48 hours in London - Minimoon Inspiration
With more and more couples finding it easier to experience a little minimoon before the main event, we get our brides asking us about city getaways the most. London, Paris and NYC are always top of the list so today we're exploring London after a recent whirlwind 48 hours there!
CHECK IN - DAY 1
You need an Insta-worthy base to get around the city from and we stayed at the trendy Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. Super easily accessible from the nearest Tube stop, this modern haven is full of cool city-goers both local and international. Once through the Crittal doors (love!), take advantage of the cocktail bar (we had the Gin based Spring Garden cocktail) whilst popping into the photobooth to take a pic (or two). Check into their suite if you can for the terrace with city views. Grab a shower, immersed in the Ruby's trendy bathroom products, then hit the Hoi Polloi restaurant for dinner...
Hoi Polloi is the place for Instagram lovers because the food is as good as the design here. A modern brasserie, it's open and airy and has the best vegetarian options we've seen in a long time. Reasonable prices too, it's the perfect place to grab a good meal without breaking the bank...
FIRST NIGHT DRINKS
The Bar with No Name is the perfect place to grab a couple of minimoon drinks. Identifiable by an outdoor lantern, it's a unique cocktail bar housed in one intimate room. The interior blends 1950s Italian Café style with a Film Noir feel. Classy!
BREAKFAST - DAY 2
Close by the Ace Hotel, is the Albion. Clean white walls and fresh produce, head here for eggs and bacon 'sarnies'. Want to make your friends jealous with your food pics? Don't miss this place.
Nothing screams London quite as much as a busy street and red double decker buses. As far as busy streets go, Oxford Street is probably one of the busiest in London. The wide roads, with a convenient little pedestrian sidewalk in between lanes, make it the perfect spot to snap some pictures of the busy streets of London, without risking to get run over.
Looking for places with epic decor and surroundings? The Coppa Club is often found on London Instagram photo guides. If you’re not already in love with the idea of eating in an igloo type bubble, the views over the Shard, the Thames and Tower Bridge should easily convince you. There are a couple Coppa Clubs around London, however the one by Tower Bridge is by far the most photogenic and Instagrammable.
BIG BEN & LONDON EYE
Want to get the tourist shot in? Big Ben is currently under construction and will be for the next 4 years so skip this monument and head to the London Eye for the best views of this stunning city. Get yourself a fast track ticket (after all, you've only got 48 hours!) and get the champagne ticket for a glass of bubbly for only an extra £3. Cheers!
All that sightseeing deserves a quick stop somewhere where you can grab a hot drink and some Insta-worthy selfies. Saint Aymes is insta-famous for all the right reasons. Inspired by the work of Wes Anderson and their Nana's floral garden, sisters Michela & Lois Wilson designed the Saint Aymes Cafe to be an escapist paradise tucked away in the heart of the city. Order the Unicorn Latte and ask your new hubby to grab a pick in front of the flower wall.
Inspired by the buzz surrounding the resurgence of Soho, Social Eating House is a place to enjoy the key elements of the current London dining scene in an informal and social setting, and where the surroundings are as vibrant as the food. Social Eating House’s dark, low-slung dining room, with its mirrored ceiling and modern artworks, feels cool and informal, while chef Paul Hood’s menu delivers dishes that are at once highly sophisticated, accessible and above all delicious – often throwing in a welcome touch of theatricality when you least expect it.
CHECK OUT - DAY 3
Get your bags packed and take one last look from the suite balcony at the Ace Hotel and ask the awesome staff to keep your bags while you fit in the last of the 48 hour tour of London.
In the heart of Covent Garden, Balthazar is open all day, serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, as well as weekend brunch. The breakfast menu at this lauded, lavish New York-style brasserie covers the usual eggs every which way (boiled with soldiers, florentine, pimped omelettes), to American-style pancakes and almond waffles. The Balthazar full english breakfast is the best option, but if you’d prefer something a little lighter (actually, a lot lighter), porridge, fruit salad or granola are all good options. The Boulangerie next door serves homemade artisan breads, pastries, and sandwiches.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Hopefully you've booked an evening flight home! Try and squeeze in a museum visit before you go. The Natural History Museum has it all. From dinosaur fossils, fun interactive games, a huge whale and most important of all, a very photogenic and Instagrammable facade. The architecture is simply stunning and can be a great backdrop for your London travel photos. Especially if you’re visiting around Christmas time, the extra lights and ice rink add to the Instagrammability of the shot!
Big Ben, Tower Bridge, London Eye images: Allen Tsai