There are so many things we love about London: Buckingham Palace, Burberry, Fish and Chips, Harry and Meghan (and Baby Archie!).... the list goes on! The fall and holiday seasons are the perfect time of year to visit this charming and dandy city. Below, check out the Fawn Design Travel Guide to London, including what to pack, where to stay, what to see + do, and where to eat! Cheerio!
WHAT TO PACK FOR A TRIP TO LONDON
London is notorious for gray, foggy skies (hello, London Fog latte), so depending what time of year you're traveling you may want to consider packing the following in your Weekender Bag:
- Trench coat
- Pair of Royal-approved rubber wellies for wandering the city's rainy streets and splashing in puddles
- Cute pair of comfy sneakers
- Tailored jeans
- Cozy jumper (that's British for "sweater")
WHERE TO STAY IN LONDON
This cozy-chic hotel in Covent Garden features 18 unique guest rooms bathed in a palette of blue and pink (aka the stuff of Instagram dreams). The hotel also has a stylish bar and a restaurant serving French and Basque cuisine.
This quirky boutique hotel in South London offers a dose of eclectic luxury. The stylish and cozy rooms range from small-plus to lofts to suites; family-friendly rooms are also available. On the main floor is the Cambridge Street Kitchen, a lively restaurant and social hub for locals.
Traveling with the kiddos? Check out Kid & Coe's curated collection of stylish, family-friendly rental homes and apartments throughout London.
For a serious splurge, check out this luxe historic hotel located in London's West End at the top of Regent Street. Enjoy a spot of traditional afternoon tea surrounded by elegant accommodations. The hotel is perfectly situated to explore Bond Street and other London highlights.
WHAT TO SEE + DO IN LONDON
- Visit Big Ben
- Try to spot the Queen at Buckingham Palace
- Picnic in Hyde Park
- Take photos on the London Bridge
- Ride the London Eye
- Spend the day shopping, eating, and exploring Notting Hill
- Visit the Tate Modern art museum
- Take in the historic sights at Trafalgar Square
- Visit Westminster Abbey
WHERE TO EAT IN LONDON
Order the Chicken Katsu Sandwich, Sourdough Grilled Cheese with Apple, or the Lingonberry Chia Pot at this charming little cafe on Chiltern Street in London.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with the dreamiest cakes, cupcakes, and sugar cookies at this rose-adorned, pretty-in-pink bakery with locations throughout London.
Located in Mayfair, this trendy, modern restaurant features multiple dining areas all with a unique, artistic sensibility. Enjoy afternoon tea or dinner in the all-pink Gallery, breakfast in the Parlour, and lunch or evening cocktails in the woodland-themed Glade.
Photos: Becky Kimball Photography