My first trip to London was last November. After exploring the city during Winter Wonderland, Christmas lights and cozy atmosphere, London will forever feel like Christmas to me. Skeptical and grumpy at first, my first lunch in London was a delightfully awkward combination of Champagne and Hot-dogs, in a cozy-charming bare-brick restaurant, Bubbledogs. Not bad, London, not bad at all.
Apart from this hipster-friendly restaurant, the city shelters amazing culinary offerings, from high quality street food to Michelin star restaurants, so research well and book your table in a timely manner. Coppa Club has recently installed some lovely, cozy igloos by the Thames offering small plates and snacks for breakfast, brunch and dinner. Go for the view!
If you’re looking for cheap bites (good joke, keep looking!) an alternative would be The Borough Market. I think that it is the paradise for any food lover out there, a home to pretty much almost everything, from fresh fruits and vegetables to palm-size oysters and bubbles, sushi and black truffle tortellini. We tried an outstanding duck confit (you’ll get to choose between bun or ciabatta) raclette and donuts, some monstrous chocolate/vanilla and strawberry filled donuts. You can buy high quality truffles and truffle oil or all sorts of spices-from cinnamon to pepper and a wide range of salt (good luck going through airport security though…)
London shelters amazing museums, and there is no entrance fee for the majority of them. Feel free to check out British Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, or the National Gallery. It’s always a good time for some art and history. And while you’re visiting, take your time – some of them offer classy 5 o’clock afternoon tea. Ritz, Sketch, Rosewood London or Harrods offer an Instagram gem, so indulge yourself to a cup of tea, champagne, finger food and some pastries topped with jam.
Walk, walk, walk and walk some more – you will need two or three days to sightsee all that London has to offer. Don’t miss the Camden, and some of the iconic views of the Big Ben and the red phone booths, vintage cars and double deckers.
Accommodation is extremely expensive so it’s high time you catch up with that high school friend of yours that is now studying in London. If not, there are a lot of affordable Airbnbs and hotels. We stayed at Alhambra Hotel, good value for the money, English breakfast and excellent location, 5 minutes away from Kings Cross.
Ryanair offers the cheapest flight possible from Bucharest to London Stansted (5£), while Wizzair can take you to Luton from Constanta, Bucharest, Sibiu, Cluj&co. Enough reasons to book your February citybreak?
More (Londonish) adventures coming soon!