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.
The Thrill-Seeker's Trip-
A home away from home, swift access, local transfers, street food, fresh air, the sun, we love being out on foot soaking in everything the city has to offer, for the real traveller, enchanted explorer. I went with SACO-The Cannon
. Located conveniently in the heart of the City of London, and at a short walk's distance from St. Paul's Cathedral, The Bank of England and the historic Tower of London, this place is ideal for the backpacker or the restless tourist who loves being out exploring the city all day and yet come back to a home away from home. Also extremely ideal for those looking for long-term stays. With Mansion House, St. Paul's and Cannon Street stations on your doorstep, getting about the City couldn't be easier.
SACO The Cannon offers a choice of 77 stylish studio and one bedroom serviced apartments, and has been designed to make you feel like you're really a part of the city. A 24 hour reception, warm staff assistance throughout the day, a pretty lounge with a cute book shelf, a free for all coffee machine, rooms with multi-socket plugs with integrated USB ports, free superfast Wi-Fi, smart HD TV's, stylish and equipped kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms with heated towel racks, and not the mention the occasional wine and cheese hosting for the guests and an adorable sunday breakfast spread too!
"An elegant, non-fussy collection of sleek and minimalistic serviced apartments in the City of London. Complete with everything you need, this stylish lifestyle aparthotel makes a fantastic base for an urban retreat."- says The Telegraph, and I have to agree to every word of it. They welcomed me with an elegant bottle of white wine and some sweet treats to go with it. I loved how relaxed and free I felt during my stay here and that allowed me to unleash the wild explorer in me who wanted nothing more than to see everything there is to see in the city.
Since my last hotel was just a short walk away, St. Paul's Cathedral was my next stop. The current St Paul’s Cathedral is a relatively new cathedral at only 300 years old. It was built by the famous English architect, Christopher Wren, after the Great Fire of 1666 destroyed the old St Paul’s Cathedral. Christopher Wren was charged with rebuilding over fifty churches after the Great Fire, but St Paul’s was his grand masterpiece. Whether it be worship, community meetings, our food bank, or weekly organ concerts, there is always something happening at St. Paul's Cathedral. For us travellers, just a visit to this breathtaking church to admire it's glorious architecture is mandatory.
Truly one of London’s greatest landmarks since its opening in 1894, Tower Bridge remains one of the city’s most-visited tourist attractions. I loved visiting the iconic structure and discovering new facts about the bridge while admiring it’s architectural beauty. The stairs leading up are the original ones from when the bridge was first built and the stone exterior is just cosmetic and protective, not structural.
Notting Hill. I saved this for last. Notting Hill is for dreamers, romantics, and those who just like to explore charming London neighbourhoods with tons of character. There's literally noone who hasn't enjoyed the London walks ever. From adorable gardens to colorful houses, Notting Hill is one of the most Instagrammable places in the city. For the most colorful houses on Notting Hill, head over to Denbigh Terrace. And for one of the most famous markets in the city, shop away at Portobello Market or just walk around the rainbow coloured houses!
Everything about Notting Hill is charming – the houses, the shops, the cafes, the theatre, the things sold in the shops, the classic (and not-so-classic) cars, the sidewalks, the bicycles on the sidewalks, everything. Yes, it may be chilly and you may never want to leave your cosy beds, but everywhere you go will make you wander for more, everything you see will be awe-inspiring, everything you do will be chic, whatever you’re interested in – from museums to shopping, rock to opera, budget to luxury – there’s a London that will suit you. I’ve left slivers of my heart all around the world. Unsurprisingly, London has claimed the lion’s share of my dear heart.