Whereas we love spending time within the countryside right here in England, we additionally love being within the metropolis. This week I headed into London and located myself in a mini college reunion.

Spring flowers and London Pubs

My old fashioned associates share my love of journey and are actually residing the world over. One among my finest associates now calls London residence and I sit up for catching up together with her each time I’m right here.

Serendipitously, my now-Toronto-based bestie is in London for work. The final time we had been all collectively was at my wedding ceremony so it’s time for a reunion. We’ve determined that faculty reunions are overrated and that organising your individual friend-reunions are way more enjoyable.

Learn on under for some recommendations on what to do in London that I picked up on this journey.

British Summer season Necessities

Summer flatlay - Tom Ford Sunglasses - Skagen Watch - Olympus Camera - HM hat

Summer season is lastly right here within the UK! A lot in order that I needed to go and purchase an even bigger sunhat. I picked this wide-brim hat whereas I used to be up on the excessive avenue on sale from H&M.

We’ve additionally each been carrying these new Tom Ford sunnies because of Imaginative and prescient Direct. Jim’s are the Andy frames and I like my Anoushkas.

At all times in my hand is my fave Olympus OM-D digital camera (I like that it suits in my purse) and Jim has switched to his lighter Skagen watch.

The place to search out good espresso in London

Flat white coffee - Espresso Room Holborn

Espresso Room Holborn London

British espresso has improved immensely however we’re nonetheless placing up with some very dangerous makes an attempt at flat whites and crunchy cappuccinos. However once you’ve acquired three Australians collectively in London, we gained’t settle and so we discovered the Espresso Room in Holborn.

Right here you may get an actual flat white, filter or chilly drip espresso. Plus they provide a very good vary of different milks if that’s your factor.

Sir John Soane Museum

Sir John Soane Museum London

After recharging we head to the Sir John Soane Museum in Holborn. Sir John Soane was an architect who lived in London over the beginning of the 19th Century and his residence was arrange as an exhibition and training house throughout his life.

College students from the Royal Academy would come into his residence to be taught and observe the gathering. His obsession for thus many various intervals of structure and historical past makes his residence one of the crucial fascinating areas I’ve ever been in.

Entrance to the museum is free although I’d suggest becoming a member of a guided tour so that you’ll in a position to see extra of the artworks which might be solely out there at sure occasions of the day. Sadly, I can’t share any photographs as they make you turn off your cellphone earlier than getting into and there’s a strict no digital camera coverage.

The place to eat an incredible British pie

Holborn Dining Room London

A brief stroll from the Sir John Soane museum is the Holborn Eating Room. Its pie room is famend and the pastries didn’t disappoint.

This traditional brasserie is positioned contained in the Rosewood Resort and serves up a terrific Sunday roast too.

Potato Comte pie at Holborn Dining Room London

Lunch at Holborn Dining Room London

Curried Mutton Pie at Holborn Dining Room London

I had my eye on the potato, comté and caramelised onion pie however because it was determined to share this one, I went for the steak tartare which was served with a beneficiant salad and scrumptious crispbreads. The curried mutton pie was additionally a success.

Gin and Tonic at Holborn Dining Room London

Holborn Dining Room London

We additionally sampled their cocktail record and I used to be impressed with their specialist gin and tonic vary. I solely really feel dangerous that Jim wasn’t there to expertise it with me, but it surely’s an excellent excuse for us to return quickly.

The place to eat a terrific pizza in London

50 Kalo di Ciro Salvo Pizza London

London has no scarcity of nice eating places however discovering them once you’re close to touristy spots is de facto tough. Simply off Trafalgar Sq. you’ll discover among the best pizza eating places in London – 50 Kalo di Ciro Salvo.

We had been tipped off to this place by an Italian, so we felt fairly assured moving into. However he’d solely given us obscure instructions and we forgot the title. If we’d thought of it, I’d have realised that Ciro Salvo is a well-known grasp pizza-maker from Naples.

Italian Craft Beer at 50 Kalo di Ciro Salvo Pizza London

50 Kalo di Ciro Salvo Pizza London

The pizza record is for much longer than I count on for an Italian pizzeria however the vary is unbelievable. You’ll additionally discover a choose record of Italian craft beers too.

Costs are tremendous affordable for central London and I’d put this as a prime discount eat for this a part of the vacationer path within the Metropolis.

Suggestions for touring by practice to London

Matcha Soft Serve London

Flights to Europe could be cheaper than taking a practice to London.

From our city, solely an hour away, it will probably value £50 to take a practice to central London. However we’ve discovered the trick is to buy tickets on-line a minimum of a day upfront. You must specify your practice, which isn’t nice for spontaneous travellers like us, however it may be a big saving.

If shopping for on the day, ask about {couples} or group reductions too as they’re not clearly marketed. Teams are solely three or extra folks and it can save you round 25% in your journey.

Since we final visited, it’s now attainable to make use of your bank card to faucet on to catch the Underground as effectively. That is excellent if, like us, you neglect to convey your Oyster playing cards with you.

London Parks

Hyde Park London Deck Chairs

Hyde Park London

In London considered one of my favorite issues to do on each journey is simply to wander by means of the parks. It’s superb the distinction inexperienced house makes in calming all of the folks and creating a extremely good vitality within the metropolis.

My pal lives a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and by likelihood, we discovered ourselves over close to Buckingham Palace simply in time to see the horse guards passing.

The climate doesn’t look that sunny in a few of these pics however we’re having a terrific British summer season. London is blooming and there are flowers all around the metropolis.

Queens Horse Guards Hyde Park London

Queens Horse Guards Hyde Park London

Queens Horse Guards Hyde Park London

Each time I’m again in London I take into consideration bringing my sister over with me. She’s scared of flying and it breaks my coronary heart as a result of I do know she is lacking out on so many issues she would love. I can’t wait to convey her right here and Mary, if you’re studying this, know that I’m going to convey you right here with me in the future.

The remainder of our week right here appears like we’ve simply transported our life from Sydney to the opposite facet of the world. We’re cooking dinner, we’re taking part in with our associates’ canines, we’re engaged on our laptops – it’s simply that the climate is loads higher than Sydney proper now.

Nothing beats these lengthy days and BBQs that stretch into the night. I’m so grateful to be lacking out on the Sydney winter and spending it right here with good associates.

Covent Garden London

Covent Garden London

Charlotte Street Hotel London

Somerset House - Hair Romance - London

My favorite factor about how we journey is that residence by no means feels that distant once you’ve acquired a pal.