The coolest places to visit in London…

By Rachel Ducker

If you are not ‘London trained’ and are unfamiliar with the big smoke, it can be rather daunting to make plans during your visit. So I have put together a list of the coolest places to visit in London and fun ways to get there!

Go first class…

A few advantages of travelling first class are comfortable seats and tables with plug sockets and USB ports, enhanced Wi-Fi and complimentary drinks and snacks from the bar, this felt like a real treat when my friend and I travelled down to London for a girls night away. With five children between us this little escape warranted the best of everything, including train travel.

Buy your railcard from railcard.co.uk to save 1/3 off most rail fares across Britain and an average of £153 a year. At just £30, most Railcard customers make the cost back in just one or two journeys and whole host of other great deals when purchasing through Railcard.co.uk.

Treat yourself…

Townhouse is one of the UK’s fastest-growing nail care brands and most recently launched their 13th location in Victoria.

Founder Juanita Huber-Millet launched Townhouse with one goal: to elevate the nail salon experience. 

The Townhouse team are experts in their field, delivering world-class service all while adhering to industry-leading hygiene standards. All highly trained nail artists are masters of their craft

To book your pamper session visit the Townhouse website.

Sky Gardens…

The sky garden has fast become one of London’s most visited attractions and is often referred to as the ‘walkie talkie’ building due to its top heavy appearance. The best part of your visit is that its completely free if charge if you can book your tickets in advance – compare this to £32+ per ticket to get into The Shard, you get all the same views. Its the sixth tallest building in London so the observation decks give you a great view across the city.

There are four different dining experiences here as well as a bar, located on floors 35-37.

With planning Sky Garden is well worth a visit.

Afternoon Tea…

Having afternoon tea in London is a great way to have a pitstop in-between all of your exploring. The Parlour at Great Scotland Yard Hotel offers a new sensory afternoon tea experience created in collaboration with Floris London, the only appointed perfumer to Her Majesty The Queen and is one of the best.

Boasting a delectable selection of sweet and savoury delights, paired with Veuve Clicquot champagne and a wide selection of herbal teas it really puts this place on the map.

Book your experience here at The Parlour.

A spot of shopping…

The best shopping spots can be found at Seven Dials and Covent Garden which are just a stones throw away from each other.

There are also plenty of place to stop for coffee or lunch whilst enjoying entertainment from street performers as well as visiting your favourite shops.

Check out stores Emin + Paul in Seven Dials and Bucherer in Covent Garden.

The Tootbus…

Complete your visit to London with a cruise along the river Thames. Hop off at Westminster, take the river cruise to Tower Pier and board the Yellow Route again at the Tower of London.

You can get a Tootbus pass which is available for 1, 2 or 3 days. Choose the option that suits you best and pick the sights you want to explore. 

A place to dine…

At its home in Shoreditch, Apothecary East is a Japanese Izakaya inspired by the taverns of Tokyo. 

With a reputation for fashionable and quirky places to eat and drink, just a few minutes from Old Street station, the venue has been thoughtfully established, serving unique cocktails, snacks and small plates – ideal for those who love to share.

For those unfamiliar, ‘izakaya’ this translates as ‘stay-drink-place’, and is essentially a Japanese version of a pub – but with much better food than some of our olde worlde taverns!

Make your reservation at Apothecary East today.

Eco Friendly Hotel…

This eco hotel has sustainability art the heart, how? With 41% less water consumption than other UK hotels and It also creates 67 per cent fewer CO2 emissions than the UK industry average, thanks to sensor LED lighting in the corridors and 40 solar panels on the roof.

Read my review here about The Corner City London Hotel on Bounce Magazine.

Lastly don’t forget to pack your camera as the views from place to place are ones you will want to last forever.