Last weekend I headed down to London, although I've visited the city many times I never seem to get bored of it and I have every intention of living there when I'm older... and rich enough to afford it.
We travelled by train, and as soon as we arrived headed to our hotel to check in our luggage. We stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton West End Hotel which was the perfect hotel for our short stay. The hotel had an old fashioned, classic exterior yet the interior had a modern and simplistic feel to it. The welcomed us with warm cookies which instantly put me in the best mood!
The hotel was situated in Holborn, which was the ideal location as it was only a short walk away from Covent Garden which we headed to for a quick shopping trip. Covent garden can only be described as a place of pure architectual beauty. Viewing the infrastructure of the streetscape is enough to make even the shortest visit to Covent Garden worthwhile. The Market Piazza is the centrepiece and is surrounded by a vast array of pretty restaurants, cafés and shops.
After exploring the markets and watching a charity opera performance in the market hall we found our way to Leicester Square where we stopped for a bite to eat. The only issue I have when going to London is that there is quite literally too much choice, which doesn't help the fact that I am already incredibly indecisive! We finally settled for the Timberyard café at Seven Dials.
It was the quirkyness of this café that made it stand out from the rest, its comfy looking armchairs and makeshift tables made from stacked vintage suitcases gave the place a homely appeal.
Being a huge coffee lover I decided that I would try a macha latte which seems to be the new craze in London. After multiple people in the queue ordered one, I wanted to see what the fuss was about. Formed with macha green tea powder this latte provides the same goodness that a green tea does, plus it gives it a vibrant green colour which I thought was super cool.
As I was in the mood for trying new things, I opted for the courgette and pea soup which despite its appearance was delicious.
After lunch, we headed to the Cambridge Theatre, to watch Matilda the Musical, which I would definitely recommend watching if you're visiting London soon and into theatrical performances. After the musical ended we strolled back to Covent Garden for cocktails.
Out of the few bars I have visited in London, Dirty Martini is definitely my favourite new hotspot. It's an underground cocktail bar located in the corner of Covent Garden. The interior, the music, and not to mention the cocktails were all amazing. We went at just the right time as happy hour was in full flow, meaning half price martinis all around. I would definitely recommend trying the almond and hibiscus martini which was a mixture of Absolut Vodka shaken with Amaretto, cranberry & pineapple juice & hibiscus syrup. Mmmmmm.
After drinking one too many cocktails on an empty stomach, getting some food seemed like an ideal plan. Jamie's Italian being our next destination.
The morning after, we wondered around looking for somewhere to grab a quick breakfast before travelling to explore Greenwich for the day, and Bill's did not disappoint. I went for my favourite kind of breakfast, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
It is fair to say that there is an endless list of things to do and see in London, and therefore a weekend isn't a sufficient timescale in which to get everything on the 'to do' list done. However, there is no denying that a weekend visiting this great city is still incredibly fun and that alone provides me with enough reason to keep wanting to go back!