Where I'd Rather Be Itineraries: London

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Since we’re still in lockdown in the UK (this post was written in June, but its itineraries are still applicable) – I’m finding myself literally dreaming about my favourite food spots, pubs, parks and theatres in the capital city – L O N D O N. Then, I’m waking up from my dreams, checking out renting prices on Rightmove, crying and repeating – a vicious cycle. I don’t know what I’ll do when the lockdown is lifted. I’m super lucky to have options, maybe I’ll move to London, back to Barcelona or even Rio, who knows? But in my heaps of spare time, I thought I’d plan my perfect day in the not-so perfectly perfect city.

 

fancy London giving the loooooooks

I don’t know if you guys have heard that quote ‘when one is tired of London, one is tired of life’ – this man Samuel Johnson said it. I’ll be honest, I know nothing about him but I just googled him and he looks just like your average 18th-century author, poet, basic extraordinaire. OH! And he wrote the Dictionary of the English Language.

Calling… Lin Manuel-Miranda, fancy writing a new London based Hamilton style grime musical with me? Pip pip cheerio!


Having lived in London for 4 years (33 in dog years), I like the quote. That being said, I’d give it a bit of a modern twist to ‘when one is tired of London, one is tired of extortionate rent’.  I left London because I was self-proclaimed ‘tired of London’ ™ but ultimately, tired of my own life and paying rent instead of going to places I wanted to visit – yada yada yada. I took myself out of the equation and learnt to my dismay, I was wrong – I love London! It only took a global pando to realise.

 

 

 

 

Samuel Johnson engrossed as ever reading this article

Although I’m blessed to have a roof over my head and a family I adore, if I could, I’d be happy to visit London again for a big pre-corona day out, a calm before the storm if you will. I’m sure we all have one place we’d love to see again. I have a lot. But let’s start with Londres.

Itinerary #1

I’m not a big fan of paying to have breakfast when I can easily make it at home or at an Airbnb. But that said, I am a fan of a big, theatrical breakfast. If I’m going to go, I’ll go full monty. English breakfast is faaaaaar superior to any other but that’s just my (correct) opinion. I’m also 75% veggie most of the time so I desperately crave good veggie sausages and other alternatives. I have two go-to breakfast/brunch spots that I’ll happily visit on a fine morning in London.

homemade breakfast by moiiiii - peep the unread post + unfinished bottles of rum !

Breakfast/Brunch, London Bridge OR Liverpool Street (9.30 AM)

I’m not a big fan of paying to have breakfast when I can easily make it at home or at an Airbnb. But that said, I am a fan of a big, theatrical breakfast. If I’m going to go, I’ll go full monty. English breakfast is faaaaaar superior to any other but that’s just my (correct) opinion. I’m also 75% veggie most of the time so I desperately crave good veggie sausages and other alternatives. I have two go-to breakfast/brunch spots that I’ll happily visit on a fine morning in London.

The Fancy One: Where the Pancakes are. If you’re looking for an aesthetic brunch trip, I’d absolutely recommend this restaurant. I have to say it’s a little on the pricey side for my stingy budget but every time I go, I’m always smiling. Obviously, pancakes are the main event but you’ll be offered American, English, Dutch, Aussie and Welsh flavours. My inner basic bitch is obsessed with their beetroot, turmeric and matcha lattes. Beetroot is the best because it’s PINK! It’s all-round a good time and in a nice location near London Bridge. 

 

 

this is what I'm talking about! (taken from Where The Pancakes Are Insta - check it out)

The Not-so Fancy yet Fancy One: Spoons in Liverpool Street. If you’ve been around British people and haven’t heard them talking about spoons then you haven’t been listening properly. Wetherspoons AKA spoons is a British staple for ‘pub grub’. There’s a spoons in every corner of the UK and a fun thing about them is every restaurant has a different, unique carpet – look at this account dedicated to them.  It’s less on the pricey side, and more on the local side but the food is still unbeatable. When I was in Barcelona, I always craved a veggie breakfast from spoons on a hungover Saturday morning. Now, another great thing about spoons is they can really DIFFER. Some spoons in London are probably not the place you wanna be on your only dream day in London as you’ll probably just be faced with locals watching the footie. But there are some more elegant ones that you could take a date on for cheap alcohol and food. In Liverpool street, the Hamilton Hall is one of those – the decor is lush and you’ll be shocked to be getting a morning cocktail there for under a fiver. 

