24 hours in London

London, a fast paced city with everything you could ask for. This is my home city and I absolutely love it! There are so many things that people associate with London, so instead of writing about all the tourist sites, I have decided to write about my recent experiences visiting the city.

One of my favourite areas is South Kensington, home to exhibition road and two major museums the Victoria & Albert and The Natural History Museum. With free entry you are free to browse both amazing museums! The V&A has two extremely popular exhibitions on at the moment, Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains and Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. I recently visited the Balenciaga exhibition for a reasonable ticket price of £12.00 I highly recommend going to see this interesting exhibition.

There are plenty of restaurants in South Kensington, however there are only two that I personally enjoy. Comptoir Libanais a sweet Lebanese restaurant serving beautiful traditional dishes. The other for people with a sweet tooth, the Kensington Crêperie serving mouth-watering waffles and pancakes!

“Cristóbal Balenciaga, the father of contemporary fashion, is dead, but his influence remains.”

Women’s Wear Daily, March 1972

A five minute walk away from the museums, located in Knightsbridge is the wonderful historical, luxury department store, Harrods.
Holding 330 departments occupying a 5 acre site I do love to wander around and do a spot of shopping, the most impressive time to go would be Christmas but take note it is also the busiest time! A traditional British past time is afternoon tea, you can indulge in this lovely afternoon treat in Harrods in the tea room situated on the 2nd floor or enjoy a more luxurious, elegant afternoon tea in the Georgian situated on the 4th floor.

After enjoying a scrumptious afternoon tea, enjoy some luxury shopping located on the ground floor and the 3rd floor!

Parsons Green, Mayfair and Sloane Square are also gorgeous places in London to visit.
The Saatchi gallery is situated in Sloane Square as well as a lot of shops! Kings Road also has the popular restaurant Bluebird Café a beautiful restaurant with a lovely terrace.
Parsons Green is not a tourist destination at all, however it is Londons hidden gem. I recommend visiting for charity shop, shopping. New Kings Road holds plenty of charity shops where you can buy some stunning items!
Mayfair bordering Hyde Park, it is an upscale district with plenty of old Georgian houses and everything you need! From designers stores along Bond Street, independent boutiques to classic traditional English pubs.

London is an exceptionally special city with a whole lot more to offer than red telephone boxes!

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Rebecca Brotherton
Rebecca Brotherton

Travel editor

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