A full two months in London and life has been a whirlwind of temporary flats and make-do furniture and googling British everything and creating a website and dashing out to explore pockets without regard to how they fit together as a whole city. When in comes Journy offering to plan an itinerary for us. Why, yes. Yes to this. It was the perfect excuse to have a staycation and to see London..properly. After clicking through a few beautifully designed pages (my weakness!), the weekend arrived and we had a tailor-made guide to London! The attention to detail, superb, with restaurant recommendations from chefs and local experts – color our local friends impressed! Welcome to an epic three days in London with a special bonus at the end!
Day 1. Grab a coffee at Ginger & White. The Perrin’s Ct. location is tucked away amidst the charm of Hampstead. Linger a bit around the alleyway for darling photo opps until your appetite can’t take it anymore.
Wander Borough Market. The smell of curry welcomes you to the bustling atmosphere. London lends itself to an exceptional, global assortment of goods and this is one of the many places they get to show it off. Psst: They’re closed on Sundays.
Sample delicacies and craft beer at Maltby Street Market. Open on weekends, go on Saturday as the local breweries are out in full force serving tastings.
Afternoon Tea at The Delaunay. Because, when in London. It’s the ultimate indulgence and this city doesn’t take it lightly. A tea and three scones later, it’s on to peruse Camden Market. It’s an edgy part of town with an incredible selection of food stalls and ALL THE CANAL SIDE LOUNGING!
Enjoy dinner at St. John Restaurant, but only if you want to have a meal to brag to all of your friends to. Reservations are a way of life in this town, so get one early for this iconic London institution.
Day 2. Take Sandeman’s Free Royal Tour of London. Start out in Westminster (only three syllables, folks) which is your cheatsheet when the tour guide asks you what city you’re in. Two daily tours (11:00 and 14:00), lasting 2.5 hours that will take you by, amongst other lovelies, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey.
Explore Soho where you’ll find the fantastic entertainment district. We stopped in at the quaint Fernandez & Wells for some light sandwiches to explore as much as we could. A few mural walls later, a caffeine break was necessary. The Algerian Coffee Stores serves up a solid takeaway coffee.
In the Embankment area, you’ll find yourself staring up at Big Ben only to look over the River Thames to see the London Eye. Wine and dinner at Gordon’s Wine Bar, London’s oldest wine bar. Walk into the caves to find seats in nooks where you can’t even stand up straight. Or there’s a block-long path for al fresco dining. The cheese plate alone is worth going back for.
Day 3. Breakfast at The Wet Fish. This place immediately had us planning our regular Sunday bunches here. Right on the delightful West End Lane in West Hamstead, say hi when you see us! *wink. Visit the Columbia Road Flower Market for the amazing colors and smells. The market, open on Sundays, completely overtakes the street, but most of the stores are still open which gives this market a chill vibe.
Afterwards, peruse the Brick Lane Market to see their major collection of vintage goods amongst the mural walls. We’re talkin’ epic mural walls. It’s vibrant and chaotic and that Boiler House Food Hall, good gracious!
We popped in to do a little shopping at Labour and Wait. The highly curated home and garden shop that was all so perfect, it would be hard to imagine actually using any of them. Dine on modern Israeli cuisine at Ottolenghi, which we decided would be perfect for a quick business lunch or cocktail.
Visit Shakespeare’s Globe, which is actually a replica of the Globe Theatre since the original theatre was destroyed (twice) in the 1600s. Walk along the river to find and explore the Tate Modern. And, like most museums in London, entrance is free. Housed in an old power station, browse the pieces – some moving, others that look like old potatoes. Art, man. The balcony has some great views and, down below, meander across the Millennium Bridge towards Saint Paul’s Cathedral.
End the day in Neal’s Yard with a glass of wine at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, with over 400 hand-picked wines to choose from. And dinner at Native for an exquisite meal from Ivan and the darling Imogen.
The Journy service is $15 a day, which is unreal for a fully tailored itinerary to your preferences and budget. Plus, their concierges can help with reservations too. If you’re planning a trip or staycation, we have a limited time use code MONTGOMERYFEST25 for 25% off!
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