First 2 for 10 days and finally at the 3rd stayed for 5 months and believe to know the most of it.. tasted the best of it..
Where to go & What to do
First buy an OYSTER CARD to travel. If you do not use transportation more than 3 times a day, "pay as you go" will be enough for you, but otherwise, buy a daily/weekly
or monthly pass to make sure you are safe.
Humming Bird Cup-cakes
Really famous and delicious cup-cakes, cakes and cookies.. I didn't try all of them probably but all the ones that I have tried were great! Loved the carrot cake and red velvet cup cake!
One of the nicest places in Central London.
Covent Garden Shows
Who knows maybe he was really Johnny Deep !
For coffee and cakes, for a traditional fish and chips, or any kind of pub hang out I recommend the Founders Arms located just at the south end of the Millennium Bridge, really close to Tate Modern. One of the best located pubs. With great view of London and the breeze of the river, I can call it my favorite PUB !
The green place in front of Tate Modern is the Founders Arms Pub!
It is a chain pub as well but I like the one in Leicester Square, in China Town close to both Piccadilly Circus Stn. and Leicester Square Stn., around 5 min walk. Been there for almost 6-7 times in 4months. One of the nicest pubs and greatest places to have a fun night out. It is open until late, if you go early there is no entrance fee, food is good, alcohol prices are fair, music is really nice but different at every floor. I guess it is the 2nd floor where live music is played.
ALL BAR ONE
Also, especially if the weather is good check out the bike rentals from BARCLAYS Cycle Hire's. This is a great way to travel, huge money saving and also an activity for your body! You can learn everything about these bike rentals (how to rent, where there are bikes, dockings and empty places to leave the bike back ect.) from the website :
And there is also an Iphone App. for it :)
The most colorful and cute street in London. Really close to Oxford Street Underground Station exit. Small and nice shops mostly for shoes and nice restaurants. And at the end there is this famous store: Liberty. C'est ici, Cha Cha Moons and Soho Pizzeria, where there is live jazz or piano, are my favorittes. When you enter C'est ici and Cha Cha Moons there is a hall in the middle of the building and that's my favourite spot! The Kingly Court !!
And to keep up with the events of Carnaby you may follow the official website: http://www.carnaby.co.uk/
Portobello Road & Market
When you take the subway to Nothinghill Gate, which is the west end of the second zone, you will find yourself at a different part of London.
Really nice buildings, really nice food, variety of stores and things to buy.
I can call it a heaven that's too crowded (: Normally the Market is only on Saturdays so make sure you go on the day of the Market. And don't forget that it will take at least 2-3hours to walk the street and look around.
When I started living in London, I even did grocery shopping from the market. I got camembert that was 3 for 5 pounds and although the expiry date was in 2 weeks, we finished them all up before the end of the week, and I had to go and buy again the next week - we ate 3 packs in a week ! Also the goat cheese was like that too, and whatever the brand was, I looked for it at Tesco, Waitrose and all of the kind, but couldn't find it, it was divine.. I totally recommend buying cheese from there! Just be careful about the expiry date!
Spitalfiels and Bricklane Market :
definitely prefer Portobello, price, quality, variety..
St Christopher's Place
It is actually a street and a square at the same time.. It is located just at the back of Selfridge's Store so when you are walking from Oxford Circus it is the street on the right before the store, and if you are coming from the other side (Marble Arch) then it is the first left after Selfridge's. The street is really cute, the restaurants are nice, and it is a great place to spend an evening. There is Busaba the Thai restaurant, Pizza Express, Turkish restaurant Sofra, a great Spanish Tapa's restaurant (which I really recommend!)
Hyde Park & Serpentine Cafe
Just walking around in the park is enough. If you are going from Oxford to Knightsbridge, for example, you can walk through the park and it is really relaxing and nice. If you have time you can sit at Serpentine cafe (bar&kitchen) to have a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, or a delicious pizza.. or just an ice-cream. Because of its location the cafe is one of my favorites. You can rent a bike from BARCLAYS Bike Docks or rather ride a horse ..
If the weather is good you can walk in the "Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain" it was a real fun and a free foot massage :)
Take a boat tour by the river or just use the public trasportation to see more..
Do the things you must do in London!