 


Hamilton Hall - a glamourous yet budget breakfast (taken from their website)

Post Breakfast Culture Trip, Hackey   (11 AM)

Next up, I’d pop on over to Hackney to visit The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History. Although I do love the classic, go-to museums and galleries of London, I’ve been to them all so many times. The cabinet of curiosities is very affordable (£8 – including a cup of tea), hilarious and undeniably… strange (in a good way)! It’s one of those places I’d rather not reveal too much about as it’s such a shock and surprise-filled with curiosities collected throughout the years.

Everyone's gotta go here once!

Boozy Lunch, Angel (12.30 PM)

Then, I’d catch the bus and go to Angel for a little lunch at a lovely little restaurant called Indian Veg! It’s quite possibly one of my favourite places to eat in London located in an area called Angel! What’s not to love? 

 It’s TASTY, bring your own booze and such a good vibe. Obviously, I’m not condoning getting super duper drunk – but why not have a few? It’s lunchtime in a world where quarantina doesn’t exist? Let’s go wild!  It’s £8.99 for an all you can eat buffet of Indian cuisine and it’s mostly vegan + 100% veggie. Yes, chef. I’ve already written an article about them because I’m obsessed so you can read that here

2 Angels in Angel

Park and Chill (2 PM)

After a pretty hectic morning/lunch, the best thing to do is relax in a beautiful park. Luckily, London has plenty of those.  Let’s hope the weather is on our side for once. Kew Gardens is 100% my favourite as it’s easily accessible by tube and filled with botanical plants and lush florals. Since I’m still feeling Spanish at heart, at around 3 I’d be feeling a lil snoozy. One of my ideal afternoons is sitting in a local park and having a read, draw and nap in the sun. 

If Kew feels too far away, Kensington and Regents Park are equally gorgeous. 

My friend Ben is like a magpie for plants - can't take him anywhere

Early Dinner Time! (6PM)

Hopefully, after a little siesta or cool down, the night can begin! As it’s been a lot of sit down meals today, I’d visit an iconic street food spot probably in Waterloo/ Southbank. Grab some pizza, pasta or anything you can imagine and sit by the Thames watching the tourist boats go past. Whilst in Waterloo, best get your phone at the ready and download the app, DUSK. With Dusk, it can point you in the direction of a free drink in the local area post or pre meal. 

Sunny London giving us holiday energy

Some Kinda Entertainment? (7 or 8 PM)

I’m a big fan of the theatre so I’d somehow finesse some cheap tickets to see Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton (okay not so cheap) or Les Mis. Lastmin.com is always a winner OR just go on over to the theatres to see if they have any spare tickets going. If theatre’s not the one, there’s loads of quiant cinemas, comedy clubs or late night musueums open too.

Genesis Cinema is a cute one - or there's Peckhamplex, Barbican or any Rooftop Film Club

Post Theatre Snack

Even writing about how much food I’m consuming during this alternate reality day is making me full but hey-ho. I’ll continue. Post-show, I’d take a walk to stunning Chinatown for some Filipino treats. Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream is quite possibly the best place for Filipino snacks in all of England – I’m obsessed. It’s all desert with iconic Fili sweet treats with ube ice creams, Leche flans, buko (coconut) pies and much more. 

 

From their website as my phone ran out of charge when I got there but how cute?!

Dance The Night Away 

I hope you brought your dancing shoes in your backpack as I’m in the mood for dancing, romancing and all that jazz. I’ll probably take a pit stop at some local bar to get some nice drinks for  ‘Prinks’ as we call it in the UK instead of pregame. 

Nightclubs in London range a few categories

dirty, 

bougee,

gay 

 

Pick your warrior of choice and roll with it. I usually try to find a place with good disco music and close enough to go home if I get sleepy. Which after this day, won’t take me too long.

G-A-Y Heaven queue is always a fun time

 

& finally, Bedtime

the party never stops! even if it looks like we all want it to ..

*side note: if any of you know London you’ll realise I’ve just about managed North, East, South West London here. So you’re either gonna get really tired doing this itinerary OR really well-travelled in one day. You decide. 

PSA: SHE EATS VEGETABLES!!! (taken at the infamous Indian Veg)

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