London Undercover – Are you ready….

A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else.

Whether it’s the freedom to shop on the high street , the vast array of good food , the little black cabs or the double-decker buses , there’s just something that makes you want to keep going back .

This post is more a mishmash of tips and hints that have been taken from a few different trips to London , some with kids and some alone.

Accommodation

My choice in London has to be the Park Tower Knightsbridge . We have stayed here a few times and the service and location keeps us going back . The room size is pretty good for the pricing by London standards with a good breakfast .

The hotel is right next to Harvey Nichols and down the road from Harrods with a few options for halaal food also in the area .Hyde Parks also just a quick stroll away .

Other hotels we have stayed at are:

Thistle marble Arch now called Amba Marble Arch.Well located for Oxford street shopping and restaurants as well as easy access to the Tube.Small rooms but hotel has been recently refurbished.

Hilton Metropole which we found really busy but also not a bad location. Rooms are  bit dated and small for Hilton standards .

Where to Eat

Leto for breakfast or dessert . Shakshuka was excellent and the milk cakes are all good . Theres a couple of branches in the Knightsbridge area .

Pizzeria @Harrods for a good thin base pizza. Cheese and chilli is our favourite here. Generally you will have to wait for a table or even a seat at the bar.

Roti Chai behind Selfridges on Oxford street  for street food style Indian food .We had veg only. The Hakka chilli paneer , Dhokla , Bun Tikki and kulfi were all excellent . Lovely Karak chai as well

Al Arez across harrods for middle eastern halaal food . Try the grilled wings , falafel , humous and lots more. Their menu is extensive and we have eaten there many times and keep going back .

Chappati & Karak– Qatari franchise that serves , yes you guessed it karak tea and chapatti wraps . Try the karak Frappe on a warm day.

The Seashell Of Lisson Grove for a sit down or take away fish n chips . Always mention that you don’t want beer battered to be safe . The apple pie is great if you dining in .

Bombay Brasserie is a more formal Indian restaurant and everything was really good but all I want to really go back for was the Palak Patha Chaat which was a standout dish for all of us .

Burgista Bros was the perfect choice either after a theatre show or a morning out with the kids at the MnM and lego stores .We ate there a few times and the wings were our absolute favourite .

Maitre Choux was somewhere I wanted to try but didn’t have enough time to get to so I got it brought to me with Uber Eats. My favourite was the chouquette which is slightly less sweet than the rest .

Prêt-à-Portea

A fashion inspired High tea at the Berkeley hotel .

We have had this twice and both were just as satisfiying with different items on the tea menu as per that season’s fashion .

You will ooh and aah over each piece on the high tea stand and you can taste and request more of whichever you prefer.

The savoury options are also yummy with each sandwich option served on a different flavoured bread .

Even the left overs are packed in a beautiful fashion inspired hand bag box . Pricey but the experience is worth it.

When making reservations advise of dietary restrictions .They were very aware and accommodating

Some of the more regular food options that are worth going to are

Pret a manger – the posh cheese and chutney is a good filler between meals and lots more fresh sandwiches, wraps and salads

Eat – similar to Pret but the kids loved the regular toasted cheese .

Tayyibs , Lahori , Khans – for a good curry or spicy grill .

Nandos – we have this often at home but Nandos UK is excellent as well.

Attractions

There is so much that London has to offer but I will only post about the ones we have been to or experienced .

Hop on hop off bus tour where we got to see all the main tourist sights in one go like Big Ben , Buckingham Palace , London Bridge and London Eye (once on this is enough especially if you have been on one in any other city )whichever bus company you choose they all seem to be similar in costing ,routes and service. We have tried a few different ones and the one with live tour guide is best to try at least once .

Hyde park – feeding the birds ,riding a bike ,stopping for a scone and tea at the Serpentine Cafe .

Theatre

Seeing a West End Theatre show is a common tourist attraction  and its one we love .Whether it’s a Disney classic like Lion King or Alladin or the acclaimed Hamilton , there’s something for everyone .

Mega Stores

Theres a whole range of these which should actually fall under shopping but they definitely qualify for families with kids as attractions.

M n M’s Store

The Lego Store

The Disney Store

Hamleys

As I said before there is a lot I have not covered here , some because we have been to similar in other large cities ,like Madame Tussauds or because our kids were not at an age to appreciate them yet .

Shopping 

Again there’s no shortage of places to shop in London but my list is limited to mainly street shopping as I prefer that to mall shopping which we have to do locally .

Harrods is an attraction in itself with a bit of shopping thrown in. The Food Hall is always my first stop here to walk through the beautiful display of fresh fruit , veg and deli items .

Selfridges – a full day can be spent here as well with a good lunch thrown in. The ice cream sandwiches are excellent and the Indian food .great range of chocolates and sweets to take home .

Uniqlo a must do on our list for their great range of breathable items for the whole family and the great range of reasonably priced jackets and parkas . There are a few branches on Oxford and Regent Streets.

Cos Stores again a brand I love for their functional modern designs.

Primark – my guilty pleasure

Walking down Oxford street the options for shopping are endless. And to feel like a million bucks or more like you need a million bucks take a walk down Bond or Sloane streets .

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