The desire to get on a plane and step foot in a different country is currently taking over my every thought. I haven’t been away since our trip to France back in December and although I love a staycation, our weekend break in Brighton just does not count. I know I may sound greedy but I’m sure most of you travellers out there will agree with me – travel is like a drug and right now I am having some massive withdrawal symptoms.
So the thought of our impending American adventure next week is like the light at the end of a very long very dark tunnel.
But I’m not one to sit around at home just waiting for something exciting to happen, so in the meantime I’ve kept myself busy by becoming a tourist in my own city and exploring more of London. I often take for granted the fact that I live in such a fantastic city but it’s little adventures like these that make me remember how great London really is.
So I’ve put together a little itinerary of some of our latest explorations over the past few weeks that would make for a fun weekend in London.
♥ A day exploring Greenwich
Greenwich has always been one of my favourite parts of London, not only because I live a short drive away, but also because I could easily spend the whole day here relaxing in the park and wandering around the town. Greenwich Park is beautiful at any time of year – for picnics on the grass in summer; spotting deer in the flower gardens; feeding ducks on the lake; visiting the Royal Observatory to see the stars; and – Mr Ayla’s favourite – seeing the panoramic views out across London.
We always take a wander down the hill, past the Queen’s House for the architecture and art buffs, and through the market, full of cute vintage stalls and street food. The delicious smells of sizzling dishes from Brazil to China means we can never decide which cuisine to go for but the mini Dutch pancakes never fail to tempt us.
The Cutty Sark, an impressive British ship from the 1800’s, is just a short walk further into town and from there we often take a gentle stroll along the river to The Green Pea, one of the best pubs in London, for a spot of lunch. The owner, Tom, will tell you that he makes the best pies and roast potatoes in all of London and it’s safe to say that he, Tripadvisor (currently no. 12 out of almost 17,000 restaurants in London) and I, definitely do not all lie!
♥ Champagne and views at Vertigo 42
If you’ve read some of my previous posts you’ll already know how much Mr Ayla loves the views over London, whether it’s from Greenwich Park or from the top of the O2. But for his birthday this year we swapped the O2’s jump suits and harnesses for heels and champagne. At the top of Tower 42, this intimate champagne bar in the City has almost 360 degree views out over London. It’s a beautiful place to watch the sun set as the lights start to twinkle across the city at night.
♥ Dancing at Roadhouse
In the heart of Covent Garden, Roadhouse is a retro American style diner and bar that serves up a huge range of cocktails (so we already know I’m going to be a fan). Grab some American comfort food and then hit the dance floor as the live band belt out some classic Motown hits.
♥ Brunch at Christopher’s
Brunch has quickly become my favourite meal of the day because, in all honesty, who wouldn’t enjoy the luxury of a lie in followed by a delicious mix of breakfast and lunch with a mimosa thrown in for good measure?!
We headed for Sunday brunch with Shikha of Why Waste Annual Leave and Mr Shikha (I’m sure he’ll love that name just as much as Mr Ayla loves his!) at Christopher’s in Covent Garden where the French toast and build-your-own-pancake menu had us drooling. Yes, I did say build-your-own-pancakes and yes, they are just as amazing as they sound.
♥ London in the spring
On the way back home we often like to take a stroll past the London Eye which is always pretty no matter what time of year but especially in spring when the trees lining the South Bank are covered in cherry blossoms.
♥ Take a ride on the cable car
Another fun route home for us is to jump on the Emirates cable car that glides above the river from the Royal Docks to Greenwich Peninsular with gorgeous views of Canary Wharf and planes that fly right over your head.
Then it’s home just in time for an afternoon nap because that’s what Sundays are made for right? Brunching and napping.
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