We are Penny and Leon (@pennyandleonw), a travel couple from Oxford in the UK. We both love to travel and explore new and different places. We work full time but try to get away as much as possible when we can. London is a city that we love to explore and no matter how many times we go, there is always something new to do or see. London has so much to offer and such a great vibe and so here we would love to share some of our favourite things with you.
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
We are only a 45-minute train ride from London and so usually we get an early train and just grab a coffee and a croissant at the station for the journey so that we can just get straight off the train and start our day as soon as we arrive. If we don’t have time to get anything before we get the train we tend to just grab something to go from any of the hundreds of cafes and coffee places that London has to offer.
Where is your favourite place to grab lunch?
We also tend to have lunch on the go to and if you visit London then Borough Market is a must. There are so many stalls selling all kinds of food and drinks and it has an amazing vibe.
Another place we love to go is Cottons Caribbean Restaurant & Rum Shack for delicious Caribbean food and cocktails and they have 4 restaurants across London, in Shoreditch, Camden, Vauxhall and Notting Hill.
If you’re feeling like splashing out a bit more than the bottomless brunch at Nobu in Shoreditch is absolutely incredible and has some of the best food we’ve ever eaten, plus the venue is stunning!
What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like London?
We love being in Covent garden and watching the street performers from the balcony at the Punch & Judy pub or exploring Carnaby Street, Soho and Camden and having a drink at Camden Lock. There is so much going on at all these places that we can spend hours just wandering around, stopping in bars and cafes, and doing some shopping in the quirky and unique shops that are everywhere.
If you love shopping then of course, Oxford Street or Westfield are the places to go. If you have a higher budget and love designer clothes, then Bond Street is for you. Although we enjoy Bond Street, it’s only window shopping for us!
Where are the best places for dinner?
One of our absolute favourite foods is sushi and Sushi Samba in Covent Garden is our favourite place. It is pretty expensive however, so if you are looking for something a bit more reasonable than we can also highly recommend Coppa Club at Tower Bridge where you can book an outdoor igloo with views of Tower Bridge and the Shard and great food.
Another great place to eat is Burger and Lobster, this place is so cool, and they do amazing lobster burgers, they also have lots of locations throughout London so you will never be too far from one.
In the evening, what is the city like and where do you find yourself?
We will generally find ourselves anywhere that it’s busy. Chinatown, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and the West End are great places to go, there are so many bars and clubs that you can go to and if you’re in the West End, then make sure to check out a show! Cats, War Horse and The Woman in Black (being shown in Covent Garden) are some that we have been to and they are all fabulous!
In a busy city like London is there anywhere to chill?
London has some wonderful parks and Hyde Park, Jubilee Gardens and Victoria Gardens are all beautiful and perfect for relaxing in and wandering around if you need a break from the busy city life! Richmond Park and Isabella Plantation are our favourite parks to go to however, they have wonderful views and hundreds and hundreds of deer around and being there you wouldn’t even realize that you were in London.
What is there to do for something fun and different?
There is so much to do in London, you have all of the usual and more famous tourist attractions – Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Sea Life Centre London Aquarium, the London Dungeons and The Shard etc, but there are also some really cool and less well known places such as the Crystal Maze, which is a real life experience of the TV game show, and it is exactly the same as the show and such an awesome thing to do.
We have also done a helicopter tour over London which was so much fun and it’s great to see London from the Sky. Our flight took off from Watford which also happens to be right next to the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour so you could combine the two while you’re there.
You can also do a Bottomless Karaoke Brunch at the Piano Works West End where you can listen to live music, sing along, and have as much prosecco as you want!
Bounce in Hackney is an underground ping pong bar and you will have the best time here with a group of friends, honestly one of the funniest nights we have ever had!
Ice skating at the outdoor rink in the winter, at the Tower of London is also so much fun.
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?
Being so close to London we never usually stay the night however we have done it a couple of times and the place we like the best is the Tower Hotel at Tower Bridge, it has great rooms and if you’re lucky, views over Tower Bridge, also this is a great central location to stay at.
What season would you recommend visiting?
London is great at any season, although in the summer the tubes can be horrendously hot, sitting outside with a cold drink and absorbing the London Life makes this worth it. Because there are so many parks and trees in London, Spring and Autumn are also very beautiful times to go too.
Winter is probably the bet for us however (but mainly around Christmas) because the decorations and displays are out of this world and there is a lovely festive vibe around the whole of London.
Is London best for a family holiday/friends holiday or couple holiday?
We have been to London with our families, with friends and just with each other and every time has been amazing, we think it’s the perfect city for any type of holiday, but maybe we’re biased!