We are going on honeymoon to London for a week and wish to plan our 7 days to get the most out of London. What are some must see places, must eat in restaurants, or other attractions?
If you have not set up a hotel yet - I would strongly suggest the" W London Hotel 10 Wardour Street. It is a great location for tube access in several directions and in the heart of Soho. Do get an Oyster card (tube pass) for the week which also gives you access to all busses. This is the best way to get around London. From the airport take the Heathrow Express or Gatwick Express to the city & then take the tube or a cab to your hotel (depending on location). The "W" London also has a hot club that you will have access to as a guest - no need to wait in the very long line outside. You will also have access to their "London insider" for booking restaurants, events & shows. She is very good at customizing to your needs and has a pulse on anything new that is happening in the city.
Soho Area: Bocca Di Lupo 12 Archer St is a wonderful small Italian venue with amazing food. The also have a gelateria across the street for an afternon or late night treat. Princi 135 Wardour is a great breakfast & lunch spot for locals - an inexpensive dinner with Neopolitan Wood fire pizza's. The Breakfast Club 33 D'Arblay St. for breakfast all day and worth the que. There are 3 locations including Camden - this one is closest to Soho. I would not normally suggest anything in the very touristy Picadilly Circus area however Carlo Cicchetti 215 Picadilly is a wonderfully successful Manchester restaurant that opened this year right in the heart of Picadilly. Cecconi's 5A Burlington Gardens - another great Italian restaurant. Yautcha 15-17 Broadwick Street Crazy good Asian Fusion in a very cool setting . The former chef from Haakasan opened this place and it is delicious. Hakkasan 8 Hanway Place is always good $$$$.
Waggamama noodle shop is a reasonable priced communal table setting for Asian fusion too - several locations. Polpo 41 Beak Street is a very interesting Italian Tappas bar (the do have a 2nd location in Covent Garden on Maiden Lane now). Monmouth Coffee Company 26 Monmouth in Covent Garden is a London favorite. Other "not your Starbucks" coffee places: Nude Espresso 19 Soho Square, Note & Music Coffee 31 St. martins Lane, Prufrock Coffee in Shorditch.
Other restaurants outside of Soho: Tom's Kitchen in Chelsea & Canary Warf, Patty & Bun 54 James Street just off Marylebone High Street - small no reservations but worth the que, MEAT Liquor, and Sushisamba.
You can do all of the normal touristy sights - Buckingham Palace, Tower Of London, Westminster Abbey etc. depending on your interests. FYI all of these are interesting but a little pricey and time consuming to tour. You can easily see them with just a stroll and tour your top choices. If you have any interest in WWII " Churchill War Rooms (Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms)" is an amazing choice. Well worth the entry fee. The London Eye is expensive and rather boring - a long que & 45 min - 1 hour stuck in a very slow moving car with no escape! I would go for "Out" The O2 Arena. You climb the outside of the O2 dome and have an amazing view of London from an observation platform at the top. You can do it day, night or at sunset. Also a river cruise is a great way to see the city sights. They have a full selection of cruise types from slow - super fast & exciting. If you like a little terror - the The London Dungeon is a scream! It just moved right by the London Eye on the river. I would suggest buying the fast pass (cannot do this on line- only at the ticket office on sight ) . You skip the very long que and is well worth the extra cost. If you like museums most are free and a nice way to spend a rainy day. You can rent a Boris Bike and take a wonderful ride along the Thames and across the many famous bridges to see a lot of the historic buildings and sights. Borough Market, & Shoreditch and all open air and fun to explore.
Be sure to check days & times they are open as it varies. If you know the area you are staying or have specific interests - It may be easier to help you.
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It is always great to start
South Bank Centre and walk along the river where you will see the
House Of Parliament,
London Eye and there is sometimes a food market near the
National Theatre and a cute little arty area with small shops. In the evenings the National Theatre sometimes have free short concerts in the lobby too. Then there is the
Oxo Tower Bar for a good view and glass of bubbly with more arty shops. You can also do a river cruise along the Thames which is fun as you go under
If you walk over to Waterloo there is a small street under the bridge called 'Lower Marsh' and here you will find a little grungy looking cafe called
ScooterCaffè but it is cosy and friendly and they do a great hot chocolate that is like drinking liquid chocolate so be warned (I had to ask for extra milk in mine).
Just down from Kings Cross station (north London) is
Drink, Shop & Do, a cute little cafe/bar that have gorgeous home made cakes with mismatch tea pots, cups and saucers and a disco/night club downstairs in the evenings (quite a studenty though).
Markets to check out are:
Borough Market for delicious food,
Old Spitalfields Market where you'll find really cool old and new stalls selling vintage and modern, bricker brac and designer, unusual and antiques. Just check if it is on the day you want to go.
Columbia Road Flower Market,
Roman Road Market and of course
Hope you have a great time.
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Given that the weather in London can be quite rainy, I find that it's best to have both indoor and outdoor options. Tower Of London is fantastic for a full day and has some of the better 'museum cafe food' I've found. Shakespeare's Globe is completely open air, so it's best to book early in the morning if the weather is sunny (there's nothing worse then being locked in a standing only pen for two hours while it's pissing down rain). Tate Modern is a great modern art museum and Victoria & Albert Museum is very cool (probably has the best gift shop in the region). The British Museum is another must, and you'll need a full day. I had a fantastic time at the Churchill War Rooms (Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms) with my father who's a huge WWII history buff. St Pauls is a stunning cathedral where you can climb to the top of the dome. It's quite a nice walk from the Tate Modern from to St Paul's over the Millennium Bridge.
Portobello Market is one of the better clothes and gift markets in London. Borough Market is all food. While
Camden Lock Market has fantastic street food vendors and a funky scene (I recommend
Cafe Chula and West Yard Pies), the shopping is pretty much all touristy junk shops you can find anywhere. If you do go, try to find
Hidden Tea Room in the bowels of the stables section for high tea and pimm's cups!
Primrose Hill is a lovely spot to have a picnic and see a nice panorama of the city.
I would really recommend avoiding
Harrods. If you really really want to experience a British shopping center try
Fortnum & Mason, the
Covent Garden Market Seven Bells area, or
Carnaby St (stop at
Mother Mash for yummy pies).
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HI - I noticed the map is showing a few of the places with wroing pin placement --- Breakfast Club & Yautcha are right by Princi in Soho, The O2 Arena is east on the river a bit etc. You may want to confirm the locations via the internet web sites. Sorry I am not sure why these are coming up wrong as the addresses are correct.