Today’s post kicks off a new segment I’m adding to the blog where I chat to different people, covering varying topics from LGBTQ+ issues to relationships and careers. To celebrate the first birthday of Daddy Issues I got together with my good friend Borja Peña who happens to be the co-founder of the London party that is fast becoming an international movement.
The pictures in this menswear post sum up last weeks weather perfectly.
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.
I’m so happy to be in London this week, the last 48 hours have been a whirlwind catching up with friends and visiting some of my favourite places.
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.
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.
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.
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.