Second time in London

We finally returned to London after four years to accompany my mother who had never seen the city. We joined the visit to the main places seen the first time (here the old post for three days in London) to others where we had never been, trying to find even some really special place only seen on Instagram!
Period: 17th-19th March 2018  ∼ Flight Easyjet Milano Linate-Londra Gatwick
Hotel found on Booking.comCitizenM London Shoreditch –> really special, suitable for young people and / or short stays. Small rooms, but very quiet and ultra modern, you even govern the whole room through an Ipad! You can change the colors of the lights in the room and there are lots of new free movies. The staff is very kind, in the lobby there are Imac computers available for free and the rooms have a huge window overlooking the city.

The area, Shoreditch, is very alternative, full of graffiti, pubs and particular shops and it is also easily reachable thanks to the Overground stop.


FIRST DAY

First of all, who said that in London is always raining??! …we even found snow!😆
            
The first day, after leaving the luggages at the hotel, we decided to start our tour from the center so we took the underground and we went to Westminster to see the Big Ben (currently under restoration until 2021) and the London Eye ferris wheel. Unfortunately the snow and the icy wind prevented us from walking to reach our next destination so we immediately took the metro towards Harrods to warm up a bit and buy some souvenirs. For lunch we chose the Covent Garden district, where we strolled through the shops and ate a great burger at Shake Shack:

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Before leaving, browsing on Instagram, we found a very special corner of London with very colorful houses in the Covent Garden area: Neal’s Yard. The road to get to it from Covent Garden is very short and on the way there are beautiful buildings and many super nerd collectors’ shops … I admit I bought a Funko Pop to add to my collection!

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Chinatown isn’t far from there, which catapulted us directly to China after simply turning a corner.  There are two beautiful doors that define the beginning and the end of the area, the hanging lanterns, the perfumes and a delicious Bubblewrap Waffle that contains everything you can imagine! We got it with vanilla ice cream, Nutella and Oreo cookies, but you can create lots of different combinations. Of course, eating ice cream under the snow was not the best thing to do, but for some cool photos this and more!

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Then we walked to Piccadilly Circus intersection, famous for its bright advertising leds and we did some shopping in Carnaby Street. In the evening, tired after 14 km walking under the snow, we stayed at the hotel to rest.


SECOND DAY

On the second day we got up early to go to breakfast at Cereal Killer Cafe, a haven for the nostalgic of the 90s. The whole bar is surrounded by toys, videogames, videotapes, all strictly from the 90s. They have all kinds of cereals available and you can choose what kind of milk to eat, sitting on comfortable beds! Alternatively, you can also have a snack with hot spatial chocolates.

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After that we headed to Camden Town which always fascinates us a lot every time we come back! Beautiful shops with huge signs created according to the topic of the shop: a dragon for the Chinese restaurant, an elephant for the Indian shop etc. Look at the photos to understand what I mean! Going to Cyberdog is a must, a shop with neon lights of futuristic clothing and accessories and fluo with high music and go-go dancers!

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We had lunch at Poppie’s to eat the famous Fish&Chips and then we took the underground towards Portobello Road and Notting Hill to see the residential district famous for its colorful houses. In the evening we had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.


THIRD DAY

Before leaving from Milan we booked online a visit to the Sky Garden (admission is free, but you have to book online the visit), it is a public garden on the top floor of a skyscraper at 150m height with a 360 ° view of the whole city! At the top there are also some bars and a very elegant restaurant; really beautiful, too bad that the wind and the snow did not let us go out on the panoramic terrace.

Then we walked to the Tower Bridge to take some pictures and we photographed a beautiful bar that I will talk about in my post on the 10 most instagrammable places in London:

For lunch we ate a great pizza in a Roman pizzeria in the university area, Pizza Union, and wandering we discovered a super hipster indoor market: Old Spitalfields Market.

Unfortunately, our journey ended here, but we can’t wait to get back to London! If you are Instagram addicted like me, you can not miss my post on the 10 most “instagrammable” places in London!

Here the vlog:

  • Katia Radaelli said:

    Complimenti tua madre m'aveva anticipato qualcosa ma non immaginavo un cosi' bel viaggio

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