A year has pasted and it is time to celebrate my birthday again! Yeah! This year I’m spending couple of days in London with Miss Champagne and Girls from Double Initial Team.
London is a city I will always have a sentiment for. I used to live here. Every single time when I land on Heathrow Airport, I get is overwhelming, heart-warming feeling of being at home. I feel super comfortable in this great city. I know my ways around; I have my favourites spots and activities.
It is very hard for me to write about London. Patronize you – my reader, about all the sights, museums and tours you have to tick off your list. Maybe because I have never really been a tourist in this place. Except one summer when my sisters were visiting, that year for a first time in my life I got on London Eye and most probably the last as well :) Ha ha ha.
I have moved out and moved on a bit. London is no longer a place where I imagine myself living, but it will always stay deep in my heart. I will be highly addicted to it for years to come, and like every drug it is best taken few days at a time ha ha ha
1. Tate Modern Museum
Tate is one of very few places I visit every single time when I’m in London! As a big modern and contemporary art lover I feel like I reached Promised Land every single time I walk in. Always entertains me with superb exhibitions! Tate is not afraid to shock and this is something I highly appreciate. Art should be always free from any political, mental or cultural restrains! This is one of very few museums that never managed to disappoint me, what have happened few times with Guggenheim in NYC or Berlin.
2. Afternoon Tea in Ritz
I know it is slightly outdated and overly touristy those days but I simply adore this tradition. I’m a bit old fashioned sometimes; I love postcards, paper books and afternoon tea. And Ritz always keeps it classy, beautiful and delicious. My cup of tea indeed!
3. Harrods for best shopping experience ever!
After re-charging my batteries in Ritz (Tate left me quiet tired ha ha) time comes for a cherry on the cake. Harrods, which I adore for a quality of shopping experience. No matter if you buy a tie for your grandfather, simple jacket or a helicopter they will always treat you like a princess. I simply love shopping there, I always did. I have to admit they won me over with private rooms and champagne in every possible occasion ha ha ha. So forget airport shopping and always do it with style!
4. Fancy cocktails at Mark’s
As you all know I’m a cocktail addict. There is something so alluring about those little beauties; and there is nothing sexier than a professional barman who knows everything about complicated art of mixology. Mark’s Bar is a place I discovered recently and added it to my London’s Top 10 immediately, after a first sip of Stiff Upper Lip.
5. Party till the break of dawn
This city works hard and plays even harder. In London it is always a party time. From little local bars to members clubs, from birthday cocktails to big extravaganza balls. After 3 or 4 days I always remind myself I’m not 20 anymore and can’t dance on the tables till wee hours every single day of the week. Does London realizes it?! I highly doubt that ha ha ha
6. Portobello Road Market
I always had this ‘thing ‘ for flea markets and antiques hunting. You can buy some amazing stuff there, old-fashioned travel bags and beautiful dressers. One of my hobbies is restyling furniture, so Portobello Road is like a heaven on earth. They only thing is that English are very hard to bargain with, luckily years of leaving in London taught me how to charm an Englishman ha ha ha
7. Victoria and Albert Museum
For those who want to understand and learn about fashion, design and photography. I personally love V&A for the greatest fashion exhibitions ever! Kudos! Fashion schools from all over the world organize trips to London to attend spectacular exhibitions like Vivienne Westwood’s Retrospective or The Golden Age of Couture.
8. Brunch in South Kensington 8426
Lazy weekend brunches in South Ken are the sun are my favourite. Ok, ok, maybe I slightly went overboard with this sun lol Nevertheless places like Muriel’s Kitchen charm you up and never let go ;)
9. Experience the best restaurants
London has some of the world’s best restaurants, which go without saying. Majority of them are located in Mayfair. If you do not believe me, check this official list :) Although city is a real foodie’s Mecca, dinning is a tough cookie to crumble in London. You always have to be aware of very strict booking hours, never get offended with a waiter who reminds you that in half an hour you have to leave your table due to several sittings at night. Some restaurants have to book months before; some require waiting patiently in the queue for your turn. It doesn’t matter it is well worth, always. From black truffle roast duck with tea plant mushroom in Hakkasan to spectacular tasting menu at Alain Ducasse.
10. West End Show
I love shows, all of them. Musicals, Comedy and Drama! From big spectacular productions like Billy Elliot, We will Rock You or Wicked to intimate atmosphere of Chicago. After writing this article I have an urging need to book tickets to London again! See you soon London!
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