usually jam-packed (we got there 30 minutes before it opened and we still ended up in a queue).
|Mildred’s burger, sweet potato fries and vegan mayo – YUM|
Before the theatre, we quickly nipped to Peggy Porschen (closest tube stop Victoria) as if we hadn’t already eaten enough food). This area of London is just so beautiful and a more peaceful place to escape to if the likes of Oxford Street get a bit overwhelming.
We finished the amazing weekend by seeing Aladdin at the Price Edward Theatre – it was so good! Disney + west end musical = Lily sold.
So that was my perfect weekend in London. I’ve got a few more London blog posts coming up soon so keep an eye out for those, but until then I really hope you liked this one! Thanks for reading x