i'd been to london in the past, but always treated it as an extended stopover, only visiting for a long weekend on the way to or from somewhere else in europe. because it's so much closer to new york, i suppose i always thought it would be easy to make a trip of it, yet i never did until now.
work has been particularly busy for both myself and paul, so we didn't plan this trip too aggressively. we stayed at 2 different airbnb's (before and after an intermission in copenhagen) that happened to be around the corner from each other! both in the lovely marylebone neighborhood, which i fell in love with and would gladly stay in again in the future.
the sprawling parks throughout the city, the food, shopping, people watching—and of course the experience of biking everywhere since i was traveling with my husband—made for a truly relaxing and entertaining trip. i thoroughly loved re-acquainting myself with beautiful london this spring. some favorites from our itinerary below.
a personal sartorial challenge: as much as i love denim, i wanted to see how 10 days abroad without jeans would play out. while i certainly cannot live without jeans permanently, i loved living in lighter fabrics and not having to pack the bulky garments in my tiny carry-on.
- the breakfast club, where we waited 1hr (!) to eat. if we were in new york, there's no way in hell we would have waited, but when in rome… the full english and butternut squash bennie were totally worth the wait.
- daylesford for a healthy, clean, but still hearty farm-to-table breakfast
- regency cafe for a classic super-casual full english
- kaffeine quickly became my go-to coffee shop for a yummy latte
- sketch london, probably the most instagrammable restaurant. a friend told me the food is so-so—luckily we only stopped in for a beverage.
- ace hotel shoreditch for an afternoon juice/caffeine break
- vivian's in hackney for the yummiest muffin, quiche, and tea
- thomas's at burberry regent street for soup, crab salad, and juice
men's hanes white tee, junya watanabe trousers, cole haan oxfords, chanel camera bag
- lobos: yummy tapas. the sardines and pork belly with smashed potatoes were great.
- hoppers for hearty, delicious sri lankan. we enjoyed the hopper with egg, root veg kari, bone marrow, spicy shrimp, coconut chutney.
- koya bar for handmade udon (perfect after a london rainy day)
- fish! for fish and chips in borough market
- bao for really tasty taiwanese fare
- windmill mayfair in soho for traditional savory pies with mash, cider, and beer
- st. john bread and wine
- zayna for indian (thanks lisa unnie for the reco!)
alexander wang cropped shirt, zara turban
shops + sights
- shopping + daydreaming through mayfair, soho, marylebone
- burberry outlet in hackney
- tate modern
- tourist walk across hungerford / golden jubilee bridges and along the thames—super crowded and touristy, but worth it if you can find a moment to take in the scenic views of big ben and tower bridge across the river.
- dover street market
- omega vintage store in soho
- liberty london