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As with all my #24hrGuides – I don’t advocate spending so little time anywhere… but sometimes it’s helpful to have a 24 hour itinerary to kick off a visit. Or it may suit if you have a layover in a city and just want a taste – like this guide to Amsterdam! So, here is how to spend 24 hours in London.
12 Midday – Start your visit in the colourful borough of Brixton – this south of the river #foodie haven is home to the Brixton markets, where you can get everything from cheap toothpaste, to amazing African fabrics and delicious street food. It truly is a melting pot of a place. Head to POP Brixton, a permanent pop-up complex of containers with a diverse range of restaurant and bar options. In winter they put a sail roof on, but otherwise it is open to the elements, and a great meeting place on a hot day!
2pm – Head over the river (by tube) to Trafalgar Square, to visit the National Portrait Gallery. These two galleries hold amazing portraits from the 13th – 19th Century, and it is well worth a couple of hours to wander around.
4pm – It’s time for some pre-dinner frozen margaritas at La Bodega Negra in Soho (Moor Street). One side of this restaurant is an attractive Mexican bistro, the other side looks like the entrance to a s*x shop – an amusing homage to their soho location. Head downstairs to their unique basement bar for something a bit different!
5pm – Time for dinner! Some may ask why you are we having dinner at 5/5:30pm? So you can go to a show, darling! If you haven’t eaten your body weight in tortilla chips and guacamole at Bodega Negra, move on to Dishoom in Covent Garden – this modern take on Indian food is very creative and tasty.
7pm – Head to one of London’s many theatres and catch a show!
10pm – Time for a nightcap – try Le Beaujolais Wine Bar (Litchfield St), or The French House (Dean St), which draws the literary crowd and has a no tech rule!
*** Fall into bed at an undisclosed hour ***
9am – Breakfast/brunch is taken very seriously in this age of hipsters and fusion food, and London is no exception. In fact, it has followed NYC’s suit and many places now offer bottomless boozy brunches. One such place is the purposefully scruffy diner Bad Egg (Ropemaker St) – serving everything from full breakfasts to huevos rancheros + unlimited brunch cocktail options!
10am – Now, get yourself along to one of London’s hidden treasures – Daunt Books. On Marylebone High Street, this independent bookseller is based in an amazing building with an arched main hall and stained glass… oh, and floor to ceiling books!
11am – Walk the eclectic route 2 miles from Marylebone, down through China Town and Soho, to South Bank.
12 Midday – Take in a designer hotdog or pulled pork burrito at one of South Bank’s street food trucks. Or pop into Gabriel’s Yard, another pop-up container complex, where there are retailers and food outlets and funky outdoor seats.
All photos © Hannah Henderson and may not be used without permission (sharing this blog post is fine, though!). Images shot with a Canon DSLR T3i Rebel + Canon EF Lens 50mm 1:1.8 STM; and an iPhone6s.