A Weekend in London: 7 Things to Do

 
Image: Weekend in London - Telephone Booth - Notting Hill
 

This fall Visit London invited us to explore some of the best that the city of London has to offer for their #LoveLondonWeekend.  This was our first time in London, so we turned the weekend into a full week. Autumn was a perfect time to visit with all the leaves changing and the weather was pretty perfect (it only rained once in our 10 days there). 

London is a massive city. We couldn't believe how big London was and how much there was to do. We wandered the city for 12-16 hours a day trying to do and eat as much as we could and only reached the tip of the iceberg. If you only have a weekend in London, however, here are some highlights (excluding most of the main attractions). 

a Weekend in London

Shop and Eat at the Seven Dials

Linking Covent Garden to Soho, the Seven Dials is a junction where seven small roads meet. It's full of boutique shops and great food. Get one of the best views of Neal's Yard by booking the table upstairs at Casanova & Daughters, where they have incredible cocktails and Italian bites.

 
A view of Neal's Yard from Casanova & Daughters

A view of Neal's Yard from Casanova & Daughters

 
 
The spread at Casanova & Daughters

The spread at Casanova & Daughters

 

Make the Trek out to Kew Gardens

We'll be honest, getting out to Kew Gardens can be a bit of a hike. But we made the trek out to Kew Gardens and were not disappointed. The Royal Gardens' vast greenhouse area, the Temperate House, is a must see while there. We were also fortunate enough to visit Rebecca Louise Law's stunning Life in Death exhibit that runs until March 2018.

 
Image: Weekend in London - Kew Gardens
 

Pop over to Brixton

For some late night bars and clubs, Brixton is a great pick. We had dinner at one of the BYOB restaurants in the Brixton Market, then went to Pop Brixton for some outdoor pints and outdoor DJ vibes.

Wander around in Shoreditch

Shoreditch is a former up-and-coming neighborhood that is now home to London’s creatives. It's full of boutique stores, cocktail bars, street art and restaurants, and is a great place to spend an afternoon just wandering around. 

 
Blanchette in Shoreditch

Blanchette in Shoreditch

 

Brunch in Carnaby

The recently renovated Kingly Court in Carnaby has a ton of restaurants to choose from. Grab brunch at Whyte & Brown and then head down to the courtyard for a coffee for some great people watching. After brunch, head over to We Built this City for unique souvenirs unlike any others in the city made by local artists. 

 
Image: Weekend in London - Carnaby - We Built This City London
 

Take in the view at the Shard

London's Shard is the tallest building in Europe and its 68th, 69th and 72nd floor viewing decks provide a worthwhile 360 view of the city. With a glass of champagne in hand while you watch the sunset it can feel pretty magical.

 
Prints at We Built This City

Prints at We Built This City

 

Visit the Churchill War Rooms

We didn't do a whole lot of tourist attractions while in London, since usually spend our time wandering neighborhoods and taking in the what we can of a city. But we are both history dorks and we loved the Churchill War Rooms. The bunkers have been kept in identical condition from when Churchill led the British war efforts during the London bombings of WWII, and the museum is full of interesting artifacts, posters and interactive timelines from Churchill's life.

 
Image: Weekend in London - Churchill War Rooms
 

London was one of our favorite destinations this year. So, as you can imagine this doesn't cover even half of what there is to do - but it's a good start!