Are you, like me, visiting London for the first time?
Well, here is an guide to the must-see tourist spots along with the best places nearby for a pit stop!A guide London’s most famous landmarks and the best bakeries nearby.
5. The London Eye
The Coca Cola London Eye boasts some of the best views of the city from the very edge of the Thames. But after 30 minutes in the air you’re probably going to want a sweet snack on the ground.
I’d recommend you head to Lola’s Cupcakes, just behind Waterloo and only a 9 minute walk!
Perfect for on-the-go or a quick pit stop to break up a day of sight seeing!
They offer a lovely selection of cupcakes that can only be found in London.
Check out Lucy’s review of Marylebone’s store for more info.
4. Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament
No, not my friend Ben. This landmark may be the most iconic image of London, and is a must-see for anyone coming to the city on holiday!
The famous clock tower famously chimes above the Houses of Parliament where Mrs May is said to enjoy a scone or two!
You can pick up a tour to top up your knowledge of British politics and history. But, after all that serious stuff head to Cellarium Café for some typically British treats. This traditional café offers a selection of treats and even does an Afternoon Tea! Right in the heart of Westminster where better to go for a slice of Victoria Sponge?!
3. ZSL London Zoo
London Zoo is one of England’s oldest zoos and holds over 16,000 animals. Sitting in Regent’s Park it offers you the chance to meet some of London’s most surprising residents. Lunch with the lions may seem interesting, but for sweet treat in safer territory walk to Melissa Patisserie & Confectionary for some homemade cakes and cookies.
The small and cosy bakery offers an array of pastries and cakes at very reasonable prices. Ideal for a family treat after a day with the animals!
2. The view of The Shard
The Shard is one of the most iconic features of London’s skyline. At over 200 meters tall it is Western Europe’s tallest building! At the viewing deck sights of the city stretch for 40 miles and is the only place in London where you can see the whole city.
Situated next to the Thames by London Bridge there is only one place to go for something sweet: Borough Market. Here you can find a selection of stalls and shops, ticking off another tourist hot spot whilst satisfying your sweet tooth!
I would suggest trying Konditor & Cook to send you back into the clouds. Just a 5 minute stroll and from one tourist hot spot to the next!
1. Buckingham Palace
You can’t come to London without a trip to see the Queen. Buckingham Palace, in Westminster, is Queen Elizabeth’s first residency and is the nucleus of the British monarchy.
After watching the famous changing of the guard I would recommend Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace. The hotel is sat right opposite the Palace (less than a minute away!). What could be more quintessentially English than Afternoon Tea fit for the Queen?! The Royal Afternoon Tea offers a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, but this lavish lifestyle doesn’t come cheap so you may have to save up for the regal extravaganza!