London Calling


I know it’s already high time to write about my exciting trip to London … since it was for Christmas Shopping last year. I haven’t been to London since I was 15, therefore it was like my first time in the English Capital. We decided to go to London because it’s less than an our fly-time for Zurich, so it’s also worth to go only for two days. But honestly, it was a mistake not to go for an extended weekend … or stay as long as possible!

My memoires of London were not that good, I remembered the snobbish, unfriendly guys, the bad weather and the incredible expensive shops (note that I come from Switzerland which normally beats every other place) and inedible food. That was my impression long ago. But as I have changed during the years, also London appears totally different. I can not say what reason for (if it is London that has changed or if it is just me seeing everything from another point of view)… I instantly had a crush on London!

Harlingford Hotel

We arrived at the “Harlingford Hotel”, which is situated at Cartwright Gardens closed to St. Pancras. The hotel is simple furnished but clean and the staff is very polite and helpful. And not to forget, the prices are unbeatable for London and this location. We first explored, on the way to the next tube station (subway) the neighborhood around Marchmont Street where we found a bunch of stylish, good restaurants and coffee shops. Heading to city centre, we were ready to start our christmas shopping marathon. And this was an experience like no other. I share here some of my favorites places, restaurants and shops, maybe some inspiration for your next trip.


Harlingford Hotel 
good place to stay, very affordable for London, perfect located and good to relax after 
an exhausting shopping day

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch 
stylish, creative hotel in my favorite neighborhood in London,not cheap but worth the money!

40 Winks
Boutique Hotel with just 2 rooms - book as early as possible!
Albion Cafe (2-4 Boundary Street|Shoreditch)
Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Deli = just lovely!

Brick Lane Beigel Bakery (159 Brick Lane|Shoreditch)
Best Bagels in town 24/7 and 25p per beigel!

Fernandez & Wells (73 Beakstreet & 43 Lexington|Soho)
Great sandwiches and snacks

Kaffeine (66 Great Titchfield St.|Fitzrovia)
nice coffee shop near oxford street

St. John Bread & Wine (94-96 Commercial Street|Spitalfields)
Tasty Wine, served with sourdough-bread, chutney's and cheese

The Eagle Pub (159 Farringdon Road)
authentic pub and restaurant

The Duke of Cambridge (30 St. Peter's Street|Islington)
another nice pub with a great interior and organic, local food

The Crown Tavern (43 Clerkenwell Green|Clerkenwell)
Cool pub for drinks & snacks, especially in summer sitting outside

FORK (85, Marchmont Street)
tasty, fresh breakfast, small and chic 

Mildreds (45 Lexington Street|Soho)
vegetarian oasis in the middle of soho
SHOPS (beside the 'normal favorites like COS, &others stories...)
Departement Stores
Harvey Nicholas (nice collection of new and known brands)
The Liberty (beautiful architecture outside and inside)

Other Shop (21 Kingly Street)
unknown, small labels between big names, kind of 

Top Shop
unbelievable, how big one store can be!

Brick Lane (Shoreditch)
One second-hand store follows another 

A.P.C. (Shoreditch)
the french store is a visit worth just because of its design

Dover Street Market 
great concept store

Tea, Coffee and nice tableware > lovely souvenirs
Whittard Tea & Tee Egg 
Shortbread, butter cookies

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