48 hours in London
You sometimes can’t do everything in London in just a day, but to ensure you don’t leave the capital undiscovered, we’ve put together a local guide of some ways you can make the most of 48 hours in London!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why not head to The Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch and give breakfast the attention it deserves? A favourite of travel & fitness blogger Alice Tate, the Hoxton boasts an all-day bar situated in the trendy East End. Generous bowls or fruit & granola, buttery pastries full on English breakfasts can be found on their breakfast menu. Don’t worry if you’re not an early riser; food is served until late!
The author of Mummy in the City blog takes her children to Royal Museums Greenwich. Home to the National Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory, there is plenty to keep you occupied in Greenwich. Greenwich itself offers breath-taking views and impressive Georgian and Victorian architecture. So whether you decide to check out the museums, or amble gently along the riverfront, it’s certainly worth your time.
Lifestyle, food and luxury travel blogger Angie, writer of SilverSpoon London, has taken the concept of a picnic in the park to the next level with this spread. Photographed in St James’s Park, this is a lovely space to have a wander. If you don’t fancy taking a picnic, you can enjoy impressive views of the lake and fountain from the café. You can also visit the park’s much-loved residents- the pelicans! One of eight Royal Parks in the city, St James’s covers an area of nearly 57 acres.
Have a wander@boroughmarket
Selling a mix of hot and cold food, raw ingredients and sweet treats, Borough Market is London’s ultimate foodie heaven. Serving the people of Southwark for 1000 years it has a rich heritage, which only adds to its appeal. The market is a favourite of travel blogger Cheylene, author of Girl in London, and it’s not hard to see why. The market embodies the city’s multiculturalism, offering culinary delights from across the world.
A neighbourhood restaurant located on the corner of Clipstone Street, the brunch in this place comes highly recommended by Clerkenwell Boy, one of London’s biggest food bloggers! Be aware that this is not your typical breakfast/brunch menu. The food here is modern, innovative and totally delicious. It’s extremely popular so it might be best if you book in advance.
Sail down the Regents Canal
Along the River Thames, there’s no shortage of boat trips that you can enjoy. However, if you’re looking for an alternative to the restaurant cruises on Southbank, why not consider a trip along the Regent’s Canal. Spanning 8.6 miles, this quieter stretch of water has a more relaxed feel, according to travel blogger Lucy, author of On the Luce.
Live like a local@PopBrixton
The tourist hotspots in London offer a fantastic experience. But often, visitors to the city miss the real ‘community feel’ that the London boroughs have created for themselves. If you feel want to uncover some of the great social enterprises in the capital, head to Pop Brixton. This temporary project has transformed the disused land into a creative space for local, independent businesses. Why not head off the beaten track and discover some of London’s most exciting start-ups working in food, retail, design and social enterprise.
If you’re a gin lover like the blogger behind Poppy Loves London, the Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace is definitely a place you need to check out. Using home-grown ingredients from their two small orchards in East London, Mother’s Ruin produces uniquely flavoured gins and liqueurs.
Food blogger and writer of Curious London features Native on her top 21 London Restaurants. Advocates of locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, it’s not difficult to see why. Through innovative cooking teamed with a rustic country edge, this place can take you on a tasty adventure through all four seasons. Reasonably priced and located in Covent Garden, you should definitely treat yourself by dining Native style.