My name is Anna (@nospaceinmypassport) and I am a Georgian girl living in London. I currently work in marketing and enjoy all things social media. I moved to London 10 years ago when I was only 13. After all these years, this incredibly vibrant city still doesn’t disappoint!
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
If going out for breakfast, it usually turns into a late breakfast so we call it brunch. The best brunch in London can be found in a number of places. The Ivy offers some amazing eggs benedict although it can be a little pricey. If you are looking for something more budget friendly, then I love The Breakfast Club. They offer a huge breakfast selection, including American pancakes, eggs and much more.
Where is your favourite place to grab lunch?
I love going to the food markets on the weekend. Borough market is a big one and has a very big selection of hot and cold food. My favourite thing from there has been the Thai food – the Pad Thai and the Massaman Curry are both 100% worth it.
If not a food market, I also enjoy visiting restaurants for lunch. Go Pocha is a little secret place but perfect for a soul warming Korean BBQ. If you want to drink some soju and have a fun night with your friends then this place is the one for you!
I have also recently enjoyed a cosy atmosphere in the Italian restaurant called La Mia Mamma. Their pasta is very fresh and also very authentic.
What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like London?
The ideal activity in London honestly depends fully on the weather. If you get lucky and get some sun, then a stroll by the river near Tower Bridge is a very nice thing to do. You can also visit a museum or just explore the different beautiful neighbourhoods found in the city.
Where are the best places for dinner?
There are also some great places to have dinner in London! Din tai Fung in Covent Garden never disappoints with its delicious pork dumplings. If you fancy trying some Russian food, then Mari Vanna, a very homely and authentic Russian restaurant. Padella is also a very affordable and delicious pasta place definitely worth trying.
In the evening, what is the city like and where do you find yourself?
In the evening, the city is very alive. Depends which area you go to, in most places you will find bars and pubs completely filled up. This is particularly the case in the Soho and Covent Garden area. I also enjoy going to a traditional British pub with my friends, if not to a cocktail bar somewhere. I am hoping that these will be able to reopen very soon!
In a busy city like London, is there anywhere to chill?
Sure, there are many places to go to chill out and relax in London. That’s the beauty of this city – it is full of parks where one can unwind and also a vibrant scene where you can go out and enjoy the nightlife. Some of my favourite parks are Battersea Park, Primrose Hill and Hyde Park. Regent’s Park is also very beautiful during autumn.
What is there to do for something fun and different?
There is lots to do in London apart from eating! At the moment, the city is full of Christmas decorations, so the best fun activity is going to check out the extravagant Christmas lights. For something different, I would recommend going to an ‘escape room’ experience. Of course this is not exclusive to London but there are some very cool ones here!
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?
The best area for young people to stay in is definitely Covent Garden/Soho as this is the area where everything is happening. There are always people around and you will never run out of things to see and do. However, it can be a little expensive to stay in this area so if you are on a budget, then Shoreditch is a much better option. It is a very cool and hip area full of startups and lots of young people everywhere.
What season would you recommend visiting?
London is great during Christmas time as you can see many beautiful decorations, but it gets very cold. I also love summer here as the weather is mild, but it can also be a gamble. The best time then I would say is probably May, when it starts to get warm in the city.
Is London best for a family holiday/friends holiday or couple holiday?
London is a very versatile city. It is great for a family trip, a friends’ trip and a couples holiday also!