D[I] Travel Guide: London

London is one of those incredible places where no amount of time is enough. Our big European adventure began here and it’s probably one of the only cities we visited on this trip that I could keep coming back to. While many European cities tend to slow down during the winter season, London comes to life during the holidays. Trust me when I say, Christmas is London is magical. And you basically feel like you’re in Harry Potter so that’s great. Here’s a quick run down:

Stay: We stayed at the Hilton by Heathrow because our flight out was super early. Staying by the airport makes sense for early flights, but you if you have more time, stay closer in the city.

Transportation: Uber and taking the “tube” is the easiest, most cost-efficient way to get around the city. Luckily all the good stuff is pretty close in the center of town.

Shop: I didn’t realize how legit the shopping was especially walking around Soho and Oxford street during the holidays. You can’t NOT check out the touristy staples like Harrods, the original Selfridges and Primark. I also found London shopping to be way cheaper than in the States, especially when I was doing a price comparison between stuff at Zara. Don’t forget to take advantage of the tax-free luxury shopping at Heathrow!

Eat: Dishoom (this is not an option, you gotta try it), Sketch (tea), Laduree, Nandos, Duck & Waffle, Wagamama, Maroosh, Papa Roti, Garfunkels (fish & chips), Burger & Lobster

Visit: Trafalgar Square, London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussaud’s, Tower of London, London Bridge, Camden Market, Borough Market,

Tips: End of November is a fun time to go but do not underestimate how freaking cold and wet it can get!

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