One of the best things about London is that it’s so well connected. From Edinburgh you can catch a fast train that gets you to London in just four and a half hours, which does work out slightly quicker than flying and is the perfect opportunity to get stuck into a good old book and catch up on the odd email or two.
Last weekend, I caught a (very) early, fast train down to London and spent the weekend catching up with some close friends and family. With less than forty-eight hours in the capital, I tried to fit in as much as possible whilst also enjoying long overdue catch ups with friends.
Arriving into London around mid morning, I met up with my friend and we headed to a lovely little indie cafe called Half Cup, just a stone’s throw away from King’s Cross Station. We spent a good hour here catching up over a full English breakie (which they serve all day) and one of the best smoothies I’ve had to date in twenty-eighteen.
From here, we headed to the Sky Garden which I would highly recommend to anyone visiting London. You do need a ticket to get up and they do sell out rather quickly, however they are released every Monday and are completely free! There are some lovely bars and restaurants at the top, which whilst a little expensive, overlook beautiful views of London. On a clear day, you can see for miles and spot some of London’s most famous landmarks, including Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.
One of the things that surprised me most about the garden (apart from the free entry) was the airiness and amazing light that the Sky Garden has. It is not in anyway claustrophobic- it really is a stunning space and the indoor garden is a lovely touch, complementing the surrounding views beautifully.
After enjoying a cocktail in their bar (thanks Lucy!) we headed to Covent Garden. I think this is perhaps one of the most touristy places to visit in London but it remains one of my favourite areas regardless. I love the street artists there, the hustle of bustle from the local pubs and bars (check out Dirty Martini – an absolute gem) and the variety of shops both in and outside the market area. It is also home to Flat Iron, which does hands down the best steak and triple cooked chips. This remains one of my favourite restaurants in London and can highly recommend the cocktails too. It can be a bit challenging to book but you can add your name to the waiting list if they don’t have a table available and they give you a call when one becomes free (if you are willing to wait!) Would highly, highly recommend!
Having stayed just outside London Saturday night, I headed back up to London on Sunday morning and explored two gorgeous little cafe’s with my lovely primary school friends. We headed to Elan cafe, which is located in Mayfair, London. We did queue a rather long time to get into this tiny little cafe but it really was worth it for the lunch and most of all, the cake they had on offer! We sat in the downstairs area which is covered in flowers (an instagrammers dream) and brush-lettered neon lights- a really picture perfect location! I can highly recommend the chicken ciabatta and the carrot cake, although I must say the red velvet cake also looked rather good.
We left the cafe very content (despite the rain) and headed to Sloane Square towards Peggy Porschen Cakes (another instagrammers dream location). I had to dash off to catch my train at this point but the cakes did look incredible and the cafe itself was very picturesque.
All in all it was a great weekend and was nice to explore some new places as well as revisit some firm favourites. Next on my list is, Bourne and Hollingsworth, The Ivy and the Duck and Waffle. I’ve also heard very good things about Sketch, the Big Easy and Dishoom (particularly for breakfast). Where would your top picks be for forty-eight hours in London? I’d love to hear from you!