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Have you ever visited London and wondered what it would be like living in this beautiful city where the weather is as unpredictable as your sibling’s mood swings? I knew you would say yes! Well come with me for whirlwind 48 hours to see what it is like to live as a Londoner.
9:00AM – A beautiful overcast morning in London calls for a breakfast of champions, smashed avocado on toast and a pot of tea (or coffee, whichever tickles your fancy). And where to go to get the best you ask? Brickwood Cafe in Balham, South London. Brickwood is inspired by Australia & New Zealand’s love for brunch and is a very popular eatery, especially on weekends. As there is no rain today there will more than likely be a small line outside, but as all popular cafes require a wait, it is definitely worth the slow shuffle to a table. Brunch is a very popular hobby in London and the best way to catch up with a friend you haven’t seen in a few weeks, or maybe months (as you know it is very easy to fall out of touch with people in our busy lives).
11:30AM – After a scrumptious brunch we jump on the famous Underground Tube on the Northern Line (black line if looking at a map) and head to Camden Town (luckily for us we don’t have to change tubes). If you haven’t guessed yet we are heading to Camden Markets. The Camden stalls & stores offer all types of fashion, art, music and best of all food. Grab yourself a loaded falafel wrap or a mixed Chinese cuisine and wander around with the many locals & tourists to find an eccentric piece of jewellery or vintage gift before finishing off with a visit to Cyberdog, a store of futuristic clubbing clothes, trust me you have to see it!.
17:00PM – After freshening up at home it is time for cocktails! Tonight we head to Be At One in Soho. Happy hour is every night from 5:00pm-8:00pm, 2-4-1. They have one hefty menu full of various cocktails including ones you didn’t even know existed. A few friends are coming along so we like to take it in turns of ordering in rounds, testing each other to see if we can guess what the other has ordered. An easy way to try as many cocktails as you can!
20:00PM – Chinese seems to be calling our name tonight and where better to get it than Chinatown in Leicester Square. Dumplings and duck are always first choice and the best place to find both is The Crispy Duck on Gerrard Street. A bottle of wine or a local Chinese beer (Tsingtao) will accompany your meal nicely.
Of course there are plenty of restaurants available on either side of Gerrard St so go exploring to find the right fit for you.
22:00PM – After a busy day it is time to head home for a well deserved sleep and possibly a nightcap before we do it all over again tomorrow.
10:00AM – After an energizing sleep it is time for breakfast and there is nowhere better to head to on a Sunday than Duck and Waffle. Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, you will have stunning views over the city of London through their floor-to-ceiling windows. A popular dish of the menu is of course the duck & waffle (crispy leg confit, fried duck egg, mustard maple syrup). There are plenty of other options available on their menu to satisfy your tastebuds.
12:30PM – London has blessed us with beautiful warm and sunny weather today and the best thing to do for the afternoon is to head to the common (park) via the supermarket to soak up the rays. As you might already know the weather in England is mostly overcast and grey but on the rare occasion mother nature gifts us with sunshine which means more than half of London are in its parks.
Head to the supermarket and grab a variety of cheeses, crackers, deli meats and dips, along with a few cold ciders or beers. Call the housemates and have them meet you there with the tunes and the picnic blanket.
17:30PM – After soaking up the sun it is time to start considering dinner. If you are thinking of having anything other than a sunday roast then you are not fully embracing the London life. Most if not all pubs in London, actually all of England, will have a roast on their menu. For a local roast The Regent, Balham offers various meat and vegetarian options for you to choose from and you can enjoy this in the sports area of the pub with some football. If you are interested in something more fancy, Roast in Borough Markets is the perfect pick. Please book in advance otherwise you will miss out on a spot.
19:30PM – As we have work tomorrow it is time to head home and have a cup of tea while watching Love Island repeats before bidding the weekend farewell and mentally preparing for another week.
Did you enjoy the last 48 hours in London? This amazing vibrant city has so much to offer your weekends will never be the same as the one before. With concerts, plays, sport, comedy and barbeques at your friend’s house you will never be left with nothing to do.
What is your favourite thing about London?