Two weeks ago, a small group of us Seattleites jetted off to London so that a few days later we could hop the inaugural Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Seattle in celebration of their new direct flights between these sister cities.
Landing on a Friday afternoon, we basically had two full days to explore and take it all in. Needless to say, it was essential for us to choose our itinerary wisely! With a little help from the folks at Visit London, and a lot of suggestions from you guys, we packed in a whole lot of sights and experiences into 48 very short hours.
After mapping every single location that we wanted to go, we decided to focus our trip on three areas: Shoreditch, Soho and the Museums in West London. We crammed SO MUCH into every second, it's kind of hard to believe that we weren't there for a week! Which is why we're breaking this up into two posts.
Day 1: Museums, Soho, Notting Hill & More
Our first full day in London started with a leisurely brunch at Cambridge Street Kitchen in an area called Pimlico. I cannot recommend this place enough - it's got a perfectly relaxed weekend vibe! (Did I mention we totally lucked out with the sunny weather!?) As an added bonus, the restaurant is tucked into the most adorable neighborhood that invites wandering and taking five thousand photos of doors.
After brunch, it was time to do some museum hopping! With such limited time unfortunately we didn't make it to all the places we wanted to go. The Hockney exhibit at the Tate Britain was sold out until noon and we didn't have time to wait, so instead we grabbed a cab over to the Victoria & Albert Museum which you could probably spend days in and still not see everything.
Note: If you decide to take this path through West London, I would recommend a detour through Sloane Ave between brunch and the V&A for some lovely shopping!
After the museum we popped by this stunning little boutique called Mint (there were several others in the area too!) and making our way through Hyde Park to Soho for lunch.
And what a lunch it was. Remember when I blogged about how bad I wanted to go to Sketch Gallery? We made it happen!
I have to give a shout out to Joanna and Rebecca who were my travel buddies for most of this trip. You should have seen us soaking this place up - everything was so impeccable, delicious, over the top and magical. Truth time though: taking photos in here is HARD. Everything is very pink and it's a bit dark. Until you go to the bathrooms...
Yes, that is the bathroom. Everyone gets their own little pod. Ladies to the right, gents to the left. It's amazing.
After that experience, it was hard to even think about topping it, but off we went to end our day in Notting Hill...
While Notting Hill is always fun to visit for its colorful buildings lining the streets, Portobello Market, and charming little spots for instagrammable moments, it is typically pretty crowded. Being there at the end of the day we had hoped maybe we'd miss the masses, but no such luck. (This was a Saturday, mind you!)
Can you believe that was only one day? Neither can I! And we definitely missed a few spots too. Ready for Day Two and another favorite neighborhood? Head over right here.