London in 48 hours
Since this trip was very short with it’s 48 hours, we had to pick out a few highlights. I took my 12-year old daughter for her first time to London so we decided to do 1 day of traditional sight seeing and the next day for a more inspirational and exploring trip to the latest hotspot areas.
Day 1 – The first 24 hours in London
From there we walked by the Big Ben through St. James’s Park up to Buckingham Palace. Having seen the latest Netflix series ‘The Crown’ we enjoy having been there recently to watch the changing of the Guards. (For a nice review on The Crown read this.
As you may understand, bringing a 12-year old girl makes serious (window)shopping top priority so off to Oxford Street and Shelfridges, where the Christmas spirit entered the street and stores already. (For more information about Christmas shopping in London visit.
Since we stayed in Twickenham (the rugby-area near Twickenham Stadion) we had dinner at the small Italian restaurant Belissimo (for dinnermenu’s look here) where we enjoyed the true Italian kitchen with friends in a cosy atmosphere.
Day 2 – The second 24 hours in London
Today was a day of exploring hip and happening London so we had to go to the east side of the city. First we went to Camden Road for modern boutiques and small shops and lunch at Camden Lock. Camden Lock is the global inspired food market which is mainly outdoor with restaurants, book- and craftshops inside, a place to visit and enjoy for several hours, if not a whole day. For shopping, this area is also different and unique. Though big brands sell here as well, there is a wide variety with second hand and small original designer stores.
From Camden Road we went to lower East End Shoreditch. Some people say this has had its days but this is só not true. At first sight, to me Shoreditch looked like a business district, but at a second and third look I knew this is where the magic begins. New venues, restaurants as well as cocktail bars at every street-corner mixed up with lots of fine street-art (Banksy among others) and small designerstores.
Red Church street is known for it’s shopping experience but the Boxpark container shops must not be forgotten. Shoreditch is a great mix of business and art, both in the people that visit as well as in the bars that invite you to have a business drink after working hours or talk about art and enjoy music until closing hours.
A truly inspiring area where I definitely will go back my next visit to spent more time. (It might be wise not to take anyone under 18 if you visit this area for drinks, since bars will not serve you in these circumstances.) I can tell ;-)…
All and all a speedy and quick visit to London where we have visited a broad range of inspiring area’s which we can recommend you to visit as well, should you go to London for 48 hours or more.
If you have any tips for London visits, please leave them in the comments below. Thank you!