Travelling to London twice in one year was a blessing. And while London is quite easy to navigate, I felt lucky that I had visited once before and able to quickly locate my favorite tourists spots and hidden gems. Below is a collection of just a few of my favorite neighborhoods.
Home to my favorite market, antique shops and little cafes, Notting Hill is all London charm. If I were ever lucky to get the chance to live in London, I’d like to think that I would live in Notting Hill. I love the coloured homes and the random stores. I found my favorite purses and dresses in this neighborhood. Tucked away in the side streets are the best finds for a typical English Breakfast and of course, my favorite Elderflower juice.
I didn’t really take any photos that are iconic to Covent Garden but I certainly spent my fair share of time here. True, it’s touristy and flooded with crowds all year round, but it’s also a convenient neighborhood with plenty of restaurants and bars to visit. I love areas that are pedestrian friendly and Covent Garden is one of those places. A plethora of beautiful brick buildings and old theatres surround the main square, making it a neighbourhood worth exploring.
Above -Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad with Roasted Artichoke, Red Onion, Purple Basil and Balsamic Jelly. Alla Roma Pizza with Mozzarella, Parma Ham, Mascarpone, Red Onion and Rocket.
* I also highly recommend their jug of Pimms. Sitting in the plaza of Covent Garden, sharing a jug of Pimms with new friends, you can’t get more carefree than that.
Covent Garden – 21 The Market, Covent Garden, London
When Gloria and I were in Paris a few months ago, we often walked through the parks. An iconic image of a Parisian park are the green reclining chairs that are scattered throughout, available to park dwellers on a first come first served basis. However, at the time when Gloria and I were visiting, no common chairs were available to us, which ended up being a slight disappointment…so on my latest walk through Hyde Park, I had to snap this photo for her..unoccupied park chairs!
Hyde Park, as touristy as it is, is still one of my favorite spaces in London. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, parks are wonderful places to congregate. Enjoying a picnic on the grass or taking a post dinner stroll, the things you can do in a park are endless.
Unless you live here, work here, or know someone who does both here, an average tourist wouldn’t visit Canary Wharf. I believe this area is highly underrated and it wouldn’t have been on my radar had I not rented an apartment in the heart of Canary Wharf. Though it’s mainly just office buildings, this clean, modern area is also filled with trendy bars and restaurants as well as houses several parks and plazas. During the summertime, the open areas hosts festivals, concerts, outdoor plays and movie screenings. When the sun sets on weekdays, droves of businessmen and women come out and fill the bars with bustling noise and activity. The weekends offer food carts and local farmer’s markets. There’s so much to do here all in a five block radius.
Other Favorite London Neighbourhoods —
There were so many other areas that I loved but didn’t get a chance to visit the second time around. Camden Town, Brixton, Islington, Southwark..oh the list continues.