Rx: A slice and a half of London

A recipe for experiencing London in 1.5 days

A rough idea on the amount of ground you’ll be covering

Duration: 1 full Saturday and 1/2 Sunday
Starting location: St. Martin’s Lane Hotel in Soho, London

Yields

· 1 michelin star restaurant
· afternoon high tea
· 3x great coffee shops
· 5x unique cocktail bars including several speakeasy-inspired bars
· a high rise view of the city at night
· a ride on the Tube a.k.a. The London Underground 
· a ride on a double decker red London bus
· local shopping
· a local market place
·
4x bridges
· Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, BuckinghamPlace, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus
· an iconic red phone booth with Big Ben in the background picture


Ingredients

· good shoes for doing a ton of walking during the day
· going out clothes for fancy cocktail bar hopping at night
· [Optional] a Visitor Oyster Card: purchase and pickup prior to arriving in London with ~£10 — £15 prepaid.

Prep

Get reservations:
· for brunch at The Social Eating House for noon on Saturday
· for either the classic or champagne Afternoon High Tea at The Tower Hotel for 4:30pm on Saturday at a table by the window
· at Opium for 9m on Saturday
· at Disrepute for 10pm on Saturday
· at The Blind Pig for midnight on Saturday
· at The Punch Room for 1:15am on Sunday
· for breakfast at The Riding House Cafe for 10am on Sunday


Method

Saturday

  • 10am: wake up at [1] St Martin’s Lane Hotel.
  • 11am: get an espresso macchiato over triple chocolate and a chocolate croissant at [2] Said Dal 1923. Why? Because they’re known for their chocolate.
  • 12noon: walk 1 min around the corner to [3] Social Eating House: a one star Michelin restaurant for brunch
  • 1:30pm: walk 6 min down south to checkout [4] Piccadilly Circus
  • walk 15 min through Green Park to [5] Buckingham Palace
  • walk 16 min along the edge of [6] St James Park to check out the [7] Big Ben & [8] Westminster Abbey. There is an iconic spot by a red telephone booth that gets you the Big Ben in the background along with the phone booth.
  • go across the River Thames via the [9] Westminster bridge to get a view of the [10] Coca Cola London eye
  • take the tube from the [11] Waterloo Underground Station 4 stops and get off at London Bridge Station
  • take the opportunity to gaze upon [12] The Shard a.k.a. The Shard of Glass as you exit the tube — the highest building in the UK with 95 floors
  • walk 4 min to [13] Borough Market. It closes at 5pm. Stroll through the stalls. Get mulled wine or coffee at Monmouth.
  • take the 47 double decker red bus for a 20 min ride towards [14] Tower Bridge
  • get off at Druid street and walk across the Tower Bridge. As you’re crossing this bridge, on the left you’ll see the [15] London bridge
  • 4:30pm: get the Afternoon High Tea at [16] The Tower Hotel as the sun sets and the bridge lights up
  • 6:00pm: walk back across the Tower Bridge and head west along the river bank for 30 min towards [17] Millennium Bridge
  • walk across the Millennium Bridge, which is a pedestrian only bridge towards [18] St Paul’s Cathedral
  • continue walking west for 30 min towards [19] Trafalgar Square
  • 7:30pm: head back to the hotel to shower and rest for an hour or so
  • 9pm: walk 10 min north through [20] Leicester Square and Chinatown to get cocktails at the [21] Opium: a 2-floor speakeasy cocktail & dim-sum parlour in Chinatown that serves food until 2:30am.
  • 10pm: walk 10 min north to get cocktails at [22] Disrepute: a 60s themed 100-seater basement with green velvet seats and little yellow lamps. It is located underground from the entrance that leads to Kingly Court. You can order cocktails from 2 menus: one that lists the cocktail type and ingredients and one that represents each of those cocktails as a story
  • 11pm: go across to [23] Cahoots: a cocktail bar set in post-war, 40s Britain, in a underground unused tube station. The entrance is a narrow double door gate with posters indicating closure.
  • midnight: walk 4 min north to [24] The Blind Pig: a speakeasy vintage bar attached to the Social Eating House with themed cocktails. Ex: ‘The Long and Short British Tails Menu’ which is a series of cocktails inspired by children’s stories. Try the Hunny Pot (Winnie The Pooh) or the Half o’ Pint of Buttah (Harry Potter’s butter beer). The entrance is a wooden door with a blindfolded pig as the knocker below an Optician sign.
  • 1am: walk 5 min north to [25] The Punch Room: a small cocktail bar specializing in a variety of punch cocktails, situated at the back left side of the The London Edition hotel. Closes at 3am.
  • 2am: take a 20min uber to [26] Duck and Waffles: a 24/7 fine dining restaurant on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate. They have a late night menu that goes until 5am before the breakfast menu kicks in.

Sunday

  • 9am: wake up and checkout of the hotel. Leave bags with the front desk.
  • 10am: brunch at [27] The Riding House Cafe. Order a single eggs benedict and the pancakes.
  • Go shopping down [28] Oxford St toward Regent Street and checkout Selfridges, H&M, Burberry, Niketown, Topshop and & Other Stories. If you have more of an expensive fashion taste, check out Bond Street and Mayfair street.
  • Then walk towards Soho Grind to get an espresso before picking up bags from the hotel front desk.

Additions

Should you have extra time and wish to enhance the flavour of your trip

  • Book a visit to checkout The Sky Garden at the top of The Shard: basically 360 views and 3 floors of landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open air terrace: London’s highest public garden. Entrance is free but visits need to be booked in advance.
  • Visit the British Museum: one of the oldest museums in the world, first opened in 1759. Free entry.
  • Find the Seven Noses of Soho: 7 plaster of paris noses sticking out of walls around the Soho neighbourhood.
  • Buy butterbeer at the Harry Potter shop located on Platform 3/4 at the real Kings Cross Station.
  • Indulge in Mexican cuisine or cocktails at this basement bar called The Pink Chihuahua. Open until 3am.
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