It’s been so much fun bouncing around London seeing so many different things. The other day I was heading through Kings Cross on my way to visit friends and I’m blown away by how much this place has changed. This used to be a no-go area but in the last decade it’s been transformed with cool bars and restaurants. If you are in this area of London then Caravan is fun for food and drinks in the evening. Otherwise you could check out Granger & Co for breakfast or lunch. I also heard of a place called Dishoom that is supposed to be really good for Indian food but I haven’t had a chance to check it out myself yet.

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This guide is based upon photo’s from my phone. They weren’t taken with the intention of creating a guide, they are from my wanders around the capital. You can visit all of the places shown below whilst walking. It will take roughly 1-3 hours to see everything depending on your pace. Let me show you the way.

The first two pictures show St Paul’s Cathedral up close. Then among the skyline from the viewing deck of the switch house building at TATE Modern. Both places are super touristy but I love them all the same. When visiting the TATE Modern I get the bus or tube to St Pauls station. On a Sunday morning it’s super quiet and great for wandering around the City of London. This area is only busy Monday to Friday during work hours. The tate is always busy, but it’s worth it, especially with the new building which opened last year. In the second image you can see the Millennium bridge which takes you from St Pauls across the river to the entrance at the tate. This offers the best views of the river Thames, Tower Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe. Once you reach the entrance I recommend heading straight up to the viewing deck in the switch house building. You can grab a coffee, enjoy the best views of London and then make your way down whilst exploring the galleries.

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Afterwards, head out and when you are facing the river take a left and walk 5-10 minutes along the Thames path toward Blackfriars Station. Keep going and you will find the Mondrian Hotel. If the weather is good. By good I mean not raining. You can sit outside at Sea Containers restaurant and have drinks and snacks. There are so many places to eat around here that I prefer to grab small dishes at different places along the way.

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From here you can continue along the Thames path in the same direction and you will soon reach South Bank. There’s lot’s to see with shops or places for food and coffee. You will also find the British Film Institute (BFI). If you walk on for another 10 minutes you will see the Royal Festival Hall. Here you can walk the Hungerford Bridge over the river to Embankment. Follow signs to Trafalgar Square, Big Ben or Somerset House. All of these places are close to Covent Garden (pictured below). The areas are well sign posted so you will easily find directions.

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If you are looking to spend a lazy few hours seeing the tourist hot spots then this route has you covered. And when walking you will encounter many hidden gems along the way. I’ve got a bunch more photo’s in my phone that I will upload soon in another post. These pictures were posted over the last year on my instagram.

 

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Do you remember the episode from Sex & The City where Carrie went to stay with Aiden at his lodge in the forest? What she imagined would be a romantic weekend at a rustic yet chic country house turned out to be a little to rustic and secluded for her liking. She didn’t last the weekend before rushing back to the city, heading to the nearest Starbucks followed by a martini at a rooftop bar.

In some ways this is how I felt when I relocated from Central London to the German countryside. I embraced the fresh air, dense forests and breathtaking landscapes but come Saturday night I craved dinner for 6 at Bistrotheque followed by never ending drinks at Shoreditch House. Recently I discovered a little slice of London in South Germany. I say that because this restaurant is so unique and vibrant that when I enter I feel as if I’m somewhere else. Before the owner Ellen transformed it into a restaurant the location of Wacholder was originally a house. The varying rooms have been decked out with tree branches and huge lanterns constructed out of white water colour paper which creates a cozy and whimsical vibe. Outdoors is a secluded garden which leads down to the river with a large red rowing boat and the occasional passing swan. During the summer there is the option to take the boat and head down the river for a quiet picnic. Much like Ellen, the food is a wild mix of flavors with lot’s of personality. It’s generally healthy with great quality wholesome ingredients and a menu that evolves daily. The combination of flavors and overall presentation reflect the restaurants quirky decor. As you’d expect this place is constantly booked. Recently I took some friends who were visiting from London and they felt like they were in Shoreditch. I found this funny as we definitely were not which becomes apparent as soon as we left and found ourselves in a sleepy German village. I plan to go back when the weather turns cooler and see how this small piece of magic transforms with the seasons.

Photography by Christian Roman for Lookin Good Feelin Fine.