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81 Shades of London; by a Google Local Guide

  1. Have breakfast at 34 Mayfair

  2. Visit Portobello Market in Notting Hill

  3. Grab a bite of street food at Borough Market

  4. Visit the Mudchute City Park and Farm

  5. Go to Kensington Palace

  6. Get on a steam train at Ongar Epping and pop your head out like the movies.

  7. Watch a play or two at West End, Soho

  8. Visit the Backyard Cinema, its so street

  9. Visit Barbican, explore art at the galleries, or have high tea in the conservatory by the fountain terrace.

  10. If you love poetry like me, you can either read or listen to poetry at the Poetry Café in Coven Garden.

  11. Visit Grenadier, England’s oldest Pub for a pint, there is a lot of war history there.

  12. Invite your beau or belle to the Electric Cinema at Nothing Hill and cosy up with them on the bed lounges watching a movie.

  13. If you love a G&T, go to the eclectic Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour in Covent Garden

  14. If in London at Christmas, go shopping at Oxford Street, God the lights!!!

  15. Walk or hike in Epping Forest

  16. Late night funky music at the Warwick. It’s a pub that turns into a late disco.

  17. Grab a Turkish kebab at the Wood Oven, South Woodford. It’s the best in London.

  18. Visit South Bank, there are loads of things to do

  19. Grab a night cuppa from an Italian Barista at Cafe Nero at Warren Street

  20. While you wait at St Pancreas anytime, go to the lobby bar of the Renaissance hotel for a glass of wine or champagne

  21. Walk King’s Road, Chelsea to World’s End.

  22. Visit Charles Dickens Museum and travel back in time.

  23. Swim at Hampstead Heath Ponds

  24. Go to the V&A museum, there is always so much art to see.

  25. Visit David Zwirner, Huxley Parlour or the Photographer’s Gallery for free.

  26. Eat fab Chinese Food at China Town

  27. Picnic on the top of Primrose Hill

  28. Check out the Jazz Cafe in Camden

  29. Have lunch at Little Venice by the canals and lake

  30. Visit Charlotte Street for original family owned restaurants.

  31. Brunch at 45 Jeremy St, it’s part of Fortnum and Mason

  32. Wanderlust in Hoxton for some arty and hippy vibes.

  33. Hop on the Eurostar from St Pancreas to Paris or Brussels

  34. Have a weekend stroll at Holland Park and see the fab Kyoto Garden

  35. Fine dine in Corrigan’s Mayfair

  36. Get on the cable car from Royal Victoria station to the 02

  37. Have lunch at St Christopher’s Place in Bond Street

  38. Get a warm fresh waffle outside Marble Arch station, street Belgian style

  39. Visit Kew Gardens, its floral and magical especially in Spring and Autumn

  40. If at Christmas, have an experience of Christmas in Richmond, Santa usually comes!. And so does the sight of deers.

  41. If you like jazz, visit Ronnie Scott’s at Firth Street.

  42. Stroll to see the magnificent Wallace Collection

  43. If you love meat, eat at Hawksmoor, City of London

  44. Visit the National Gallery, its beautiful

  45. Walk Westminster bridge at sunset and get views of the sun setting on the Thames as the lights illuminate the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

  46. Get lost in English lavender fields at Mayfair Lavender Farm and pretend to be in the Provence.

  47. Have cream tea at Claridges

  48. Visit Hampton Court’s Palace

  49. Spend time at the Maison Assouline Book Store at St James’s

  50. Enjoy the vibe of the fabulous library room at the Arch Hotel in Marble Arch.

  51. Attend a hip hop brunch and bottomless Prosecco, there are so many places.

  52. Do your morning Sunday run along Regent’s Canal

  53. If you like French food, reserve a table at the La Poule au Pot, Chelsea

  54. And if you think you are a sommelier, try Les 110 de Taillevent, the concept is fascinating.

  55. Visit Leighton House Museum and be surprised,

  56. Try Piano Works, Farringdon

  57. Night life? Club at Cargo or Trapeze, Shoreditch

  58. Eat at Gillray’s Steakhouse at the Marriott, Westminster as you enjoy the river view.

  59. Soul parties at Blue Kitchen, Shoreditch

  60. Eat decadent cake at Cutters and Squidge Soho

  61. Go paint art on a canvas at Griffin Belle at Vauxhall sipping beer, wine or a nice glass G&T. its artnight!

  62. If you are in London 1st Saturday in June, dress up and go see the horses with her Majesty the Queen at the Derby.

  63. Buy Vintage items from Spitafields

  64. Attend the Chelsea Flower Show in May

  65. If you love flowers and you are not in London in for the Chelsea flower show, stroll to Columbia Road Flower Market in a Sunday morning in London’s East End.

  66. Have a glass of champagne at the Champagne Bar, Harrods

  67. If you are like morbid, spend a day at the Highgate Cemetery

  68. Check out God’s own Junkyard in my former neighbourhood, Walthamstow.

  69. Have 24 hour breakfast at VQ Aldgate

  70. 360 views at Gavin at Windows, Michelin starred restaurant

  71. Get on the river bus and ride the Woolwich Ferry on the Thames.

  72. See the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral

  73. Have lunch at Walthamstow Village, it’s very chic.

  74. If you are a writer, visit the Poet’s Corner.

  75. Pick a condiment from Harrods or Fortnum and Mason’s Food Halls, its affordable!

  76. Have a drink at Capeesh Sky Bar, Canary Wharf (its the Penthouse),

  77. Visit Fitzrovia Chapel, its a soothing and a silent place away from the crazy city buzz

  78. Window shop or just shop at New Bond Street if you can afford it. Its luxury…

  79. Visit Westfield Shopping Mall London

  80. Go bowling at Star Lanes

  81. Get a cocktail at the American Bar, Savoy Hotel and listen to the jazz pianists.

You are very welcome!

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