A BRITISH AFFAIR: 48HRS GUIDE TO LONDON

This has to be the most overdue post I've had rotten away in the drafts-pile. If you followed me on Instagram this summer, you've probably seen my Insta-story from when I spent 48 hours in London with my friend Tracy.

Well, the time has finally come for me to give you a little 48-hour guide to one of my favourite cities.

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Accommodation

We stayed at the Me Mélia Hotel, just a few minutes away from Covent Garden. The hotel was beautiful and modern, and we were constantly assisted whenever needed. Our room, Vibe, looked sleek with its minimalistic design and a tall window, big enough to give us a whole lot of natural light.

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The hotel has delicious breakfast. We ordered breakfast for the first morning, and went down for the breakfast buffé on the second morning. I was so happy with my scrambled eggs and sausage, accompanied with a delicious mug of black coffee. When we walked down to the breakfast buffé, I found petite version of pastries and I was so happy because I don't eat lots of sweets so I can only handle small portions at a time.

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The café at the ground floor of this hotel was also super nice. I got a delicious coffee and some mini cookies as well. It was a perfect place to wait and rest up before going to the airport.

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While Me had bus stops just across the streets, I found it was a bit further from central London than I would've liked. Because I often roam the streets near Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus, I would rather try to stay nearby this area.

As you've previously read, I've already booked my next trip to London, and this time, I will be staying at Holiday Inn Oxford Circus, just a street away from the main shopping street.

Eat & Drink

Superstar BBQ

4 Central Piazza St Giles, Saint Giles High Street, London WC2H 8AB, United Kingdom

If you love Korean BBQ, pay this place a visit. It's worth it. I swear.

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Golden Dragon

28-29 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JW, United Kingdom

The first time I visited this place, I was around 9 years old, visiting London for the first time with my Dad and Celine. The Roasted Duck here is so delicious and juicy. I've literally returned to this place every single time I visit London, with no exception. Usually, we land in London, check-in at the hotel, then go straight to this place to have Dim Sum. It's been over 10 years, and I still return.

ASK Italian

121-125 Park Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7JA, United Kingdom

I only found this place when I visited London last March. It has some really good dishes, without being over-expensive. The interior at this place is also super aesthetic.

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Transportation

If you are visiting London, I would highly recommend you get a "Visitor Oyster". Oyster cards are the transportation cards that you can fill with credits just tap it on the oyster signs when taking the bus, tram or train. I would recommend about £10-15 if you're staying in London for a weekend. The brilliant thing about these Visitor cards is that they have a lower cap than the regular Oyster cards. For instance, if you've used £4.20 one day, then for the rest of the day, you're travelling for free. Just remember to scan your card; you still need to do this, but you won't get deducted any more credits for the rest of the day.

You can find even more information about this here.

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Cheers, Ellen

LONDON, TravelEllen B.4 Comments