I went to London for the 11th time in 2018. Nonetheless, I’ve been there so many times, I still had to visit the Tower of London. I booked the tickets online on the official website. You can choose the day and you’re free to enter, saving you from the very long queues at the desk. Inside the Tower you can learn it was first a fortress, then palace and prison. It’s like a small enchanted city and the view from the walls is breathtaking, making it all the more unique.
Upon exiting the Tower and walking along the Thames, I came across the Coppa Club restaurant. It’s famous for its interior design and the “igloos” in which you can eat and enjoy a view that I will never stop loving. After this pit stop I headed across town to Southwark Cathedral. This church is famous or at least, if you’ve been to London you’ve definitely seen it because it’s on the side of Borough Market. It’s an Angelic church and I recommend going in, in the end it’s free and costs you nothing if you love art in any of its forms. In fact, you can admire the chapel to Sir Harvard and the stained glass windows to Shakespeare.
After this, I headed to Covent Garden, because no matter how many times you go to a place you will never know enough. In particular I was looking for the famous Seven Dials, which as you can guess is an intersection where seven streets meet, a district of art, food, and fashion. If you’re looking for the little corner in the photo – Neal’s Yard – you’ll have to be careful because it’s on a little side street called Shorts Gardens. Then, in Covent Garden you can have a great cocktail at Ivy Chelsea Garden and then a Vietnamese dinner at Pho, a cute little place.
It was almost evening and I moved to Bond Street and walked down New Bond Street. I love this street, away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Oxford Street with its storefronts overflowing with glittering luxury, it gives me a sense of peace, almost as if it were my place in the world, even though I don’t come from that world. Even in Milan, when I’m angry or sad, a walk is enough for me to recalibrate my goals. For dinner I went to Sketch. This restaurant is famous for its interior and its quirky but cute egg-shaped bathrooms. I don’t think it’s as overrated as many would like to think. The place is an enchanting fairy tale impossible to forget.
If you love art, always look for the exhibition of the moment at the Tate Britain. In general, what I recommend is to always check on the internet for any exhibitions that may be on in the period you decide to go, especially if you have already visited the famous National Gallery. If you prefer something free while enjoying the view, book a visit to the London Sky Garden, a small free oasis that they have created on the 35th floor of a skyscraper open to the public. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, there are also several restaurants and bars.
If you love pictures spots and coffee go to the famous Élan Cafe. Another one is L’Éto Cafe, right next door to the Élan. The honey cake is a treat that you absolutely must try. As well as the pistachio milk. On the other hand, for a quick lunch at YoSushi at Selfridge’s. For dinner I tried the French-Russian restaurant Bob Bob Ricard. It was an experience I loved. I had made reservations well in advance because no matter what day it is, the restaurant is always full. The ambiance is distinctive, the rooms are recreated in true Orient Express style. At each table there is a nice little bell “Press for champagne” if you want champagne to be served. I do not recommend it only for the atmosphere and the friendly and helpful staff, but because in my opinion the quality of food is fantastic, even the portions are large. I tried the Mariner’s fish pie and for dessert a chocolate soufflé.