London in 3 Days: Things to Do (2017)

Hello, fellow travelers!
I am painfully aware that I stated in my March blog post on our Eurotrip that I’d do deeper dives into each of our 6 European destinations. That clearly didn’t happen. Whoops. However, summer is fast approaching and I wanted to share our experience now in case any potential European travelers need some insight! Over the next few weeks, I’ll give you the lowdown on each European city we went to in chronological order.
First up…

London, England
Where we stayed: At my dear friend’s apartment in the trendy Shoreditch neighborhood of London. We were so lucky to have these accommodations and I highly recommend the generally tourist-free area. It provided a completely different experience from the London trip I’d taken previously with my family when we stayed by Oxford Circus (tourist central).

Highlights & What to do in London:

Neal’s Yard at Covent Garden: What a hidden gem! If it weren’t for my local friend, I may have walked right past the entrance to this colorful alley. Filled with shops and eateries like the famous Homeslice pizza, this is a do-not-miss.

Neal's Yard

The Colorful Neal’s Yard at Covent Garden

Homeslice Pizza London

With our Massive Pizza at Homeslice in Neal’s Yard

Maltby Street Market: Another spot not (yet) widely known to tourists! This narrow street gets filled up with shoulder-to-shoulder traffic on weekends with hungry locals clamoring for hot bites and samples from food stalls and restaurants at Maltby Market.

Maltby Street Market

The Bustling Maltby Street Market

Camden Market: While Maltby Market may be a food destination, Camden is a vast destination for unique shopping and vintage finds. I guarantee you will get lost roaming from stall to stall at Camden. Plus, they have a plethora of international food options.

For more London market options, I highly suggest taking a gander at this top 12 list.

Camden Market

Late Night Shopping at Camden Market

Carnaby Street: This is an excellent alternative to shopping along Oxford Street. While still bustling, Carnaby also provides the quintessential London experience (equipped with it’s very own glimmering British flag to greet you high in the sky). You’ll find trendy shops, restaurants, and relaxing pubs at Carnaby.

Carnaby Street London

Strolling Carnaby London

Shoreditch: Mentioned already, the Shoreditch neighborhood is great if you’re looking to sink your teeth into the London art scene (there are galleries and street art scattered throughout). Vintage shops, food stands, international flavors, and adorable markets can be found here.

Shoreditch London

Cute Shops in Shoreditch

Shoreditch Art

Street Art in Shoreditch

King’s Cross Station: Immediately add this to the Harry Potter fan must-do list. This is where Platform 9 3/4 lives! Unfortunately its popularity means that there is about an hour long wait to get a good picture with the iconic wall. I opted to quickly get a picture in on the side. A very busy Harry Potter gift shop can be found here.

Platform 9 3/4

Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station (I was as giddy as I look)

Platform 9 3/4

The Very Busy Harry Potter Gift Shop at King’s Cross Station

221B Baker Street (Sherlocke Holmes’ home): Again, another must-do if you’re a fan of the infamous detective. A gift shop and museum is located here.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum

The Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street

Walk along the River Thames: touristy and crowded, but worth it on your first trip to London. From Big Ben to the London Eye, almost every iconic London landmark can be seen along the Thames.

River Thames London

Taken on our River Thames Stroll

Have yourself some afternoon tea: Stop for an hour during your busy London timeline and relax in one (or a few) of London’s tea rooms.

Yumchaa Tea Brick Lane

Teas at Yumchaa in Shoreditch

Yumchaa Tea Brick Lane

Interior shot of Yumchaa in Shoreditch

London Underground (metro system): This may seem like a very bizarre highlight, but it is truly one of my standout experiences in London. I am still floored by the complexity of London’s intricate train system and am downright impressed by the number of stations through the greater London area. I totally get why you would have the Underground on your shirt.

The London Underground

Map of The London Underground system

Did I miss something on my London to-do list? Let us know in the comments below!


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