A weekend in London must be successful. Without falling into cliches, here are some essentials not to be missed when leaving for London for the first time.
Sleep at the Franklin Hotel
For your first visit to London to go well, it is essential to choose the right hotel in which you will put your bags. The 5-star The Franklin hotel has 35 rooms and suites. Spacious and bright, they all reflect Anouska Hempel’s inimitable sense of design and eclectic tastes. The centerpiece is a Simmons brand double bed specially created for the hotel with details inspired by Art Nouveau. The must of the most? Choose the pillow of your choice from the menu available in the room. Above all, don’t forget to ask for a view of Egerton Gardens or Knightsbridge, to feel even more peaceful in the heart of the city.
24 Egerton Gardens, Chelsea, London SW3 2DB, United Kingdom
Indian food at Roti Chai
It’s no secret that Indian gastronomy has taken London’s neighborhoods by storm. To eat Indian in London, push the door of the Roti Chai restaurant. Here we eat with our fingers and share bites of crispy potatoes with yogurt, Kerala chicken skewers, a lamb kebab burger, samosas, and much more. For dessert, we don’t miss out on kulfi, an Indian milk-based ice cream usually flavored with cardamom or pistachio.
3 Portman Mews S, London W1H 6HS, United Kingdom
If you are coming to London for the first time, it is imperative to discover Soho. This trendy district, the heart of London, never stops beating. Former “red light district”, it abounds in trendy bars and restaurants. We stop at Cahoot’s to drink good cocktails and enter the First Street Gallery to fill up on culture.
Eat at Padella Pasta
It is the flagship address of the capital. At Padella Pasta, we taste simple but delicious pasta recipes, prepared on-demand, and in front of you. Do not miss The pappardelle with the beef stew that simmered for 8 hours. A delight.
Big V London, 6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ, United Kingdom
Stroll through St James Park
If Hyde Park is one of the most emblematic parks in London, you shouldn’t miss St James Park, which is a little less crowded. Spread over 23 hectares, St James’s Park has a small lake with two islands. Ducks, pelicans, and a host of birds dabble in the park. You can even meet a few squirrels there. In short, London’s central park!
Take a walk in Portobello
Made famous by the movie ‘Love at first sight in Notting Hill’, Portobello Road is a must-see when first coming to London. With its large avenue of more than three kilometers long, Portobello Market, like Camden Market, one of the most famous street markets in London which owes its notoriety in part to the pretty colored facades of the houses of Notting Hill. Vintage clothing, jewelry, trinkets, trinkets, books, accessories, paintings, furniture, decorative items, collectibles: a real Ali Baba cave.
Brunch at the Breakfast Club
If you saw a long line, you are at the Breakfast Club. Here, we come for breakfast and brunch, soft pancakes, smoothies, and varied and natural orange juice, but also eggs, bacon as well as refined sandwiches, burgers of course but also burritos! At the Breakfast Club, for sure, you won’t go hungry!
Take a tour of Sketch
The sketch is one of our unusual and trendy addresses in London and is a must-have when you come to the capital for the first time. This concept with unusual decoration includes a two-star restaurant decorated in a seventies-style, as well as a candy pink room in the basement, The Gallery, which acts as an art gallery. We serve afternoon teas and suppers. In another room, The Glade, cocktail bar, takes us to an enchanted forest, Alice in Wonderland style. But the highlight of the show remains the East Bar, a sort of flying saucer where cocktails are served. One thing is for sure, at Sketch, you won’t get bored.
9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG
Stroll through Camden Market
Like Portobello Road, Camden Market is a landmark in London. In addition to small stalls and vintage shops, there are mostly small food stalls that reflect the cosmopolitan gastronomy of London: Indian, Israeli, Lebanese, Mexican… There is something for everyone.
32 Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AL, United Kingdom
Visit Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is nothing less than the place of residence of Queen Elisabeth II. Between tradition and royal ceremony, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is one of London’s most emblematic attractions. Dressed in their traditional attire and topped with the famous bear hair headdress, keep them proudly parading under musical cadences to the palace gates and entering Buckingham Palace through the east gate located near the great gates of Green Park. In August, it is possible to visit the interior of the Palace while Elizabeth II is on vacation in Edinburgh. Without forgetting, of course, the inevitable Big Ben and the English parliament for a successful first time in London.