Like visiting all major cities, London comes full of tourist clichés. Whether it's taking a selfie on Tower Bridge or outside Buckingham Palace, it seems like there's a tourist trap at every tube stop.
So why don't you do a day of sightseeing in the capital but ditch the crowds for a more unique experience? Below is the perfect 24 hours in London to reignite your love for the city.
Kick things off at the Breakfast Club
To get things off to a good strong start, we’re headed to Soho institution The Breakfast Club. With several locations now spread around the capital, this café, with its yellow facade and retro interior, was the one that started everything.
And while the chain is no secret to Londoners and tourists alike, there’s a reason why it’s still the number one choice when it comes to brunch.
Prepare yourself for a feast of breakfast treats, including eggs cooked any way you like, sausages, hash browns, beans and a range of veggie-friendly options. For those of you with smaller appetites, there’s also a delicious selection of fruit salads or pancakes on offer.
Rummage around the city’s literary institutions
What could be better to work off a lavish breakfast than a browse through the shelves of London’s biggest bookshops?
If you’ve only time for one stop head to Foyles. Founded over 100 years ago, the Charing Cross Road bookshop has an entire floor devoted to foreign literature. Rumour has it that you can find books in every language in the world on these shelves.
Special shout out too for Covent Garden’s Stanfords, established in 1901. Specialising in travel writing you can pick up maps, guidebooks and adventure novels from all corners of the world.
Welcoming adventurers and armchair travellers alike, the shop has seen everyone from Florence Nightingale to Bill Bryson pass through its doors over the years.
Rest up at Apollo Banana Leaf
Time to take advantage of London’s culinary diversity with a spot of lunch. While the Apollo Banana Leaf might not look like much from the outside, don’t be deceived.
Featuring creative Sri Lankan dishes with a European twist, you’re in for a real treat. The prices are seriously good and the decor is styled with just the right amount of kitsch. Give it a try, your stomach will thank you for it.
A shot of Thailand in Shoreditch
Dinner calls and it’s time to take a rest at one of Shoreditch’s freshest Thai joints, Busaba Eathai. Serving up fresh, authentic food, from traditional street food to stir fries and hot curries, this restaurant is the perfect spot for anyone looking for delicious and efficient eats.
And there’s more good news: you don’t even have to jump on the tube to continue the evening’s festivities. Because Shoreditch is home to some of the city’s most original bars and clubs, from old-style speakeasies to circus-themed venues.
2nd date with London
Bad memories of London? Hopefully this 24-hour journey has reconciled you with the idea of hitting The Old Smoke. If so, check out Accor Hotels’ ‘2nd Date With’, a mission set up to encourage you to rediscover Paris and London.
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