Friday, 12 July 2013

A letter from Emma about: London

Let's do London!

Dear Reader,

This is a post about what to do in London, including where to do your Charity shopping. I moved to London a few years ago as a student and had no idea how to use the tube let alone where the nearest shops were. So this is a tried and tested guide to hitting London, perfect for anyone going for a weekend away. 


What to do

Firstly, do all the things that are free! London is home to some of the best galleries and museums in the world and most of them have free entry. A few personal favourites are; The National History Museum, The National portrait Gallery, The V&A, The Maritime museum (which I initially read as the marmite museum, I was surprised by the lack of marmite but nonetheless had a great time). 


My all time favourite is the Tate Modern. They do have some exhibitions which you have to pay for, however they are well worth the money and are not too pricey.

This picture was taken outside the Yayoi Kusama exhibition which was probably the best £10 I have ever spent. 

If you have a bit of money to spend on things to do, I would recommend all the tourist things including Madame Tussauds. If you get the opportunity to go it is great, sometimes you can get 2 for 1 vouchers, I collected some from the back of Tesco Orange juice cartoons. 


Madame Tussauds is a great opportunity to update your facebook profile picture!


Where to stay

Unless you are lucky enough to have friends or family living in London, it is wise to book a hotel. This is a great hotel with luxurious reasonably priced rooms http://www.saintgeorgeshotel.com/ 

If you are not able to have a holiday abroad this year, a city break weekend can be a perfect substitute and there are so many great things to do in London without having to leave the country!


Where to eat

Greenwich market. It is open most of the week and is particularly busy at weekends. The market is stocked with fresh, high quality food. From Sushi to Churro's there really is something for everyone here. 





-          Also the market has lovely handcrafted items so you can do some shopping too. Greenwich market is great at Christmas time and you can pick up some lovely handcrafted presents.




Where to shop

My favourite place for charity shopping is Camden High Street. If you walk in the opposite direction from the market, you are greeted by a street of charity shops. When you have exhausted the charity shops you can head into the market for some arty unique buys and the lovely food stalls. 

Also, one of my favourite charity shops in London is the Sue Ryder in Lee Green. It is not in central London but well worth a visit if you are in South east London area. 



- I got this lovely dress last time I payed a visit...

Dress £4.99 (Originally Topshop)


What to do at night

A great thing to do in the evening is visit a cocktail bar, and Detroit's is a very special cocktail bar which serves the nicest cocktails in the world! 

mmm...

I had the Orchard Sour (right hand corner) and to date I have not yet had a better cocktail, they are all different and it is also great fun to watch them being made. You can find Detroit's on Earlham Street in Covent Garden and there are plenty of bars nearby if you want to make a night of it! 

So there's what to do, where to stay, eat shop and unwind in London. Have fun and I hope you have a dilemma free weekend!

Yours,

Emma Dilemma

P.s. Quote of the day- There's nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere. 
- Vivienne Westwood. 





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