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London Calling

Before our big trip later on this year, we decided to fit in a quick weekend away as a last treat! We love London and both have a lot of experience with the city: Adam visiting frequently for gigs and Daisy having lived there for three years for university. We both have our favourite places and areas we know best, so we always love being back in town!


Where did we stay?

Whilst in London, we stayed at the Hub by Premier Inn on Brick Lane. Originally we priced up hostels to save our pennies to spend during the weekend, but spotted a great price on a room and couldn’t pass it up. We made the right choice! The hub hotels are a new addition to the London hotel scene, offering compact and cosy rooms at great rates. Perfect for us!

We checked in via a tablet which didn’t seem to get on with us – we thought it’d have been quicker and easier to have a manned desk as everyone checking in seemed to have problems. However, it didn’t take long and we were up and in our room in no time! A huge television over a comfy bed and a nice clean shower were warmly appreciated. Hub also offers an app for your phone with which you can control the lighting, temperature and even the television – we had so much fun playing with this!

The Hub was in a great location in the heart of Brick Lane and perfect for us as we love East London. Not far from Liverpool Street, transport to other areas is easy too. We slept really well and didn’t hear any noise above or below us or in the hallways. Everything about our stay was smooth and easy. We definitely recommend this hotel if you’re looking for somewhere to stay!

What did we get up to?

With two and a half days in town, we had a long list of things to tick off and we weren’t bored for a second. On Saturday we played ticket lottery for The Book of Mormon twice, but sadly lost both times. No musical theatre for us! A good walk around Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Seven Dials and Soho took up a good part of our day. We stopped at a pub or two for a drink before spending the evening in Camden.

As the sun was setting we walked through Camden and up to pretty Primrose Hill. A popular place for many tourists, the hill boasts views over London and is perfect to visit during the day or as the sun is setting. It was so popular here and lovely to take in the view with other couples and friends enjoying picnics and beers. We wish we’d thought to take a drink up with us!

To get to Primrose Hill, we were on the bus and travelling through Camden, so hopped off on Chalk Farm Road and took a leisurely 10-15 minute walk. You can also get the tube to  Chalk Farm station, where it’s similarly a 10 minute walk.

Sunday in Greenwich

On Sunday we met up with some of Daisy’s friends and spent the day exploring Greenwich. Kicking off the day with a trip to the Cereal Killer cafe on Brick Lane (see our good eats post over here), we hopped on the DLR and hurried off to enjoy the sunshine. There’s plenty to do here and it’s well worth the ride out!

By the river you can get great views of the city, there’s also the Cutty Sark which is a museum! There are tons of cool shops and boutiques here so if you’re looking for something a little different then Greenwich is your place. We like the Flood Gallery which sells quirky art prints. I’m lusting after a Judy Garland poster that they have!

In true London fashion, there’s a market. It’s full of stalls selling art, homewares, clothing and FOOD! You’ll be spoilt for choice. Daisy went for some tasty vegan salads, whilst Adam had an amazing Chinese dish cooked fresh in front of him. It took us so long to decide what to have! The market is open every day at the moment, but goes down to Tuesday – Sunday from October.

We finished our trip with friends up to Greenwich Observatory, where we took in a different view over the city. It’s becoming a habit! From up in the park you can view Canary Wharf and all the way over to Liverpool Street and the Gherkin. It’s a great place to stop and we recommend taking the steep walk up. The rest of our Sunday was dedicated to a few drinks in Shoreditch and ending with pizza from the amazing Voodoo Ray’s.

Monday Museum Day

The most part of Monday was free for us until we had to travel home, so we stashed our weekend bag at the hotel and pounded the streets of London one last time. Our feet (and oyster cards) led us over to the Tate Modern, where we looked at plenty of famous paintings and sculptures. It was Adam’s first visit but not Daisy’s first. We took in paintings by Rothko, Monet, Picasso and Dali to name but a few. There’s so much to see here! Usually there’s some kind of big exhibit on in the turbine hall, but there wasn’t anything when we visited which was sad. Entry is free apart from the special exhibitions, so bring the whole family!

We caught the bus from Liverpool Street to St. Paul’s and walked across the Thames on the Millenium Bridge. You might recognise it from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! It’s a lovely way to see London and a nice, easy walk up to the museum. We definitely recommend taking this route!

London, we love you.

London steals our hearts every time. There’s no doubt about it! This time we had great weather, great company, and a great time! Did I say great too much? It’s a hectic, crazy city and there’s always something going on. New things come and go in the blink of an eye. The city is so different from when Daisy lived there three years ago. But there are always new pop ups and hideaways and the joy of discovering something new is amazing!


We hope that we’ve been able to give you a tiny taste of what’s on offer. There’s too much to cover in one little blog post! We’ll definitely be back in London in the future and sharing our favourite spots with you again!