Today we have another addition to my 24-hour guides: London! As you know, the 24-hour guides are my signature guides as I can’t stay in one place for too long. If I book a trip somewhere, it’s my opportunity to see all the countries that surround it, taking puddle jumpers whenever I can. Who else can relate? Here is how to spend 24 hours in London.
Breakfast & Coffee
My favorite spot in London for a morning pastry and coffee is Kaffeine. They have two locations; their original location being on Titchfield Street. Their other location is literally only a few blocks away. Which ever location you choose, you’re going to have an amazing coffee that’s poured to perfection. Their pastries are on another level, and you should definitely choose the pastel de nata!
You cannot have a trip to London without visiting the Westminster area. If you’ve already been to London, then try these lesser known things to do instead. But, if it’s your first time, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament are must sees! Personally, I always have to stake a stroll through Westminster, no matter how many times I’ve been to London. There are so many great photo opps for the gram!
As an alternative to Westminster, you could also stop by the Netil Market or Old Spitalfields Market. Both markets have a variety of handcrafted goods, street food, and vintage finds. I would recommend Old Spitalfields for a vintage flea market vibe and Netil for a local artisan vibe.
Find yourself at the Shoreditch Grind for a nice light lunch (you’ll want to save room for dinner trust me) and maybe a cup of coffee if you’re feelin’ it. I recommend the buttermilk chicken sandwich. The service here is amazing and the vibe is grungy London, but elevated with a modern take. I also recommend getting a can of beans to take home! Their coffee is fabulous and it’s roasted locally.
Regent Street is a must if you want to shop the latest trends and have a very London-ish time doing so. It has all best high street fashion stores and the street itself is lively and decorated with British flags. You can mosey through the stores for hours. Also a great street to get your people watching in!
This department store is similar to a Nordstrom or Bloomingdales in the states. Selfridges is where all the high end and designer fashion is. I love strolling through here and looking at all the designer items. They literally have everything here, including a bag and coat drop, nail and hair salon, and a million restaurants. Spending a few hours here will make you feel like royalty.
It’s no secret that I love the Grind! This charming little shop is located in an alley off Regent Street and it’s the perfect stop for a small break after shopping your heart out. Pro Tip: definitely take your camera out here. The Soho Grind has the cutest interior!
The Duck and Waffle
This place is one you’ll definitely need reservations to get in to. The Duck and Waffle is the highest 24/7 restaurant in London. Located on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate, it’s quite a ride to get to the top, and that’s only the beginning. You’ll literally die once you see the views! And the food? Just as amazing. Honestly one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten in London.