One trip- three ways of doing it. A Luxurious Getaway, Comfort Lover's Exploration, or The Thrill-Seeker's Trip. And between all this was a whole new romance to explore, one named LONDON.
Comfort Lover's Exploration-
Contemporary accomodation, planned itinerary, healthy meals to fast food joints to cafes-we hit them all, we do all things moderately. I chose COMO Metropolitan Hotel
. One of London’s leading luxury five star hotels, The COMO Metropolitan Hotel has recently been redesigned to a more upbeat, bright design, the lobby is flooded with light with clean white walls, the interiors contemporary and minimalist. The rooms are spacious, modern, and subtle. The lounge area features a comfy L-shaped sofa from which you could admire the view of the Hyde Park across the road, and a chic floating desk unit. The room had a dainty private balcony too.
The hotel is located on Old Park Lane on the southeast corner of the park. I decided to sample the Metropolitan hotel room service, and ended up ordering a lot of things from the COMO Shambhala Cuisine. COMO Shambhala believes that healthy cuisine can and should be both delicious and nutritious. Their specially developed menu therefore focuses on a perfectly calibrated mix of raw and cooked ingredients with very specific nutritional purposes, the resulting dishes helping to boost concentration and energy, and balance blood-sugar levels. Living enzymes are retained in the preparation techniques—all in order to help cleanse the body from the outside in.
So if you’re looking for a fantastic hotel with a gorgeous view of Hyde Park, an elite location, comfortable rooms, healthy dining options, and only enough to indulge inside the walls so you can go out in the sun and explore the city with a nicely planned itinerary, then this is the hotel for you. I walked out and right behind the hotel to explore the Shepherd Market. Upbeat, modern and fun, this hotel gave me luxuries to indulge in and also allowed me the time and space to be a traveller who needs to get on with her itinerary and go do some touristy exploration.
Nestled between Piccadilly and Curzon Street, Shepherd Market is a comparatively quiet haven of gorgeous eateries and high-end retailers smack in the centre of the priciest bit of London. Underfoot the streets are paved, with narrow roads leading into a central square which is lined with chocolate box restaurants offering breakfast, lunch and dinner from across the globe and traditional British pubs serving up English ale with fish and chip suppers. There are also trendy coffee houses and traditional English clothes shops, as well as those quintessentially British sightings; a proud red pillar box and two bright telephone boxes, a sight I can't get enough of no matter how many times I see!
Built in 1819, Piccadilly Circus is a major road junction and public space in London’s West End that connects Regent Street with Piccadilly. Over the years, it has become a busy meeting place and a significant London landmark in its own right. Criterion Theatre, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, some shops like Gap, Boots, The Sting, Lillywhites, Fortnum & Mason with its expansive food hall and some tourist souvenir sellers, London Pavilion, you'll find it all here.
Buckingham Palace is a must for anybody visiting London, whether you’re a massive fan of the royal family or just want to see one of Britain’s biggest cultural landmarks. With a long colorful history to unpack, the centerpiece of United Kingdom’s constitutional monarchy is the iconic Buckingham Palace. Currently serving as the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen; the entirety of Buckingham Palace is nothing short of any regal opulence. This significantly architectural beauty, located in the Heart of London is a must visit for any visitor.
And then if you're a fan of architecture and history The Natural History Museum is a must visit too! If you’re coming to the Natural History Museum, you’ve got to take a few moments to appreciate its architecture, both inside and out. Built in 1880 with a Romanesque design by Alfred Waterhouse, it features a grand central hall with multi-level galleries extending to each side. High ceilings, stained glass, and decorative tile-work are the interior’s main attraction
Outside the building, the gargoyles around the Natural History Museum are all intricately carved animals. Inside, the Blue Zone focuses on all life forms from the dinosaurs to humans to the smallest invertebrates. The Green Zone mostly has exhibits revolving around the environment and the evolution of our planet and its lifeforms. The enormous cocoon housing the Darwin Center is the main attraction in the Orange Zone. Millions of insect and plant specimens are preserved here, some even collected by Charles Darwin himself. The Red Zone is all about Planet Earth, from its natural disasters to the effect we as humans have on it. It also has an earthquake simulator and escalator into the earth’s core.
If you're in London, there is a good chance you'll pass by the London Eye at some point. Located on the South Bank of the River Thames across from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye was opened to the public in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium. At the time, it was the world's tallest Ferris wheel. Although that designation has been surpassed today, it still remains the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe.
With its prime location on the River Thames, the London Eye gives visitors a 360 ° view of London. So whether you hop onto the London Eye, or just laze around in the gardens below, or enjoy the food trucks, carousel, flying saucer and other attractions around it, this sure is a great spot to hang for a while.
Well my partying stint with London had just begun, so I went to explore another famous night club this evening, Tiger Tiger. One of the most popular clubs in London's infamous Soho area, Tiger Tiger London is one of London's most iconic clubs in the West End. You'll find it close to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square tube stations. Restaurant, bar and club all rolled into one, Tiger Tiger is a varied and exciting jungle of tiki paradises, groovy wonderlands and opulent cocktail bars.