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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

24 Hours In... London

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I've been and stayed in London more times than I can count, so this post is nothing new. But having nipped down recently to visit a friend, I thought I'd round up how to spend 24 hours, if you're stuck for time.


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BRUNCH AT


PROUD MARYS


Chances are you'll be on your feet exploring most of the day, so you'll need the energy to do that. Head to Proud Marys in Shepherd's Bush to kick start your day the most delicious way. A unintentional rhyme there I swear. We went for a full english and juice in the quaint and pretty eatery. It was reasonably priced and perfectly cooked.


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STROLL THE PRETTY HOUSES


PORTOBELLO ROAD


Stretch your legs after a hearty breakfast by getting lost down Portobello Road. If you're like me, play the whole which house would I live in game. We'll just ignore how much they'd actually be to buy. There's so many hidden streets and pretty buildings nestled in or around London so if the weather's nice, keep exploring.


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STOP FOR A BEV AT


THE CHURCHILL ARMS


One of London's most photographed pubs, it's adorned all year round with greenery, flowers and as you can see from when I visited, christmas decorations.


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BROWSE LOCAL SHOPS


PEMBRIDGE ROAD



The areas's bursting with independent retailers, quaint cafes, coffee shops and eateries. So lose an hour or two nipping in and out of every shop it's got to offer.




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VISIT


PORTOBELLO MARKET



With hundreds and hundreds of stalls and dealers selling every type of antique, gifts, jewellery and homeware - it's a treasure trove awaiting and there's a reason this market is so popular. The Electric Cinema on this road is one of the oldest working cinemas in Britain and has some seats that are double beds. I'm definitely heading inside next time I pay a visit...



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GET ALL CULTURED


NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM



London has museums, and lots of them. So it's hard to just pinpoint one - but I've featured this one as I'd never been to the National History Museum before. It's huge and has this beautiful central atrium worth snapping a few photos of. Others I'd recommend are the V&A and the Tate Modern which has a vantage point of the city on the 10th floor.



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STOP BY


KENSINGTON



With its pretty red brick buildings and polished streets, Kensington is well worth a visit. We popped into Ole and Steen for a hot chocolate, and the area is also home to The Ivy.


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GRAB A BITE AT


THE CRABTREE



Perched on The Thames, this quaint pub has beautiful terraces adorned with twinkly lights and a homely feel inside. They do everything from steaks to risotto and pies to seabass, as well as some fab wines.



HEAD OUT TO


THE PRINCE/PIANO MAN



Admittedly I'd had a few wines by the time I'd gone out and it was super crowded at both venues to do each place justice with a photo, but I thought I'd pop them in as recommendations anyway. First up we went to The Prince in West Brompton which had such an electric atmosphere and a huge space. And then after the night literally ended there, we headed over to Piano in Kensington which is a snug bar with live piano playing open late. We did have to queue for a little bit but it was well worth it for the music.






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