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Oh London, how I love you…
You can’t picture London without imagining double-decker buses, red telephone booths, Big Ben, and the Royal Family, but OMG London is so much more than that. I’m blown away by the diversity and culture London has to offer. While walking down the street I couldn’t get enough of the people watching, everyone was so posh and put together. I’ve been to London a couple of times, but I was in London during the fall for a week so got a chance to take a little more time to explore neighborhoods beyond just Mayfair and SOHO. I was a little nervous about spending time during fall in London because of the weather but ended up getting so lucky with a few beautiful days.
London is pretty spread out, so I will break down my favorite things to see/do so it’s less overwhelming in this quick guide to fall in London.
You can’t go to London and NOT see all the amazing sights. Here is how I would combine the top sights in London based on their location to one another:
- Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace – royal/classic vibes
- Tower of London and Tower Bridge – historical vibes
- Kensington Palace & Hyde Park – picturesque vibes
- Oxford Circus, Trafalgar Square & Piccadilly Square – shopping/tourist vibes
- Go to dinner and a show in the Theatre District
Neighborhoods & Markets
One of the charms of London is exploring all the different neighborhoods and markets around the city. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill: As featured in the rom-com Notting Hill, this area has some enjoyable vintage and quirky shops. You can even still see Hugh Grant’s bookshop from the movie (yes, I did fan-girl a little)
- Seven Dials District: The CUTEST neighborhood to get lost in and excellent for shopping without feeling like you are in a touristy area. I knocked out this area and the British Museum in the same afternoon.
- Covent Garden Market: A market close to the Seven Dials district with some unique shops. It also looks magical during Christmas.
- Harrods: The world-famous department store, it’s a sight to see. They have everything from groceries to the most exclusive designer brands. I came here multiple times during my week in London. Got myself a coffee and a pair of Prada loafers…
- Leadenhall Market: This market feels like you’ve been transported into a Harry Potter film, and no wonder… it was featured in one of the movies.
Food & Drink Experiences
- In case you didn’t know, London is known for Indian food. Dishoom in Kensington which came recommended to me by some friends that used to live in London. The décor has a cool art-deco vibe and the food is delicious. It was my favorite meal in London!
- There are a ZILLION places to have high tea, but it is a MUST. Some places offer a fancier and more traditional experience such as The Ritz, Harrods, and The Savoy, while others are much more low-key. I had tea at Sketch which is insta-famous and super trendy. It’s been on my bucket list for years so I’m glad I tried it, but it was a touch pricey compared to some other tea places.
- No trip to London is complete without having fish & chips at a pub. I went to Crown & Anchor in Seven Dials and it was perfection.
- Drink some beer! Churchill Arms is the insta-famous pub in Kensington with flowers/foliage all over it. I had to check it out and have a beer. There is a pub on almost every block in general, so you can’t go wrong.
If you can swing a day trip, you should! I booked a tour on Get Your Guide and went to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath which was an incredible experience. I highly recommend all 3 of those places. You can read more about my trip to Stonehenge here. Some other popular day trips include Cambridge, Oxford, and the Cotswolds.
I think it would take me months or even years to see everything London has to offer between the history, shops, museums, pubs, and all the cool little nooks and crannies. Real talk, I might be adding “live in London for a year” to my bucket list…