After a weekend in London, I am utterly exhausted but filled with happiness and awe at some of the amazing places that London has. In this post, I’m going to break down where we visited and why I believe they are some of the best places to see and activities to do.
35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden
Rules is what happens when you leave a restaurant in the 1800s and refuse to touch the interior. Tucked away in Covent Garden, it is claimed to be the oldest restaurant in London. The exterior is seemingly plain, but when you walk inside the beauty of the restaurant is revealed.
Used for various filming locations, Rules is the place to be seen in. Mostly known for featuring in Downton Abbey, the restaurant is definitely a step back in time. The walls are covered in paintings and artwork, the staff wear tuxedos and smart clothing and the food is amazing to say the least.
The menu features traditional British dishes but smartened up. The pies are ginormous and the portions are extremely filling. The Wild Boar pie was a hit with me and my boyfriend and I ordered sides of mash and red cabbage. There was nothing to fault! Afterwards, he ordered the cheese board whilst I enjoyed every mouthful of my golden syrup pudding with custard.
Not to be missed, Rules is an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life!
On top of being free, The Tate Britain is a great way to spend the rainy days in London. Maybe, you just want to sit around and look at paintings, or you have a huge interest in art.
Whatever your reasoning, The Tate Britain is full of British paintings and artwork. Aside from a few exhibitions, the place is free… bonus! It holds art from 1500 right to the present day, so there is lots to be seen.
Take a break in the Djanogly Café or arrange a meal in the Rex Whistler Restaurant with it’s beautiful decoration. Easy to access from Pimlico, Victoria or Westminster tube stations, take in the beautiful pieces housed in the collection. Open from 10am-6pm, Monday to Sunday, it is a perfect day out.
9 Conduit Street, London.
See my separate post on this amazing place!
Oxendon Street, London
I booked this on a whim after looking for comedy shows, and refusing to pay such high prices. I thought it looked pretty fun and a totally different experience for my boyfriend and I.
Tucked away near Piccadilly Circus, the venue is recognisable by the glowing sign of the teethy smile. You are bustled into a room downstairs, that is far bigger than you expect, where there is a cluster of chairs in the middle. There is a bar towards the side and the stage is a small space in the front of the room. The Comedy Store has been efficient with space- be prepared to sit close to your neighbours!
Students receive concessions Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Additionally, the 11pm show on Friday is a mere £7 for students. The premium tickets, at just £16 for students on Friday at 11pm are well worth it. You are certain to get a seat where you can see the performers.
Be cautious sitting on the front row, you’re sure to get heckled by comedians!
Trafalgar Square, London. St. Martin’s Place, London.
Both galleries hold stunning pieces of artwork and can be take a day each to explore, fully. The Portrait Gallery spans from the beginning of the Tudor reign and ends at the current day. With the sections split into centuries/categories, and collected with much information- the artwork is accessible for anyone. Hours could be spent here in the silent, but bustling serenity of the gallery. As expected, most of the gallery is free aside from a few exhibitions.
Additionally, The National Gallery is one that can take a while to explore. We decided to see the Michelangelo & Sebastiano exhibition. Aside from anything but brilliant, the exhibition is well worth a visit.
Leave a day or two to really see these places, there is so much to look at!
65a Long Acre, London.
Part of a chain, this healthy but yummy Vietnamese restaurant is small but provides excellent food. The Pho holds a big influence over the menu, but there is plenty of other dishes if that doesn’t take your fancy. The restaurant is fairly chilled out, maybe too chilled for some people, but it is the hip place to be in London. Just near Covent Garden, the restaurant is fairly easy to walk to from the tube station.
Try the cocktails, they are fairly different from the usual, but extremely refreshing and really swings you into the mood. A great place to visit on the weekend when London is bustling with club goers and people out to celebrate the weekend.
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