You just touched down in London town! The Maggie Villamaria team, being avid Netflix enthusiasts, cannot provide you with a London itinerary without paying homage to the Emmy-winning drama series, Bridgerton. Alas, MV’s very own Lady Whistledown has come to set forth the tourist diamonds of the season. Make sure to visit these spots if you plan on having a holiday in London sometime soon…
Dearest MV Readers —
It has come to my attention that it is my honor to impart to you the pleasantries of the lovely city that is London, England.
During your stay, you must be sure to taste our smashing tea and pastries. London residents are abuzz with the latest places to drop by, one of them being EL&N London. This compelling venue is covered in the colour pink and it's known for its illustrious medley of teas, coffees, and hot chocolates. There are a variety of locations, but it is in your best interest to visit the one on Carnaby Street in Soho, where you can promenade the dashing path after retrieving your beverage.
Another rather intriguing spot is The English Rose Café and Tea Shop, merely a stroll away from Buckingham Palace. Pose in front of the golden gate, or next to a stoic guard, with a traditional English tea in hand.
Now now, your tour of London would not be proper without a slice of saffron sponge cake from L’eto Caffe. And rest assured, we would not provide an itinerary without including the necessary activity of picking up some freshly baked bread and a crumpet, or five, at Fortitude Bakehouse. Talk about diamonds of the season: the baked goods at these two locations are the jewels of English baking.
It is crucial that your time in London is spent indulging in activities that you are quite fond of, apart from enjoying delicious delicacies. Unleash your inner artist at a Muck N Brass workshop in Honor Oak Park (@mucknbrass on Instagram). An exquisite London-based artist opened up a workshop that is just a tube ride away — there are whispers of a possible run in with Tik Tok’s infamous Tube Girl on your way. In London, the possibilities and eccentricities are endless.
No holiday in London would be finite without a trip to Big Ben, a walk over the Tower Bridge, and a fun ride on the London Eye. Become an expert, or royalty shall we say, in the art of touring this ever-so-lovely city. Borough Street Market is a fetching little place to promenade in Southwark, London. Go straight to the stall called Turnips to sample the remarkable chocolate covered strawberries, they are the coup of the season. Discover the heart of vintage pieces at Spitalfields Market and all the antiques you could ever wish for at Alice’s in Notting Hill.
Harry Potter fanatics shall head over to Leadenhall Market to see in-person where some of your favorite on-screen scenes were filmed; shopaholics, make your way to Harrods for some luxury discoveries; art connoisseurs will appreciate meandering through The Graffiti Tunnel on Leake Street, under the Waterloo station. And if your biggest focus around this time of year happens to be the bloody brilliant celebration that is Christmas, go to Regent Street or Piccadilly for Christmas decorations incomparable to anything you’ve seen before. There is something for everyone in this city!
You have been promenading and sightseeing all day. Kick start your night with some cocktails that will have you chuffed to bits. Our favorite spots are Mr Fogg's House of Botanicals and Red Room at the Connaught Hotel.
If you’re seeking a drink inspired by nature’s finest, surrounded by a blanket of florals and traditional British decor, Mr Fogg’s is the place for you. If you desire a more laid back experience, sipping on a cocktail, admiring walls full of art created by female visionaries, Red Room is your spot.
After a day of drinking tea and coffee, and some cocktails to start off your night, go to Brasserie of Light for its exquisite bathroom, if not for its delectable supper menu. This restaurant has divine British fusion cuisine, and a loo that is fit for an iconic Maggie Villamaria mirror selfie.
Next up, Isabel Mayfair has perfected two things — ambience and octopus carpaccio. If you fancy posh vibes and impeccable noshes, book your reservation here as soon as possible. Banter with friends amidst tasty food served in the most ravishing dishes at Zephyr. Everything here is heavenly, from the yellowtail hamachi, to the baked beans, all the way to the Saragli for dessert. And if you want a more cheeky experience, find your nearest pub and order the London classic: fish and chips. You can’t go wrong with any of these dinner options!
The Bridgertons love nothing more than some sort of gala, so finish off your royal visit with a grand performance at Royal Albert Hall — whatever concert or show you can get your hands on tickets for will be just to your liking. Performance art is a very big factor in UK culture, so it is vital to take it all in while you are still on holiday.
We can only hope you have the most delightful of visits. Ta ta!
MV’s Lady Whistledown