I’m a Londoner but rarely ever in London. It’s mind-boggling I know! But the realisation is London is a big place with so much to offer and I simply take it for granted. We live in the outskirts of London, Twickenham to be exact so not that far from the hustle and bustle of the big smoke. So why don’t I ever take the 20 minute drive into town or hop onto the tube for 20 minutes straight into Waterloo. Don’t get me wrong I’ve seen quite a bit of London but that’s through the eyes of my parents. I haven’t seen the parts of London I want to discover. The hidden gems the parts where the tourists may not go etc. I’ve become lazy, I’m too lazy to go and explore my home city. In my mind it’ll always be there and so I just don’t think about it. Being quite active on Instagram has made me realise how much London has to offer and how little of London I actually know. So one of my resolutions is to get out there and get myself knee-deep in not only the touristy bits of London but also the little hidden gems.
Right, so here’s my list of places I want to visit in London so far…
To satisfy my flower obsession I would love to visit Colombia Road’s famous flower market. On Sunday the street is transformed into an oasis of foliage and flowers. They have all sorts of flowers available from small plants to 10 foot banana trees. There’s also a selection of pubs and restaurants to keep your bellies full once you’re done browsing the extensive range of flowers on offer.
One for the instagrammers. I first came across Charlotte Street Hotel on Instagram and instantly said ‘I have to go!’ It has that up Market feel which includes a stunning restaurant, hotel suites and a cinema!
Calling all foodies! Borough Market is the foodies sanctuary with so many different cuisines on offer. It’s one of the oldest food markets in London and it recently celebrated its 1000th birthday! It’s famous for its little passage ways that just keep on giving. Through each passage you can discover colourful and eclectic foods.
Want to escape the hustle and bustle then head to Little Venice for some tranquility. It’s the perfect place for boat watching, dog walking and cycling. In some of the boats there are cafes, puppet shows and even an art gallery.
I still can’t believe I’ve not visited the V&A especially as I love a good old exhibition. Well I need to get myself down there right away as there’s currently a Pink Fllyod exhibition on at the moment. Exhibitions are free for members but do carry a charge for non members. I’m happy to pay because the museum is simply stunning!
Because we live so close to Richmond Park we rarely ever venture out to explore other Royal London parks. Richmond Park is absolutely beautiful but there’s so many other beautiful green spaces in London we need to visit and Primrose Hill is one of them. Primrose Hill is located 213 feet on the northern side of Regents Park and it offers one of the most spectacular views of London. I’m all about the view! This is definitely one to take the kiddies to, with a pit stop for ice cream and a coffee.
As we’re talking about views, I’ve been desperate to visit the Sky Garden. It’s famous for its large glass dome, featuring a beautiful landscaped garden full of pretty green foliage and plants. It offers 360 degree views of London and even has an open air terrace for even more exquisite views of the big smoke. Definitely one for a date day with Freddie. They offer free visits which can be booked 3 weeks in advance. You need to be quick because I’ve been trying to get a slot for months with no luck!
I’m a lover of anything green and you’ll know this if you follow me on Instagram. We’re regular visitors of Kew Gardens, Wisley and other beautiful national trust locations. So visiting the Barbican Centre Conservatory is at the top of my list. It’s the second largest conservatory in London and is a tropical oasis of exotic fish, plants and trees. If you’re after a lazy Sunday with family or friends then you have to check this place out. You can even order yourself a yummy afternoon tea when you’re there as a treat.
So that’s my round-up of places to visit in London. If you’ve visited somewhere that isn’t on my list then comment below because I’m always up for finding different places to explore with the family.