London is always worth visiting. I especially fell in love with the beautiful architecture and the British flair. First and foremost I fell for Notting Hill, probably best known for the movie with the same name starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Portobello Road is picked with beautiful second-hand-shops. You may find any- and everything from paintings from Banksy to old British dishes there. Not to forget all the little snack stalls that offer delicious food for cheap money.
Black Friday in London
I used to know Black Friday back from my days in New York. It’s the one Friday after Thanksgiving that opens Christmas shopping season in America. Stores – both retail and online – would have discounts up to 80%. Therefore shops are packed with people on a shopping spree that day. I cannot tell whether I should consider myself lucky or unlucky for having lived right next to Oxford street on Black Friday. After all, I couldn’t resist and went on a shopping spree myself.
Covent Garden is a district located in West End and it’s considered to be one of the most important ones cultural-wise. It’s packed with artists and buskers on each and every corner of the streets, as well as cute little stores and vintage English pubs. Personally, I would suggest to pay a visit in the early evening, and to order a Pimm’s No. 1 at one of the vintage pubs. Afterwards we went to see a musical, since all of the renowned theaters can be reached within a short walking distance. In general, I would always suggest you to go and see either a musical or theatre play in London. It’s definitely worth it!
I am really keen on Japanese food. Benihana is a Japanese steakhouse which offers spectacular live cooking. We went there straight after shopping from Oxford Street. It’s a really great place to have lunch at. Conclusion: A spectacular cooking show with excellent Japanese cuisine.
When it comes to dinner, I can strongly recommend you Sushisamba, which is located on the 39th floor (make sure to book a table right next to the window).Even if you’re not a big fan of Asian food, you should at least grab some drinks there. The view is absolutely breathtaking. If you want to avoid getting in trouble with the bouncer, however, make sure not to wear sneakers – the dress-code is rather casual elegant. Conclusion: The restaurant’s ambiance and the view all over London make it a must-go. Service and food were more than pleasant, also.