Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Niki? It's London Calling...

Happy Birthday to me, I am officially going to LONDON!!!!!!!!! I can not begin to express how excited I am!!! My darling niece Melanie made the wise decision to study in London for her junior year of college, I am making the wiser decision to take it as an opportunity to visit her. My sister-in-law and I are headed across the pond for 5 fun filled days in London Town. I have suddenly become obsessed with anyone who has a British accent, peacoats, the word "bloody", rain boots, and tea. When it comes to travel I am a bit of a nut case and there are certain things I need, an aisle seat, hand sanitizer, most importantly a binder which contains locations of my hotel, Melanie's flat (and a map of how to get to and from), the closest hospital, two copies of my flight information, and other "practical" bits of information...I'm a little neurotic.

But I do need help with one section of my binder...What to do. I want to make the most of my London experience and I need some help. What should I see? Where should I shop? Who makes the best crumpets? What should I avoid because it's a big waste of time/money/sanity? Of course Mel has begun mapping out our agenda, but we want to hear from you too! So give up your yummiest places to nosh and your scrumptious places to shop because I'm going to LONDON *twirls around* !!!

11 comments:

Things That Inspire said...

Victoria & Albert Museum; the Muffin Man (near the V&A) for a great, casual, inexpensive English tea (great scones and cream); I like the fruit scones from Marks & Spencer the best; best fish and chips - the Golden Hind in Marylebone (it's BYOB); the Tate Modern is not to be missed; a self guided walking tour of Kensington and Chelsea is my favorite thing to do for people watching and house stalking.

Best purse size map - http://www.amazon.com/London-Mapguide-5th-Michael-Middleditch/dp/0140279482/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215743551&sr=8-19

This map makes it possible to take the buses, which are so easy and much cheaper than taxis or the subway. The bus routes are on every street, so you just follow point A to point B and figure out which bus will get you there!

Things That Inspire said...

Forgot, the Wolseley for brunch or lunch.

http://www.thewolseley.com/

Also love Wagamama for an easy lunch or dinner - I usually go to London with my kids, so I tend to do the easy places for meals, not the high end!

The Blue Bar in the Berkeley (Belgravia/Knightsbridge) is quite spectacular, if you are willing to pay $20 a drink....

Anonymous said...

If you like a little bit of crime and horror do the Jack the Ripper tour!Book first!Visit the parks, Covent Garden, walk along the Thames and eat Mash and Bangers with green peas! Have fun

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

You will have a fabulous time! Check my blog for loads of 'Queen's Things'... all my trips to London.
I love the markets, and the pubs, and the theater, and...
You will find it easy to get around. And Everyone speaks english (not that you will always recognise it)
Cheers~~

Blue said...

The Portrait restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery has a wonderful view down to the Houses of Parliament - I mention it a couple of posts ago - and the food, especially the High Tea, is terrific. Wine's not bad, either. Other than that you might contact Rose at Rose C'est La Vie and see if she has any suggestions.

Yummy Scrumptious said...

So excited, I love all of these suggestions!!!! KEEP THEM COMING!!!

Yummy Scrumptious said...

Blue, I expect more from you...maybe over cocktails?

my favorite and my best said...

tours are tedious and expensive. if you are going to do a tour do the double decker bus versions. they are a great way to see the architecture and famous spots.

avoid food in picadilly. the british museum is way cool.
and my must for jaw dropping holy shit i am totally american and this shit is cool and i remember learning all about it in school is.....westminster abbey. there is shit in there that is unfathomably old.

the london eye is cool, i breast fed my daughter on it.

Emily Amy Gallery said...

We are going to steal your itinerary!! Laura and I are trying to head that way this summer!! SO jealous.

Karena said...

Have a fabulous time! You will love it..... I fell in love there!!

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Yummy Scrumptious said...

Thank you! I am so excited and you have all given me some fantastic ideas!