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First Stop: London

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

We just booked our flights to London in October, and I couldn't be more excited. We're staying near Shoreditch, which I've heard is an awesome. Although I grew up reading Pride and Prejudice and Sherlock Holmes, I've never been to England - so I'm pretty stoked to spend 4 days in a city I've only read about. This will also be the first time Zach and I are vacationing with friends! My old roommate, Jana, and her husband Shawn will be accompanying us on this adventure.

Zach and I spent this past weekend watching reruns of No Reservations and The Layover. So, we have a solid list of places we want to visit while there. But if you have any suggestions, PLEASE send them my way. Also, we're trying to decide if it's worth it to save up our pennies and eat at Restaurant Gordon Ramsey (Once in a lifetime? Or, overrated? I'm not sure...)

More on our second stop (Paris!) later.

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  1. Oh my goodness I have so much to say about this! You will have an amazing time and Shoreditch is GREAT (i lived near there before I left). I could waffle on for hours about things to do in London, so I will try to keep it to the point :)
    Here are my top suggestions...mostly involving food...
    (most of these are best to book in advance)
    - Pizza East in Shoreditch, the veal meatball pizza is incredible
    - Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green (walkable from Shoreditch) for brunch - amazing refurbed warehouse
    - Columbia Road near Shoreditch: 'proper' East London houses, cute shops (Rob Ryan's shop is there) and a flower market on Sundays. Also, the Royal Oak pub is great for dinner or lunch
    - Riding House Cafe at Oxford Circus, my FAVE place in central London to eat

    If you are looking to splash out on a meal and decide against Gordon Ramseys, then I would suggest these:
    - Vijante at Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green - I sadly didnt make it before I left London, but this is meant to be really really special
    - Gaucho in Piccadilly for amazing steak
    - Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch, fabulous french food, get the tasting menu. Pretty amazing decor too
    - Hix in Soho, great food and bar

    Ok I will stop there. I could truly go on for hours! Argh London is so good!!!


    1. Um. These are amazing suggestions!! They're totally being added to our list. :) If you think of anything else, please please please send them over.

      Thanks Claire!

  2. Oh my god, you are going to LOVE London. I recommend Dishoom in Shoreditch for amazing Bombay food, pizza from Franco Manca in Brixton Village (if you get chance to visit that end) and gelato from Gelupo in Soho. You have to visit Liberty near Regent Street - the building is so beautiful let alone what's inside and take a trip on the Clipper up the River Thames to Greenwich where you can see some amazing views of London. For nice craft beer try Camden Town Brewery or even London Fields Brewery - which isn't too far away from Shoreditch. Oh and the Columbia Road flower market on a Sunday morning is one of my favourite things. Sorry about the information overload!! x

    1. These are awesome! Thank you so much for taking the time to help me out! I'm totally keeping track of these so we can visit the places you mentioned. Let me know if you think of anything else!


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