If you had asked me two years ago if I would lead the life I currently lead, I wouldn’t have even been able to imagine the possibility and would have laughed at the thought. I was just a (fabulous if I dare say) girl in NYC, working 6-7 days a week, meeting girlfriends for trips to the beach and subconsciously trying not to focus on all the bad dates and constant worry I would be alone forever (haha) when I met Dragan at a rooftop bar for 3 minutes, not recognizing that moment would change my path forever. Then, several months later, making the conscious decision to take another path and move to Europe and marry this man. Voilà and here I am, and I’ve been so lucky to travel to my favorite place on a regular basis. In fact, I had never been to London when I met Dragan, but I had always dreamed of it, often speaking in a British accent for days on end and to my friends’ chagrin. 🙂
Now, I go to London often, and while I am no expert, I wanted to share my favorite things thus far. Living in a French speaking part of the world, going to London often puts me on reset and recharges me and I just feel so happy when I’m there.
One of the first things I do when arriving, is getting my hair and nails done. I now try to go every other month just so I can do this!! For those in America, keep in mind, this is only a 1 hour flight away. The BEST place to get your hair done, is the Charles Worthington Salon. I’ve tried two locations, but I love the one on Percy Street. The neighboorhood is trendy and if it’s your first time in the city, it’s an easy walk to Regents and Oxford Street, where you can enjoy shopping and a true London feel.
After getting your hair done, walk over to Selfridges and get your nails done at Nails, Inc. There ARE other great places, but if you are a tourist, I think it’s fun to do it here, in one of my favorite Department Stores in the world.
But, where do you eat, you say? Well, I HIGHLY recommend starting your day with breakfast at The Wolseley located on Green Park. The setting is stunning and the food is delicious.
If you aren’t getting your hair done, and just want to shop, I love walking down Piccadilly and letting the city take me around. After breakfast, I would definitely stop in and walk around the Fortnum & Mason store. It’s so beautiful. There is so much shopping in London, so I won’t go into it, but one other store you should check out is Liberty London. What a unique and wonderful store! It’s on the corner of Regent Street and Great Marlborough Street.
Do not forget to walk down Bond Street and New Bond Street as they are beautiful and house all of the best upscale shopping boutiques! Now I am happy shopping, and since I am so far from the USA, London has made me EXTREMELY happy by introducing J.Crew to Europe with locations all over the city!
As far as hotels, I haven’t tried them all. For a very Central location, we sometimes stay at the Hilton Tralfagar. It’s not AMAZING, but it’s central and if you are there during the warm season, the rooftop bar provides an incredible view of some wonderful landmarks. These pictures are from the rooftop.
My favorite hotel we have stayed in is The Berkeley hotel in Knightbridge. If you don’t stay here, at least make a reservation for High Tea, known as “Prêt-à-Portea”. It’s so nice! I can’t wait to take my mom there for “afternoon tea” as them Brits say!
If shopping isn’t your thing, there is plenty more to do. The museums are lovely and a person could spend an entire day at The Natural History Museum.
We love to eat, and London is the BEST city for eating out! I find it better than NYC in fact. My best recommendation is to go onto Timeout and search the reviews for restaurants that are to your fancy. For Italian, I would recommend Sal & Pepe, in Knightbridge as it’s gorgeous authentic Italian, and often the waiters break out in song, serenading the tables. It’s really a great time! If you want a view, definitely make a reservation at Sushi Samba, and get a cocktail upstairs at Duck and Waffle, as the bar is pretty cool. Cocktails are good at Sushi Samba too, make no mistake and I recommend taking your drink outside under the magic tree! It’s located on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower and provides panoramic views of London. Try to get there at sunset……spectacular.
One more dinner recommendation is The Cinnamon Club. If you like REALLY good Indian food in one of the most AMAZING settings, and don’t mind dropping some big money, this place is for you. Enjoy an drink while you wait in the Library. I LOVED this place, but don’t go here if you are wanting a loud fun vibe. Go here for the romance and the feeling you are eating in a place full of history as it is located in the Old Westminster Library! wow!
If there is anything I didn’t cover and you are visiting and want some suggestions, please let me know and I’ll help if I can. Just remember, if you are coming from the US, you are paying in Pounds and if you aren’t careful, may be surprised at how much actually is coming out of your account!!! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more instant photos and I hope you have a lovely day!