Dream week itinerary for London (on a moderate budget)
Dream week itinerary for London (on a moderate budget) Reviews
Dec 16, 2007
This is based on a trip that a friend and I did to London for a week. After living in London for 2 years, my role was tour guide for my friend who had never been there.
So here it is:
Arrive Saturday night - go to the pub for a quiet one to get into the swing of things
Sunday - walk along the canals to Camden market. Walk around, grab a bite at the food court section. Check out the long haired freaky people and buy a couple of funky t-shirts at the market. Later in the afternoon, take a bus through to Regent Street and take a walk around Carnaby Street, down to Picadilly Circus, through Leicester Square to Covent Gardens. Have dinner at Cafe Pacifico - my favourite mexican resraurant in London (got to try the taquiza and vanilla mojitos).
Monday - Take a walk from Waterloo station to the London Eye. Then a boat from there to Grenwich. Pub lunch in Grenwich and a bit of a walk around. In the evening, grab some chinese - mmmm crispy aromatic duck.
Tuesday - tour the HMS Belfast before going to the Design Museum in Shad Thames. Try out some cocktails at the Hidden Julep near the London Bridge Station.
Wednesday - spend some time shopping around Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street and Carnaby Street. Go for drinks and a pub style dinner at the Walkabout in Temple.
Thursday - Check out some of the fancy shops - Fortnum & Mason (saw Michael Caine there), Harrods and Selfridges - for a laugh only as they are generally too expensive to buy anything there as a foreigner. Dinner at Champor Champor in London Bridge area - for awesome malasian fusion type food. Not cheap but worth it.
Friday - Go to Borough Market in the morning for a walk around the awesome food market, snack on the many offerings of cheese, bread and cold meats. Grab a bite to eat for brunch. Take a walk down the South Bank from there. Stop at Gabriels Wharf for a pancake and to ride the wooden toy horses etc. Relaxed dinner.
Saturday - Take a trip out to St Albans (just north of London) to get a bit out into the countryside. Take a walk in the park, check out the cathedral and have a waffle at the waffle house nearby. In the evening, start off with a walk down Brick Lane to check out the curry houses, then go and eat elsewhere. Check out a show on the west end (I would recommend Spamalot, We Will Rock You or Lion King as some great options). Go out, have a couple of cocktails and go partying in the area - the Verve is a pretty entertaining spot near Covent Gardens.
Sunday - go home. If you still have some time, try and go for a walk around Hampstead Heath to relax from the night before.
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