The Mondays Musts is a feature by Jessica @ Lovin’ los Libros! Every Monday, you post about your must read, must listen, and must see. Every week, I pick my musts based on a certain theme, which is expressed by one word that’s used within the post. The theme for last week’s picks was relationships.
For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@thesilverwords!), I recently came back from my first trip to London. The city was so much more than I expected, and I had a great time seeing it with my family. So for today, here’s a Monday Musts Travel Edition, with my must see, must do, and must eat.
Among all of London’s amazing landmarks, I loved Big Ben the most. To me, it’s an icon of London, and standing right in front of it was breathtaking. It also had to do with the terror attack in front of Parliament right before my trip. By the time I got to Big Ben, there were countless bunches of flowers and cards outside the building and attached to the gate. It was my first time seeing the response to a terror attack in-person, and it was truly humbling to see the unity and good wishes of others in the face of this terrible event and others like it.
My must see is definitely Big Ben, but for those of you considering visiting London, here’s what I would suggest:
If you want to see the city on an everyday level, I would recommend taking a run (or walk) in Hyde Park or Green Park, walking or taking the tube everywhere (it’s so much cheaper than a taxi or Uber!), sitting in Trafalgar Square, getting a bite to eat in Covent Garden, or seeing a play in the West End. While the attractions were beautiful and well worth a visit, the activities I enjoyed most were exploring London and seeing just how different and similar it is to my home and places I’ve visited.
If you want to go to destinations, at the top of my list would be Westminster Abbey and the British Museum along with Big Ben. If you like museums, London has plenty of them on all matters of things, and if you’re a fan of rare books, you have to stop by the world-class British Library.
My must do is to eat in Borough Market. I’ve been to a few farmer’s markets before, but the organization and quality of the market was on an entirely different level. Pro tip: buy bread and butter from one of the stands as you’re heading out. It’s sooooooo good. I’ve also heard great things about Camden Market, but I tried Portobello Road Market, which was a bit of a let-down since I was coming for food and not antiques.
If you’re coming to London, you’re going to have to shop, and London is the kind of city that could make you fall in love with shopping. The depth and breadth of stores and styles is impressive, to say the least, and not just in clothes. I’ve come to love letter-writing and pens in the last few years, and the stationary culture in London just about restored my faith in humanity. The depth and care taken with the cards (and the appreciation of puns!) was great to see.
If you’re thinking about visiting London and you’re anything of a foodie, what you’ve heard is true. London isn’t the destination for food. BUT I still have a must eat, and that is London’s seafood. I especially loved the freshness and new flavors at Palomar in Soho, and Barrafina was a close second. Honorable mentions are Dishoom and Duck & Waffle. If you want great breakfast, the Wolseley is your place. For tea, the Savoy, and for Sunday roast, Hawksmoor. And if you get tired of London food and just want something simply delicious, stop by one (or all five) of the Shake Shacks around London.
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